How Will The Green Bay Packers Do in 2013?

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Green Bay Packers Problems in 2012

The Green Bay Packers once again ended the 2012 football season miserably to the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffs. I watched most of the first half over the Internet, but mercifully my Internet connection was lost before the 49ers and their quarterback Colin Kaepernick ran all over my Packers with zone-read option plays. The Packers were so embarrassed with this loss that they sent all of their defensive coaches to Texas A&M College to learn how to defend the pistol and zone-read option plays.

Losing to the 49ers was just the tip of the iceberg. Although the Packers finished the 2012 season with a fine 11-5 record, it was obvious that Green Bay wasn't physical enough in losing to the New York Giants, 49ers, and Seattle Seahawks. Green Bay's offensive line left more to be desired in allowing Aaron Rodgers to be sacked numerous times during the season and by not blocking well enough to generate a good running game. The defense was better, but it, too, had its shortcomings in allowing too much rushing yardage.

This hub will examine roster changes during the past 2013 off season, and then suggest keys for Green Bay success in the 2013 season.

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Charles Woodson - Number 21

Charles Woodson together with Nick Barnett around 2009
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Green Bay Roster Losses in 2013

Immediately following the loss to San Francisco in the playoffs, center Jeff Saturday and wide receiver Donald Driver announced their retirements. This wasn't unexpected because Saturday due to very bad play had already been replaced by Evan Dietrich-Smith during the last few games of the year. Driver's retirement also wasn't a surprise because he had played and contributed very little in 2012.

A few months later the Packers decided not to resign wide receiver Greg Jennings, safety Charles Woodson, and inside linebacker Desmond Bishop for the 2013 season. General manager Ted Thompson probably made the decisions not to resign these players for three reasons: one, all of the players cut were back from serious injuries suffered during 2012; two, the money saved from resigning these players was allotted to the long-term contracts recently signed by Aaron Rodgers and Clay Matthews; and three, Thompson was confident that younger players already on the roster could replace Jennings, Woodson, and Bishop.

The Packers also did not resign tight end Tom Crabtree, inside linebacker D.J. Smith, and outside linebackers Erik Walden and Frank Zombo. Instead, Green Bay signed its only free agent, tight end Mulligan, and has hope that second year inside linebacker Terrell Manning can replace Smith. Although Erik Walden and Zombo started in the past, The Packers feel that Dezman Moses and other first and second year players can step in to provide depth.

Eddie Lacy versus Arkansas in 2011

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Eddie Lacy Highlights 2012-2013

Players Picked in 2013 College Draft

Packers general manager Ted Thompson has always had the philosophy of drafting and developing his own players in preference to signing free agents. With the exception of the signing of one free agent, Mulligan, 2013 was no different from other years. Going into the April 2013 college draft, the Packers major needs were for the offensive and defensive lines and for running backs. Minor needs were for depth at inside and outside linebacker and at safety.

The Packers addressed the defensive line and running backs need by selecting defensive end Datone Jones from UCLA with its first round pick, and then getting running back Eddie Lacy from Alabama in the second round. Due to their success and skills in college, Green Bay expects Jones and Lacy to be immediate starters. The Packers were also able to get a versatile running back, Jonathan Franklin out of UCLA in the fourth round.

In satisfying depth needs for the offensive line, Green Bay drafted tackle David Bakhtiari out of Colorado and offensive lineman J.C. Tretter from Cornell.

For defensive depth, the Packers selected outside linebacker Nate Palmer and linebacker Sam Barrington. Defensive end Josh Boyd from Mississippi was selected as a possible nose tackle backup, and cornerback Micah Hyde from Iowa was selected as a physical corner who could be converted into a safety.

Green Bay also built up wide receiver depth by drafting Charles Johnson and Kevin Dorsey out of Maryland.

Coach McCarthy and general manager Thompson considered it to be a good draft, but we won't know until training camp begins at the end of July of 2013.

