The plan for the 2009 season is for the Packers to run the ball more frequently. At least that’s what offensive coordinator Joe Philbin is hoping.
Philbin was talking recently about his expectation that Ryan Grant would get the bulk of the carries this season. But then he added that if the Packers can run more often, then other backs on the team, such as Brandon Jackson, could see their share of carries go up as well.
"Boy I'd love to see us run 32-34 times a game where we need to split up the carries a little better," said Philbin. "We haven’t been that type of a team consistently. We’ve had spurts where we ran it that much but we need to get it up in the 30s on a consistent basis. When that happens the way the game unfolds dictates that you balance it out a little better. When you’re running it 24 times, it’s a little different."