We’ve already seen what it takes to change the Green Bay Packers from a Super Bowl contender to a depressing shell of an also-ran: the absence of No. 12.

After losing Aaron Rodgers for nine games last season—a nightmare that will live forever in Wisconsin lore as The Brett Hundley Era—the Packers took steps to bolster their depth behind the two-time NFL MVP. Prior to the start of free agency, they agreed to trade cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland for second-year signal-caller DeShone Kizer.

So at last week’s owners meetings, for the second time in three years, the NFL competition committee proposed a bylaw change to add video functionality to select Microsoft Surface Pro tablets already used to view still images on sidelines.

Coaches They lost their dadgum minds.

They reacted so forcefully, in fact, that committee chairman Rich McKay tabled the proposal and said it likely wouldn’t be addressed before the 2018 season. Investigating this fracas at the annual meetings proved to be an amusing journey into the deep but occasionally absurdist minds of the top 32 football coaches in the world.

Signing LeGarrette Blount was a step in the right direction, as he provides a physicality that the Detroit run game has lacked of late. But he’s a 31-year-old with an injury-prone backup behind him in Ameer Abdullah.

In other words, the Lions need to keep building at the position. Whether it’s picking LSU’s Derrius Guice at No. 20 or going after a Day 2 back like USC’s Ronald Jones, the Lions need to stay aggressive in the backfield—preferably adding someone with a better all-around skill-set than Blount.

Standing pat with Blount, Abdullah and Theo Riddick leaves the Lions one injury away from being up the proverbial creek again.

That 2017 Bears offense didn’t scare teams, and Chicago didn’t have the targets in the passing game to create stress for opposing secondaries. Load the box and play man coverage. Defenses could keep it simple.patriots_089

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