The day is so close I can already faintly smell the bratwurst and sauerkraut, taste the cool Miller sliding down my throat, and even hear the crowd in what can only be described as beautiful disharmony: “…I just want to bang on my drum all day!”
That’s right, folks, it’s time for the 100-day countdown to the kickoff of the Green Bay Packers’ 2010 campaign.
Sure, that also means we’re more than three whole months—and roughly 50 Brett Favre faux news stories—away, but we all know it’s never too early to project, predict and analyze anything and everything Packer-related.
And as of this writing, it is optimism abound in the Packerland.
Coming off an 11-5 finish in their 91st season, the green-and-gold return pretty much all the important pieces needed to improve upon that mark.
Although the team failed to advance past Wild Card weekend, the offense looked wholly unstoppable in that 51-45 overtime loss to the Cardinals, and there is no reason to expect anything less than at least a repeat of that 11-win record.
At the same time, however, life in the NFL can be as fickle and erratic as they come.
This decade alone, four Super Bowl champions—the Patriots of 2002, the Buccaneers in 2003, and the Steelers after both of their Lombardi-trophy-earning triumphs—have failed to even reach the playoffs the next season.
Super Bowl losers have fared worse yet.
Nothing is taken for granted in professional football.
Which is why taking note of a team’s remaining (or newly created) shortcomings is just as, if not more, important than drooling over the positives that return.
Therefore, here is a list of the five biggest concerns regarding the Green Bay Packers as we embark on our 100-day journey to kickoff.