In this installment of what do you nee, our own Mac Morey gives his take on what the teams in the NFC North need to do to take their games to the next level.
Chicago – Defensive End
Chicago has made strides in the past few years.
Getting rid of John Fox was a questionable decision at the time, but when the franchise turned around and got Matt Nagy it made a whole lot more sense.
This offense is gonna look scary next year with his quick no huddle complex offense.
The defense was a top half defense respectively and is also one of the youngest defenses in the league.
This team is on the rise, but still needs a game changing pass rusher.
The secondary with Kyle fuller and Prince Akumara will be fantastic, but could be even better if maybe Bradley Chubb could be coming off the edge.
If Chubb ends up dropping to the Bears this team would greatly benefit from having him and would truthfully be ill advised to not add him to the roster.
Lions – Offensive Line
The Lions recently made Matthew Stafford the third highest paid player in the league at around 27 million dollars a year.
Now that they have committed to that investment, they need to meet it both ways and give him the protection he needs.
This team is far off from being a playoff team, but if they start building now they can make a run before Stafford is done.
There are a plethora of positions that need to be addressed for this team on both sides of the ball.
However, now that this team has spent the money on the offense, they should finish off the project and give Stafford the best chance in the pocket to deliver the passes he needs to for this team to win games.
Packers – Running Back
Well the story with this team is no doubt that Aaron Rodgers will be returning from his collarbone injury at 100 percent for the start of the season.
He obviously changes the trajectory of this teams success, but just him is not enough in a sport that requires 21 other relevant starters as well.
There has not been a time in my watching football other than Eddie Lacy’s rookie year that they have had an actual threat in the backfield.
All together last year, they had 13 rushing touchdowns from four different running backs. That is completely unacceptable for an offense that has such an effective passing game.
The run opens up the pass that much more and with the best deep ball thrower in the game, that play action threat would go a long way in this offense.
Their are some excellents backs in the draft this year and if we look at the best rookie running backs last year in Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt, they were both picked in the third round.
So, patience may be key for this Packers team if they want to find a guy that can help take some pressure off of Rodgers.
Vikings – Tight End
This is one of the other tough teams to write on about this subject considering their roster is so complete at every position.
This tight end group was responsible for little over a third of the touchdown receptions on the season.
Most of that coming from Kyle Rudolph with his eight TD receptions.
This offense could be the most dynamic in the game if they added another competent tight end and could run two tight end sets.
We have seen superb success with this formula from the Patriots with Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett or from the Chiefs with Travis Kelce and Demetrius Harris.
They acquired Blake Bell from the 49ers this season, but he did not play much due to injury, which has been the story for Bell his whole four year NFL career.
This team may try another fellow Oklahoma Sooner at tight end with Mark Andrews, who can play in the slot just as well as on the line.
Written by: Mac Morey
Edited by: Sam Forman