If you're not one of the lucky fans who get to watch your team hoist the Super Bowl trophy at the end of the year, it's never too early to start talking about next season.
Especially if you're the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay finished the regular season as the NFL's top team, losing only one game to Kansas City. Their early exit from the 2012 playoffs was extremely tough. But talk to the Packers now, and it's all about early preparations and planning.
"We hope we can get what we need to get back to where we were playing and get back to that aggressive style," cornerback Tramon Williams said in an interview with USA Today. "I felt that we just didn't play the style that we play. We mixed up a lot of different things, but at the same time we had a lot of holes in the defense."
Veteran wide receiver Donald Driver, who turned 37 in February, made it known that he wants to be back with the team this season.
"The organization knows what I've done on and off the field, and they want to keep me around as long as possible," said Driver. "If that means sitting down and taking pay cuts to stay around, then you take pay cuts to stay around. I've always said it's not about the money for me anymore. What I'm pushing for is for my legacy to stay around in the state of Wisconsin and around the world forever. So, the money's not a big issue."
It's team play and attitudes like that all-around that have brought the Packers to a high level of successful in recent seasons. Now that work ethic has made them the preseason favorites to win the Super Bowl, despite their early loss.
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