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The champions of Super Bowl XLV chased their title run with a 15-1 regular season and a pair of division-round playoff losses.  To get back to the Super Bowl and win it once or more times during the remaining career of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Packers need to address multiple needs, sooner rather than later.

Running back:  The Packers seem to need a running back every year.  The bigger question is whether the Packers would fully utilize a great one, if the team had him.  Coach Mike McCarthy uses the pass to set up the pass, with running backs mainly catching the ball and blocking for Rodgers.  The versatile Johnathan Frankin of UCLA would be an intriguing fit in a later round, since he can stay on the field for three downs and run, catch, and block.

Nose tackle:  Their interest in nose tackle Steve McLendon, who re-signed with the Steelers, shows that the Packers think they need a nose tackle.  Ryan Pickett, 33, and former first-rounder B.J. Raji each have one year left under contract; the Packers need to be ready to replace them.  Without a good nose tackle, their 3-4 defense won’t work very well.  (Then again, it currently isn’t.)

Linebacker:  Beyond Clay Matthews, the Packers need help.  Nick Perry, a first-rounder in 2012, had his season shortened with a wrist injury.  A.J. Hawk could be getting toward the end of his run in Green Bay.  They need to get better at this position.

Offensive line:  The Packers have done fairly well with a subpar line.  But they’ve taken chances on left tackles who end up playing other positions.  They need to draft a left tackle who will stay at left tackle, and who will play well there.  (Unless they’re serious about moving Bryan Bulaga to the left side.)

Tight end:  Tom Crabtree bolted to the Bucs and Jermichael Finley has one year left under contract.  They need to be thinking about the future of this position.

Quarterback:  With Graham Harrell serving as the backup, the Packers have put all eggs in Aaron Rodgers’ basket.  If he gets hurt, they’re done.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    Any team that loses their starting QB is done. Forthwith, I expect you to have QB as every team need. Also, retroactively go back and say that teams like the Vikings need a running back. After all, if they lose Adrian Peterson, they’re done, too, right?

  2. ososrule says: Apr 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    Looks like the Bears finally beat the Packers at something in the past 5 years(thanks to Bears management changes)…..Good Luck to all you Packer fans out there. The NFC North is going to be a lot different this year.

  3. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    Everything else, though, is spot on.

  4. mackcarrington says: Apr 19, 2013 9:46 PM

    Team Needs: Bret Farve, Reggie White, Boyd Dowler and Jim Taylor.

  5. noeffinway says: Apr 19, 2013 9:47 PM

    Biggest team need is a skirt for Rodgers.

  6. daveb204 says: Apr 19, 2013 9:48 PM

    You forgot Safety.

  7. kjcnc21 says: Apr 19, 2013 9:49 PM

    Packers need a running back bad… should’ve got one in free agency. No extreme talent at RB in this years draft class but there are a couple solid guys like Lacy and Bernard

  8. fredsingleton says: Apr 19, 2013 9:52 PM

    I’d say basically everything besides QB, WR, and maybe CB. Their line is weak and a bunch of pansies. They get beat at the line by every team they play.

    Even Kaepernick ran on them all day long. Clay is a sack specialist, that’s all. Definitely wasn’t worth that much money.

    Good luck though resigning Cobb, Jordy, Raji, and Sitton in a couple of years while most of your cap is taken up from Rodgers and Clay.

  9. theshow17 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:01 PM

    As a Vikings fan, this team is top tier in the NFL with the best QB in the NFL and will go to the playoffs out of a tough division. Honestly, I think their needs are (in order) OL, RB, CB, LB. They play in the 3-4, so LB is a given in any draft.

    Their OL is soft and they haven’t had a solid RB since Green (that I can remember). That might be due to the OL problems year after year.

    Since (I think) the OL is terrible, it’s a testament to their QB and WR that the offense is so potent year after year. Lets just say that Jared Allen, Peppers and Suh love to play the Packers…but nobody else on the team does…

  10. damaddhatter29 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:01 PM

    In other news, TO wants to make a comeback with da bears.

  11. ozymandias121 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:10 PM

    An entire defense? They could’ve filed assault charges on Kaepernick last year.

  12. lnfinite says: Apr 19, 2013 10:13 PM

    Classier fans….

  13. pdtgolf says: Apr 19, 2013 10:18 PM

    I sense a touch of sharpness to Florio’s assessment of the Packer’s needs. In principle I agree with the stated needs but not the snide comments. If you just read his comments without the facts you would think the 2012 Packers were 5-11 not 11-5.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 19, 2013 10:18 PM

    All we need are a couple more Lombardis. And those will be coming shortly.

