Former Packers all-pro safety LeRoy Butler and reporter Tom Silverstein discuss the play of Aaron Rodgers. Bill Schulz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
Let's start with Tom Silverstein's column that makes a strong case for ditching the Packers' three-man rotation at running back and making Aaron Jones the starter.
A year ago, around this time, the Packers went into Dallas and fell behind, 21-6, in the second quarter. They were down 21-12 at halftime.
It’s not quite the same as being down 24-0, but the situation wasn’t that dissimilar given the Cowboys were rolling up 223 yards of offense and the Packers were muddying around, producing just two plays of 15 or more yards.
What changed in that game, however, was the confidence coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers showed in rookie Aaron Jones. In the first half, Jones had carried seven times for 33 yards; then on the first series of the third quarter, they gave him the ball four times and he gained 24 more yards.
On the next series, he ran for 22 yards. Then 10. Then seven.
Suddenly, the Packers were moving the ball and making the Cowboys defend the pass and run. Their balanced attack really served them well when they needed to drive 75 yards in the final 1:02 for a game-winning touchdown.
Jones carried twice for 17 yards on the drive, getting a key first down with a 15-yard run on second and 10 at the Cowboys 47 — and remembering to run out of bounds to stop the clock to boot.
You can read the whole column here:
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