Will New Special Team Approach Lead to Diminished Long Term Success?

Since 2012, the Packers have the fourth most regular season wins in the NFL. Undoubtedly, this is due in large part to having one of the best players at the most important position. With that being said, the Packers have implemented a well known “draft and develop” approach during that time. This approach also includes stashing promising young players at the bottom of the roster.

The Packers have now recognized that they cannot win the Super Bowl by continuing to have atrocious special teams. They are seeking to remedy that by paying a big time salary for Rich Bisaccia. They have also clearly changed their approach to practices and roster construction based on his guidance. One such change is doing away with the approach of stashing promising young players at the bottom of the roster, and instead focusing on the additional of special teams aces. Special teams stalwarts such as Dallin Leavitt, Keisean Nixon, Tariq Carpenter, and Rudy Ford made the 53 man roster, while prospects like Micah Abernathy, Caleb Jones, Chris Slayton, Tyler Goodson, and others were cut. Will this new approach lead to Super Bowl success, longer term roster degradation, or possibly both? Only time will tell.

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