Keys to a Successful 2013 Season

There are six keys to the Packers 2013 season which will either make or break it. They are as follow:

Green Bay Packers 2013 Season Preview

Bryan Bulaga in 2010

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Offensive Line

One of the most important keys to the 2013 season is whether the offensive line will be able to better protect Aaron Rodgers and generate a good running game. The Packers were awful in pass protection in 2012 allowing their quarterback to get sacked 3-4 times each game. Green Bay wasn't much better in blocking for a running game since the Packers ranked near the bottom of teams in rushing yardage.

To address these problems, Coach McCarthy has decided to shift right guard Josh Sitton and right tackle Bryan Bulaga to left guard and left tackle respectively. The reasoning for this is that Sitton and Bulaga are the best two linemen and they will be protecting Rodgers' blind side when passing. T.J. Lang and Marshall Newhouse will be moved to right guard and right tackle respectively. The right tackle position hasn't exactly been given to Newhouse , and he will have to earn it in competing against Don Barclay and Derrek Sherrod in training camp.

If the offensive line can limit sacks on Rodgers and generate a running game with Eddie Lacy, Franklin, and other backs, the Packers offense will be much better.

Running Back

The Packers haven't had a 1,000 yard per season running back since Ryan Grant in 2009. For the past two years, Green Bay's rushing attack has been so anemic that defensive safeties haven't had to come to the line to honor the running game. Instead, they have been able to sit back in Cover 2 and take away the Packers deep passing threat. Green Bay is hoping that with assistance from the offensive line, a rejuvenated running game will be led by college standouts such as Eddie Lacy and Jonathan Franklin.

Clay Matthews in 2012

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Stopping the Run

The Packers were victimized by the run and especially the zone-read option in 2012. Green Bay is hoping that defensive end Datone Jones and a healthy Nick Perry will be able to help Clay Matthews in stopping the run. Green Bay will also be experimenting using Mike Neal as a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker to stop the zone-read option. For interior defensive line depth and improvement, the Packers have hope that a recently reinstated Johnny Jolly out since 2010, and younger players like Jerel Worthy, Josh Boyd, and Mike Daniels will be of assistance.

Green Bay will also be counting on Datone Jones and Nick Perry to assist Matthews in putting pressure on and sacking the opposing quarterback when he goes back to pass.

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Depth at Interior Linebacker

Considering the Packers lack of depth at inside linebacker, it was a surprise that Desmond Bishop was released a few weeks ago. A few months ago another former injured starter at inside linebacker, D.J. Smith, was also released. At the present, there isn't much proven depth behind the incumbent starters AJ Hawk and Brent Jones. Green Bay is counting on second year product Terrell Manning who was injured most of 2012 and 2013 draftee Sam Barrington to be replacements. This is a gamble which might not work out for the Packers.

Safety

Safety appears as a minor concern for the Packers now that Charles Woodson is no longer around. Green Bay will let MJ Jennings and Jerron McMillan compete for the safety spot opposite the incumbent Morgan Burnett. There is also the possibility that 2013 draftee Micah Hyde could be tried at safety.

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Depth in Receiving Corps

Wide receiver depth is also a minor concern for the Packers. Now that Gregg Jennings and Donald Driver are gone, second year players Jeremy Ross and Jarret Boykins must play more of a role in the offensive. They will be competing in training camp against 2013 draftees Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson to win the two positions behind incumbent receivers Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Jones.

On the surface, the Green Bay Packers in 2013 appear to have a more physical team and greater depth than in 2012. The Packers can't ride Aaron Rodgers arm completely to a successful season; therefore, the key to getting to another Super Bowl will be the play of both the offensive line and the entire defense.

How Will the Packers Do in 2013?

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torrilynn 3 years ago

there isn't one person who can predict the future but as a football fan you can always look back at the statistics of past seasons to get an overall idea of what the future might behold. thanks for this hub. voted up and shared.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Torrilynn,

Thanks for your interest in this hub. I appreciate your comments and agree that generally speaking a team's performance last year is one indication of how it will do this year. A lot of time it is the addition of a new coach or a good new quarterback that will suddenly make a team go from last to first in one year like the Indianapolis Colts did last year. Thanks for your votes and sharing this hub.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

You are more than welcome, Paul! As long as you continue posting great hubs, I will be sure to continue to come back for more. Also, I agree as well that a good coach and a good quarterback really does help to carry a team a long way.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

torrilyn,

Thanks for your comments again on this hub. I'm glad you like my hubs, and I will be checking out your hubs too soon.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Well, I don't know much about the Packers or any football for that matter, but you certainly wrote this extremely well and I think you would do well on this subject once people know your writing about it. I think a hub on everyone of their games wouldn't be too many, an analysis of the game, good plays/bad, etc. Something to think about . . .

