A lot of things need to happen for an NFL team to win the Super Bowl. And that is indeed true for the Green By Packers. But if there was one thing that could put Green Bay over the top in 2015, it would be the continued development of young talent.
Now I realize this isn’t a drastic proclamation. The NFL is a young man’s game and to win you need your young players to develop. You need them to become core players, starters and superstars.
Fortunately, and thanks to the expert drafting of general manager Ted Thompson, the Packers are loaded with young talent. Everywhere.
From the 2014 class alone Green Bay got Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams and Corey Linsley. Those are three very good players. All three have pro-bowl potential. Heck, Linsley already ranked as top-5 center by Pro Football Focus.
Clinton-Dix proved to be a playmaker last season. The safety needs to improve on his tackling and though he did make a few boneheaded plays, he is a stud and if he can make a jump in his second year, he could be one of the best DBs in the NFC.
And the presence of another star player on the Packers defense would only make it better. Similarly, the emergence of Adams as a big-time threat in the passing game will give Green Bay among the best receiving trios in the NFL. And with Linsley, the Packers have a long-term fixture at center on an offensive line that returns its top-8 players from a season ago and dominated down the stretch.
Others like Mike Daniels (5.5 sacks, three TFL) and Casey Hayward (42 tackles, seven pass defenses and three INTs) also have the ability to take their game to the next level and if they do, the Packers defense could be a force to be reckoned with.
Still another rookie Richard Rodgers came on at the end of the year and could emerge as a legit starting tight end and third-year guys like Eddie Lacey and Datone Jones can play even bigger roles than they already have.
The bottom line is that the Packers have a ton of good, young players about to hit their prime. They also have arguably the best quarterback in football and the reigning MVP in Aaron Rodgers, a Super Bowl winning head coach and a strong core of established starters such as Clay Matthews, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Sam Shields, Lacy, Julius Peppers, JoshMiitton, T.J Lang.and Morgan Burnett.
This Packers team is loaded. And if the young talent can keep developing like it has throughout the Thompson and Mike McCarthy era, then this team will be built to win now, while also having the potential to win for at least the next few years, if not longer.
In other words, it’s a good time to be a Packers fan because while a Super Bowl is never a guarantee, it’s basically a fact that the Packers will be a contender to bring home the Lombardi Trophy for the foreseeable future.