Green Bay Packers: Ted Thompson, Rodgers Have Pack in Prime Position to Repeat

J FCorrespondent IApril 14, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson celebrates with Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers after winning Super Bowl XLV 31-25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Fresh off an injury-ravaged season and their Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Green Bay Packers appear to have an easier path to accomplish a repeat in 2011.

Such a feat has been completed by only seven teams in the 45 year history of the Super Bowl. The Patriots, Broncos, Cowboys, 49ers, Steelers, and Dolphins have all won the big one in consecutive years. And, yes, the Packers have done it before.

Titletown’s team took home the first two Super Bowl trophies with the legendary Vince Lombardi leading the team as coach, and the Hall of Fame quarterback, Bart Starr, behind center.

In their next appearance 30 years later, Green Bay returned to the Super Bowl and conquered the New England Patriots back in 1997. Brett Favre led the Pack back in 1998, but only to fall to John Elway’s Denver Broncos. However, it is impressive that they were able to step back onto the biggest stage in pro football a year after stealing the show.

So if you believe in historical odds, the Packers have a 100% chance of making another visit to the big game next season.  If they’ve done it twice, they can do it again. Right?

But if you don’t buy into such questionable logic, there are many other reasons why it wouldn’t be foolish to believe the Packers could storm to the final game of the NFL Playoffs, and snatch the repeat if the lockout doesn’t continue until games are scheduled to begin.

There’s no doubt that the quarterback position is the most important in the NFL nowadays.  At least half of the six worst teams last season struggled to find a solid solution to lead the offense. Consider the Panthers, Bills, and Cardinals.

On the other hand, an elite signal caller can convert any team into a contender. The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers is best QB in the league right now, and the frightening thing is, (at least to opposing defenses) that he’s still improving. The man can deal with any adversity and rise above victorious.

Yes, there was the dealing with the whole Brett Favre fiasco, getting snubbed in the 2005 draft, and pushing through multiple concussions in 2010, but the external frustrations also spread to the biggest game of his life.

The Pack could’ve sealed the Steelers fate several times because of Rodgers’ pinpoint accuracy, but young receivers like Jordy Nelson let some big ones fall to the turf, leaving poor Rodgers to just shake his head in unbelief.

The point is, Rodgers still prevailed despite everything he had to fight through and won the MVP. What else will stand in his way on the road to a repeat?

The Packers’ athletic tight end, Jermichael Finley, will be back in action after spending the majority of 2010 on the IR, meaning another talented target will be at Rodgers’ disposal.  I failed to mention earlier that Green Bay won it all without any hint of a running game before the playoffs began. Ryan Grant will be back to assist rookie James Starks in the backfield and that will be a huge help in keeping Rodgers healthy and effective.

Last year the Packers had a total of sixteen players on the IR. The chance of such misfortune striking the team again is highly unlikely. So shouldn’t these reinforcements only increase the dominance of defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ defense?

GM Ted Thompson is a draft pick specialist. The draft and player development are the tools that he used to build his team of talent and depth. Packer backers should be excited to see which young players will be making a difference on the field next season and contributing to an already championship-caliber squad.

It’s extremely tough to repeat in any sport, especially the NFL. On paper the Pack should cruise on their way back to the Super Bowl, but in reality anything can and will happen. That’s what makes following sports so exciting and also what creates the most passion for the game.

It’s primetime in Packer country for another run to the big one.