Silverman: Rival Packers Aiming To Punch Up Their Defense

April 3, 2012 12:00 AM

Silverman: Rival Packers Aiming To Punch Up Their Defense
By Steve Silverman-

" (CBS) Much to the consternation of the Green Bay Packers, defense still matters in the NFL.

As powerful as the offense was last season when the Packers rolled to a 15-1 record, head coach Mike McCarthy suffered as he watched his defense give up big play after big play and touchdown after touchdown.

On the surface, it seemed like the Packers were leading the new NFL. The Packers, the Saints and the Patriots all used a dominant offense and a substandard defense to roll through the regular season. None of those teams won the Super Bowl. The New York Giants played a more well-rounded game and came away with the championship.

Mike McCarthy’s goal during the offseason is to improve his defensive personnel and up that unit’s competitiveness so that Green Bay becomes a force on defense once again. When you have a stud like Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, the offense is still going to be the main part of the story in 2012, but the defense can’t be last in passing yards allowed and total yards allowed again. The Bears are hoping that the Packers don’t make any key inroads in that area "

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