Green Bay Packers: 5 Hidden Weaknesses

Pat O'DonnellContributor IIOctober 26, 2011

Green Bay Packers: 5 Hidden Weaknesses

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    Every team in the NFL has weaknesses and the Green Bay Packers are no different.

    Actually finding those weaknesses in this 7-0 team can prove to be challenging.

    The obvious one is on the defensive side of the ball—the pass defense ranks second to last in the NFL, giving up almost 300 yards per game, and the run defense has given up over 100 yards in each of the last two games vs. St Louis and Minnesota.

    Even more telling is the fact that Steven Jackson and Adrian Peterson each gouged the Packers at a clip of seven yards per carry.

    The 2011 version of the Green Bay Packers is not without flaws. The warts are there as they are with every other team—but with the Packers, some of them are under the radar.

    Here are five spots that opponents should take advantage of when facing Green Bay this year:

Jarrett Bush

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    Jarrett Bush continues to struggle in pass coverage.

    Bush has been mostly a special teams player in his six years in the NFL, but he has been forced to play more cornerback this season because of injuries in the defensive backfield and the inability of other draft picks like Pat Lee to make strides.

    Bush is often beaten by opposing receivers, especially in man-to-man coverage and key third downs.

Cullen Jenkins

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    Yes, I know Jenkins doesn't play for the Packers anymore, but his absence continues to be a glaring weakness with the Packers pass rush, or lack there of.

    His replacement, Mike Neal, may end up being another Justin Harrell, whose career ended before it began due to numerous injuries.

    It now seems to be only Clay Matthews and an occasional safety blitz that puts pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Jermichael Finley

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    Jermichael Finley seems to be the epitome of a selfish athlete.

    As seen with the photo above, he is an "in your face" type of player that the Packers don't seem to tolerate.

    On Sunday, he had a false start penalty during Green Bay's last drive that could have proved costly.

    Finley celebrates catches like Nick Barnett used to celebrate tackles after eight-yard gains.

    The Packers ran Barnett out of town after his injury without even a sniff of a contract offer. With depth at tight end, Finley's antics, injuries, and sure to be high asking price may be too much for Packers' management to entertain.

Marshall Newhouse

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    After filling in admirably at right tackle and left tackle for the last few games, Newhouse was burned by Minnesota's Jared Allen early and often on Sunday.

    During one play, Allen came around the corner so fast that he dropped running back James Starks for a loss on a play in which Allen should never have been involved.

    Two plays later, he again effortlessly came around the edge to sack Aaron Rodgers and the Packers were forced to punt.

    Although Allen is definitely a special talent at defensive end, he continued to victimize Newhouse with basically the same move.

    The often injured Chad Clifton better be available sometime this season or Aaron Rodgers could end up taking a beating.

Mike McCarthy

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    This may be a surprise to some, but Mike McCarthy still has some glaring weaknesses as a head coach—especially when it comes to game management.

    He doesn't seem to have an effective grasp on challenges and the Packers continue to squander leads to make games closer than they should be.

    Green Bay held double-digit leads against New Orleans, Carolina, Chicago and Minnesota only to let each of them come within a touchdown of either tying or taking the lead in the second half.

    This was also a trend in their three playoff wins last year against Philadelphia, Chicago and, finally, Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl.