The Green Bay Packers‘ offseason has primarily centered around two figures: Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams.
And for good reason. Both players are arguably the best to play their respective positions, right now. And, both players have been vital to the team’s success over the last few years.
The fallout from the Adams-Las Vegas Raiders trade has left many to question what the Packers will do on offense in 2022 and how effectively they will be able to pull it off. That, coupled with big-time questions on the offensive line regarding the health of Pro Bowlers David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins and questions regarding the health of tight end Robert Tonyan have geared a ton of conversation over the last few months.
Fans in Green Bay, and those who pay attention to the NFL in general, are used to seeing the Packers offense move up and down the field at will. When they think of the green and gold, they think points and fireworks. They think Rodgers.
So, it’s easy to see why many are focused largely on the Packers offense.
But, honestly, what they should be focused on is the defense.
Because this unit is going to be nasty in 2022.
The Packers have playmakers at all three levels: Kenny Clark on the defensive line, De’Vondre Campbell on the inside, Preston Smith/Rashan Gary on the outside, and then there’s Jaire Alexander and Adrian Amos highlight the cornerback and safety position, respectively.
And we haven’t even mentioned the depth on the defense, which is very good. The Packers could use some extra juice at their depth OLB and CB positions, but stacked elsewhere on defense.
Plus, this is the unit’s second year in Joe Barry’s defense. Barry’s squad also returns all but two starter from last year’s team in Keke Kingsley and Za’Darius Smith.
What’s really key, however, is the defense will be the driving force behind how far this team goes in 2022, not the offense. Don’t get it twisted: The offense will remain crucial to team success. However, in order to get over the proverbial hump, it will be up to the defense to ensure that happens.
And that’s the beautiful irony of the Packers’ 2022 season. Even though there are plenty of reasons to wonder (and even worry) about the offense, it’s the defense that will be mostly responsible for helping the Packers win another Lombardi.
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