It's been six years since the Packers finished a season ranked in the NFL's top 10 defensively, in terms of both yards and points allowed. It's no coincidence they haven't won a Super Bowl since the end of that season.
Since 2010, whether tied to devastating injuries or glaring ineffectiveness, Dom Capers' group has had enough struggles to hold Aaron Rodgers and the offense back from bigger things. The Packers have not defended the zone read well, and they've played consistently poor against the traditional running game, too.
To their credit, the Packers have worked to correct that by assembling the right personnel fits for their scheme. There are five good reasons to think they will see all that come to fruition in 2016, starting in training camp.
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— A younger, more effective three-man front: Mike Daniels has his shiny new deal as one of the league's most disruptive and well-compensated 3-4 defensive ends. Versatile veteran Letroy Guion was re-signed on the cheap. But the Packers were shocked by nose tackle B.J. Raji's decision to take a "hiatus" from the NFL.
But the Packers haven't had linchpin play at nose for a while. Raji had a big dropoff after his lone Pro Bowl season in 2011, including a move to end in between, and Guion was average at nose in 2014.
It opened the door for Green Bay to use a 2016 first-round draft pick on Kenny Clark, who's 10 y[......]