While going 6-10 in the 2008 season was ugly, we don’t need a major overhaul. We don’t need to go crazy in free agency or the draft. We need to get healthy.
It’s easy to get lost in free agency. Free agency kicks off and you suddenly think back to how ugly things got in 2008. You think about how bad things were on the defensive line. You think about the lack of pressure on the quarterback. You think about an inconsistent running game. You think about how Charles Woodson has to play safety for a couple weeks.
Not all of these issues need to be resolved through free agency.
We don’t necessarily need a right end. We need a healthy Cullen Jenkins.
We don’t really need safety help. We need a healthy Atari Bigby.
We don’t need a linebacker overhaul. We need a healthy Nick Barnett.
We don’t need to break the bank for a running back. We need a healthy Ryan Grant(in camp from the start). Or at least Brandon Jackson getting more carries.
We don’t need new offensive linemen. We need Giacomini, Sitton, Wells, Barbre, and Clifton to be healthy. People easily forget how lights out these guys were in camp and pre-season, then they all died.
We should still make a move for most of these positions and I think we will. We missed out on getting Canty but reports say Green Bay was pushing hard for him so it wasn’t for lack of trying.
Going to the 3-4, it seemed at first we’d have to make a lot of moves, but it seems it isn’t needed as this team has a good amount of talent that can fit the scheme already. We’ll make some moves, mostly in the draft because college tweeners are easier to mold to a 3-4, but we won’t need to make a ton.
But let’s not get carried away. We’re not as bad as our record seems. With better coaches this year, another year under the young players’ belt, and HEALTH, we’ll be back to 13-3 or better.
Remember how good we are when we’re healthy. Even Mike McCarthy knows we need to do a better job in the weight room. Mike McCarthy said he thinks "we can get a little more out of the weight room this time around." I hope so. It starts now, and news is breaking from fan fest that James Jones is now 100 percent. That's a start! Let's get healthy, then stay that way.
Here’s to hoping Ted Thompson spends the money wisely. Here’s hoping he makes smart and decisive free agent moves while taking care of our own boys like Greg Jennings.
Author's Note: Yes, I have run out of ideas to talk about. Sign someone, Ted! Bail me out, buddy!