The Green Bay Packers are hitting the reset button, as they have missed out on the playoffs for the second consecutive season. Most of the blame was placed on head coach Mike McCarthy, who was fired following their stunning loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
While many will point to the inefficiencies on the offensive side of the ball, you can't forget about the numerous injuries on defense.
According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers have used a staggering 32 different defensive players this season, which is all responsible due to the injury bug in Green Bay.
The Packers used 32 defensive players in 2018, 2 more than in any season since ‘13 & 8 more than in ‘14.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) January 11, 2019
Injuries hit even harder on special teams, where they used 63 different players – 5 more than in ‘17 and 10 more than in ‘16.
The breakdown here:
It's not just depth players that have succumbed to injuries, it was their starters.
Cornerback Kevin King, Green Bay's 2017 second-round pick, played in just six games this season due to groin and hamstring injuries. The team had envisioned he and rookie Jaire Alexander would create a young, dynamic duo at the corner position. Unfortunately for the Packers, they will have to wait next season.
3rd easiest schedule in the #NFL, and high turn over due to injuries... with the record the #packers had this year it is looking there there is a problem in the strength and conditioning team. Hopefully #Lafleur makes some changes. https://t.co/6nO9yGR4eE— Trevor Vuorenmaa (@TrevorVuorenmaa) January 11, 2019
Kenny Clark hit injured reserve due to an elbow injury late in the season. Muhammad Wilkerson was lost early in the year due to an ankle injury that required immediate surgery. Mike Daniels had a lingering foot ailment, which caused him to be placed on IR at the start of December.
With the amount of defensive visitors to team doctors, it was hard for the Packers to stop the opposition due to the influx of depth players into the starting rotation.
Matt LaFleur will look to ensure that his new team will be healthy for the majority of the 2019 season.