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Green Bay Packers have many issues to settle to reach Super Bowl

October 8, 2010 by  
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Oct 8, 2010 ~ by Rob Reischel

~Green Bay — Three months ago, they were all bursting with confidence.

Mike McCarthy trotted out a vehicle that read “To Super Bowl – Dallas.”

After the Packers Family Night scrimmage, tight end Jermichael Finley said: “I got one word for y’all. Dallas, Texas, Super Bowl baby!”

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• But for the Packers to eventually become anything more than a pretender, there’s a laundry list of items they need to clean up. Those include woeful special teams, a running game bordering on comedic and a defense that’s springing holes by the week.
Can a team with this many problems be considered a legitimate Super Bowl contender? Or did that just make for nice chatter in the slow summer months? • The NFL trading deadline is Oct. 19, and it’s a virtual certainty former general manager Ron Wolf would have made a move. In 1998, for example, Dorsey Levens broke his leg on Sept. 13. Sixteen days later, Wolf traded a fourth-round draft pick to Buffalo for Darick Holmes, who became the Packers’ leading rusher that season. Current G.M. Ted Thompson – a Wolf protégé – has had more than three weeks to respond since Ryan Grant’s season-ending ankle injury. Does Thompson really think the Kuhn-Jackson tandem can take a team with Super Bowl aspirations to the big game?

Defense: Detroit entered the game 22nd in the NFL in total offense after finishing 26th in that category a year ago. On Sunday, the Lions looked like the San Francisco 49ers of the 1980s.

Granted, Detroit has gifted young players in wideouts Calvin Johnson, running back Jahvid Best and tight end Brandon Pettigrew. But there was no excuse for the Packers allowing journeyman quarterback Shaun Hill to carve them up for 331 passing yards and two touchdowns.

The No. 1 memory for Packer fans from 2009 is Green Bay’s shaky pass defense costing the team games. These Packers haven’t even hit the meat of their schedule, where Minnesota’s Brett Favre, Dallas’ Tony Romo, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, New England’s Tom Brady and the New York Giants’ Eli Manning all await.

If Hill could pick apart the Packers – largely on screen and short passes – what will the league’s big boy quarterbacks do?

“Yeah, I was a little surprised they were able to throw for so many yards,” safety Nick Collins said of the Lions. “They did a good job, but we definitely weren’t as sharp as we could be.”

The Packers better get sharp in a hurry, as the schedule’s about to fatten up.

Two of Green Bay’s three wins have come against teams that are a combined 0-8 (Buffalo and Detroit). Between now and the Packers’ bye week on Nov. 14, they’ll face three teams that made it to the divisional playoffs in 2009 (Minnesota, New York Jets and Dallas) and improved outfits in Washington and Miami.

Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams scores a touchdown against the Packers in Lambeau Field in a game in 2008. The Panthers are currently at 0-4, and inside sources say that Williams is available. It's a similar situation as Buffalo had with Marshawn Lynch, and despite them at first denying they were considering trading him, they did. Ted Thompson inquired, but wouldn't pay the price. In the end Seattle parted with a 4th round pick and future late pick to get the former Pro Bowler Lynch. Would Thompson deviate from his Holy Draft forumula in an effort to make the current team better? Hard to imagine him parting with any draft pick.

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