Yeah, it's a lost opportunity to add to Green Bay's rich history, but so have 41 other seasons. You just have to accept that you're not going to win them all. In situations such as this, it's very difficult to look at the positives instead of the negatives since all we can feel right now is just negative energy and pessimism.
Despite how negative things may seem now and despite how cliche it sounds to say "there's always next year," not very many teams can say that they would be in as good a position as the Packers are. The way I see it, all indications point to a very bright future ahead, and by future, I mean the very near future.
For starters, I have to say that if we're going to lose, it's best to lose as soon as possible, because it gives the organization a head start on preparing for the draft, and for what it's worth, they'll be four picks closer to the first player that they want to draft.
Green Bay's offense scored 35 points a game, and their special teams were far better than they have been in recent years. It's safe to say that Thompson is considering drafting more defensive players this year, which is exactly what we'll need.
Nick Collins has said that he should know by March whether or not he'll be able to play football again. Assuming his neck heals, therefore eliminating the need to draft a safety in one of the earlier rounds, Thompson will be able to weigh his options even further, and with any luck, he'll decide to draft another pass rusher.
Though no one is interested in hearing his name right now, Mike Neal still has potential to become a contributor to the team. His leg never fully healed, and he'll have a whole offseason to rest the injury and further develop his skill as a pass rusher.
Now, I understand that this is a lot to hope for, especially for Nick Collins. I'm just saying that this is the best case scenario, and if this is the best case scenario, then how bad could our worst case scenario be? Honestly, there's really not a lot I can say that could go wrong this offseason. It's almost as if we can't lose.
Say what you will about Green Bay's loss to the New York Giants, but I can't say that the defense was the sole reason the Packers lost that game. There were six to eight dropped passes and four fumbles (one that was unfairly taken away) in that game. That's what it takes to beat the Packers—letting them beat themselves.
The critics should laugh now while they can. If Green Bay fixes even one problem on defense, be it the pass rush or the pass defense, then they'll increase their chances of winning the Super Bowl two-fold. By then, very little can stop the Packers, and few teams will have the chance to beat them.
Oh, and they'll probably beat the Giants next season too.
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