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The excitement is palpable among the Green Bay Packers’ fan base. After hiring Matt LaFleur as the team’s new head coach, general manager Brian Gutekunst revamped the team’s defensive roster in free agency.
Gone are veteran outside linebackers Clay Matthews and Nick Perry. In are younger players, Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, who come with big price tags. But Gutekunst also added a top safety in Adrian Amos, as well as an intriguing offensive lineman in Billy Turner. This all seems to set up the team well to truly stick with the best value available in the 2019 NFL Draft, but just how happy did the moves make Packers fans?
According to SB Nation’s FanPulse surveys of the Green Bay fan base, Cheesehead nation wasn’t just overwhelming in its approval of the direction of the offseason so far — it was nearly unanimous. A whopping 95 percent of respondents said that the Packers got better instead of worse as a result of the moves in free agency.
This should come as no surprise, however. General manager Brian Gutekunst fixed the biggest holes on the roster in free agency. And with players at need positions all looking like great values for where the Packers will pick in the Draft, Gutekunst has free reign to simply take the player at the top of his board in each spot.
As a result of this optimism regarding the team’s roster, as well as the hiring of LaFleur, Packers fans also saw a big jump in overall confidence in the direction of the team. Prior to week 17 of the 2018 season, just 28 percent of surveyed fans said they felt positive about the Packers’ overall direction. However, that number now sits at 68 percent.
Hopefully the draft class will push these numbers up even higher after April comes to a close. But for now, Gutekunst has made Packers fans very, very happy so far this offseason.