Current Packers Think They Need Some Name Free Agents on Defense

From: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Perhaps by the end of the week, coach Mike McCarthy will decide whether to dump Bob Sanders or give him another shot to coordinate the Green Bay Packers’ defense next season. But on Sunday, two members of the starting defense made public pleas, not for or against Sanders, but rather for General Manager Ted Thompson to use free agency to bolster a defense that will finish in the bottom third of the NFL and had as much to do with the Packers’ 6-10 record as anything else.

Sure, the defense made critical fourth-quarter stops to help secure Sunday’s 31-21 victory over the winless Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. But anything that happened on the field other than the victory itself can be discounted as virtually meaningless because it happened against a Lions outfit that became the first NFL team to lose all 16 regular-season games.

“In my opinion, we have to get some veteran guys on the team, some guys that have weathered some storms in their careers and know what it’s all about,” Packers cornerback Charles Woodson said. “I don’t know what will be done, but I know there will be some things done. “I think we need a couple of more (veterans on defense). A couple more and I think we’ll be OK.” Fellow starting cornerback Al Harris agreed. “We are a young team, but that’s no excuse,” Harris said. “There’s going to be some guys out there that may (be able to) help us.”

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