Green Bay Packers: Biggest decisions facing Ted Thompson this offseason
How can the offense be fixed?
Offense was a continuous concern for the Packers in 2015, and nobody saw it coming. There wasn’t a single reason why it went wrong – it was a combination of issues. Jordy Nelson’s absence didn’t help, nor did Eddie Lacy’s fitness and commitment.
Receivers couldn’t beat press coverage, and when they finally did, would either drop the football or be thrown a poor ball by Aaron Rodgers. These issues aren’t commonplace in Green Bay, but were very real and need to be put right.
A healthy Nelson will help, but his return can’t be considered the sole remedy to all that ailed this offense. After all, what if he gets hurt again?
Adding talent on defense has been the primary goal in recent offseasons, and the results are finally coming to fruition. It’s now time to shift the dial to offense. The Packers could do with more talent at wide receiver, tight end and across the offensive line.
Finding a ‘joker’ tight end who can cause mismatches in the passing game could be a difference maker. Mike McCarthy loves to utilize tight ends in the Packers’ offense, but has been unable to since Jermichael Finley got hurt. Richard Rodgers is unlikely to be the guy, so finding a mismatch in the draft has to be a high priority.
Drafting a wide receiver might not be a bad move, either. Yes, Nelson will be back. As will Ty Montgomery. But who is to stay injuries won’t strike again? Who knows if Davante Adams will finally meet expectations? Have Jeff Janis or Jared Abbrederis earned the coaches’ trust? The jury is still out on them.
How Thompson addresses the offenses’ struggles is one of the keys of the offseason.
Next: Is now the time?