The Green Bay Packers are known for their high powered offense which is orchestrated by Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers. is one of the best quarterbacks of this generation. As long as number 12 is under center the Packers are a playoff bound team. There is a lot of uncertainty to the 2013 Green Bay Packers. Chief concerns include a lousy offensive line and a defense hoping to redeem themselves for a lackluster 2012. The Pack will always be a tough out because of Rodgers, but are they a Super Bowl caliber team?
The offensive line was awful at times in 2012. Rodgers got hit way too many times. In an offense that was so dependent on the arial assault sacks were too often drive killers. Now it should be mentioned that Rodgers will get that offense rolling any way. In the Playoffs however their inability to pass protect could be exposed. San Francisco, Seattle, Washington and New York (Giants) are potentially bad match ups for the Pack. Again Rodgers can beat any of these teams. The problem is these teams defensive fronts can pummel the offensive line of the Packers.
The Packers know they have to run the ball more. Running the ball will make their offense more dimensional. It will allow them to keep that offense on the field more to help out the defense. It will also help reduce the risk of injury to Rodgers behind a suspect line, if he does not have to throw it 50-60 times a game. This is why the Packers drafted Jonathan Franklin and Eddie Lacey. Both runningbacks have a combination of speed and power. Lacey reminds me of Jerome Bettis, Franklin reminds me of Ray Rice. Both runningbacks can catch out of the backfield. Both are good in the screen game, which is a must have ability forMike McCarthy’s backs.
The defense was horrible last season. They were not gap sound which led to teams running it well against them. Adding Dantone Jones from UCLA will improve the run defense some. The Packers still need pass rush opposite of outside backer Clay Matthews. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers likes to do a lot of crazy things on defense, and is an idol of mine. That said, he does not have the defensive players to go with his creativity in zone blitzing.
The Packers are the clear frontrunners in the NFC North. Rogers will give them a shot at the Super Bowl. That being said, there are flaws to the Packers team that could be exposed in the playoffs. San Francisco and Seattle are more complete teams who matchup well vs. the Packers. The Packers are Super Bowl contenders because of Aaron Rodgers but as a team the Packers are not Super Bowl Caliber.