3 moves Packers must make after hiring Jeff Hafley as defensive coordinator

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Expect the unexpected with the Green Bay Packers.

Whether it's general manager Brian Gutekunst trading up for a quarterback or Matt LaFleur hiring a defensive coordinator who had slipped under the radar, the Packers are always unpredictable.

Several names had reportedly interviewed for the Packers' vacant defensive coordinator opening, but LaFleur's interest in Jeff Hafley was kept quiet. Hafley leaves his job as the Boston College head coach to join LaFleur's staff.

Hafley has previous NFL experience and has worked with many great defensive minds. The expectation is that his system will be more aggressive than we've seen from the Packers in recent years.

What moves should the team make to help Hafley's defense?

3. Add more talent at edge rusher

Hafley often has four down linemen. There could be similarities to San Francisco's defense under Robert Salah. The 49ers generated pressure without needing to blitz often. In 2018, when Hafley was on the staff, San Francisco ranked 23rd in blitzing.

The key is getting home when they send four. The Packers have the building blocks of a suffocating, relentless pass rush. They can get interior pressure from Kenny Clark, Devonte Wyatt, and Karl Brooks, and they have talent at edge rusher with Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, and Lukas Van Ness.

However, Smith faces an uncertain future due to his rising salary cap hits, while backup edge rusher Kingsley Enagbare suffered a torn ACL in the playoffs. He will almost certainly miss significant time next season.

The best pass rushes can rotate without hurting their production. Gary is a star, and Van Ness can become a Pro Bowler, but with Smith not guaranteed to return and Enagbare out for a while, the Packers need to add more talent up front.