3. Failing to adequately address the defensive line
The whole world saw the Packers’ embarrassing run defense in the NFC Championship Game this past January. We won’t go over Raheem Mostert’s numbers again from that night, but all we need to know is that San Francisco piled up 37 points at ease despite Jimmy Garappolo only completing six passes.
At the heart of the problem for this defense has been the play up front. Outside of Kenny Clark, the defensive line simply wasn’t good enough in 2019. The Packers made the decision to release Mike Daniels, a surprising move at the time, last summer. The hope was that Dean Lowry, Montravius Adams, and Tyler Lancaster would all be able to step up. It didn’t happen.
The Packers’ biggest move to address the defensive line was signing Treyvon Hester. Hester will certainly help, but he’s now on his fourth team in as many years and has only made two career starts.
Brian Gutekunst not only passed up the top defensive linemen in free agency but then completely ignored the position in the draft. The Packers will need the development of their young defensive linemen to pay off, or sign a veteran before the season starts.
If not, expect teams to continue to test this run defense.