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NFL Report Card: Green Bay Packers

 

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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If someone had to give a general impression of this season for the Packers, most people would say it was a bad year. In reality, this team found a way to win ten games and make the playoffs for the seventh-straight season despite all of the offensive struggles. The season started out on a bad note with Jordy Nelson tearing his ACL in the preseason. Attention then shifted to the rest of the wide receivers, but not in a good way. Head Coach Mike McCarthy decided to part ways with the wide receiver coach in the off-season, so now he had a quarterback coach trying to do the job. This was bad news. The route running was terrible, they all looked slow, and nobody could get open! The struggles started to pile up for the offense because of the injuries to the offensive line, a banged up Aaron Rodgers, and the eating habits of Eddie Lacy. I’m not sure if Lacy was so shook up about the loss of Jordy that he started emotional eating, but he definitely started eating. There were reports that he weighed in at close to 280-pounds at one point this season! I hear he is training with P90X right now…thank God.

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The defense for the Packers actually played pretty well despite the opportunities they were given because of the offense, and the lack of talent they had on the field. Again, injuries piled up for the Packers. A poor off-season had them starting short-handed at linebackers to begin with, but injuries destroyed the depth further. Clay Matthews was asked to play inside linebacker again, a position he should not be at. Overall, the run defense was less than stellar. The Packers were saved by the play of their young secondary. Their athleticism and nose for the ball were crucial in each of their ten wins, and those young guys will be even better next season.

Final Grade: B-

 

Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Packers need to find an inside linebacker. They want to move Clay Matthews back outside, for obvious reasons, but they will need someone to fill up the inside. Sam Barrington missed almost all of the season with an ankle injury, so they hope he can bounce-back. They also had the rookie Jake Ryan play late in the season. Although we saw improvement out of him, he seems to be too inconsistent right now to be a reliable starter at such an important position.

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