Packers: 3 biggest questions on defense entering 2019 season

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SAN DIEGO, CA- OCTOBER 4: Head Coach Mike Pettine of the Cleveland Browns looks on from the sidelines against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on October 4, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images) /

What are the top three questions for the Green Bay Packers defense entering the 2019 season?

When you think of the Green Bay Packers in recent years, it’s offense that comes to mind, and the great play of Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre. And as long as Rodgers is still playing, the Packers will continue to win games based on their offense. But can the defense now step up?

Since Rodgers became the Packers’ starting quarterback back in 2008, the team has only finished in the top-10 for total defense twice. They had the No. 7 defense in 2009 and the No. 2 defense in 2010, which was their Super Bowl-winning season. But since their championship season, the Packers’ highest finish in total defense is No. 11 in 2012. They have finished No. 21 or worse four times in the past six seasons.

Once again this offseason, the Packers focused on improving the defense. And with Mike Pettine entering his second season as defensive coordinator in Green Bay, the team is hoping for big improvements on this side of the ball in 2019.

A good sign is that head coach Matt LaFleur said last week that the defense is ahead of the offense so far, according to Ryan Wood of Packers News. But that’s somewhat expected with the offense learning a new scheme.

There’s a lot of pressure on this defense to succeed in 2019. What are the top three questions for the unit ahead of the new season?