Ahman Green probably would have preferred to set the Packers' single-season rushing record on his own terms. Surpassing the great Jim Taylor at Lambeau Field, in a win over the rival Bears would have been nice. Accomplishing the milestone during a run-away championship season would have been even better. It's likely that he could have done without Taylor's comments about fumbling as well.
But who's complaining?
Barring unforeseen disaster, Green will gain the 12 yards he needs to topple the record which has stood for 41 years – the longest standing single-season rushing record in the NFL. The milestone is likely to come early in the Packers' meeting with San Diego at Qualcomm Stadium. If the Packers win the toss, Green could be the team's new title holder before the Chargers touch the ball. Even in last weekend's below average output, Green had 20 yards before the end of the first quarter.
"I probably will celebrate after the game and definitely after the season with my teammates," Green said of surpassing Taylor. "But right now we are getting ready for our stretch run ... so I think that's the biggest focus."
Green has repeatedly said that it's the wins, not the awards or yards that drives him. After coming up just short of the record in last week's win over the Bears, Green was uncharacteristically terse, saying he wouldn't answer more questions about the record, but was likely more distressed about his sub-par performance than the 12-yard gap between him and history.
This week the Packers find themselves in another must-win situation to keep their post-season outlook positive. While Green and his teammates know that, the offensive line that has escorted the running back to the threshold of the record wants to finish the job.
""For us, it's getting the win. Personally I would have liked to see Ahman get the record today, but hopefully that will happen this year. It better happen this year. And if not this week, hopefully next week."