  15. AAASportsMemorabilia says: Apr 19, 2013 10:25 PM

    The Packers definitely need to fill these holes to help Rodgers. If they can get this help, keep Rodgers from getting hurt (ie – get the O-line some help), they could easily make it back to the Super Bowl.

  16. packfaninchitown says: Apr 19, 2013 10:25 PM

    Every fool thinks this is the Pack’s year to fall apart, they’re wrong.

    Pack will still win the NFC North and meet the Niners in the playoffs.

    Deal with it.

  17. funktron2x says: Apr 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    @Tokyo… sf lost their starting qb to an unproven backup. you probably don’t want to remember that tho

  18. theytukrjobs says: Apr 19, 2013 10:31 PM

    Packers need to get better against the run, plain and simple. There were a lot of teams with strong run games in the playoffs last year. The 49ers set a playoff record for rushing yards in a single game against them.

    That has to be priority 1, 2, and 3. And of all the positions in this draft linebacker and d-line are two of the positions that drop off the earliest. Gotta address those early on.

    I’d say rounds 4 and out they can look to WR/CB/RB/QB. But rounds 1 through 3 should be put into the middle of their defense. They can outscore possession teams but only if they stop the run first.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Apr 19, 2013 10:41 PM

    There isn’t a team in the NFL that depends on a draft and develop strategy more than the Packers.

    Considering that by mid year last season, the Packers sent to IR their last three #1 draft picks, that had to hurt. The likely return of all three is like getting three extra #1’s this season so they should be in decent shape considering two were on the offensive line and one was a linebacker.

  20. wludford says: Apr 19, 2013 10:50 PM

    An honest look at the Packers can only come to one conclusion: They’ve got a great QB, a good coach, and a good organization, and that helps cover up a lot of mediocrity on their 53-man roster.

    Signing Rodgers and Matthews to big new contracts was a must, but it doesn’t help them competitively to field a better team.

    The Packers used to draft well, and that has had a big impact. But the last couple years have not been good drafts for the Packers, in part because they’ve lost key people in the front office.

    At the same time, Mike Murphy is getting burned out, and there is a lot of pressure on mediocre players to play beyond their ability- which is why injuries always seem to plague the Packers. The chemistry between Rodgers and the rest of the team isn’t there either.

    The Packers need to draft the best player available, no matter the position. They have needs everywhere, and could upgrade any position except starting QB.

    Would not be surprised to see the Packers have a disappointing year, not make the playoffs or a one and done, leading to a shake-up in coaching staff.

  21. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 19, 2013 10:54 PM

    @funky, Kaepernick was their guy from the beginning, and it was a matter of time. Name another team that would be just fine with their backup.

    Thanks.

  22. purpleloki says: Apr 19, 2013 10:55 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Apr 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    Also, retroactively go back and say that teams like the Vikings need a running back. After all, if they lose Adrian Peterson, they’re done, too, right?

    That is not correct. The Vikings have Toby Gerhart who would start for a lot of NFL teams.

  23. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:56 PM

    I think the Packers need very little to continue beating the Bears and Vikings twice per season like they have each of the past 3 years.

  24. matthewcarlson1 says: Apr 19, 2013 10:57 PM

    theshow17 says:
    Apr 19, 2013 10:01 PM
    As a Vikings fan, this team is top tier in the NFL with the best QB in the NFL and will go to the playoffs out of a tough division. Honestly, I think their needs are (in order) OL, RB, CB, LB. They play in the 3-4, so LB is a given in any draft.

    Their OL is soft and they haven’t had a solid RB since Green (that I can remember). That might be due to the OL problems year after year.

    Since (I think) the OL is terrible, it’s a testament to their QB and WR that the offense is so potent year after year. Lets just say that Jared Allen, Peppers and Suh love to play the Packers…but nobody else on the team does…
    —————————————————
    Have some dignity man, There’s a difference between admitting your rival has a good team and sucking up. They aren’t a “Top tier team in the NFL” The WR’s and Rodgers are Top tier, the rest of the team is average or below average. It’s debatable that Rodgers is the Top QB in the league. I think Brady and Peyton might be in the argument as well.

  25. majikwen says: Apr 19, 2013 11:02 PM

    Tim Tebow = the next Paul Hornung ……..great running QB’s in college, Rb’s in the pro’s.

