Packers got it right: Keeping a plethora of pass rushers
The Green Bay Packers, in addition to their defensive linemen, kept six outside linebacker or edge players. You love to see it.
In today's NFL, bringing pass rush in waves is so crucial. Yes, the Packers could end up making some adjustments to this position group as Rashan Gary gets fully healthy, but for the time being, I love how aggressive Gutekunst was in building a pass rush group with a great combination of veterans and youth.
The Packers invest heavily in their defense as we have seen over the last decade. They have five former first-round picks on the defensive front including Preston Smith, who was once a first-rounder by Washington.
From the top end of the depth chart to the back, keeping six pass rushers off the edge was a fun and smart move by Gutekunst. Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Lukas Van Ness, Kingsley Enagbare, Justin Hollins, and Brenton Cox Jr. are going to get after the QB all season.
Packers got it wrong: Backup QB
I may sound like a broken record at this point with the amount of times I have criticized the Packers' backup QB situation, but I think this is something that's absolutely worth monitoring. Obviously, the Packers' Plan A is Jordan Love.
But what happens if Love goes down in the first month of the season? How are the Packers planning on getting, at the very least, a decent evaluation on their tremendous talent at the offensive skill positions?
An even worse scenario is the Packers actually competing through the first half of the year, maybe going 6-3 or 7-2, and then losing Love to injury. What then? Sean Clifford is going to come in and start important games? Maybe the Packers are just willing to cross that bridge when they come to it. Maybe they have plans to add at the QB position. For right now, I think they got this wrong.