The Packers suffered many critical injuries in 2012, but they also got tremendous play from backup players down the stretch. Brad Jones and Casey Hayward both come in as two of the top 3 substitute players of 2012 according to PFF.
The Packers' are a draft and develop team, meaning that a large number of players need to improve each year in order for the team to continue to be successful. As such, there are plenty of nominees for this year's most improved player award.
The battles in the trenches were largely forgettable for the Packers in 2012, but a couple players were able to perform at a high level. Ryan Pickett, Josh Sitton, and Brad Jones highlight this year's nominees for Working Class Hero of the Year.
With all the turmoil on the Packers roster throughout the 2012 season, there are only a handful of candidates for the team's season MVP. In a way, the case for each is defined by the presence (or lack thereof) of players around them.