The Green Bay Packers season is over, so here are some of my thoughts on what I would do to improve this football team.
I’d be pretty happy with the state of the offense. If Rodgers is healthy, anything is possibly, especially with Eddie Lacey and James Starks running the ball.
There are some concerns with the offensive line, but Bryan Bulaga will be back, and rookie fourth round pick David Bakhtiari had a solid season. I would bank on Baktiari getting stronger in the offseason and having him play left tackle, and moving Bulaga back to right tackle. They’ll also have JC Tretter coming back to provide competition and depth at all positions. I honestly think TJ Lang at right guard and Evan Deitrich-Smith at center could be upgraded if the right player were to be acquired in the draft.
I’d imagine Jermichael Finley is done in Green Bay. If he can make a comeback, he’ll probably want more money than he is worth, but he still may be an option. I think I’d try and pick up someone in the draft.
I absolutely love the receivers, but maybe another receiver to provide a little depth, maybe Ken Dorsey or Myles White can be that guy.
I would try to resign Matt Flynn to an affordable deal to the be the backup; otherwise, I would draft someone in the later rounds. I suspect Flynn must know he has a good situation in Green Bay.
The defense would be my number one concern. Defense. Defense. Defense. Every single position could be upgraded, but the defensive line would be my top concern. I would also want to know why so many players have been out of position. Is it the players or the scheme?
Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, and Josh Boyd are the only players I would want to definitely keep. BJ Raji supposedly turned down a 8 million contract that I don’t feel he is worth. I would just let him walk. Raji is an extemely gifted athlete, but is soft against the run and hasn’t had a sack in two years. He might be better off as a tackle in a 4-3 system. I would consider bringing back Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly for affordable short-term contracts. I would draft early and often tall defensive ends and large nose tackles…Louis Nix, Stephon Tuitt and Ra’Shede Hageman come to mind.
I would draft an OLB if a really good one fell to me, but I believe in some of the young players like Andy Mulumba and Nate Palmer, which may have to fill for Mike Neal if he leaves via free agency. If Matthews has another sub-par year in 2014 I would consider bringing in competition for him. The inside linebacker spots need to be upgraded. I would find competition to push Brad Jones and AJ Hawk. They need faster MLBs that can cover receivers.
I would hopefully draft a physical safety in the first three rounds and possibly give Micah Hyde some reps at the position to see how he does in training camp. Morgan Burnett and all of the safeties should know their jobs are in jeopardy. I would love to see Haha Clinton-Dix wearing green and gold.
I would try to resign Sam Shields for the right price. He deserves money for being a solid corner, but not a great one. Casey Hayward will be back and I would draft a corner if a decent one fell to me in the draft, preferably a physical corner that isn’t afraid to tackle. Also, I like Tramon Williams, but he can’t play forever and that is something that must be considered.
I love how Ted Thompson has this team setup. They are set to be competitive for many years. A little tweaking in the offseason and they should be set for an exciting 2014 season. Go Pack!