Green Bay Packers: Only 1 Aspect of the Roster Looks Suspect

Anthony BonnetCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 15:  (L-R) Erik Walden #93, Desmond Bishop #55, B.J. Raji #90 and Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers walk towards the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons during their 2011 NFC divisional playoff game at Georgia Dome on January 15, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have built a possible dynasty in Green Bay, drafting well and bringing in the right pieces to add depth to the roster. 

The Packers have one of the most potent offenses of the next decade, with Super Bowl MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, an underrated running back corps in Ryan Grant and James Starks, stud wide receiver Greg Jennings and arguably the best tight end in Jermichael Finley.

Not to mention the offensive line and other younger receivers, which has all the Packers fans excited.

On the other side of the ball, there's the best cornerback duo in Charles Woodson and Tramon Williams, as well as B.J. Raji, Clay Matthews and Nick Collins. They've been said to have a pretty good defensive coordinator, too.

It seems as if there's absolutely no aspects of the team to worry about. You look at the depth chart and several of the backup names would be starters on other teams.

One could say, "I bet he's going to say opposite Matthews." Oh, no. I really like the idea of having Erik Walden, Brad Jones or Frank Zombo out there. All three have huge potential. 

The biggest flaw I see on this team has nothing to do with one position. It's a few positions. If you notice, there's only two really good pash rushers on the Packers roster: Matthews and Raji. Since Cullen Jenkins left, and even though I don't think we should've re-signed him for as much as he was paid, it's left a huge void on our defense.

Mike Neal, C.J. Wilson, Jarius Wynn, Ricky Elmore, Robert Francois, Erik Walden, Brad Jones and Frank Zombo—all potential, but that doesn't always mean it'll work out.

Look at Green Bay's own Pat Lee for example. 

I'm not saying the Packers can't go to the Super Bowl and win it all this coming season, but it'd make it a whole lot easier if one or two guys from the defense rose and showed a lot of pass rush. Because the way it is now, Matthews will be focused on even more in games, without the force of Jenkins taking some of the attention.

But, of course, Dom Capers always figures out how to get things done. We'll probably see it again this season.

Even though I hope Capers does, it doesn't mean he will. This is the only thing that makes me nervous about the 2011 Packers season.

Guys need to step up, especially with all NFC North offenses progressing and getting better.