Tisdel’s Tirades: My Predictions for the 2010 Green Bay Packers (Which Will, Along With A Dollar, Buy You Some Chex Mix At The Vending Machine)
So: This offense is perhaps the best offense I have seen in GB. From the starters all the way through the backups, there are no positions where the Packers are weak. We have great starters at QB, TE and WR, good starters on the line and at RB and FB, and quality backups at EVERY position. This is pretty much my dream: if one of the stars goes down, we won’t be able to replace their production but we will damn sure be able to plug the next, capable and experienced, player into the system and move right along. Perhaps best of all, the Packers are solid on the offensive line. The tackles are the best we have, the interior linemen are very solid, and in case of injury we know what’s going to happen. Bulaga can fill in in the event of an injury to Clifton, which will happen. Lang backs up at RT and LG, and Spitz can play any of the interior positions. For at least the first injury, the Packers know what they’ll do if a starter goes down, which is worth a lot of money in protecting Aaron Rodgers.
The defense is not nearly as sound. We have three quality starters on the line and a good backup in Mike Neal, but losing Jolly hurts. There’s not much depth here with the oft-injured Harrell and C.J.Wilson here. The same goes for OLB. The starters are good, and could even be great in the case of Clay Matthews, but not acquiring more depth in case Matthews (who has a history of hamstring problems) goes down could prove to be a mistake. I like Brady Poppinga too, but neither he nor Brandon Chillar nor Frank Zombo will come close to replacing Matthews’ production. That’s the simple fact. This is likely all worrying over nothing, but every NFL team has injuries. You have to be prepared for this eventuality. The Packers are thoroughly prepared on offense, but not really on defense.