Early Season Grades for the Green Bay Packers Defense

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Robert Griffin III loses his helmet while being tackled. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph


Yesterday, we handed out our early season grades for the Green Bay Packers offense.

Today, we take a look at how the Packers defense has performed over the first three weeks of the 2013 season.

Again, we’re evaluating the team based on a small three-game sample size, so we realize plenty of things can still change for the Packers this season. Let’s hope some of their early struggles on defense get fixed going forward. Hopefully, after they get some key players back from injury, such as Morgan Burnett and Casey Hayward, the Packers defense will play a little more consistently.

Having said that, here are our early season grades for the Packers defense.

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  • wil marsh

    interesting grades…….yes, the D line likely deserves the best grade of the 4 and certainly the safeties the worst which is almost predictable with Burnett out. McMillian, a huge disappointment and frankly i’m glad Bush is unable to suit out as he just spins like a top out there (might as well only play 10). I’m still fascinated there are only those you can count on only 1 hand that appear to be single play personnel (Goode, Crosby, Mastay, Bush and was Ross). Very pleased GB mgmt sent Ross packing……..next man up could be Franklin……..IMHO, whoever fields returns should be about 98-99% in catching ability out of a sample size of 100 minimal per week practice. Cinn kicker did GB a favor by kicking a high floater on their first kick off………Ross (Not For Long, gone). Where is Richardson?-i know on PUP, but he’d be an interesting addition.
    Not saying Lion game is a must win, but it’s critical……can’t wait to see how both Burnett and Haywood can bolster up the D tough. Lastly, just because Aikman mentioned GB is appearing to have an inordinant amount of hamstring injuries–this, is NOTHING NEW!! I don’t think it’s the cheese or the brats……many think it’s the staff……..bring in some yoga instructors or stretching experts– have those susceptable to such issues ride stationary bikes during the game. Are they hydrating enough?–Dang, folks this is professional football, not junior college!!

    • Dan

      Great points, Will. I hope it’s not the cheese or brats causing hamstring injuries. Otherwise, I might be in trouble : )