After missing the playoffs for a second straight season, the Green Bay Packers have a new look roster and a new head coach, meaning they have a few burning questions that need to be answered if they hope to return to the postseason.
There haven’t been a ton of titles in Titletown despite the presence of Hall of Fame quarterbacks for nearly three decades. After Brett Favre won a ring and took Green Bay to the top in the mid-90s, Aaron Rodgers succeeded him and quickly won another ring, leading many to assume a new dynasty could emerge in Green Bay.
That hasn’t been the case, as Rodgers remains stuck on one title and the Packers’ offense went from innovative to stale over the past few years. That decline cost long time head coach Mike McCarthy his job, with Green Bay tabbing Titans’ offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur to succeed him and be the steward of the next few years of Rodgers’ career.
The Packers also embraced free agency in a heavy fashion for the first time under GM Brian Gutekunst, adding a ton of up-and-coming defenders to bolster a unit that struggled mightily in 2018. Green Bay also spent its two first round picks on defenders, landing Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage Jr. as part of its continued overhaul on the defensive side of the ball.
All of the changes will certainly shake up a Packers’ team that had watched its rivals in Minnesota and Chicago pass them by in recent years, but are all the moves enough to take Green Bay back to the top of the NFC North? That remains to be seen, but in order to have the best chance to reclaim the division Green Bay will need to answer a series of smaller questions first.