GREEN BAY, Wis. Packers coach Mike McCarthy has shown a dedication to the running game this season, much to the delight of the team's offensive linemen. But not every player agrees with that approach.
With Green Bay passing the ball on 60.3 percent of plays, tight end Jermichael Finley thinks that number should be higher.
"If the running game isn't going, why not go 100 percent passing?" Finley said Thursday in the locker room. "I would say pass the ball every play, if it was up to me."
Since the injury to veteran running back Cedric Benson in Week 5, the Packers' rushing attack has not been very effective. Second-year running back Alex Green is averaging 2.9 yards per carry in place of Benson, but McCarthy has continued giving him the ball at least 20 times each game.
"We've got to get respect in the running game," Finley said. "Right now, we're doing an OK job, under average, so we have to pick it up, get people playing the run a little bit more, get those linebackers playing...