5. Pressure the quarterback
With Clay Matthews’ level of play declining as he gets older and Nick Perry‘s inability to stay on the field consistently, Green Bay is going to have to take an all hands on deck approach when it comes to getting after the quarterback. They won’t be allowed to rely on one or two players. Instead, they’ll have to hope multiple players can step up throughout the season.
That’s very doable considering Matthews and Perry can be good for taking over one or two games apiece throughout the season. The excellent defensive line of Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark and Muhammad Wilkerson can also probably be counted on for four games.
That only leaves about half the season for the Packers to find someone to step up. New defensive coordinate Mike Pettine runs a creative scheme that focuses on pressuring the quarterback. Hopefully, that means they can get a few amazing games out of players like Blake Martinez, Josh Jones, Oren Burks and Vince Biegel. If they can get after the quarterback consistently, it will make life much easier for the rest of their defense.