Winning in the regular season is one thing—becoming a champion in the playoffs is another thing altogether.
After going 15-1 in the regular season and repeatedly drubbing teams by double digits until January, the Green Bay Packers were exposed by the eventual Super Bowl Champion New York Giants in the playoffs.
What was exposed? It’s very simple: the defense. And, on a night when Aaron Rodgers and the offense weren’t as pristine as they were throughout the season, the Packers defense was not there to bail them out.
It’s not surprising, though, when you think about it. The Packers defense ranked dead last in total defense and pass defense during 2011, but that weakness was always covered by such a stellar offense.
Obviously, it’s not enough to simply score points in the NFL—it doesn’t necessarily lead to championships. In that vein, the Packers drafted defensive players with their first six selections in the 2012 draft.
Ted Thompson, the Packers GM, made it no secret where the Pack needed to improve if they wanted to get back to the Super Bowl.
So who’s going to have the impact of these six rookie defensive players? Bleacher Report’s Josh Zerkle and Andrew Garda debate the topic.