  26. jmac34 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:03 PM

    The Packers have Shields, House, Hayward, and Williams at corner so I think they are fine there. If they need any position in the draft, it is a safety to play across from Morgan Burnett. I don’t see them picking an ILB because they have Bishop coming back and have invested in a few players there and OLB probably won’t be addressed until later in the draft because they will probably go with Nick Perry as the starter but need depth. I agree with the rest of the needs, but do not sleep on Dujuan Harris who played at the end of the year

  27. seatownballers says: Apr 19, 2013 11:06 PM

    Seriously packers had one game with over a hundred yards rushing. They need no draft rb lacy in the first. The offense would no longer be one dimensional. He could also pick up blitzes so Rodgers wouldn’t get sacked 51 times a year. Just an idea

  28. contraisloosebuthole says: Apr 19, 2013 11:11 PM

    Remember the Packers second string carried the team to a divisional round loss. It will be nice to get all the starters back.

  29. tone360 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:16 PM

    … A thinner female fan base.

  30. purpblooded says: Apr 19, 2013 11:28 PM

    One bump on the nogin and shAaron’s dun! No D, Packers are goin’ down. Skol

  31. shaggytoodle says: Apr 19, 2013 11:33 PM

    I think they need a TE more than a RB.

    The RB group will get about 20 touches, and with Harris, Starks, and maybe a later pick in the draft.

    I also hope they lock Raji in.

    I also believe they will get another DB and release Tramon Williams. They have Hayward and Shields. I think they will see if House can pan out turning Williams loose.

  32. themagicfanguy says: Apr 19, 2013 11:36 PM

    Look at all these haters. Everybody hates a winner.

  33. killface4prez says: Apr 19, 2013 11:40 PM

    Amazing how many people are ready to proclaim a team that’s won 41 games in the last 3 years is doomed, doomed, doomed. There’s a word for that, it’s called “wishcasting”.

  34. ad2k13 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:41 PM

    Green Bay Team Needs: Truck loads of dead deer dumped all around Lambeau on gamedays, allowing Packers fans the (otherwise impossible) chance to get laid.

  35. bikingscr016 says: Apr 19, 2013 11:45 PM

    Gotta love the idiot Bears fans thinking things will be different this year. They have Rex Ryan disease.

  36. dino2997 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:18 AM

    And the list goes on, and on, and on…

  37. bearsoxass says: Apr 20, 2013 12:32 AM

    Good thing we play in NFC north, lions sucks, vikings are bad and bears are really pathetic.

  38. GenXJay says: Apr 20, 2013 1:04 AM

    Resign ShAaron, then announce the cheese needs.

  39. jack3dsd says: Apr 20, 2013 1:05 AM

    #1 need is safety dujuan harris is the rb of the future, safety is the only need

  40. blowpackblow says: Apr 20, 2013 1:16 AM

    Fans that aren’t annoying is a priority

  41. thehatefulnerd says: Apr 20, 2013 1:17 AM

    NT, DE, C, S

    RB would be nice, but it’s a luxury. Still if Ted likes a guy I could see it.

    A tough mauling C would make our current guys look much better.

  42. larryboodry says: Apr 20, 2013 1:19 AM

    As a Bears fan, I’d say this is spot on, except for a need at QB…Graham Harrell is a fine backup…Really, he is…Trust me on this one…(-;

  43. silverandblack052099 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:34 AM

    It’s going to be awesome watching Matt Flynn dominate this season!

  44. greengaypaqueers says: Apr 20, 2013 1:53 AM

    tokyosandblaster says: Apr 19, 2013 9:45 PM

    Any team that loses their starting QB is done. Forthwith, I expect you to have QB as every team need. Also, retroactively go back and say that teams like the Vikings need a running back. After all, if they lose Adrian Peterson, they’re done, too, right?
    ———————————————–
    Remember when Tom Brady went down in the first game of the year and his unproven backup, Matt Cassel, went 11-5? Rodgers is the only reason that the Packers are relevant. Everyone, especially Green Bay fans, knows that it’s true.

  45. aaronitout says: Apr 20, 2013 2:07 AM

    funktron2x says:
    Apr 19, 2013 10:27 PM
    @Tokyo… sf lost their starting qb to an unproven backup. you probably don’t want to remember that tho

    ———————————————————–

    Small flaw in your argument there. SF was willing to let Alex Smith walk and he would have it MIA had given him a decent offer. Same reason Packers let Favre go. They knew the guy they had coming in could get the job done.

  46. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 2:35 AM

    The only thing we need is to #1 jersey with “Gerbschmidt Sr.” on the back, out there kickin’ butt and takin’ names! Am I right?!

  47. asublimeday says: Apr 20, 2013 3:15 AM

    Everything but QB. They got flat out embarrassed by the 49ers, who are better this year.

  48. asublimeday says: Apr 20, 2013 3:18 AM

    Every fool thinks this is the Pack’s year to fall apart, they’re wrong.

