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2019 PACKERS PREVIEW
By Josh Golberg WCLO WJVL Sports Director
If there’s a musical soundtrack for the season of the Green Bay Packers, the opening song would definitely be “Winds of Change” from the Scorpions. Where the listing goes after training camp is anybody’s guess, but it’s looking positive. Not to say there won’t be a few songs in the middle that might be a little heartbreaking because there’s always growing pains.
The biggest difference from last season is there’s a new man in charge of the on-field product: Matt LaFleur. He’s a first-time head coach and the hope is he’ll be the next of a few younger innovative coaches in the league. Whether that is true or not won’t be known until a couple games into the season. But the early returns about some of the offensive schemes has the veterans excited.
Speaking of offense, statistically Aaron Rodgers had a good season last year. But the Packers lacked any weapons and a stale scheme derailed the possibility of a successful campaign. Jimmy Graham hasn’t really worked out so far and Randall Cobb was allowed to leave. The offensive line has one potential new starter in Billy Turner. But otherwise everybody is pretty much back from last year’s underperforming squad. Maybe a new look from LaFleur and putting people in different positions will make a difference.
Defensively, Mike Pettine is back as coordinator after using Dom Capers’ leftovers. The Packers were actually a little better last year on that side of the ball and GM Brian Gutekunst went out and a few pass rushers in free agency in Z’Darious and Preston Smith (no relation). With Clay Matthews leaving for the Rams, the Smiths and first round pick Rashan Gary will hopefully make up for the lack of a pass rush the last few seasons. In the secondary, Kevin King needs to stay healthy, Jaire Alexander is hoping to follow up a great rookie year and the new safety combo of Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage look to dominate.
Looking at the conference landscape, the Bears have one of the best defenses and Mitch Trubisky keeps improving, the Vikings can’t figure out whether they want to be good and the Lions are still inconsistent. The kickoff to the 100th season of the league starts with its oldest rivalry in the Packers and Bears. Soldier Field will be a great measuring stick to see whether all of these changes are pointing things in the right direction.