After their 37-20 home playoff loss to the New York Giants, it was became blatantly obvious—the Green Bay Packers cannot get it done with a superb offense and a frequently clueless defense.
It couldn't be any simpler.
Because of Aaron Rodgers' prowess as an elite, gun-slinging quarterback, and all the receiving talent around him, many were under the impression the Packers could win in shootouts all the way to the Super Bowl, especially with home-field advantage.
Not the case.
I'll admit, I didn't think much would slow down Green Bay, but their secondary was worrisome throughout the season.
They should have blown out many more teams than they did in 2011.
Creating turnovers are an extremely important facet of a club's defensive backfield, but rarely is it something to rely on.
At some point, cornerbacks and safeties must stand tall on third down and get off the field. Continually allowing the big play doesn't bode well for any team, whether Rodgers or the league's lowest-rated quarterback is under center.
Safety Nick Collins, the backbone of the secondary, was lost early in the year to a scary neck injury and Green Bay desperately needs a leader like him on their roster.
With Rodgers and Co. putting up points at such a rapid rate, the Packers' opponents are forced to throw the ball frequently and, for the most part, have a great deal of success through the air.
A few dropped passes and errant throws can easily lead to an outcome similar to the one on Sunday in the future. (The Chiefs and Giants losses were eerily similar.)
After their entire regular-season showing and their atrocious playoff effort, it's easy to see: the Packers need more shut-down talent at cornerback and heady safeties in their secondary.
The NFL has slowly morphed into a spread-'em-out, pass-happy league. Green Bay knows that better than anyone.
Time to start adding players to stop the pass.
2012 NFL Draft Order
1. Indianapolis Colts - 2-14 (.539)
2. St. Louis Rams - 2-14 (.590)
3. Minnesota Vikings - 3-13 (.559)
4. Cleveland Browns - 4-12 (.531)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 4-12 (.551)
6. Washington Redskins - 5-11 (.477)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - 5-11 (.500)
* 8/9. Carolina Panthers - 6-10 (.504)
* 8/9. Miami Dolphins - 6-10 (.504)
10. Buffalo Bills - 6-10 (.520)
* 11/12. Kansas City Chiefs - 7-9 (.512)
* 11/12. Seattle Seahawks - 7-9 (.512)
13. Arizona Cardinals - 8-8 (.469)
14. Dallas Cowboys - 8-8 (.473)
15. Philadelphia Eagles - 8-8 (.488)
16. New York Jets - 8-8 (.500)
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) - 8-8 (.504)
18. San Diego Chargers - 8-8 (.516)
19. Chicago Bears - 8-8 (.527)
20. Tennessee Titans - 9-7 (.461)
21. Cincinnati Bengals - 9-7
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) - 10-6
23. Detroit Lions - 10-6
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - 12-4
25. Denver Broncos - 8-8
26. Houston Texans - 10-6
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints) - 13--3
28. Green Bay Packers - 15-1
*Picks 29-32 will be determined by playoff results