3. Forgetting about the defensive line
Having strong offensive and defensive lines is key to success in the NFL, especially in the playoffs. Just ask the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who protected Tom Brady while the pass rush led a dominant defense on their Super Bowl run.
The Packers have the first part, a strong offensive line. It’s a deep group and was excellent in both the pass and run games last season. It’s on the other side of the ball where there are concerns, and it’s surprising that the Packers seem to refuse to invest in this position.
Yes, they drafted TJ Slaton in the fifth round, but that’s about all they did to strengthen a defensive line that needed not only more depth, but more talent overall.
Kenny Clark is a former Pro Bowler and Kingsley Keke had some impressive performances last season, but this defensive line has regularly struggled against the league’s best offensive lines. In the playoffs, that becomes a problem.
Both in the draft and in free agency, there were opportunities for general manager Brian Gutekunst to add more talent at defensive tackle. Outside of selecting Slaton, who should provide some depth this season, the defensive line remains mostly the same in 2021. And that could be a problem.