Voted you up, will share, and pin to my 'Sports' board -- which I probably should have named my Paul Kuehn board. ;) You have really great photos too.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Greenbay is a good team. My son's favorite. I am a Bear and Cowboy fan.

But, with a litte tweaking Greenbay could be one of the best again.

Voted up- and interesting shared on fb and with fellow hubbers.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait,

Thank you very much for your praise of my sports hubs. I have always loved following sports, especially baseball, basketball, and football since being a kid. You have given me a good idea about writing a hub on each of the Packers games. The hub would have to be mostly commentary and project an interesting angle. I appreciate you voting up, sharing, and pinning to your "Sports" board. You have really made my day and made me feel important!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Shyron,

Thank you very much for your comments and interest in my Packers. The Bears and Cowboys have always been two of the Packers biggest rivals. I always hated it when the Cowboys beat the Packers often in the early and mid 1990s when the Cowboys had very good teams. I appreciate you sharing this hub on fb and with your fellow hubbers.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

An interesting insight to this topic I certainly learned much more here and you approached How Will The Green Bay Packers Do in 2013 to the point. Voted up, and interesting, Facebook shared and LIKED and Tweeted!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

DDE,

I'm elated that you really enjoyed this Green Bay Packers hub. I have been following the Packers since I was a little kid, and seem to live and die with their yearly performances. Thanks for the votes, tweeting, and sharing of this hub!


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lions44 3 years ago from Auburn, WA

Other than their AFC opponents this year, the schedule is tough. They play the NFC East. Their division rivals are all improving (Lions did give Stafford too much money but he is effective for them if protected). I think 11 wins at best. If Rodgers gets protection 12 wins is possible. That is still excellent. Every offense in the division will be better. Yes, even Cutler. Trestman will do good things. Great hub.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

lions44,

Thanks for reading and your insightful comments. Yes, the Packers division rivals are all improving. The Packers offensive line must do a lot better in protecting Rodgers and getting a running game going. The real key will be the Packers defense. Can it put more pressure on the quarterback, stop the run, and create turnovers like it did in 2010? I'm happy you liked this hub.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Yes, count on it.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Shyron,

Thanks for reading and commenting on my Packers hub. Go Packers in 2013!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I would sure like to know the answer to that question. Voted up, pinned, tweet, share with followers.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

moonlake,

Thank you very much for reading and commenting on this Packers hub. Training camp starts on the 25th, so we'll start to know soon how the Packers will do with their new players. I appreciate you sharing this hub very much.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I think every person who was born or who has lived in Wisconsin for a time automatically roots for the Packers. After my family moved to Texas, they started rooting for the Cowboys, but they always still had an interest in the Packers. If it was one team or the other, the Packers came out on top! :)


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Peggy,

Thanks for commenting on this hub. It's great that you are a Packers fan. I remember in the early and mid 1990s when the Cowboys came out on top more than the Packers.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Oh my what a game last night. Sad really. I came back to G+ this hub and add it to Stumbleupon.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

moonlake,

Thank you so much for reading and commenting on this hub. I'm disappointed that the Packers lost to the 49ers, but I am counting on them to beat the Redskins this Sunday. I appreciate you sharing this hub on G+ and Stumbleupon!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

I think there's a game just around the corner on the 20th of this month with the Cleveland Browns, yes? At Lambeau Field. I don't know how the Packers are doing since I'm not really into football, but I know an awful lot of people are into it. All my siblings will be glued to their TV screens watching this game if it's televised, and most of them are. I know a lot of Packer fans since I'm originally from WI and most of my relatives still live there. Going to share this article again in case any of my Packer fan followers may have missed it. I've already pinned it, but will give it some more up votes too! You always write excellent articles -- including an awesome vote along with the others. :)


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait, Thanks again for reading and Pinning this hub. The Packers are 3-2 right now having lost close games to the 49ers and the Bengals. Their running game is better, but Rodgers is running out of receivers because two were injured in the last game. The Packers have really had a lot of injuries this year. If the defense plays well, I think the Pack should beat the Browns this weekend. I appreciate your vote and praise of my articles. Just the same, I think your writing is better than mine.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Paul, you are truly a sweetheart to say such a nice thing about my writing. I know it is tolerable, but I really admire your writing. I always know when I read something that you have written that it will make sense and and be easy to read, because you take such care in your writing.

