We are knee deep into our latest series from End Zone Score. NFL free agency is in full swing. Teams continue to make decisions that will affect the franchise’s immediate future. The focus here will be on each of the 32 teams’ biggest problems. What is the biggest negative facing each club. More importantly, how is each organization addressing the matter? In this edition we will take a hard look at the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers. You can play catch-up here when it comes to the teams we have done to date.

Problem: Defense

It’s not a big secret that quarterback Aaron Rodgers hasn’t gotten a lot of support from this unit in recent seasons. This past year, the Packers slumped from a mediocre 15th in the league in total defense to 22nd in the same category. Mike McCarthy’s team allowed the second-most passing yards in the NFL and surrendered 32 scores through the air. And that was with a respectable 40 sacks. This offseason, the team gave big money to outside linebacker Nick Perry, who enjoyed a career year in 2016 with 11 quarterback traps. But defenders such as outside linebackers Julius Peppers (Carolina Panthers) and Datone Jones (Minnesota Vikings) and versatile strong safety Micah Hyde (Buffalo Bills) have all moved on.

Solutions

Back in 2012, the Green Bay Packers not only made Perry a first-round draft choice but used their next five selections on the defensive side of the football as well. It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see a similar strategy by Thompson in April. In 2016, injuries to the cornerback position proved to be extremely devastating. While Sam Shields was let go this offseason, the Packers brought back Davon House, who was cut loose by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team also have some offensive line issues but look for them to focus on defense in this draft.

Russell S. Baxter is the NFL lead columnist for EndZoneScore.com and the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

About The Author

Russell S. Baxter
EndZoneScore (NFL) Lead Columnist

A freelance NFL writer, editor, researcher and analyst for more than 30 years with a background in both television (ESPN)--contributing to shows that won 5 Emmy Awards--as well as radio (both live and voice-over), Baxter is the founder of ProFootballGuru.com. He also writes for NFL Spin Zone, FanSided, Pro Football Spot, Blasting News and The Sports Post. He has written for Bleacher Report, Cold Hard Football Facts, Pro Player Insiders, The Football Girl, ThePostGame.com, NFL Female and more. Baxter has been a steady guest on Yahoo! Sports Radio, NBC Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio, FOX Sports Radio and also appear on a weekly basis during the NFL season on Patriots Playbook on Patriots.com Radio. Baxter can be heard on numerous other stations and podcasts across the country and all over the world. Follow him on Twitter at @BaxFootballGuru.

5 Responses

  1. Nick Perry

    “Hey What’s Your Problem?” Hmmm, I’m sorry Russell but the problem is the same problem that’s plagued the Packers every year. Ted T refuses to use every avenue to improve his team. As great as it was to sign Bennett & Kendricks and even bring back House, this team is in actually worse shape defensively than it was when the season ended a year ago in Atlanta and THAT is a scary thought for a Packers Fan.

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  2. Bill Wood

    The PACKERS continue to fail on defense! There been nothing in free agency for years. Their draft picks either have failed right out of the box or have taken years to develop. Then they move on to another team. So what is the problem and who is at fault? It’s time for management and/or coaches to step up and accept responsibility!

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    • Russell S. Baxter
      Russell S. Baxter

      Really surprised that the team has not moved on from Dom Capers. And it’s an organization that needs to be a little more aggressive in free agency. And a lot of the top cornerbacks are gone.

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