The 2017 season for the Green Bay packers was nothing short of a disaster. Coming into the season, Packers were heavily favored to return back to the NFC Championship game and a shot at their 5th Lombardi trophy in franchise history. This all fell short in Week 6 when Aaron Rodgers broke his right collarbone in a matchup with division rival Minnesota Vikings. With a 4-1 record heading into that game, backup Brett Hundley was forced into the starting lineup. He struggled heavily completing 60.8% of his passes for 1,836 yards (5.8 yards-per-attempt) 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions for a passer rating of 70.6. He was officially 4-6 as a starter and the Packers finished 7-9 while missing the playoffs for the first time since Aaron Rodgers first became a starter in 2008. The struggles of Hundley plus all of the injuries to the offense and defense caused for major changes in the coaching staff and front office. General Manager Ted Thompson redefined his role as a Senior Advisor for the team while Brian Gutekunst took over Thompson’s position. Long time Packers Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers was replaced this offseason by former Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine. Joe Philbin took over as Offensive Coordinator for Edgar Bennett. With all these changes, the Packers should look into making changes to their roster via free agency; something that is not usual in Green Bay.
- Trumaine Johnson, CB
The Packers secondary is still a weak spot for their team. Rookie CB Kevin King was impressive, but a shoulder injury limited his potential. Pairing him up with Johnson could vamp up the secondary that finished 22nd in Passing Defense.
- Jimmy Graham, TE
When the Packers cut Martellus Bennett during the season that left a big hole for the Packers’ Offense. The two Tight Ends they have on their roster are not vertical threats. Jimmy Graham gives them that down-the-field vertical threat that can be very dangerous when a Quarterback like Aaron Rodgers is throwing to him.
- DeMarcus Lawrence, DE
Prying DeMarcus Lawrence away from the Dallas Cowboys is no small task, but he would instantly make the Packers defense better. Lawrence finished the year with 14.5 sacks while no other Packer finished with more than 7.5.
- Justin Pugh, G
The Packers could look to add a Guard with their starter Jahri Evans set the hit Free Agency. While some questions may rise about his durability as he only played in 8 games last season, Pugh would fill the hole that has been there since TJ Lang left the team last year.
- Matt Moore, QB
When superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers went down with injury, so did the Packers. There is arguably no other team in the NFL that relies on the quarterback position like the Green Bay Packers. If something like this were to happen again, the Packers should look for outside help. Brett Hundley proved he could not be trusted to lead the team. Moore is a solid cheap veteran option to backup Rodgers and can be trusted to manage the offense when Rodgers is out.
Author: Nicholas Del Negro