There has been so much talk about the Packers’ running game this off-season. Fans are excited about the potential DuJuan Harris showed at the end of last season and pumped about the new draft picks.
This week I contemplated what kind of improvement the Packers run game would need to make to impact their offensive production.
I don’t think the Packers need to have the #1 rushing team in the league. We have one of the best quarterbacks in the league right now and you always… always want the ball in the hands of your best player. So, the Packers will continue to be very pass heavy.
But, what if the Packers could have a top ten rushing offense? Continue reading
The Dom Capers era in Green Bay got off to a booming start in 2009 when the defensive whiz turned a sluggish 4-3 unit into one of the NFC’s best. Without taking away from Capers’ accomplishments, the coordinator had a lot to work with. The Packers boasted at least five pro bowl-worthy defensive players in 2009 and 2010. Over the past two seasons, however, talent has seemingly disappeared from that side of the ball.
Green Bay Packer Defense: Key Concerns
The secondary has suffered the most severe demise, with noticeable declines in production out of Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams over the past two seasons. The aging Woodson has since been let go and effectively replaced in the slot by emerging youngster Casey Hayward. While Hayward has shown serious potential, the Packers are yet to capitalize on the type of play that made Woodson the league’s defensive player of the year in 2009.
Football is all about scoring touchdowns. Granted the highest scoring players in the league are generally kickers, but no team wants to score a bunch of field goals in a game and very few games are won without scoring a touchdown.
If Packer fans had a choice, every pass Aaron Rodgers tossed in the air would result in a touchdown. Of course, that’s never going to happen, but just how many of Aaron’s passes DO result in a touchdown?
The answer might shock you. Continue reading
I’ve been wondering what Nick Perry will bring to the Packer defense in his sophomore season. Technically speaking, he isn’t a rookie any more. However, he spent most of last season on the sidelines, so he certainly doesn’t have the experience most rookies have of at least taking part in practice.
Still, Perry has had a year to absorb the defensive play book and study film and that alone should make him a better player out of the gates.
Let’s take a look at some clips of Nick from last season. Despite his short tenure on the field, there are some interesting things happening here. Continue reading
The selections of Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin in April’s draft bring both excitement and question to the Packers’ backfield for the coming fall. In Lacy, the Packers get the goal line force that they have lacked for years, and in Franklin, a three-down speedster. Both backs are virtual locks for the Week 1 roster, if they remain healthy. With these two rookies now in the mix, what becomes of James Starks, Alex Green and DuJuan Harris?
The Jets new offensive coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, made a recent statement that he’s not worried about passer accuracy. For some time now, Packer fans have been proudly pointing out how accurate Aaron Rodgers’ passing is.
So, the question is, does it really matter?
Let’s look at the numbers… Continue reading
In 2012 Ted Thompson seemingly bucked his ‘best player available’ strategy by selecting six straight defensive players. This year’s draft showed much closer resemblance to the GM’s need-neglecting roots. While the Packers failed to come away from the draft with a safety or inside linebacker, the 11 additions to the roster are intriguing, to say the least.
Ryan Grant, Ahman Green, Dorsey Levens, Edgar Bennett… these are some names we all know well. Not only did these backs give the Packers the potential of a 20 yard explosion at any given time, they also had long tenures with the Packers.
Since Grant effectively closed out his career as the primary back at Green Bay, the Packers have been looking for someone to fill the void and become the next perennial running back.
Have the Packers finally found that back in Eddie Lacy? The following video clips show some of the potential Lacy brings to the green and gold. Continue reading
Many of the teams in the league are entering the 2013 draft in crisis mode. They have positions that absolutely need to be filled and they’ll be praying the draft will produce some picks that they can throw on the field right out of the gates.
The Packers are not one of these teams. Continue reading
For a roster regularly mentioned as one of the most talented in football, the Packers appear to have more than just a couple needs heading into the NFL draft. The wobbly defensive front and ailing safety position are two of several areas that fans would love to see addressed in this weekend’s draft. And while general manager Ted Thompson generally abides by his best-player-available strategy, we’ll ponder the options Green Bay has at each of their needs, should Thompson break away from his philosophy.
The Packers’ decision to cast Charles Woodson loose automatically made strong safety a top draft day need for the Packers. Free safety Morgan Burnett has shown promise but not perfection in his three seasons with the Packers and would benefit by playing next to Texas product Kenny Vaccaro. Provided that Vaccaro is gone by the Packers’ pick at 26, Thompson may eye a pair of SEC standouts in LSU’s Eric Reid and Florida’s Matt Elam. Reid brings the physical presence and tackling ability that the Packers have missed since Nick Collins’ career ended abruptly in 2011.