Time for Packers' defense, not offense, to rule Green Bay?

June 14, 2019 - 2:55 pm

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers have trotted out some high-caliber defenses over the past 25-plus seasons. However, as good as those units were, it has been the offense -- specifically the two MVPs under center -- that reigns supreme in the hearts and minds of Green Bay's football lore during that same span. 

With a new head coach, Matt LaFleur, installing a new offense for veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers to run, that narrative may soon change. As great as Rodgers has proven to be, there will likely be growing pains as the signal caller -- and the offense as a whole -- deviates from a Mike McCarthy-engineered offense for the first time in over a decade. But will the new, presumably innovative, offensive design LaFleur brings continue the Packers' offensive-centric tradition? If the team's recent minicamp provides any indication, it might be the defense -- not the offense -- where the Packers make their name this time around.

"There's a long way to go, and I think our guys realize that," LaFleur said, Wednesday. "There's still a lot of sloppiness that we're going to clean up moving forward." 

His comments came on the heels of the defense outperforming the offense...again. Ryan Wood, writer for PackersNews.com, explored the possibility at length: