Monday, November 08, 2004

Key Issues


The team needs to get back to the blitzing style it worked on all offseason. That means rookie CBs Ahmad Carroll and Joey Thomas have to become reliable parts of the dime package. The coaches must devise a way to put the athletic but mistake-prone duo in situations where they can succeed, which might mean moving them around and making them a part of the blitz package to lessen their exposure to tough coverage situations. Coach Mike Sherman must continue to be involved heavily in the offense on game day. When Sherman is calling plays, QB Brett Favre continually hears about ball security and better understands what Sherman wants done.

The Packers can compete with the NFL's elite only on offense, and a playoff run will require that unit to stay in top form every week to make up for the defense's shortcomings.

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