    Pack will still win the NFC North and meet the Niners in the playoffs.

    Deal with it.
    ——–

    I’m sure the 49ers are more than ready to deal with it. How are you going to deal with another humiliating stomping on national TV?

  49. johngaltwho says: Apr 20, 2013 3:49 AM

    funktron2x says: Apr 19, 2013 10:27 PM

    @Tokyo… sf lost their starting qb to an unproven backup. you probably don’t want to remember that tho

    SF didnt “lose” their starting quarterback – they were dying to replace him with the franchise quarterback who they traded up for to draft in the second round. That being said, they better win now cause eventually they’re gonna have to pay him. They’re a great team (now) with a three year window.

  50. razon04 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:47 AM

    This sounds like a write-up for a team that was oh .500 at best and probably closer to 4-12.

  51. inyofaceagain says: Apr 20, 2013 4:50 AM

    Pack need a RB BADLY. plus safety, d-lineman, linebackers, hell they need a whole new D minus overrated Clay

  52. chi01town says: Apr 20, 2013 5:06 AM

    HaHa.. please the packers need a defense a WHOLE defense. then throw in a RB… #1 WR and a O-line.
    oops the packers are broke because
    Rodgers has plans to take every dollar on the table

  53. roadbiscuit says: Apr 20, 2013 7:02 AM

    Some better luck. By far the most injured team last season.

  54. spiderpack says: Apr 20, 2013 7:40 AM

    Thanks for oversimplifying & leaving out so many important details. If we can get all youguys in the press to do this, no one will realize the Pack is going to be good. LOL

    To elaborate would betray my point.

  55. madtownthrowdown says: Apr 20, 2013 8:00 AM

    Funktron2x

    SF lost there QB who was unproven himself to an unproven backup. That same unproven starter just got shipped to KC. I know everyone thinks he is a great QB, but then again so was Trent Dilfer right? Alex Smith will be done with 2-3 years. I guess you forgot about his first what 6?? years in the league. I’ll give you a couple years but 4-5-6? C’Mon Man!

  56. vikeshave0titles says: Apr 20, 2013 8:03 AM

    Give me a break Florio—-how would Denver, New England, or Baltimore be without their starting qb? How have the Bears done the past few years with their backup? Based on your logic, Seattle and San Fran shouldn’t have traded Flynn or Smith this offseason. As far as the defense goes, check this season’s rankings. A huge improvement from 2011. Yeah they didn’t play well vs the Niners. Every team but the Ravens wish they would have played better in their last game. You are a Vikings apologist—-the Packers are here to stay because they do things the right way.

  57. GenXJay says: Apr 20, 2013 9:00 AM

    Team needs: Cheerleaders, humble fan base, grater, & a couple Lobotomies.

  58. dkrause71 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:09 AM

    My problem with listing LB is Bishop, Smith and Perry missed most of the season, two of those would be starters normally. So the Packers do have quality LBs being added, just happens its guys they already had. Also, Brad Jones and Francois were resigned. Jones actually played very well at ILB. I am not stating its the 85 Bears LB crew but i see mock after mock mention LB but never mention who was out. I have been hoping for a James Harrison signing to work in a rotation with Perry and Moses at OLB opposite Matthews. Unless its a Jarvis Jones falls, i do not see LB until late in the draft and i do not think ILB will be the pick.

    The rest of the list i agree with.

    DL i think is the biggest need.

    QB Harrell is dreadful, please use a mid rounder and net a QB will some upside.

    I like RB Harris but i assume we burn a 1-4 rounder on a RB. I would keep Green for the #3 and dump the rest.

    LT is a clear need. Problem is its hard to do much where the Packers pick to address it.

    TE could be a early pick or not picked at all. Quarless, Williams, Bostick, Mulligan are not a horrible crew even if Finley left but i wouldn’t be against the Pack adding a guy.

    For me the order is DT-LT-RB-QB-TE

  59. 4thqtrsaint says: Apr 20, 2013 9:18 AM

    Its seems only yesterday that the Pack won the SB and the media was saying that this team was so loaded that they would be the favorites for the next ten years. This team was built for the long haul. The media was so in love with Rodgers, they forgot about the realities of free agency, the salary cap, injuries, etc.

    They have been replaced by the 49ers as the new team that will contend “for the next 10 years”.

    The media is a fickle bunch of turds.

  60. irishgary says: Apr 20, 2013 9:28 AM

    @chi01town

    It’s just funny that with so many needs we own the Bears and the North.

    Gonna be fun to slap you around again this year.

