Reason #9 For Optimism in 2021: Maurice Drayton

Yes, the 2020 season ended in disappointing fashion.

If just one play or one call or one playcall would have been different, the Packers could have been in the Super Bowl. Based on the disarray the Chiefs were in from injuries and off-the-field issues, the Packers may very well have won.

But it didn’t happen.

There’s looming salary cap issues in 2021 and some key players surely won’t be back, but there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the 2021 season and we’ll be counting them throughout the offseason.

Today we look at Reason #9: Maurice Drayton.

The name doesn’t ring a bell the way a lot of the other reasons we discussed does, but there’s a huge opportunity for Drayton to have a positive impact on this team.

As the new Special Teams Coordinator, Drayton has the ability to improve on a unit that has ranked dead last or near dead last for what seems like every year since Desmond Howard left.

Can he do it?

Who knows.

What are his qualifications?

He’s had some coaching experience and was on the Colts staff when they had a good special teams unit, but I think his best qualifications are that he isn’t Shawn Mennenga and he isn’t Ron Zook.

And that is a reason for optimism in 2021!


To see more reasons for optimism, check out our running list of: Reasons For Optimism in 2021.


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