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The Packers have a top-three secondary in the NFL led by Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson.
So what's new with the Packers in 2009? How will they be different this season?
They didn't add any free agents of any value, but they didn't lose anything of value, either.
They've only had a few minor adjustments. They're switching to a 3-4, they've got a healthy defense for the first time since week three last season, they've got a healthy running back, they had an amazing draft...well, I guess this team is flat out better than last year's.
The Packers are lead by future Pro Bowl quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who had a magnificent "rookie" season by throwing over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions.
They have an extremely talented group of receivers in Greg Jennings (highly underrated) and aging veteran Donald Driver. If these two stay healthy, they are one of the best one-two punches in the NFL.
The problem for the Packers last season was their defense. That's something that will hopefully be turned around this season thanks to Dom Capers and Kevin Greene and their 3-4 overhaul.
The Packers have the right people to pull it off with a talented group of linebackers including Nick Barnett, A.J Hawk, Jeremy Thompson, and rookie Clay Matthews, among others. It will be their job to make this team successful.
Capers has a good track record of turning defenses around. He has all the tools in Green Bay. They just need to let Dom lead the way to the playoffs.
Something that concerned many Packers fans last season was the "fall" of running back Ryan Grant, who went into last season injured. He's back to full health, but is he really just a one-year wonder? He will have to prove doubters wrong this season.
One of the few areas of concern for the Packers will be their offensive line. They are very young and very inexperienced. If the offense wants to keep points on the board, they need the young guys to step up.
Major Draft Selections:
9. B.J. Raji, NT, Boston College
26. Clay Matthews, OLB, USC
109. T.J. Lang, OT/G, Eastern Michigan
145. Quinn Johnson, FB, LSU
162. Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina
182. Jarius Wynn, DE, Georgia
Their draft was highlighted by a draft-day trade that gave the Packers the 26th overall selection and a fifth-round pick from the Patriots for a second-round pick and two third-round picks. They used that extra first-round selection on Clay Matthews. Overall, I give them a B+ for getting some real value in the first round, even if they reached a little for Matthews.
2009 Predictions: 12-4 with losses to the Bears, Vikings, Cowboys, and Steelers.
Definite Wild Card Entry (fifth Seed)