Green Bay Packers: 5 Things Management Must Do This Offseason

Matt SmithContributor IIIJanuary 16, 2012

Green Bay Packers: 5 Things Management Must Do This Offseason

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    On Sunday night, the Green Bay Packers' 15-1 season came to a disappointing end when the New York Giants ran over the team, 37-20.

    The Giants exposed many of the Packers' flaws, especially on the defensive end.

    Still, Green Bay is one of the league's youngest teams and has a bright future.

    Some personnel and draft decisions must be made, and here are five that absolutely must be made.

Draft a Defensive Lineman and Outside Linebacker

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    The Packers' pass rush was absolutely terrible this season and as a result, offenses could just key in on stopping Clay Matthews.

    A pass-rushing linebacker like Vinny Curry from Marshall or Bruce Irvin from West Virginia is a necessity. Even if he is just a situational rusher, look at the impact Aldon Smith had on the 49ers.

    A pass-rushing defensive lineman is also a necessity, as the Packers could take Quinton Coples from UNC if he lasts until the end of the first round (28th overall).

    Either way, a DL and OLB must both be taken before Day 2 is over.

Do Not Draft a Wide Receiver

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    General manager Ted Thompson has a history of taking receivers in the draft, and it's worked out pretty well. However, a newly drafted receiver would only be No. 5 on the depth chart.

    The Packers don't need another receiver selected with a high pick.

    The No. 5 spot can be a battle between Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel, both UDFA rookies who took pay raises to stay with the Packers.

Cut Ties with Ryan Grant and Donald Driver

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    It's always difficult to cut ties with a franchise legend, but it must be done. Driver's $2.6 million salary is too much for the Packers to pay in 2012.

    Grant had a chance of staying in 2012, but his recent fumble killed any chance of it.

    The receiver and running back positions are crowded, and these two vets are the odd ones out.

Bring in One Quality Free Agent

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    Ted Thompson is famous for building through the draft. But with this bad of a defense, he needs to pursue a big-name free agent.

    One possibility would be Robert Mathis.

    Mathis is getting up there in age, but still has enough in the tank at age 30. He's also only 245 pounds, meaning he'd become an outside linebacker in Green Bay.

    The Packers need additions to the defense, but they can't only be done through the draft.

Bring in New Coaches

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    Reggie McKenzie is the new GM of the Raiders, and he seems primed to take a Packer coach or two with him to Oakland.

    Among the possible people leaving are assistant coach Winston Moss, OC Joe Philbin, DC Dom Capers and secondary coach Darren Perry.

    Losing either the offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator would be the biggest blows, but it's inevitable that one or a few of these guys leaves.

    Finding replacements will be key for the next season.