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Run to set up pass? 'Let's do it,' Rodgers says

Oct 09, 2013 -- 12:06am
 
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Aaron Rodgers says he'll have no problem handing off to Eddie Lacy instead of throwing the ball if it leads to victories.
 

GREEN BAY – If the Green Bay Packers are trending toward being a running team – which, after the production they’ve gotten from three different running backs the last three games, could perhaps be happening – quarterback Aaron Rodgers is just fine with that.

As long as the Packers win, which they did in a 22-9 triumph over the Detroit Lions on Sunday, when Eddie Lacy had 99 yards rushing and wide receiver Randall Cobb lined up in the backfield for a 67-yard run that jump-started the Packers sagging offense at the time.

 “I love to throw the football. But I love to win more,” Rodgers said when asked Tuesday about the running game on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com. “And we have some guys who can really get it done running the football.”

Rodgers said the emergence of the running game doesn't necessarily change his approach to run/pass option calls, as he did opt for a pass play on a third-and-1 and had his pass to Cobb batted down by linebacker DeAndre Levy.  

Before Lacy’s 99-yard performance – he actually surpassed the 100-yard mark but lost half the yardage on a 26-yard run to a holding penalty on wide receiver Jarrett Boykin – the Packers got 132 yards from James Starks in a victory over Washington on Sept. 15 and 103 yards from Johnathan Franklin in a loss at Cincinnati on Sept. 22. That the Packers are getting so much production from various backs would seemingly speak well of the offensive line’s run blocking, which Rodgers said is the case.

“Our line is jelling as far as the run game goes. They obviously played excellent on Sunday, gave the passing game a lot of time and they opened up some big holes,” Rodgers said. “I want to win. And if we need to run to set up the pass, which is kind of, in this day and age, an old school type of thought, so be it. Let’s do it.”

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