  61. irishstout says: Apr 20, 2013 9:38 AM

    “Even Kaepernick ran on them all day long. Clay is a sack specialist, that’s all. Definitely wasn’t worth that much money. ”

    _________________________________

    Actually, you know, watch that much football or just trolling here? Clay Matthews is an every down OLB. A lot of teams run away from him because he’s one of the very few solid parts of a GB run defense. I can’t count the times I’ve seen him cross the entire field to make a play on a RB.

    Most other NFL teams would take Clay Matthews, and would be willing to pay 13 million a year for the opportunity.

  62. deevo265 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:45 AM

    How do some of you think they NEED a CB, they have one of the deepest CB positions in the league. Williams, House, Shields, and Hayward.

    Clay is not just a sack specialist watch a game he is all over RB’s.

    Packers are nothing without Rodgers,
    ? So everyone else is worthless but Rodgers makes them good, so have fun with Jennings Minnesota because Ponder won’t be able to make him any good.

  63. jhein23 says: Apr 20, 2013 9:50 AM

    As a Packers fan I agree with some of the things fans from other teams say on here – more humble fan base yes, better Oline and Defense ofcourse. But the Clay Matthews comments are factually incorrect. ProFootballFocus who studies every player in the NFL each year had Clay ranked as the #1 OLB against the pass and RUN last year – go check it. It wasn’t even close either by a wide margin or every other OLB. So those saying Clay is overrated are making fools of themselves on here.

  64. onbucky96 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:08 AM

    Anybody catch that Discount Doublecheck Ryan Braun did last night?

  65. teal379 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    Have to love fans of teams that have had 2 or 3 winning seasons in the last 20 talking garbage about a team that’s only had 2 losing seasons in the last 21.

    I’ll let that sink in for you – 2 losing seasons in the last 21 years. That’s all.

    Do they have needs? Yep – no team ever takes a complete pass on the draft (well except perennial losers who package 5 or 6 draft picks to get one guy).

    GB needs DL depth and talent upgrades, they’re going to let Raji walk unless he comes cheap.

    If they had a RB that would make their TE position better. They will take OL help again this year and early.

  66. shutupbrees says: Apr 20, 2013 10:10 AM

    Can they draft a Defensive Coordinator?

  67. gonavybeatarmy says: Apr 20, 2013 10:22 AM

    Biggest need? A real head coach, not an overpaid QB coach and bestest buddy for Rodgers.

  68. publicteamforever says: Apr 20, 2013 10:50 AM

    I’m hoping that one of the existing Packer RB’s will step up, and would disagree that RB is their first need. Finley needs to step up in 2013. LB, OL and DL are the big needs.

    The Packers will develop and then lose good players to teams that don’t have to spend so much on so few.

  69. dcviking says: Apr 20, 2013 10:53 AM

    Anybody catch that Discount Doublecheck Ryan Braun did last night?
    —————————-

    That was a involuntary action due to excessive roid usage…

  70. hscorpio says: Apr 20, 2013 10:55 AM

    The Packers are in perfect shape for TT to work the draft the way he does best, by moving down and really solidifying the roster. They can draft a S, ILB, OLB, DL, OL, or RB early and improve (assuming they hit on the picks). OTOH, all of those positional groups have younger players that might improve, guys coming back from injury or both. So they are not forced into addressing any specific area.

    I’ve seen a lot of draft pundits say this draft is not really strong at the top but fairly deep with 2nd day talent. I’d love to see TT drop out of round 1 for more day 2 picks.

  71. imjinbrdgr says: Apr 20, 2013 10:55 AM

    Your assessment of their linebacker situation is pathetically inadequate.

  72. chi01town says: Apr 20, 2013 11:21 AM

    @irishgary
    We have to wait and see, the Bears will have a better Coach, a better offense, and getting stronger everyday. greenbay is losing players left and right. I hope Rodgers getting rich is enough for packers fans.

  73. tokyosandblaster says: Apr 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    This is so odd!

    All you girls make it seem like Packers fans are the only ones who troll, and yet, I see lots of Vikings, Bears, and the only Lion fan in existence on here, trolling away.

    So that means… HEY, YOU GUYS ARE HYPOCRITES!

    Bears: You said last year, until week 9 or 10, that it was the bears year, and they would easily win the division. All along we (Packers fans) were saying the start of the year was easy, the end was difficult and the Bears would miss the playoffs. Whoops.

    Vikings: You overachieved last year. Everyone knows it.

    Lions: Please.

    Looking at the schedule, I have the Packers losing to the Niners, Ravens, and Giants. That’s it. 13-3, easily winning the division, probably getting the number 2 seed. That’s BEFORE the draft. If we draft well, the Packers could pick up the top seed without breaking a sweat.

