“He’s such a quick twitch guy to start with, he needs to slow everything down. He’s too fast at times,” Van Pelt said. “I think sometimes when you get those quick guys, they have a tendency to be in the area a lot faster than the other guys. He needs to run with a little more pace, a little more patience, but he’s working on it.”
At this point, the entire group is a work in progress. Throw out Green’s 31-yard run against the Seahawks, and the Packers’ run game was putrid: Green’s other carry went for no gain; fullback John Kuhn had one carry for 3 yards; Harris had three carries for 2 yards; Franklin had 4 carries for 1 yard; and Lacy had eight carries for minus-5 yards.
Lacy’s numbers were a bit misleading, though. He had an 11-yard run on his first carry wiped out by a questionable holding call; lost 3 yards on his first carry of the third quarter when backup center Greg Van Roten missed his block; and he also caught a pass in the right flat that went backward from Graham Harrell, making it technically a run for negative-6 yards.
“It’s always concerning if you don’t run the ball well enough,” Van Pelt said. “That’s a concern that needs to be addressed and fixed, but I’m not concerned with (Lacy’s) ability to run the football, no.
“You’re going to get a good look in this last game with those other guys. They should get an equal amount of reps. It’ll be good for (them) to be in there, be consistent and show us what (they’ve) got.”
Harris, meanwhile, will have to wait until next year.
“I’ve still got the same hunger; I’ll still keep the same attitude and everything. Just after the surgery, I’ve just got to work my butt off to get back to 100 percent and when I do, you’ll see me again,” Harris said. “(This) definitely (is) not ending my career. Don’t think everything is over, because it’s not.
“It does make it tough, because Coach Mike is a great coach and I love playing for him. I’m going to bust my butt for him, not let him down. But like I said, this is all for the good, I’ll be back, and I should be a lot faster than I am.
“Those guys can still do it. I’ve got faith in those guys, and the whole group is strong, and they’ll get the job done.”
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