You don’t want to write too many conclusions in stone after only two games, but one area of concern going into the season has become a legitimate problem for the Green Bay Packers.
That area was the defensive line and they need some help.
As good as Kenny Clark (doo doo doo doo doo doo) has been, he can’t do it all on his own. This much was obvious last year so we shouldn’t be surprised at the results so far this season given the Packers did absolutely nothing to address it.
Tyler Lancaster clearly isn’t the answer. Dean Lowry hasn’t earned that $20 million contract he signed in 2019 and Kingsley Keke, pegged by some as a potential breakout player, has been quiet as well.
The job of the defensive line in Joe Barry’s defense is similar to that of Mike Pettine’s, so the learning curve isn’t quite the same excuse for them as it is for members of the secondary. The players they have right now outside of Clark just aren’t getting it done.
So what options does this leave the Packers with? An in-season trade is feasible but Green Bay’s cap issues make that tricky. You also have available free agents like Geno Atkins and Kawann Short but much like when the Packers signed Damon “Snacks” Harrison, they could find those players just a remnant of their former shelves.
The saying goes that once you’ve made your bed, you have to sleep in it and that’s how Green Bay will likely be facing its issues along the defensive line this year. They screwed this up, plain and simple.
There are options but none of them are particularly good. As of now, we probably should pencil in defensive line as one of, if not the top position come draft time in April.
Options are limited but they have to look. A big swing at someone like Grady Jarrett might be unlikely but it would be a huge boost at their weakest position. Beefing up the line in Za’Darius Smith’s absence would be the best thing the Packers can do to help their pass rush.
As we saw Monday, double covering Davante Adams does not always work out. Watching Lamar Jackson film of all things also assisted Adams in the win over the Lions.
Two of the toughest bad habits to kick both end in -king. Smoking and Kevin King. Secondary coach Jerry Gray along with Barry and Matt LaFleur all mentioned Thursday they like King in the slot because of his size, something that has flabbergasted many people considering King’s shoulder injuries and tackling woes.
This might come as a shock to many, but the NFL likes money. That is the only logical explanation behind this move.
Don’t let a funny circumstance distract you from the fact this situation points to continuing issues with the education system in the United States. Ironically that problem can be solved using the same methods patrons use with strippers: throw money at it.