3. Not adding a veteran offensive linemen
Again, it’s another example of Green Bay seemingly forgetting it’s a win-now team. A key part of the team’s success in recent years has been the play of the offensive line.
The Packers knew David Bakhtiari wasn’t guaranteed to play every week. They knew Elgton Jenkins was coming back from a significant injury.
So, what did they do to help the offensive line?
Well, it started by releasing Billy Turner, and the team then let Lucas Patrick and Dennis Kelly walk in free agency.
Turner had been an excellent starter at right tackle, while Patrick was a talented, experienced interior lineman who could play at center and guard. Given the Packers’ struggles at the interior spots this season, re-signing Patrick could’ve made a huge difference.
Of course, you can’t keep everybody. Releasing Turner was cap related.
But considering the Packers’ success of adding veteran offensive linemen in recent years, not following the same approach this season was a huge risk.
Instead, the Packers went into Week 1 with a second-year guard playing at right tackle, a center with six career starts, a right guard making his first NFL start, and a left guard with only one year of starting experience.
The results were predictable.