Fans find themselves asking what the most important area on defense the Green Bay Packers must improve immediately is, in which the typical answer is tackling. That is without a doubt a huge area that needs to be fixed, as it was one of the obvious reasons Green Bay lost to the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in a span of six days. However, in my opinion, there is a much more important need that if fixed will guarantee a run through the playoffs.
Packers’ fans better prepare themselves, as the following statistics are shocking. Green Bay ranks dead last in the NFL in interceptions (three) and are tied for 18th in fumble recoveries (five). The Packers also have recovered 55.5 percent of their forced fumbles and recorded just one defensive touchdown this season.
On the bright side, there are 16 teams that have yet to score a touchdown on defense. Not to mention, at least Green Bay is positive when it comes to falling on fumbles.
Obviously, the biggest concern is the interceptions. In fact, the lack of turnovers in general is destroying the Packers’ chances of staying upright while quarterback Aaron Rodgers recovers from a broken collarbone.
The Packers ranked eighth in the league in interceptions (18) in 2012 and first in interceptions (31) in 2011. To have just three through nine games is flat out embarrassing and another reason why many are calling for defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ job.
Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings are four players in the secondary that must step their game up starting with Sunday’s contest against the New York Giants. These four men will have a great opportunity to record several picks with Eli Manning, the league leader in interceptions, tossing the ball around.
Even though all four players have excelled when it comes to tackles, they only have one interception among them.