What’s Next In Green Bay?
The turnover continued in Green Bay as interim coach, Joe Philbin, made the decision to fire associate head coach and linebacker coach, Winston Moss.
As if the changes at the top of the ladder weren’t crazy enough, the Packers also had to place second-year cornerback, Kevin King, on injured reserve.
This Packers team has a lot of work to do over their last four games in preparation for the offseason and next season.
The main decision they are facing is who will be hired as the head coach.
The Packers have a lot of familiarity with Philbin. He was the offensive coordinator during the end of the Favre era and beginning of the Rodgers era. That offense was ranked in the top 10 in both points and yards during Philbin’s tenure. That offense also led them to a victory in Super Bowl 45.
However, those teams had something that the current one doesn’t…a good defense.
The Packers spent a lot of money on the offensive side of the ball over the last few seasons, yet hardly any money went to the defensive side of the ball. The only player that has had a decent amount of money stuck into him is Clay Matthews.
The defense has been run mostly with a draft, develop, release mentality. This has been shown many times over the years with Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Morgan Burnett, and most recently, HaHa Clinton-Dix.
The Packers need to find a way to develop a defense that has time to mesh. This will involve them getting over the injury bug that seems to tear their secondary apart each and every year.
The Packers need to have three goals going into next season:
- Find a head coach that can work with Rodgers- This does not mean a coach that will let Rodgers do whatever he wants. It is a coach that will keep him and check and still command his respect. An ideal candidate could be Josh McDaniels from New England. He has learned from one of the greatest coaches and been apart of one of the greatest offensive schemes the NFL has ever seen. They do need to be wary of pursuing him, especially after the whole situation with the Colts. The Packers need to realize that they have an explosive weapon in their backfield by the name of Aaron Jones.
- Figure Out What The Future Of The Defense Is Going To Be- This defense has been lackluster, to say the least, over the last few seasons. The influx of young players that get thrust into starting roles is not working. The only free agents that the team pursues, are usually past their prime. They need to disperse some of the team wealth to bring in some defenders that are capable of higher level play.
- Change The Playbook- Rodgers said it himself, they have been running the same offense for a decade. There needs to be some level of change or adaptation if they want to remain relevant. If they could have a solid running attack, they could develop one of the best play action offenses in the league. They also have one of the better tight ends that they have ever had, yet Jimmy Graham continues to be underutilized. The potential for offensive variations is there, they just need to find it.
Stay tuned to MFST for offseason updates on the Packers and their coaching search.