Life After Al and Aaron

Matthew ReisContributor INovember 24, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 22: Defensive back Al Harris #31 of the Green Bay Packers is taken off the field on a cart after an injury against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on November 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the 49ers 30-24. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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What's next?

Within one quarter, the Green Bay Packers went from a football team on a roll to a team scrambling for answers.  And no, I'm not talking about the protection of the offensive line. 

So, what's next?

With the injuries to Aaron Kampman and Al Harris, the Packer's defense is the one left scrambling for answers.  

First, Aaron Kampman.  Let's face it.  He wasn't having that great of a year anyway.  My personal opinion is they will go with the rookie Jones most of the time.  They are deep at the linebacker position.  I do not see this injury affecting the defense that much.

Al Harris is a different story.

Tramon Williams will replace him as starting corner back.  He will do fine.  This is not the problem.

The problem comes with the adjustments after you move Williams into the starting role.  First of all, you can no longer 'cheat' with Charles Woodson.  Woodson cannot cover the stellar tight ends anymore like he has been doing most of the season. 

The second problem is Jarret "Ahmed Carrol" Bush.  Bush is replacing Williams in the nickel package of the defense.  We all saw how this combo worked at the end of the San Francisco game.  The secondary and linebackers continually got burned, mainly by the tight end.

This worries me.

I think the Packers can overcome the injuries.  Players need to step up.  Bush in particular needs to earn his paycheck. 

What will happen? 

Only time will tell.  But I predict the Packers finishing 10-6 and sneaking into the playoffs.  The defense overcomes the problems with Dom Capers at the helm.