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Author: Jon Kuzma
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The Green Bay Packers are known for their prestige and that’s why this franchise isn’t taking it lightly when it comes to missing the playoffs. The Packers decided it was time to part ways with Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers and that was largely because this defensive unit was ranked 22nd in the league. Now to be fair Ted Thompson made a huge mistake when he let Julius Peppers walk in free agency last off-season but there were also some concerns with Capers’ performance throughout the past couple of years. Ultimately another season of underachieving led the Packers’ higher ups to part ways with Capers which will drastically change things for Green Bay. It’s unknown whether or not Mike McCarthy is going to change schemes defensively but you have to think he’d be willing to do so if the next defensive coordinator preferred a different system. A move like that will completely alter the identity of McCarthy’s team but as long as their improving it’s the right choice. Ted Thompson is also transitioning to another role within the organization which hasn’t been announced yet. Thompson has really came under fire lately for not pulling the trigger when it comes to signing free agents. Thompson was a very conservative general manager and preferred to build his team through the draft. The problem with that strategy was the fact that Aaron Rodgers was wasting away with an under-talented team around him. You have to be willing to push all of your chips in the middle of the table sometimes and that means taking risks. Ted Thompson kept this team competitive for a very long time but it was clear it was time to move forward. The next general manager will have put the right roster together and give the Packers a chance to win some Super Bowls while Rodgers is still at the helm. The only way to do that is by getting back to the playoffs.
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