They are fitting lyrics for a long-forgotten — and taken for granted — running back, Ryan Grant.
The Green Bay Packers' running game has been nothing short of abysmal since Grant sustained a broken ankle in the second quarter of the 2010 opener at Philadelphia.
With Grant bursting onto the scene midway through 2007, the Packers wound up 12th in the league with 4.1 yards per rush. They finished 18th with 4.1 yards per rush in 2008 and surged to 13th with 4.3 yards per rush in 2009.
That's a potent running game. Obviously, it wasn't always a reliable running game — recall the 2007 NFC Championship Game for the ultimate example — but at least it was a quality change-up to burn teams focused on Brett Favre and, later, Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers missed that change of pace the past three seasons. The Packers ranked 25th in yards per carry in 2010, 26th in 2011 and 22nd last season, never once reaching a 4.0-yard average in those seasons.
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The lack of a running game caught up with the team in the 2011 playoffs and through the lion's share of last season. Defenses, taking a page from the Giants' playbook in the 2011 playoffs, were content to ignore the run game, rush with four and drop seven into coverage. The Packers still ranked fifth in scoring but it seldom looked easy. That was apparent from Rodgers' average yards per passing attempt. After posting averages of 8.2 in 2009, 8.3 in 2010 and a stunning 9.2 in 2011, Rodgers fell to 7.8 yards per attempt in 2012. Jordy Nelson went from 18.6 yards per reception in 2011 to 15.2 in 2012. James Jones went from 16.7 to 12.3. Randall Cobb went from 15.0 to 11.9. Greg Jennings went from 14.2 to 10.2 — more than 5 yards lower than his career average.
The obvious hope is the revamped backfield will provide what Jackson, Starks, Alex Green and Cedric Benson have failed to provide. DuJuan Harris' 4.6-yard average in the regular season (4.1, including playoffs) hints that the problem was more the backs than the blockers. Now, it'll be up to Harris, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin to give the Packers the type of rushing attack they've lacked since Grant was running wild for two-and-a-half seasons.
"We'll be better, I promise you that. Big letters," coach Mike McCarthy said in the offseason's best quotation.
10 years of Packers rushing
2012: Rushing: 20th (106.4). Average: 22nd (3.9).
2011: Rushing: 27th (97.4). Average: 26th (3.9).
2010: Rushing: 24th (100.4). Average: 25th (3.8).
2009: Rushing: 14th (117.8). Average: 13th (4.3).
2008: Rushing: 17th (112.8). Average: 18th (4.1).
2007: Rushing: 21st (99.8). Average: 12th (4.1).
2006: Rushing: 103.9 (23rd). Average: 21st (3.9).
2005: Rushing: 30th (84.5). Average: 31st (3.4).
2004: Rushing: 10th (119.3). Average: 12th (4.3).
2003: Rushing: 3rd (159.9). Average: 2nd (5.0).
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