The Packers are still among the NFL’s Elite (if they can stop being so fragile)
I’ve heard all about how the Packers aren’t on the same level as the Seahawks or 49ers.
I’ve read the pleas for Ted Thompson to start signing veteran free agents to plug roster holes.
I’ve seen the calls for Dom Capers to be fired.
I’ve noted the cries for more playmakers on both sides of the ball.
I’ve gotten frustrated at the Packers poor special teams play.
I’ve been exasperated by the play of Morgan Burnett and Brad Jones after they signed contract extensions.
I’ve been just as frustrated (warning: NSFW. And it’s not me in the video. I swear.) as all of you have been after another early playoff exit.
I agree that the Packers haven’t been as good as San Francisco or Seattle over the last two seasons.
I agree that Ted Thompson should not completely ignore veteran free agency when building his roster.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Capers gone.
I’d like more playmakers on the field, just like every other team’s fanbase would.
I hate getting irrationally angry after the Packers allow a long kickoff return.
I wish Burnett and Jones (and Raji, as long as we’re at it) would quit stealing money from the Packers.
These are legit problems that the Packers faced this season and should address in the future. But isn’t the Packers main problem injuries?
If the Packers don’t play significant parts of the season without Aaron Rodgers, Clay Matthews, Casey Hayward, Randall Cobb, Jermichael Finley and Bryan Bulaga, wouldn’t a lot of these other issues be covered up?
If Eddie Lacy, Sam Shields, James Jones, Nick Perry, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Robert Francois don’t miss all or parts of multiple games, would the Packers be on the same level as San Francisco and Seattle?
I think they would be. And that’s not making excuses or being blind to the fact that a few things around 1265 Lombardi Ave. could be done differently. It’s hard to be elite when you play without your best offensive player, best defensive player, your starting left tackle, your top tight end, one of your best wide receivers and a really good special teams player for most of the season.
If the Packers choose to only fix one problem area on this team during the offseason, it needs to be their constant injury issues. That’s the issue that’s really keeping the Packers from being great.
How do you remedy the injury pandemic? I don’t know. Say a few extra prayers. Cross your fingers. Wear different color socks. Tackle more in practice. Make players eat rocks to increase toughness. Who knows?
But if the Packers stay healthy — hell, even if they cut the number of injuries in half — they will be elite once again.——————