For roughly the past week or so, Green Bay Packers fans have been running around in a borderline panic in regards to what exactly their team will do at cornerback.
When Damarious Randall, arguably the team’s best corner, was traded to the Cleveland Browns many people figured the Packers had a plan for the position.
With no corner yet signed to replace Randall, fans are now deeply concerned the team has no plan. They assume Green Bay will draft yet another cornerback, adding more youth to an already young secondary.
Even if that’s the case, there is perhaps a method to general manager Brian Gutekunst’s madness and that method can be summed up in two words: pass rush.
Remember, the Philadelphia Eagles just won a Super Bowl without a true elite corner and that was largely thanks to a strong pass rush. Meanwhile, the Packers just added Mo Wilkerson to their defensive line with Pro Bowl lineman Mike Daniels and rising star Kenny Clark.
Feeling a little better? You should.
Still, the Packers are very young at the position and will in all likelihood sign a veteran before the draft. There are still good players available and they’ll be at a fraction of the price some of the big name players signed for in free agency (hello, Malcolm Butler).
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The 2007 and 2011 New York Giants are also examples of Super Bowl-winning teams with average secondaries. Their key? A strong defensive line, says Pete Dougherty.
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Wes Hodkiewicz tackles Packers fans’ questions in his latest Q&A column. In possibly related news, Wes might have the patience of a saint in answering some of these questions.
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Rob Demovsky has an excellent breakdown of all the current receivers for the Packers including free agent Jeff Janis and where they might fit into the team’s plans with Nelson now in Oakland.