A look at Green Bay’s 2013 offseason
The 2013 offseason for the Green Bay Packers will be very interesting and filled with tough decisions. After a disappointing loss to San Francisco, Green Bay moves into an important offseason. The first big headline this offseason was the retirement of Donald Driver. Driver is the Packers franchise leader in receptions (743) and receiving yards (10,137). Aside from the records and a fantastic career for the Packers, Donald Driver is no doubt a fan favorite. Throughout Driver’s 14-year career with Green Bay, he always conducted himself with the up most class and respect for the game, coaches, teammates, and fans. Donald Driver will be dearly missed by the cheese head faithful.
On the offensive side of the ball, Greg Jennings and Jermichael Finley could both be moving on to different destinations in the NFL. Both players have been vocal this offseason on their thoughts of whether or not they will remain in Green Bay or not. Most recently, Finley has stated that he believes there is a 50/50 chance that he will be a Green Bay Packer this upcoming season. Personally, I believe Jennings will be in a different uniform next season and Finley will remain a Packer for at least one or two more seasons.
The Packers offensive line should be the focal point this offseason. Green Bay’s offensive line ranked 29th best in run blocking and 13th best in pass blocking efficiency in the 2012 season. That being said Rodgers was sacked more than any quarterback in the NFL last season. Green Bay should look to make some moves this offseason to keep arguably the best quarterback in the NFL on his feet and away from the training room. Look for Green Bay to draft an offensive lineman in the first round as well as possibly sign a free agent or two in order to provide some debt on the offensive line.
Defensively, Green Bay was extremely inconsistent this year. From the line, to linebackers, to the secondary, the Packers just could not figure out how to stay consistent and effective throughout the season. It seems like year after year everyone talks about how bad Green Bay’s defense is one game and then they go out and have 4 interceptions and 5 sacks the next game. Are they ever going to get to that elite defensive status in the NFL? No one knows the answer to that, but there are a few important decisions to make this offseason on the defensive side of the ball. Charles Woodson and A.J. Hawk are both free agents. Hawk has not met expectations in Green Bay and although Woodson has had a spectacular career and is a great leader, he is getting older and moving towards the end of a great career. I expect both players to remain in Green Bay for at least one more season.