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Time for a Green Bay Packers ‘outside of the box’ offseason


OK, let’s be honest about the Green Bay Packers. All things considered, 8-8-1 wasn’t a horrible season, the injury to Aaron Rodgers obviously being mostly to blame for the outcome.

But by our standards as of late, 8-8-1 is an absolute shock. After early exits the past two years from the playoffs, more and more chatter makes its way through Titletown regarding other teams starting to pass up the Packers.

It’s difficult to argue when the play on the field all but proves this theory to be true. So is it time to break out of the traditional Ted Thompson offseason and mix it up a little?

Obviously we’ve never been a team to delve much into free agency. But what happened last time we did regarding a relatively respectable Charles Woodson? And we’ve never been much to make any big draft day moves regarding trading up either.

But what happened last time we did regarding drafting arguably the best pass-rusher in the game (when healthy) in Clay Matthews? Ted Thompson is smart. When he does make one of these moves he is absolutely certain it is simply not for the sake of just making a move and will benefit the team moving forward.

Now of all offseasons for something out of the ordinary to happen, this probably wouldn’t be one of them as the Packers have enough of their own free agents on which to make decisions. I guess the biggest question here is whether another status quo offseason will be enough to get past the San Francisco 49ers or Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs next year?

Free agency-wise, why not take a look at a Greg Hardy or a T.J. Ward? Sure, dollars and cents have to be right, but if it will benefit the team, why not?

And draft-wise, if it’s realistic to trade up and not give up half our remaining picks, why not make that move for oh, say, I don’t know – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix?

What does the Packers Nation feel? Should we change things up this offseason? Or do we trust in Ted and his old school philosophy?

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Tags: Green Bay Packers Greg Hardy Ha Ha Clinton-Dix T.J. Ward Ted Thompson

  • PackFan86

    I’d trust in TT. When our team was anything close to healthy we were competitive. It’s a chance that if #12 was healthy we may have had home field and maybe be playing in 2 weeks. As for our defense, there are major tweaks & big decisions to be made but after #12 got hurt, you know how many 3 & outs they had to deal with? Imagine being in the field during a 12 play 85 yd TD drive and then being back on the field after a minute and 30 secs because of a 3 & out??? We need to draft Pryor or Clinton Dix, we can’t let both get away, bring back the right guys & let the right guys walk (James Jones, love ya but bye bye). I still believe in TT & our staff we just need to shake the injury bug

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  • PackFan86

    Another thing I was address concerning TT that I don’t like is him drafting college DE’s & converting them to 3-4 OLB’s. We may need to address OLB maybe as early as 2nd rd if Neal leaves (hope not), but it takes 2 yrs for a guy to learn a new position like that, we don’t have time like that. Draft a 3-4 OLB who played that position in college!!!!!!

  • Ademi Smith

    Clinton Dix is overrated. Calvin Pryor is the way to go.

  • Galileo

    DL has to be the 1st pick…no way 79,90 come back…then safety,then ILB…CB if shields depart which would eliminate Hyde going to safety..then TE

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  • CLW

    We can’t win without AR. He can keep us in the game or win it with his arm. The effort by TT to prop up defense wasn’t what it has to be. More duds then studs. Pass defensive help should be priority #1. A twin tower clone of Mathews. He looks like he is a little to brittle to stay healthy. A couple O-lineman, so AR can stay vertical in the pocket. GB isn’t good enough to win w/o him. D-line is no longer a wall agains’t the run. Clean house, & get some speed & size. SF & Seattle are good patterns for success.