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With the Packers not re-signing Ryan Grant, James Starks is expected to be the primary running back.
The Packers were ranked 27th in the league in rushing yards, but that could be a little deceiving due to the fact they ran the ball only 35 percent of the time. Starks averaged 4.4 yards per carry last season and split the load with Grant.
This season, the job is will solely belong to Starks.
While the offense will still rely heavily on Aaron Rodgers, the Packers need to establish a running game throughout the season.
As the weather gets colder, teams start running the ball more. The Packers need to develop their running game early on so they do not have to adjust their game plan later in the season.
The way Rodgers threw the ball last season makes it seem odd that Green Bay should run the ball more.
However, there needs to be a backup plan.
The NFL is a pass-friendly league now, but just look at the playoff game against the Giants. The receivers were dropping the ball and Rodgers was just a little bit off. There was almost no attempt to run the ball and the game got out of hand very quick.
Coach Mike McCarthy was probably wary of running the ball because, as a team, Green Bay averaged 3.9 yards per carry—27th in the NFL.
This offseason, the Packers must work on their running game and Starks must work on becoming a better all-around running back. He's good out of the backfield catching passes, but needs to get better running between the tackles.
Green Bay is a great team and has a great shot at making it back to the Super Bowl this season. If some of their best players can step up their game next year, the Packers will be hard to beat.