In order for the Green Bay Packers to make it to and win the Super Bowl, these are three moves that they need to make this offseason.
On Sunday night we saw the Kansas City Chiefs crowned Super Bowl Champions and with that victory, it closed the 2019 NFL season.
2019 was certainly a fun season for Green Bay Packers fans. After missing the playoffs two straight seasons, the team would go 13-3 and all the way to the NFC Championship game.
Unfortunately, the performance that would ensue was highly disappointing. From the opening kickoff, the San Francisco 49ers would dominate as they would go on to blow out the Packers for the second time this season.
As ugly as that loss was, the good news is that the Green Bay Packers have a great core of players, which includes Za’Darius Smith, Preston Smith, Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, Aaron Rodgers, and more. However, there are still upgrades to this roster that need to be made during the upcoming offseason.
And if the Packers are going to contend for the 2020 Super Bowl, these are the three areas, in particular, that need to be addressed moving forward.
More Weapons in the Passing Game
As the offense struggled to find any sort of consistency in 2019, the main contributor was a lack of overall effectiveness in the passing game.
Both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling who were supposed to play big roles had rather disappointing seasons and the same could be said for Jimmy Graham as well. Meanwhile, Marcedes Lewis isn’t much of a threat in the passing game and Jake Kumerow just didn’t see much of the field.
On a positive note, many are anticipating a huge sophomore jump from tight end Jace Sternberger in 2020 and this year’s draft class at the receiver position is absolutely loaded. Green Bay doesn’t just need a solid possession receiver, they need someone who is dynamic in the open field and someone who can stretch the field vertically.
Whether it be two early round draft picks, an early round draft pick and a free agent signing, or whatever combination you want to come up with, the Packers need to infuse this roster with at least two new targets at the receiver position. And adding another tight end to the mix isn’t a bad idea either.
Get Faster at ILB
As solid as Blake Martinez has been over the years as a fourth round draft pick, he has his limitations as well. While he makes a lot of tackles, they often times come four or five yards past the line of scrimmage. He also struggles to shed blocks and coverage isn’t his strong suit either.
So with Martinez likely not coming back, the Green Bay Packers need to find his replacement. And ideally it will be a player that is effective on all three downs, has sideline-to-sideline range, and can be relied upon in coverage. I’m sure you get where I’m going here, they need more speed.
If we look back at the NFC Championship game – I know that hurts – one area that really sticks out was just how fast the Niner defense was, especially at linebacker. And that is the type of player that the Packers need to add to the middle of their defense.
Help for Kenny Clark inside
As I’m sure everyone noticed over the course of the season, while Green Bay has plenty of playmakers on the outside, their interior defense needs help. Addressing ILB is a great start, but they also need to give Kenny Clark more help inside.
Unfortunately for Green Bay, Montravius Adams hasn’t progressed as they’d hoped. Meanwhile, Tyler Lancaster and Dean Lowry are solid players, however, if they are expected to be the second and third options at defensive tackle, your defense is going to have issues to stopping the run. Just as we saw for a majority of the season.
On the flip side, we saw how effective this defense was when the opposing offense was in obvious passing situations and they could attack the quarterback. Well, in 2020 they need more opportunities like that and it begins by bringing in someone like free agent Michael Pierce whose primary job has been to eat blocks and stuff the run. When it comes to stopping the run, this is only going to make life easier for Clark and whoever ends up being the new ILB.