The Packers have no interest in becoming a run-oriented offense, but Mike McCarthy firmly stated on Monday that the run production in Sunday’s loss didn’t cut it.
Aside from quarterback
“I’m not as caught up in the number of attempts, but the 2.0 is the area that we’re focused on as an offense,” McCarthy said.
“The way the game goes sometimes dictates where you’re heavy run and pass, but we don’t want to be running the ball for 2.0. That’s not acceptable.”
No one is pointing a sole finger at Benson or any other individual. McCarthy said the back’s decision-making and the line’s blocking are both evaluated and could have been better on Sunday. His players got the message.
“It’s our job to move the defensive linemen out of the way. I think we need to improve on that,” right guard
The Packers were behind 23-7 midway through the third quarter against the 49ers, forcing them into catch-up mode. Benson’s last carry came with just over six minutes left in the third.
That factored into the production because the Packers couldn’t commit to the run. Also, the 49ers were able to keep their two safeties deep to take away the big play while the defensive front handled the few runs that came at them.
San Francisco ranked No. 1 in the league last year against the run in both yards per game (77.3) and per carry (3.5). Next up is Chicago, which ranked in the top 10 in both categories last year, as well.
“I thought San Francisco did a good job with their line stunts and doing some things they haven’t done in the past,” McCarthy said. “But we didn’t do our part as well as we could.”
The passing game may have to adjust this week, too, as receiver
Back after missing one game will be outside linebacker
“My big thing is probably tackling,” Walden said on Monday, the first day he was allowed back in the facility following the one-week suspension. “Being out of the game for a week, you can’t really prepare yourself for tackling, just lifting weights and running. I have to make sure I’m fundamentally sound, prepped up and ready to go.”
There’s also a chance the secondary could see the return of cornerback
With the game Thursday, though, the Packers won’t practice in pads this week, so it’s difficult to gauge how ready House can get. The Packers used both
The nickel safety spot remains fluid, as well, after rookie
“We do have a number of guys that are role players, and they have to focus on their role and perform at a higher level in that role,” McCarthy said. “That’s something we’ll continue to evaluate and game plan weekly.”