3 Moves Green Bay Packers Could Make to Boost Repeat Chances at Super Bowl
Here are three things that the Packers may consider doing to strengthen their roster and allow for another repeat of last season.
First, they need to revitalize their return game. By adding a solid return man, the Packers will be a threat at every level, and will be a force to be reckoned with.
Second, the Packers need to create more depth at the cornerback position. This will add to their already stacked defense. With Woodson and Williams already creating havoc for receivers, another cornerback will allow the Packers to create a much deeper defense—and allow for training for a Woodson replacement as he ages.
Lastly, the Packers need to find out a way to rotate their linebackers in a way that will flow and benefit the defense. By creating a rotation, the Packers' linebackers will better themselves and allow for a more fluid defense.
Bump Up the Return Game
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The Packers need a return man. After the preseason opener, it was clear that the packers need to find someone who can return punts. The Packers were ranked 19th in team returning stats, only averaging 7.9 yards on punts. With a great all-around team, the Packers need to find stability. By adding a good return man, the Packers will be more of a threat to opposing teams.
This is a long shot, but I think that it would be very interesting to see wide receiver Terrell Owens in a Packers' jersey. Owens is a very controversial player, and could be deadly with the arm of Aaron Rodgers, or leading a special teams unit. Very unlikely to happen, but an interesting idea to think about.
Mike Hart of the Indianapolis Colts is another option for the Packers to consider. Although injury-prone Hart is a decent running back with experience, he could help out the Packers in their return game.
Get Some Depth at the Corners
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The Packers have one of the best duos at corner (Charles Woodson & Tramon Williams). With Woodson aging, it is never too early to start looking for a corner who will be able to replace him. After seeing the Packers in their first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, it became clear that the Packers need some quality cornerbacks. Browns quarterback Colt McCoy stayed away from starting cornerback Tramon Williams and attacked Bush and Lee. If the Packers want to repeat, they need to start looking for some backup corners.
Kelvin Hayden of the Indianapolis Colts is one of the few available free agents. Hayden is a talented cornerback that cold provide the Packers with the stability that they are looking for. Although, he is injury prone, missing 18 games in the last three seasons, which could be a breaking point for the Packers.
The Pack Must Create a Working Roatation for Linebackers
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With the preseason in full swing, the Packers need to figure out a linebacker rotation they will be able use for the season. With Clay Matthews starting on the left side, the big question is who is going to be starting on the opposite side?
The Packers need to find out a solution for this problem with Frank Zombo, Brad Jones and Erik Walden, all getting playing time last year. Walden and Zombo are great against the run and Jones is great against the pass. The big question is: How are they going to manage this in a efficient way?
The Packers could look to make one of the three a better overall linebacker, which will enable them to be a true starter and keep the offense under constant pressure.