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I look at the 11-5 Packers as they head into the offseason.
To be honest, I don't think there's a team in the NFC I'm more afraid of than the Green Bay Packers. I know they have some major holes. The team is not complete. Also, they might want to learn how a read-option play works. Just, you know, in case it comes up. Teams might just happen to run it against them sometimes.
But, jokes aside, when this offense is firing on all cylinders, it's a sight to behold. And, apparently the team doesn't need to fix their holes in order to be successful. I can't think of a much more injury-plagued team than the Packers were this last season. And yet, they still had a great season.
And already they have made some moves this offseason as they prepare to address what problems they have. The Packers cut CB Charles Woodson for salary considerations. As a FA, he still has value - even at 36 years old. Moreover, two players have announced their retirements: C Jeff Saturday and WR Donald Driver.
Both of these positions, in fact, are areas of need. Saturday was replaced by Evan Dietrick-Smith, but he could be upgraded. With Donald Driver leaving and Greg Jennings a free agent, the Packers are left with Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and James Jones. Look for them to bring in a "number one" type of receiver. The will likely compliment this with a Tight End depending upon what happens to Jermichael Finley. A feature RB is a huge need too.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Packers really need to focus on getting some pass rush going on. While I'm on the "Clay-Matthews-is-a-stud" train, I will admit that he can be a bit inconsistent. He is still fantastic compared to what is across from him. With Nick Perry coming back from an injury, though, this may be a moot point.
Key Free Agents: CB Charles Woodson, ILB Brad Jones, WR Greg Jennings, CB Sam Shields (RFA).