An Opposing Scout's View: Enemy Lines
With all the great things Ron Wolf did when he was general manager, probably the biggest mistake he made was not re-signing Craig Hentrich as punter, holder and kickoff man back in 1998. That has haunted this team, and if B.J. Sander doesn't justify his third-round selection last year, the Packers will be hurting on special teams again.... Adrian Klemm is a fighter but nowhere near as athletic or talented as the guards who left, Mike Wahle and Marco Rivera.... It's a contract year for Ahman Green. That, plus the speed and power of Najeh Davenport off the bench, should give Green Bay nearly as good a running game as last year's--even with the loss of the guards.... No team has two better physical receivers with speed. Donald Driver and Javon Walker are not afraid to mix it up.... Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila might be almost as good as the defensive end Jim Bates had in Miami, Jason Taylor, but there is no one on the other side of the pass rush to scare anyone.... Ahmad Carroll killed the Packers last year. He can't keep his hands off the receiver after five yards, causing too many dumb penalties, and he has poor ball awareness and coverage technique.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2004 statistics
2004 RECORD: 10--6
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total): OFFENSE 10/3/3 DEFENSE 14/25/25
COACH: Mike Sherman; sixth season with Green Bay (53--27 in NFL)