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The Packers' secondary frequently seemed out of sync last season.
Tramon Williams and Morgan Burnett would look at each to determine who was at fault for a blown coverage. Sam Shields appeared to regress after a successful rookie season and was eventually demoted during the playoffs, sharing snaps with Jarrett Bush.
The Packers still haven't announced who their starters will be at two spots in the secondary. Whoever fills them better perform better than a year ago, when the Packers gave up the most passing yards in the history of the NFL.
There was literally a four-man competition during training camp between Shields, Bush, Davon House and rookie Casey Hayward to see who the starter would be opposite Williams. Just days before the season opener, the Packers aren't giving any indication who has won the job, but it appears to be down to Shields and Bush.
House is still recovering from an injured shoulder and isn't likely to play, while Hayward doesn't look like he's ready for that big of a role just yet. Bush is listed on the team's depth chart as the starter, but that's not a given.
It's possible the Packers will implement a time-share like they did last year in the playoffs with Bush playing on early downs to utilize his physical tackling ability against the opponent's run game and then turning to Shields on late downs—when teams are more likely to pass—for his coverage prowess.
Whatever player or rotation the Packers choose to use, they'll likely both be playing in the Packers' dime package, so both need to prepared to see action on Sunday against the 49ers.
The Packers' nickel safety position is also still up in the air when Charles Woodson moves to the slot cornerback position in the nickel and dime packages. Either M.D. Jennings or rookie Jerron McMillian will get the nod, but the Packers haven't given any indication who it will be.
No matter who wins these jobs in the Packers' backfield, they had better have good communication skills and mesh better than the secondary did in 2011.