  74. fuseekthepackers28 says: Apr 20, 2013 11:35 AM

    Mighty generous.

    I’d have gone with “everything but quarterback.”

  75. immafubared says: Apr 20, 2013 11:59 AM

    Having blogged a lot on the Packer sights I find it interesting that the Packer fans mostly think the team is in good shape. When I posted that the team had a lot of holes to fill and needed help in every dept, I got cruxified if you will. However this writer I think has it dead on.

    1. Rogers was sacked 51 times last year. Anyone of those could have taken him out and yes, without him they are dead meat.

    2. There is no running game to speak of and all the backs are people you never heard of. The run is an after thought with McCarthy. Unfortunately is makes the team easy to defend and one dimentional.

    3. The O line is a patchwork. Two O linemen had serious injuries and their status is in doubt. The rest moved around considerably and the confusion, lack of cohesiveness showed. 51 sacks.

    4. The Line backers are slow to the ball and poor tacklers. They lack drop back speed on tight ends and end around speed. Perry got hurt but did littel before getting hurt.

    5. Nose tackle play was non existant. RJ was out of shape and performed poorly most of the season.

    6. The D backs gave up a ton of passing yards but improved tackling since people did catch the ball so they got a lot of practice at it.

    I too agree that the NFC North is much improved already via free agency except the Pack and they will be at the bottom of the trough this year: 6-11.
    The 8 draft picks won’t be enough.

  76. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    As long as Cutler keeps choking, and Ponder keeps checking down, the Packers don’t need much.

  77. emoney826 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:09 PM

    The people saying that they need everything but QB are the same idiots who said Rodgers was a system QB. Make up your minds.

  78. packers13xchamps says: Apr 20, 2013 12:16 PM

    The Packers TRUE needs are DE then Safety then NT. They lack pressure on the DLine and a Safety that can cover yet land punishing hits.

    The other needs in order would be:

    – ILB since Hawk and Bishop are not yet certain. Bishop coming off a major hamstring issue is a big ? and Hawk wont be around for much longer.(Matthews and Perry – 2012 1st round pick – will be OLBs for years.)

    – Offensive Line, preferably LT since Newhouse is just a guy, nothing special. Moving Bulaga to LT is possible since Barclay played well at RT. A Center upgrade would be good too over current EDS.

    – Running Back, Harris proved to be quick and a decent pass catcher. A true spark. But we could use a bigger, physical, tackle breaking RB. Right now, I dont see that in Grant/Starks/Benson/Saine.

    – Tight End, because most likely this is Finley’s last year. There are bigger horses to feed in Nelson/Cobb/Raji. I dont not see any reason in using a high draft pick on a TE. A good blocking TE would be good enough.

    I think its humorous to read those that think they have any clue over the Packers salary cap and ability to keep their core players. There is a reason GB doesnt overspend on Free Agency. Build from within and stay young, keep the talent that matters. Spend WISELY.

  79. hansenbrothers says: Apr 20, 2013 12:23 PM

    Missed their biggest need: safety

  80. packers13xchamps says: Apr 20, 2013 12:24 PM

    The Packers Offensive Line is better than the stats indicate. Rodgers, I love him but the fact is he takes sacks rather than throw INTs. I wouldnt let the # of sacks given up sway anyone into thinking they need Off Lineman. They need Rodgers to NOT worry about his Completion % and Int %.

  81. mynameistherealcarlg says: Apr 20, 2013 12:28 PM

    #1. Anyone who fails to recognize the Packers as the greatest story in the history of sports shouldn’t be allowed to comment on football.
    B.). Mr. Ted Thompson is the greatest GM of all time. He is a true WARRIOR. He, after considering all the owner input, will make the best decision.

    All other teams can just bring it, and whoever is posting under my name should grow up.

    TheRealCarlG
    WisDot

  82. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:36 PM

    As long as Cutler keeps choking… I guess I already said that. Look – just because we’ve shown no ability to stop the run doesn’t mean we’ll be terrible. Even though things may not look all that promising, we still “own stock” in our club, right? What I mean is me, tokyosand, whatjusthapped and Carl G. are still gonna go on our little camping trips, as we call them, and get our wedges on for the Pack on Sundays. Go Packers.

  83. toybkshr says: Apr 20, 2013 12:41 PM

    They will most likely still win the Div(based on QB play), but they have too many weak spots to compete with the NFC’s best. And, even if they hit with all their draft picks it won’t be enough.

