4. Protect Aaron Rodgers
For the Packers to make the Super Bowl, they need Aaron Rodgers fully healthy. That hasn’t been the case the past two seasons. He missed nine games in 2017 due to a broken collarbone, and played through a knee injury for most of 2018.
Rodgers is 35 years old, so protecting him is more important than ever. Some of that comes down to the protection from the offensive line, but there’s a lot more to it than that. The Packers gave up the third-most sacks in the league this past season, 53, and the scheme, play-calling, and Rodgers’ decision-making all take as much of the blame as the offensive line.
Yes, it’s important for the Packers to add more depth to the offensive line this offseason, along with competition for starting places at guard, but it’s also key for new head coach Matt LaFleur to ensure Rodgers is getting the ball out much quicker.
Some of Rodgers’ all-time great plays come when he buys time, rolls out of the pocket and throws on the move. That should still be very much part of his game, but getting the ball out fast and on-time should always be the top priority.
For the Packers to have any hope of winning another championship next year, they need to protect their two-time MVP quarterback.