GREEN BAY – James Starks played 44 snaps and carried the ball 25 times on Sunday. Alex Green played seven snaps and never touched the ball.
And whose fault was it that the Green Bay Packers’ job-sharing arrangement at running back was so one-sided in the team’s 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field?
Head coach Mike McCarthy, who said Monday that the team will continue to split the rushing load between Starks and Green – but that he’ll do a better job of balancing the opportunities starting next Sunday against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
“Frankly, Alex Green not getting carries was a poor performance by myself managing how we were running the ball,” McCarthy said. “We’ll continue forward working both James and Alex and get those guys ready in our preparation for the Giants.”
According to ProFootballFocus.com, 54 of Starks’ 74 rushing yards came after contact, and he forced two missed tackles on his runs. According to McCarthy and offensive coordinator Tom Clements, Starks missed some opportunities for bigger gains. His longest run was for 11 yards.
“We left a lot of production on the field was my conclusion after going through the tape and going through the grading sessions with the coaches,” McCarthy said.
“(Starks) ran hard. He pushed the pile a couple times and kept driving his legs and got some extra yardage,” Clements added. “But we did leave some yards out there on the field. The line blocked for the run game had blocked pretty well. We missed some holes at times, and had we hit those holes we would’ve been more productive.”
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