Packers Morning Buzz: How to get the ground game rolling

Stu Courtney
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Coach Mike McCarthy talks with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) during a second half break during the Green Bay Packers 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field, Detroit, Sunday, October 7, 2018.   Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. USA

Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at

The Packers (3-2-1), who conducted a rare Tuesday practice as part of their preparation for their West Coast trip, play Sunday at the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams (7-0).

We'll start with Tom Silverstein's look at who's to blame for the Packers' neglected ground game.

Tom writes:

During the bye week, McCarthy said the entire offense was reviewed and every aspect of the running game, from down and distance to scheme to specific calls, was broken down. The three-headed backfield of Jamaal Williams, Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery was evaluated, too.

Presumably, Rodgers’ decisions to throw instead of run on run-pass option plays was discussed also.

So, what did McCarthy and his staff find out?

“It’s top secret,” he said on Monday.

Here’s what is not a secret: McCarthy and Rodgers must commit to running the ball; they must agree that a run on first and 10 is not a felony crime; and they must get the ball in Jones’ hands more often.

You can read the entire column here:

The Packers' offense needs to find more balance, Aaron Rodgers said Tuesday:

Tom joined Pete Dougherty and Olivia Reiner to discuss the day's news:

Former Packers cornerback Sam Shields, whose career seemed finished after he missed nearly two full seasons recovering from a concussion, is thriving for the Rams:

Rodgers is hoping to ditch his bothersome knee brace soon:

Rodgers also talked about the status of his injured knee:

A quick look at what you need to know about the Rams:

Comparing the Packers' offense and the Rams' defense:

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network looks at the Packers' rough road ahead:

The Packers moved up two spots by not playing:

Meanwhile, it was a different story in these power rankings:

Would the Packers really trade for Le'Veon Bell?

ESPN's Rob Demovsky looks at how little the Packers have gotten from their last three drafts:

The Power Sweep compares the performance of the Packers' rookie receivers to other recent draft picks:

Good news for the Packers' arch rivals (and NFC North leaders):

And finally, former Packers cornerback Damarious Randall talks about how his dreams of playing baseball were dashed:


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