Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) walks off the field after the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers 27-20 at Lambeau Field. Rodgers left the game early in the 1st quarter with a left shoulder injury. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

What do the Packers need to do to get back to the Super Bowl?


With Aaron Rodgers leading the team, the Green Bay Packers have as good of a chance to get to the Super Bowl as any of the other 31 NFL teams. Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

With Aaron Rodgers leading the team, the Green Bay Packers have as good of a chance to get to the Super Bowl as any of the other 31 NFL teams.
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports photograph

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and as a fan of the Green Bay Packers, I’m super jealous.

I’m super jealous of Peyton Manning; super jealous of the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson; heck, I’m even super jealous of Richard Sherman.

It’s a Super Day … we are all enjoying our snacks, our beverages, the big screen TVs that have the likes of Warren Sapp and Michael Irvin yelling at us … well, maybe we’re not enjoying that, but we are wishing deep down that it was the Green Bay Packers that were playing in this game.

2013 started out promising. The Packers defense was getting it done, Aaron Rodgers was leading the offense, Eddie Lacy was showing why he was to eventually become the league’s offensive rookie of the year.

Then all hell broke loose on the night of Nov. 4. Rodgers went down with a fractured clavicle, the Packers quarterback situation fell apart, the defense couldn’t get off the field and seemed to get gashed game after game as the free-fall through November had Packers fans hoping for a miraculous healing of Rodgers’ clavicle.

Even though the team somehow won the NFC North Division and hosted a playoff game, we all knew deep down that this team just didn’t have what was needed to get to the big game … that was a consistent defense and an offense that was really clicking at the right time.

However, we know this team is close; we know that with Aaron Rodgers at the helm of the offense that the Packers always have a chance to win games and are maybe a couple of players and a few injuries short of making it back to the big game.

Here’s a short list of needs the Packers have that could get them back into the Super Bowl conversation:

• Two young defensive linemen who will be contributors to a deep rotation that can stop the run and put consistent pressure on the quarterback;

Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett needs help. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

• At least a couple more linebackers who can play inside or outside and can grasp a complicated system drawn up by Dom Capers;

• The development on another safety to complement Morgan Burnett and to work well with rest of the defensive backfield;

• They need to re-sign Sam Shields and keep Tramon Williams on the field and playing at the level he was at in late 2013;

• They need cornerback Casey Hayward to come back in 2014 fully healed and ready to play;

• They need Brian Bulaga to come back fully healed and ready to play in 2014;

• They need to re-sign Jordy Nelson so that he doesn’t hit the free agent market;

• They need to extend the contract of Randall Cobb to keep him in the fold for another four or five years;

• They need to either sign Matt Flynn and/or draft a quarterback with the innate skills to run Mike McCarthy’s offense;

• Most of all, they need to find a way to keep their players healthy. Injuries have affected this team like no other. The coaching and training staff have to do whatever necessary to keep players on the field and performing at their best.

Aaron Rodgers has to stay healthy, as do players on the entire team. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Are the Packers destined for the Super Bowl in 2014 if they do all this?

They have as good of a shot as any of the other 31 teams.

I can say that if they can accomplish these steps, they will have taken the steps that could make it happen.

GO! PACK! GO!

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  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Completely agree. They need an impact player at safety, DL and ILB! Extend the contract for Jordy and Randall and sign Starks, Jones and Kuhn!

  • billy

    after watching the first half of the SuperBowl, i would say a good defense trumps all….we already got the offense thats better than the Seahawks…..

  • ScottSummers

    There’s only so much we can do on the injury front. The only injury that happened within the 2013 season that may have been preventable was Brad Jones’s hamstring woes.

    The organization really couldn’t do anything about Matthew’s broken thumb, Perry’s fractured foot, Rodgers’ collarbone, Cobb’s fractured leg, James Jones’ ankle/ broken rib, Finley’s near spinal destruction, Bulaga’s ACL tear, Francois’ achilles, etc.

    Unfortunately, there is no cure for these types of freak injuries except having them ride the bench.

    • RayRivard

      You’re right about all those fractures, but the soft tissue injuries, namely the hamstrings … there’s got to be something there as to why the Packers have more of those types of injuries than anyone in the league – or so it seems. Maybe Yoga is the answer.

  • billy

    even if everyone on our defense was healthy they are a long way from being a “legion of Boom”, thats for sure…that huge safety laying everyone out, good linebackers, a def front getting a push…all stuff the Pack has to work on…hopefully the “development” stage will be over for a few guys and they can start to play hard-nosed smart football….

  • Peter Maiz

    Let’s be real, all these things won’t happen. Santa Clause is non-preferential. Goodies to all teams are distributed equally. As the Super Bowl proved, the dynamics of increasing your chances are with a hot defense. When Green Bay creates a hot, hard hitting and powerful defense, they will certainly be very close to the “magic moment”. The reason? Rodgers. But the Rodgers magic can’t flower with gifted defenses. So, Green Bay, get together and get a defense that can at least stop the run.