Did Brandon Jackson sit last season because the organization wanted to see Ryan Grant play regardless? It's not so far fetched.
In our interview with Greg Bedard last night, the subject of Ryan Grant's contract was brought up. One of the most interesting quotes from Mr. Bedard was the following:
"Certain people in the organization wanted Ryan Grant to play."
Now in the context of the conversation one could easily say that the organization not only wanted Ryan Grant to play, but wanted him to play whether he was the best man to carry the ball or not.
I have long wondered on this blog why we haven't seen more Brandon Jackson. His paltry 45 carries last season were far below the league average for 2nd string backs. His 5.5 yards per carry however, was one of the highest. This all coming after McCarthy's resounding praise of Jackson all through training camp.
A similar theme is emerging this year as we again are hearing how great Jackson looks, and how Ryan Grant is playing the antonym. This begs the question: Is Ryan Grant only starting because the organization wants to look right for caving in on his contract demands?
It's a serious accusation, and one I am not too happy about if it is true. If you are so insecure in the front office up in Green Bay that you are playing Grant to feed your need to prove something, y'all need to have a meeting and get that crap figured out. What happens when you re-sign Collins and he proves to be an utter disaster in the new scheme? Do you keep him in too?
The Green Bay Packers are about winning games, not winning popularity points. You do that by playing the best players, regardless.