Training camp will be opening soon for the Packers. For me as a Packer fan it’s the greatest time of the year. It’s about one word hope. We watch our beloved Packers begin again with no injuries, second guessing, or Monday morning quarterbacking. We’re born again. The slate is clean. All right enough clichés. Let’s talk football!
Let’s focus on training camp. I’m going to focus on five things that will get the Packers off to a good start. That’s all we need to start on our path to winning another championship.
The first is Aaron Rodgers. We all know without Rodgers our season is over. I’m happy for Rodgers he’s has a hot girlfriend, he seems more at ease with the media and the fans, and most importantly he’s becoming the leader that he needs to be. This is his team. Sure, McCarthy is the coach but let’s be honest he’s just another average coach without Rodgers. Without Rodgers McCarthy looked lost last year. One exception and that was the Dallas game, but it’s Dallas.
Last year Rodgers ,before the injury was in McCarthy’s words, “salty.” I want more of that from Rodgers he needs to get in McCarthy’s face. I want Rodgers and McCarthy to have conflict. Without conflict we don’t grow as individuals or as a team. I don’t mean screaming and throwing clipboards that kind of thing. I mean let’s challenge each other to get better.
The second is Clay Matthews. He is the engine that runs the defense. Matthews has to remain healthy which has been an issue in his career. Matthews with Peppers will be interesting. I am not expecting Peppers to be Reggie White. I hope he can be a factor on pass rushing plays. But, who knows if his last years with the Bears were any indication it might not work out as planned. That’s why Matthews is so important to this defense.
The third is Eddie Lacy. Lacy did make a difference in the offense, winning rookie of the year. It can’t be easy for Lacy this year. Defenses will be ready to meet him head on. Starks will have to repeat his back up performance last year. Lacy cannot take the pounding and continue to ne effective. Lacy has to know his limits this season. The Packers will need him in the playoffs when other teams are beaten up. Lacy will be the sledgehammer to pound the defenses into the ground.
The fourth is Morgan Burnett and Ha Ha Clinton Dix they have to be playing in total sync or it will be a long season. The Packers will give Micah Hyde a chance at safety. A natural position for Hyde. This secondary did show improvement. Tramon Williams had a rebirth later in the season. If Burnett cannot show improvement the Packers will have to find an answer quickly.
The fifth is Dom Capers. For some reason Capers has become predictable. He was missing Matthews and didn’t have a pass rush. Daniels did a nice job and is on the rise. But, with Capers years of experience he should had find a way to make this defense work. Kevin Greene is gone and with it a strong work ethic and motivation. Capers is aware that this defense has been average or below average the past three years. Yet, this year he went finally put players in a position to make plays. It better work for his sake.
I believe there is hope for the Packers this season to win a championship. The season relies on the players and coaches to find a way get past San Francisco and Seattle. If not it will be back to training camp and hope for another year.