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Favre secret to Packers’ success?

The Green Bay Packers, by and large, are 3-0 for two reasons: a stifling defense and an old standby – quarterback Bret Favre.   Last season is a good example on how pass-reliant the Packers are: they threw 630 passes (nearly 40 attempts/game) and rushed 430 times (27 rushes/game).  This year is even more one-sided – they’re throwing the ball 66% of the time.

As Packers head coach Mike McCarthy explained the empahasis on the pass to Colin Fly of the Associated Press, “I’m not concerned about it.  Everybody would like to do certain things a certain way.  I would prefer to be a heavy run team, but that’s just not the way we’re built right now, and that’s not the way that gives us the best chance to score a lot of points in my opinion.  Now that’s week-to-week.  But there will be a time here where we’ll pound the football.”  Which leads to the problem that the Packers have right now – a lack of a running attack.

The Packers’ running backs aren’t exactly well-known – or productive.  They have 2 rookies – Brandon Jackson and DeShawn Wynn and first-year player Ryan Grant.  Vernon Morency, the most experienced RB in the group, is recovering from a knee injury and Noash Herron is out for the year.  Which makes one wonder – how long can the Packers continue to go pass-heavy and expect to be successful?

McCarthy has acknowledged that they will need to utilize the run more often, especially when the weather turns cold, as opposed to exclusively running the shotgun offense.  But it would be beneficial, in my opinion, to at the very least, incorporate some more of the running game into their offense to keep the defenses honest.  It just seems to me that staying one-dimensional for an extended period of time will eventually come back to haunt the Packers.

While Favre is having a good season thus far (861 yards, 6 TD’s and 2 INT’s), that’s only going to take the team so far as defenses will key on him more regularly.  Which is why gradually incorporating the run game into the offense is so important.  I realize that McCarthy is using this particular offense due to circumstances, but something has got to give, eventually.


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