9. Green Bay Packers What’s New in 2019: A lot is new on the coaching side, finally. Matt Lafleur brings the Shanahan offense to Green Bay as head coach, updating the previous regime's outdated programme. Nathaniel Hackett goes from Blake Bortles to Aaron Rodgers as the team's new offensive coordinator. Big money was spent on two free agent pass-rushers in Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith and that’s a very un-Packers thing to have done and very solid safety Adrian Amos joins from arch rivals the Bears. A fairly controversial draft class was brought in, spearheaded by Rashan Gary who nobody seemed to like coming out despite his enormous athletic potential and Darnell Savage who nobody caught onto in time to be prepared for his 1st round selection.  Roster Strengths: Quarterback – He hasn’t not quite been his God-tier self for three seasons now, but Aaron Rodgers is still not bad at football man Defensive Line – Kenny Clark has emerged to become a monstrous new prototype at nose tackle and Mike Daniels causes constant disruption. Around them, Dean Lowry has been very serviceable, Montravius Adams is still on the roster and they go pretty deep at this spot with Rashan Gary potentially playing a dual inside/outside role and both FA pick-ups in Preston and Za’Darius Smith have some flex to move around Depth – The Packers go pretty deep at most roster spots, they are built for a deep run on both sides Elsewhere - David Bakhitari has quietly lifted himself into an elite tier of pass blockers and Davante Adams one of the most reliable wide receiver targets around the league Roster Weaknesses: Wide Receiver – Not an obvious weakness per se - but there's a lot of names, not many sure things outside of Davante Adams and a host of recent draft maybes from recent years to work through Inside Linebacker – Blake Martinez has turned himself into a solid contributor, but they’ve got to find him a running mate from Oren Burks, who didn’t play much in his rookie season, James Crawford (who?) and Ty Summers is a 7th round pick from this year’s class Elsewhere – Lane Taylor was barely okay last year and new FA pick-up Billy Turner threatening to also start inside if new draft pick Elgton Jenkins can’t beat either out. The Packers need to find their corners outside of Jaire Alexander who was great in his first season. Recent high draft disappointments Kevin King and Josh Jackson will have to turn it around. Breakout Player: Aaron Jones – He’s been underutilised to this point, despite looking very serviceable when called into action. He’s an angry runner who should be a really nice fit for this new outside zone run game and there should just be more opportunities for him to get the rock this year. How they can win in 2019: The previous coaching regime ended when Aaron Rodgers seemed to lose faith in Mike McCarthy and has already sent some shots across the bow with the new coaching regime around changing plays at the line. That relationship is one that is crucial to the team and Rodgers needs to accept the coaching, even at this point in his career. Equally, the coaches have to do what they can to gain his trust – that’s an art form in itself and no guarantee they can nail that first time with the inexperience at the top. To be fair to Rodgers, he seems pretty excited about the new scheme and whilst he is under center they always have a chance to be special. Outside of that relationship, they need to decide who their core group of receivers are. That’s something that didn’t become clear last year after they spent draft capital on some size-weight-speed guys.  On defense, they could be really good up front and even better than that if the free agent rushers can heat up the opposition on the edges. That whole defensive front could be a real talking point if Pettine can get them fired up and ready to go. Whilst that would help the back-end a lot in theory, the coverage still needs to hold up and there’s a lot of combinations to find there. That shouldn't be a smoke and mirrors job because they have the young talent to get it right.   Predicted record 2019: 9-7* - I think the Packers are a playoff team in 2019, the roster has been built really well and if Rodgers gels with the new offense this could be a very dangerous team. 
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