The offense might have been incrementally better with a better RB, but I don't see the opportunity for dramatic improvement of the offense. I do see room/opportunity for dramatic improvement of the defense. The offense has a lot less room to improve than the defense IMO.
Normally I'm all for the 'fill a hole, add competition' type signing. However, in this case (RB), I'm against it for two main reasons:
1. With the Packer defense in the shape it's in, it would be a total travesty to invest even $1 on a veteran free agent RB (or any other position who can't play defense) - as I suggest above, there simply isn't as much room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball. Frankly, if they came back with the exact same group as last year on offense, overall I'd be ok with that. They'll replace Starks with a UDFA or draft pick, or maybe a scrap-heap type... plus they carried two FB's - Ripkowski I see as turning into more of a hybrid vs. how they used Kuhn (he's already had more carries than Kuhn did the past five years).
2. Another reason to not spend on a RB: MM has NEVER shown any real commitment/desire to run the football. Even in games when the run HAS been working, he still goes away from it. And when you're spending $120MM at the QB position, that might be the right strategy.
3. Mainly because of #2 above, I don't even think RB is the biggest need they have on offense. If I were going to try to upgrade the offense, it would be with a real burner (sub 4.4) WR with the ability to truly take the top off the defense (and catch the ball when AR throws it to him). But as far as FA, those don't exist - and if they do, they're a HUGE cap cost. Far too expensive, given the current defensive situation...
So as far as RB, I think the team just needs to get by with Lacy, Montgomery, and draft picks/min. value types. If they pick up some scrap-heap guy at a min value signing, I guess that's fine - whatever. But any more than that, no. The defense needs the immediate boost a veteran FA would provide. I'm not convinced that just returning players stepping up/getting healthy, plus draft picks, will be enough on that side of the ball to get to a defense that can actually help win a game now and then (vs. putting ALL the pressure to win on the offense out-scoring teams).
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