Even if you write about something that I know nothing at all about, I know when I've finished reading one of your articles I will have learned something, because you make it understandable and interesting. You really are one of the best all around writers on Hubpages.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait,

Thank you again for your high regard of my writing. I would like to get better. Lately I have been spending a lot of time writing and interacting on Bubblews. If you go to that website you will find me using prkuehn. I tried to find you there, but I think you haven't joined yet. Is that correct?


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Nope, not on Bubblews. Have been reading the forums and hubs on Bubblews and I'm still on the fence. Seems like payment is not assured. Some people get every other payment, or 1-3 payments then none, etc. Also, a lot of people say the rules are vague and the slightest infraction of those vague rules means no payment for the entire group of postings included in the request for payment. I already have enough jobs that don't pay both online and off.

I have started on Wikinut, but with so little time I have only a few articles there -- C.E. Clark on Wikinut in the Google search box should bring me up.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait,

Thanks for your views about Bubblews. I requested my first redemption payment one week ago, and I haven't heard anything about it yet. I will definitely check you out on Wikinuts. I haven't read anything on this website yet.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Visited you on Bubblews. Gave you 6 likes and clicked on an add (since I'm not a member I can do that so long as I don't go hog-wild). They won't allow non-members to leave comments.

I would only say, with the divorce rate so high for many years now, what would be the point of forcing a wedding? Also, more and more women, many with education and good jobs, are choosing to have children without marriage.

Good luck to your sister, Dr. Pat.

Just wanted you to know I enjoyed your Bubblews postings!


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au Fait,

Thanks for visiting me on Bubblews and giving me 6 likes. I'm glad you liked the postings. Now if I can only get paid for what I have already written! When I have more free time, I will definitely check you out on Wikinuts.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

I guess the Packers and the Cowboys are about to face off tomorrow afternoon. Seems the Cowboys are favored. Time for you to write a new article about how the Packers will do next year . . .

Hope you're doing well at Bubblews, but really miss you here. You should write a hub about your experience on Bubblews. A lot of other people have done it, but hearing what you have to say would be beneficial, especially regarding the issues of getting paid and breaking rules that some say prevent getting paid.

Going to share this article again and give it another awesome vote. Also, going to pin it to 'Awesome Hubpages.'


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Paul Kuehn 2 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait, Thanks for sharing and pinning this Packers article again! It's a shame that I have neglected Hubpages for so many months while chasing the pennies at Bubblews. They do add up, however, and I have received three $25 payments already, Today I should redeem for $50. Hopefully, that one will go through, too. The Packers were lucky to beat the Cowboys and also lucky to beat the Bears and get into the playoffs. I think it will be a miracle if they beat the 49ers and move on in the playoffs! If you are interested in picking up some money from short blogs, give Bubblews a shot. I'll probably have more time to interact with you there than on Hubpages.


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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas

This article has been repinned over and over again from my Sports board on Pinterest. Well written and interesting, but I wonder what you think will happen when the Cowboys and the Packers meet in Green Bay this coming Sunday?

Sharing again with my followers and another up vote.


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Paul Kuehn 23 months ago from Udorn City, Thailand Author

Au fait, Thank you very much for repining and sharing this article about the Packers. The Cowboys are a very good team this year and they will certainly give the Packers all they can handle. I guess it will come down to the Packers defense and how well Tony Romo plays. Did you know that Tony and I went to the same Burlington High School and played on the same football field?


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nanderson500 23 months ago from Seattle, WA

That was a great game between the Packers and Cowboys today! I was looking forward to watching it, and it certainly lived up to the hype.

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