How do the Green Bay Packers compare to the two Super Bowl teams?
There are many ways to build a Super Bowl contender these days. In recent years, we’ve had the 2015 Denver Broncos with a dominant defense, the 2016 Atlanta Falcons with a high-flying offense, and the well-rounded 2017 Philadelphia Eagles.
Still, there are always lessons to be learned from the most successful teams in any given year. As Matt LaFleur puts the finishing touches on his coaching staff, the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots are preparing to meet in Super Bowl LIII.
How do the Green Bay Packers, as they currently stand, compare to these franchises? And what does that tell us about how far away this team is from making a Super Bowl trip of their own? Let’s take a look.
Aided by Tom Brady’s undersized contract, Bill Belichick takes plenty of fliers on cheap or moderately priced veterans and navigates the draft as well as anyone. Rams general manager Les Snead has hit on a few early draft choices and committed to the model that the Seattle Seahawks pioneered, of spending big in free agency while your quarterback is still under a rookie contract.
Though he’s more involved in free agency than his predecessor, Brian Gutekunst hasn’t been quite as active as Belichick or Snead to date. It’s far too early to say how he’ll measure up.