GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers’ running game will remain a job-sharing program.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that running backs Alex Green and James Starks will continue to rotate as the team spreads the carries among both players. Starks carried 15 times for 66 yards (4.4-yard average) and scored on a 22-yard run, while Green ran 12 times for 58 yards (4.8-yard average).
“We’ll stay the course, probably,” McCarthy said Monday. “As we game plan, we’re going to stay the course the way we’ve gone, but if you feel one’s going a little better than the other, maybe we’ll lean that way. I leaned that way a little bit with James (on Sunday). I thought Alex running the ball did a very good job. He graded out a little better on video than I might have been aware of during the game, but I thought James ran the ball very hard.”
The two have been sharing time for the last several weeks, although McCarthy has been inconsistent in how he’s deployed them.
Against Jacksonville on Oct. 28, Green carried 22 times for 54 yards while Starks had one carry for 8 yards. The next week, against Arizona on Nov. 4, Starks had 17 carries for 6 yards and Green had 11 carries for 53 yards. Then at Detroit on Nov. 18, Starks had 25 carries for 74 yards and Green didn’t get a single carry.
“Consistency is one of the things we’ve definitely got to focus on more,” Green said of him and Starks. “We’ve had an up-and-down season so far – especially in the running game. It’s a good start so far in December, something for us to build on. But there were a lot of plays we could’ve done better on. We’ll watch the film and get better. That’s the main thing – get better every week.”
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