The outlook for the 2018 Green Bay Packers seems grim, especially after back-to-back losses to Super Bowl contenders. Those defeats, coupled with the Green Bay’s season-long issues, have led to rather dour reviews of the team’s present and future.
Tom Oates becomes the latest Packers beat writer to make the case that the roster lacks its usual dynamism. While the degree to which the talent level has fallen makes for debate fodder, few would argue that Green Bay has as much overall talent as it did either of the last two times the team made the NFC title game.
The call for the Packers to make a coaching change this offseason continues to grow as the season unfolds, with CBS Sports now reporting that a change looks likely this offseason after the recent staff overhaul failed to reverse the team’s fortunes. However, wide receivers coach David Raih has gained positive notoriety for his work with the team’s young wide receivers.
With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix shipped off to Washington and Jermaine Whitehead off the roster, the Packers have cleared a path for second-year defensive back Josh Jones to see more playing time. Jones has struggled for most of his brief NFL career and continues to make significant mistakes on the field (he drew a flag on the opening kickoff of last week’s game against the Patriots). Still, Green Bay needs to find out if Jones can factor into the team’s future in any way.
Green Bay’s recent woes certainly color how the national media perceives the team. However, even if they had pulled an upset over the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots, the Packers would still have issues to resolve this season.