For Green Bay Packers, Silence is Gold...And Green

By Ryan Heckman
Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


This offseason has been awfully quiet for the Green Bay Packers so far. Whether or not you’re a fan of the green and gold will determine just how you feel about that.

If you’re not a fan, you might be somewhat happy or maybe even indifferent about the situation. The one thing the Packers DID do was let go of a future Hall of Famer in Charles Woodson.

To many, this was a startling cut. He has been the heart and soul of that secondary since joining the Packers, and after the injury to Nick Collins, Green Bay desperately depended on Woodson to make things happen in the turnover game. Woodson has always been a “ball hawk” his entire career, somewhat similar to Baltimore Ravens free agent safety Ed Reed. If the ball is in the air for more than a second or two, chances are that Charles Woodson could end up with it.

As a Green Bay fan, you have to be getting a little nervous. While the Packers have a roster that can compete with the best in the NFL when healthy, they are still lacking in one specific area.

Last year I saw many arguments on Twitter between Chicago Bears and Green Bay fans over who had the worse starting left tackle: Marshall Newhouse or recently arrested J’Marcus Webb. While this was quite entertaining to watch, they had a valid point in their arguments.

Packer might fans feel like they watched Newhouse give up more busted plays and quarterback sacks than they did see touchdowns scored last year. That being said, the offensive line is a key area the Packers must address this off-season. Other than that, their personnel on offense is outstanding.

Defensively, they struggled at times to put the pieces all together last year. They have talent at a few positions, but didn’t quite play as well as they would have hoped. A lot of people even thought Dom Capers should be let go after last year. I still wonder what happened to the incredibly effective “Psycho” package that was implemented a couple of years ago. While it’s not completely forgotten, it has not been used nearly as effectively as it was in years past.

Overall, Packer fans should not worry too much. Yes, the Packers have been silent so far in going after free agents, but there is still time left to address the minor needs. Not to mention, they still have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. As far as I’m concerned, that makes them a pretty scary team in any game.


Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NFL contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google

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