Offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is old school - in a bad way.
Old school football guys, many of which work in television as commentators, like to talk about needing to 'establish the run' and the importance of doing so when it comes to winning football games.
Nothing could be further from the truth in today's NFL.
Mike Vandermause gives us Philbin's quote on his hopes for the running game in 2009:
Boy I'd love to see us run 32-34 times a game where we need to split up the carries a little better...We haven’t been that type of a team consistently. We’ve had spurts where we ran it that much but we need to get it up in the 30s on a consistent basis. When that happens the way the game unfolds dictates that you balance it out a little better. When you’re running it 24 times, it’s a little different.
How many times you run it per game is really immaterial. If the bulk of those carries come in the 4th quarter, you're usually winning. If the majority of those snaps come in the first half, you're most likely losing.
Vandermause then gives us the following:
The Packers ran the ball on 43% of their offensive plays last season, which includes scrambles by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The year before, in Brett Favre’s final season in Green Bay, the Packers ran on 39% of their offensive plays. In Mike McCarthy’s first season as head coach in 2006, the Packers ran on 40% of their plays.
Let's put that together, shall we?
- 2008: 43% running plays = 6-10
- 2007: 39% running plays = 13-3
- 2006: 40% running plays = 8-8
Keep chucking it Mike.
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