Nick Collins is gone for the year, possibly more. I wish him a good recovery and a healthy life. The first point that needs to be made is that Nick Collins has been the most underrated Packer for the past five years. Unheralded and disrespected Nick Collins has gone about his business, made pro bowls, and super bowl pick sixes. His speed at the safety position will be sorely missed as he will be replaced by the sprint-impaired Charlie Peprah. In a league that is pass heavy and on a team with linebackers who don't understand coverage, expect Peprah to be a victim on countless third downs.
Compensating for the loss of Nick Collins doesn't require any secondary adjustments however. Wood is needed at CB and moving him to safety will simply put him in size mismatches with TEs. Sammy Shields is good but not ready to cover premier receivers if Wood were to move to safety. The answer is pass rush. The Packers have forgotten how to rush the passer, with Clay being double teamed and the AJ Hawk/Desmond Bishop blitz failing consistently. Coupling that with pathetic OLBs to go opposite Clay and a front line that lacks push, opposing QBs will continue to light up the Pack after leisurely sitting in the pocket for 7 seconds. My answer to this problem is two prong: 1.) Go in a time machine and resign Cullen Jenkins. 2.) Give Kevin Greene a helmet and pads. Personally I prefer the latter option. Kevin Greene is insane and I'm sure still has the intensity to drive Jay Cutler facemask into the dirt. OKAY, Kevin Greene won't be playing anytime soon, but the problem with the Pack's D is the lack of a pass rush threat at the other OLB. (Zombo, Walden and Jones can all be cut in my opinion) Ultimately, I believe it is time to give So'oto a shot. I got a feeling he will be a beast. Otherwise the Pack will simply have to play a waiting game for Mike Neal and hope.
The moral of this story is that the Packers need to build depth at positions of need. Drafting two TEs, a WR and a RB is a waste. The defensive line needed depth and all we got was a 7th round pick who is on IR. OLBs needed depth and we got a clown in Ricky Elmore who wasn't even capable of playing the position. Instead we got Randall Cobb who gets stripped by his teammate, rookie TE Ryan Taylor, a running back who is inactive and another TE who is inactive. Don't freak out, I like Cobb, but if we are planning on resigning James Jones, why bother. With Jermichael as our number two RECEIVER, that puts Cobb at 6. Why not draft Cobb and give Cullen Jenkins that contract that Jones got?
The positive to the offense-heavy moves in the offseason is that we will be watching high scoring shootouts all season, watching opposing QBs stand in huge pockets and slinging TDs over the head of Charlie Peprah. My last plea to the Pack is to replace gatorade with purple drank and bring Johnny Jolly back!