It’s all about defense again. Like the Patriots, the Packers have had the good fortune to have a quarterback – like Brady, a guy who will go down as one of the all-time greats – who is reliable, consistent and showing no signs of slowing down.
At their core, the Packers still build through the draft. They’ve upgraded the personnel around Rodgers by signing free agent tight ends Bennett and Lance Kendricks. Brooks (33) is also four years younger than Peppers and has shown he is still able to help out in the run game as well, posting fifty-three tackles for the 49ers last season.
Why will the Packers fall short of the Super Bowl for a seventh straight year? “But you want more titles”, Rodgers said.
“Well, I don’t think they start with a 38-point lead in the next game so I don’t think it’s worth much”, said Sherman with a smile. That’s to prepare and perform. Since cutting Guion during training camp, the Packers never really found someone who could back up starter Kenny Clark at nose tackle. He’s a tricky matchup for opposing defenses with his pass-catching ability.
The former San Jose State standout will go down as someone who helped Aaron Rodgers succeed at a time when Greg Jennings was declining at receiver and Jordy Nelson was dealing with injuries.
Taylor wound up delivering with a solid 16-game season in 2016, diffusing a potentially volatile situation after Sitton – extremely popular with his offensive linemates but sometimes seen as abrasive by others – was cut.
Green Bay would love nothing more than to get off to a fast start this season, something that did not happen a year ago. He was a fifth-round pick (157 overall) in 2013 after playing at Alabama.
Rodgers, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player honour after winning the 2011 Super Bowl, told ESPN there was work to do before this could change. But there’s still the chance he’ll be transferred to injured reserve. A rookie versus one of the league’s best. If anything is going to sink the Packers’ season, especially come playoff time, it’s a lack of pass-rushing from the outside linebacker group.
STAYING HOME: The Packers’ postseason road could be determined after the first two weeks of the regular season with games against NFC contenders Seattle and Atlanta.