5. Add speed on offense and defense
The 49ers were by far the better team in every phase of the game on Sunday. What stands out about the 49ers is that they have speed on both sides of the ball, and this is something the Packers need more of.
Once Raheem Mostert or Deboo Samuel got the football in space, Green Bay’s defense was in trouble. Mostert averaged 7.6 yards per carry on 29 attempts, while Samuel averaged 23 yards per reception.
Just about anytime a Packers receiver caught the ball on a short gain, a 49ers defender was quickly there to make a play. Their defense swarms to the football and doesn’t often get beaten deep. Adding speed on defense is a must for the Packers this offseason.
And the same applies to the offense. Green Bay needs a pass catcher who can regularly hurt defenses vertically with speed. Marquez Valdes-Scantling could still be that player, but he failed to consistently make an impact this season and became less of a factor on offense as the season went on.
The Packers have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. If they can add more speed in the offseason, both units can take an important step up.