After the first two weeks of the 2008 season the Green bay Packers secondary was hit hard with injuries. Charles Woodson broke his toe, Al Harris lacerated his spleen, and Atari Bigby had a messed up hamstring.
On paper the defenses chances of performing at a high level seemed bleak. The guys in line to replace Harris and Bigby came into the season carrying only two years of experience.
Added to the the lack of experience is the physically demanding defensive scheme the Packers run. The corners are left on an island playing press coverage with little help over the top. Not many inexperienced corners can excel in such a situation.
Through seven games, Woodson, Williams, Collins, and Rouse have combined for 12 interceptions, five of which were returned for touchdowns.
Impressive stats for an entire season, much less seven games.
Now the Packers are heading into a bye week a game above .500 and tied for first in the NFC North.
Harris and Bigby are back practicing with the team and there are rumors that veteran cornerback Ty Law is contemplating joining the team.
If Harris and Bigby can come back close to 100% and/or Law is added into the mix, the Packers' secondary could quickly become one of the most feared in the league.