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Clements assesses Packers sluggish offensive performance

Oct. 30, 2012
 

The Packers were held to a season-low 238 total yards against Jacksonville on Sunday. A big part of that sluggish effort was a run game that gained just 66 yards in 26 carries, a 2.5-yard average.

But offensive coordinator Tom Clements says the offensive problems on Sunday weren't all related to the run game.

"Number one, I think Jacksonville played well, played hard, so you have to give them credit," said Clements. "We feel like we didnít play as well as we were capable of. The prior two games we did well offensively and took a little bit of a step back. We obviously didnít run the ball the way we want to run the ball, and thatís again partly due to Jacksonville, partly due to the blocking, partly due to the runner. So itís an offensive team effort to run the ball, and weíre going to try to get it done."

The Packers left some yards out on the field, according to Clements. He said the Packers could have turned some short-yardage gains into longer ones.

"Weíd like to turn most of those 1s and 2s into 4s and 5s and that would allow you to stay on schedule a little better," he said.

"We hope to be more productive with the running game. It didnít work out (Sunday), and weíre going to keep working on it."

Clements wouldn't put all the blame on Alex Green, who had 22 carries for 54 yards.

"Itís a unit goal, really," Clements said. "The blocking unit has to do what theyíre supposed to do, and the running back has to hit the hole where he supposed to hit it and then he has to drive his feet and they have to push the pile. So itís not on one guy."

Everyone has to play better, according to Clements, including the offensive line and running backs.

"Anytime you try to run the ball and you donít have success, (the offensive line's) a prideful group, and the running backs are prideful, and they want it to work out a little better," said Clements. "So weíre gong to work at it and try to get it done."

The Packers rank No. 26 in the NFL in rushing yards per game (90.1) and yards per carry (3.7).

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