As the Green Bay Packers prepare for the 2012 regular season, the loss from January against the Giants still stings. The Pack went 15-1 in the regular season and were ready to make another deep run into the playoffs with the ultimate goal of capturing their second consecutive Super Bowl victory. That painful loss in the divisional round of the playoffs no doubt is what is stuck in the Packers' heads, not a near perfect regular season.
In order to improve from last year and end this season with a sense of greater accomplishment, Green Bay needs to make some changes.
Ted Thompson began that movement by using six out of his eight draft picks to improve the league's 32nd-ranked defense and trading up multiple times to get better players.
Even if all of those picks are home runs, most won't be able to make a great impact for a year or two. In the meantime, the Packers need to improve at multiple spots if they want to change this year's outcome and make a return to the Promised Land.
Here are five players that should be given extended playing time to make that change happen.