  84. purpleguy says: Apr 20, 2013 12:46 PM

    Maybe a team need should have included a real life for some of the team’s fans above whose Friday nights are so exciting they spend between 9pm to midnight of their time posting on PFT articles.

  85. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:49 PM

    I love owning angry alter egos. :)

    The Packers will be attempting to win a league record 14th World Championship this upcoming season. It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for this one, but the team has somewhat spoiled the fanbase with it’s incomparable exploits. So I think we should remain patient, even it it takes 2 or 3 more seasons.

  86. montanapredator says: Apr 20, 2013 12:50 PM

    How about kicker since the one they have sucks?

  87. 4thqtrsaint says: Apr 20, 2013 1:01 PM

    We don’t measure teams in “World Champions”, we measure them in “Super Bowls” big difference.

  88. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:10 PM

    Ted Thompson is a 2-time NFL Executive of the Year. Think about that. The league doesn’t just give those things away. Think about this: 13 World Championships. THIRTEEN. Sure, most of them happened when TV was black and white, but for those of us who own this team, we own those championships. Sure, we own Lindy Infante, too, and the decades when our club was terrible, but 13 championships! Ted Thompson! Packer Me!!

  89. axespray says: Apr 20, 2013 1:18 PM

    purpleguy says:
    Apr 20, 2013 12:46 PM
    “Maybe a team need should have included a real life for some of the team’s fans above whose Friday nights are so exciting they spend between 9pm to midnight of their time posting on PFT articles.”
    ————————————–
    So what does that say about viking/bear/lion fans who spend their nights trolling on Packer articles, wishing doom upon the team that continually owns your crappy teams.

  90. leatherface2012 says: Apr 20, 2013 1:44 PM

    Looking at the schedule, I have the Packers losing to the Niners, Ravens, and Giants. That’s it. 13-3, easily winning the division, probably getting the number 2 seed. That’s BEFORE the draft. If we draft well, the Packers could pick up the top seed without breaking a sweat.

    and then losing in the divisional round like always. what are they gonna do when rodgers is 45 or 50?

  91. 13xworldchamps says: Apr 20, 2013 1:49 PM

    matthewcarlson1

    Have some dignity man, There’s a difference between admitting your rival has a good team and sucking up. They aren’t a “Top tier team in the NFL” The WR’s and Rodgers are Top tier, the rest of the team is average or below average. It’s debatable that Rodgers is the Top QB in the league. I think Brady and Peyton might be in the argument as well.

    ———————————————————-

    Lets see, in the pat three years the Packers have

    1- Won a Super Bowl

    2- Went to the diviosional Round 2 times

    3-Posted a 36 and 12 regular season record

    It’s a team game, not a whose better at what position game…it’s always debatable who’s guys are better at what position, in a team game that doesn’t count, what I stated above does. Your argument is weak…..results speak for themselves.

  92. GenXJay says: Apr 20, 2013 1:54 PM

    Tokyo, do unto others as u have done…no suck it up & dry ur eyes…big baby.

  93. filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 2:05 PM

    It’s now been a little over 2 years since the Packers last won a Superbowl. Obviously were overdue.

  94. dkrause71 says: Apr 20, 2013 2:17 PM

    Looking at the schedule, I have the Packers losing to the Niners, Ravens, and Giants. That’s it. 13-3, easily winning the division, probably getting the number 2 seed. That’s BEFORE the draft. If we draft well, the Packers could pick up the top seed without breaking a sweat.

    and then losing in the divisional round like always. what are they gonna do when rodgers is 45 or 50?
    ———————————-

    How far has society crumbled when saying “and then losing in the divisional round like always” is an insult? Can you imagine being the fan of most the teams in the league that only get to the playoffs now and then? Even the teams getting all the love this pre-season ended last season with a lost or didn’t make the playoffs (outside Baltimore of course).

    I have been a Packers fan since the days of Lynn Dickey at quarterback, and if this team loses in the divisional round again i’ll be disappointed but i damn well would rather see that then some 6-10 dog of a season.

  95. geicocaveman says: Apr 20, 2013 2:40 PM

    Team needs: Every defensive position not played by Mathews.

  96. larryboodry says: Apr 20, 2013 2:46 PM

    bearsoxass says: Apr 20, 2013 12:32 AM

    “Good thing we play in NFC north, lions sucks, vikings are bad and bears are really pathetic.”

    With all the improvements Chicago and Detroit have made, and MN still having AP, you may not feel so good next January.

