Green Bay Packers Hope to Bounce Back

James CampbellContributor IMay 7, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MAY 1:  Head coach Mike McCarthy watches  players participate in practice drills during Green Bay Packers Minicamp at Don Hutson Center on May 1, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

The Green Bay Packers found life hard in the Post-Brett Favre era in 2008.

Though not all of their problems can be blamed on the absence of Favre, there were still many problems the Green Bay Packers had in 2008.  Aaron Rodgers did play well, although many people already knew that he's a quality player.  I think more time is needed on that to determine whether or not he is or isn’t.

The defense was a huge problem.  Too many times, they simply blew huge leads.  They also could not stop the run.  Frequently, the offense would give them a lead late in the fourth quarter, only to see the defense surrender the go-ahead score.

Trading Corey Williams hurt the defense, but also releasing punter Jon Ryan before the year even started hurt as well.  The Packers special teams were horrible, and that helped hurt the defense even more.  Special teams will be a work in progress this offseason.

The Packers drafted BJ Raji, and also Clay Mathews to shore up their defense.  They will also be getting Cullen Jenkins, Nick Barnett, and Atari Bigby back from injuries.  They need those players back and healthy to be able to compete.

Mike McCarthy must improve his playcalling, and also instill discipline on the team. 

Too often, what hurt the Packers weren’t necessarily their defense, but mental mistakes.  The team had too many penalties, and they came at inopportune times.  The team has much talent, but needs to show more discipline.

If the team comes together, the playoffs may become a reality.  However, the Super Bowl seems out of the question.  The team needs time to mature, and take things one step at a time.