Super Bowl 2011: 10 Ways the Green Bay Packers Can Repeat

Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIFebruary 7, 2011

Super Bowl 2011: 10 Ways the Green Bay Packers Can Repeat

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Charles Woodson #21 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates in the locker room with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington,
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    The Green Bay Packers are the Super Bowl Champs, but in order to repeat their success in 2011, they need to ensure that the circumstances remain favorable.

    Only eight teams have won the Super Bowl after winning the year before, but the Packers have all the tools necessary to compete next year and beyond.

    The Lombardi Trophy's return to Green Bay and the only publicly-owned team in the league is appreciated by all of the team's many owners, but in order to keep it in Green Bay another year, Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have a long spring and summer ahead of them.

1: Fortify Wide Receiver Position

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers makes a first down catch in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Greg Jennings took a huge step forward this season into a small group of the NFL's elite wide receivers, but he needs some support.  James Jones and Donald Driver are both scheduled to become free agents.

    Driver is increasing in age and his production is starting to decline.  Jones, if he returns, might be considered the No. 2 receiver next season.  

    Regardless of whether the Packers choose to build through the draft, free agency or from within, wide receiver is a position of need for Green Bay to repeat.

2: Re-sign Daryn Colledge

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Daryn Colledge #73 of the Green Bay Packers in action against the New York Jets on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.The Packers defeated the Jets 9-0.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/
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    The Packers had one of the top offensive lines in football this year.  No matter who was playing at running back, he always managed to find the plus-sized hole the line left for him.

    The entire line is under contract for next year, except for LG Daryn Colledge.  With most positions, it is acceptable to build through the draft or free agency.  On the offensive line, however, so much of the game is playing with the four other guys on the line.  

    The Packers five had success this year and continuity would allow them to be a dominant force in the 2011 season.

3: Keep Rodgers Healthy

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates late in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    Aaron Rodgers suffered two concussions this season and nearly had a third when Julius Peppers drew blood on an illegal hit in the NFC championship. 

    Aaron Rodgers has cemented himself as a member of the upper echelon of quarterbacks along with Brady, Manning and Brees.  For the Packers, the worst thing that could happen would be Rodgers getting hurt again.  

    An intense offseason regiment coupled with his new helmet should allow Rodgers to be effective for the entirety of next season.

4: Keep the Rest of the Team Healthy

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  The Green Bay Packers celebrate in the locker room after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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    The NFL is a game where luck often leads to the Super Bowl.  Beyond simply getting hot at the right time, the healthiest team come January is often the one that wins.  

    The Packers had tough luck with injuries throughout the season, but managed to scrape into the playoffs on a tiebreak.  Once in, the last seed started getting healthier (although they were more banged up than most Super Bowl winners) and made a run.

    In order for the Packers to make the same run next year, they must remain healthy in January.  This is the responsibility of the oft-overlooked training staff.

5: Keep the Team Motivated

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/G
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    As obvious as motivation is as a reason teams win, a number of teams come off their championship highs with unfulfilled expectations the following season.

    Head Coach Mike McCarthy must ensure that the Packers want it even more next year than they did this year.  Next team, everyone will be gunning for the Pack, so it will take increased focus and motivation to continue their success.

6: Draft Best Available Players

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    NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Bryan Bulaga from the Iowa Hawkeyes holds up a Green Bay Packers jersey as he poses with friends and family after the Packers drafted him number 23 overall during the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on Apri
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    NFL teams often get caught up in drafting for need, assuming the player they pick will be able to step in immediately and help.

    The Packers, although they have the last pick of the first round and low picks throughout the draft, must draft the best players available, regardless of need.  

    The dropoff between the best player on the board and the best player at the position you want can be steep, and the NFL is a game of injuries. So (with the possible exception of quarterback) if a team's starter is very good, it shouldn't be afraid to draft a very good backup.

7: Pick a Starting Running Back

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    PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Ryan Grant #25 of the Green Bay Packers rushes after a catch during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Ryan Grant was hurt for most of this season.  While it is likely he would be the presumptive starter if he came back, injuries often take a toll on players that lasts longer than they are unable to play.  

    James Starks had success running for the Pack late in the season, and while the NFL is becoming more and more of a two-running back league, there must always be an alpha dog.  

    McCarthy will have to be careful when dealing with egos to determine next year's starter.

8: Don't Get Cocky

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    GREEN BAY, WI - FEBRUARY 06: Green Bay Packers fan Kitzi Muniz cheers after a play while watching the Super Bowl at Stadium View Bar on February 6, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matt Ludtke/Getty Images)
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    Going along with staying motivated, not getting cocky means the Packers must be careful about trash talking or taking it easy, especially with the "defending champ" target on their back.

    On paper, the Packers have an easier schedule next season (opponents had a .508 winning percentage as opposed to .520 this season).  

    The Packers chances are high, but champions always have something to prove.

9: Don't Ruin a Good Thing

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    ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06: Confetti falls after the Green Bay Packers win Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The Packers were the best team in football this year, but most fans would have said a few weeks ago that they were really waiting until next season.  

    The number of injuries withstood and tough luck in the regular season made this Super Bowl a surprise for one of the preseason favorites.  

    Next year, the Packers still figure to be better, as long as there are no dramatic changes in coaching or personnel.

10: Re-sign Cullen Jenkins

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    CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 23:  Linebacker Clay Matthews #52 and Cullen Jenkins #77 of the Green Bay Packers sack quarterback Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears in the first half of the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Ill
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    The Packers must maintain a strong pass rush in order to contend again in 2011.  Jenkins was a solid defensive end this season, and he is poised to take another step forward next year.

    When healthy, Jenkins is a pass-batting machine who wreaks havoc in opposing backfields.