  97. theclaim says: Apr 20, 2013 3:55 PM

    Posted at the request of a friend

    FOR REAL?? I mean are u F@&$”NG serious!!!
    U won a couple years ago because the team GOT HOT in the playoffs as the LAST team in!! Great run but luck played in there as well. Before that they won in ’96 which was a WAY better team FYI. And we all know how long they literally STUNK UP THE LEAGUE in between Super Bowls 2 and 3 HORRIBLE!! Oh and BTW filthy mctrashy WE BEAT U LAST YEAR DO U EVEN WATCH THE GAMES DUDE!!!!!!!! So quit saying u swept us three years in a row FALSE!!!!

  98. deltaoracle says: Apr 20, 2013 4:03 PM

    Have a feeling Thompson will trade down – maybe #26 for Miami’s first 2nd round choice and first 3rd round choice. Expect them to take S, DL, WR, and OL and maybe take RB Lattimore if he’s still there in the 4th. Bears, Lions and Heidis will be drafting in front of GB next year too. Never seems to help them much though.

  99. larryboodry says: Apr 20, 2013 4:11 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 12:00 PM

    “As long as Cutler keeps choking, and Ponder keeps checking down, the Packers don’t need much.”

    ‘As long as’ ends this year…And even Detroit should be much improved…Go Bears!

  100. johnnyb216 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:33 PM

    Its funny that everybody who says the packers are nothing without Rodgers are also the ones who say this is a team sport and the packers are extremely foolish for tying up so much money in 2 players. Geniuses!

  101. larryboodry says: Apr 20, 2013 4:35 PM

    “Bears, Lions and Heidis will be drafting in front of GB next year too. Never seems to help them much though.”

    While I am not one of those fans crying doom for the Pack, I am one who believes the Bears, Vikes, and even the Lions will be much tougher opponents this year.

  102. fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:48 PM

    The gargantuan exploits of my Packers speak for themselves. I don’t need the World Championships to feel superior. Thinking of the 2013 team does, though, give me a certain throbbing confidence of their dominance over the rest of the league.

  103. purpwalk says: Apr 21, 2013 9:01 PM

    fan needs: their own teeth

  104. 4superbowls says: Apr 22, 2013 10:05 AM

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. Carl Gerbschmidt? TheRealCarlG? There’s two of you? who’s the real one, one of you needs to produce proof that he is the real carl gerbschmidt.

  105. larryboodry says: Apr 22, 2013 11:27 AM

    My guess is Carl Gerbschmidt is really him, as that username has been posting far longer.

  106. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 22, 2013 12:36 PM

    Who cares who is the real Carl G.? All Packer fans are pretty much the same: Jealous of Viking fans.

  107. larryboodry says: Apr 22, 2013 1:08 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Apr 22, 2013 12:36 PM

    “Who cares who is the real Carl G.? All Packer fans are pretty much the same: Jealous of Viking fans.”

    Nobody is jealous of Vikings fans.

  108. rtp295 says: Apr 22, 2013 8:54 PM

    Every year Bears fans claim this is the year they pass up the Pack. News flash, “Da Bears” and your baby of a QB are a joke, and they can’t beat the Pack, and haven’t in 7 games. Pack win the NFC North again in 2013

  109. gbmickey says: Apr 22, 2013 9:05 PM

    Here you are again Spielman with another stupid comment on a Packer topic, yet you try and tell us you aren’t envious.

    I guess if we are jealous of one thing it would be that we never get to draft in front of the Vikings. I wonder why that is?

  110. billh1947 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:42 AM

    It seems every year at this time that fans of the other NFC North teams declare that this will be the year their team overtakes the Packers and wins the division.when they are actually right please wake me up because I am planning on a long, long good nap.

  111. kidicarusxxx says: Apr 24, 2013 3:00 PM

    There is a reason it’s called the Lombardi Trophy. A history of excellence speaks for itself. As far a the draft goes, the Packers definitely MUST get tougher in the trenches.

  112. larryboodry says: Apr 24, 2013 4:35 PM

    fi1thymcnasty1 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:48 PM

    “Thinking of the 2013 team does, though, give me a certain throbbing confidence of their dominance over the rest of the league.”

    Dude, please keep that throbbing confidence to yourself.

  113. purpwalk says: Apr 25, 2013 12:15 PM

    won’t matter. can’t stop AD anyway

  114. gfergy2012 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:22 AM

    pick of jones is a good start – we finally have a REAL DE – and not a wannabe OLB- should help a lot – now we need a big, bad, fast RB and an athletc FS with a good work ethic – the RB needs to be a bona fide star, the FS can be a work-in-progress Then we need to spend all remaining picks on OL if for nothing else, depth Not sure who would best fit packers scheme – lacy or ball -prob ball but that’s just a guess

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