Green Bay Packers: Clutching Key Ingredients for Super Bowl Championship Repeat
With the amazing coaching ability of Mike McCarthy behind them and a consistent approach, we can only anticipate the season ahead of us.
Even in their losses last year, Green Bay never closed the deal trailing by more than 4 points. In the record-making post-season, the boys from Green Bay went on to be the first NFC team to win the Super Bowl after seeding 6th.
With this victory behind them and one of the NFL's most talented quarterbacks leading the Pack, we know the potential for greatness lies ahead. But other than the obvious, what reasons do we have to support this?
Championships are won, and lost, in mere seconds. It is a sober reality that often times it is two seconds of one game which makes or breaks a drive, and often, the whole game or season.
Coach McCarthy seems to truly understand this, and is pushing the no-huddle offense in practice even more so.
Also known as the hurry-up offense, this practice throws off your opponent, leaving them unsure of the exact moment the ball will be snapped. You also remove from the defending team the opportunity to switch out players and communication time between the coach and players.
We can easily picture legendary Brett Favre running down the field shouting to his team as he would point to the goal. Peyton Manning is another who can be looked to for this type of no-nonsense offense and Rodgers is quickly becoming just as talented in pushing the plays quickly down the field.
As we all sit and wonder how this Super Bowl MVP can improve, this is one area we will certainly be paying attention to as the season progresses.
Consistent Winning Streaks
When the Boys from the Bay get on a roll, they really take it and run. Literally. With last year’s adrenaline still pumping through their blood, the Packers have a way of riding that wave into the next season.
They did it three times in a row in 1929, 1930 and then again in 1931 after becoming the NFL Champions (pre-playoff era). Then again became the division champions in 1938 and 1939.
They became the NFL Champions again in an amazing display of athletic talent in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967. Clinching the title as division championships was again completed in a streak, occurring in 1995, 1996, and 1997.
In 1998 they fought their way to the playoffs, but were beat out. This did not discourage them for long though, and playoff appearances were made again in 2001, followed by becoming division champions again in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
It is the exception to the rule that the Packers do not take their division again the following year, often to the point of playoffs and hopefully beyond. I see no reason why last year’s champions shouldn’t repeat this trend once again.
Super Bowl MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers
I know I said "other than the obvious," but this team wouldn't be where it is if it wasn't for Aaron Rodgers.
Since Aaron Rodgers’ debut as the Green Bay Packer starter in 2008, this future Hall of Fame quarterback has done nothing but improve his game, being ranked No. 1 in QB power rankings by The Huddle above Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Peyton Manning.
Despite his intense passing game, Rodgers has 19 games under his belt completely void of an interception. This includes nine 300-yard passing games and an NFL record as being the first quarterback in NFL history to throw upwards of 4,000 yards in each of his first two seasons.
With 18 games with a 100-plus passer rating, and the skill and decisiveness of the no-huddle offense that McCarthy is pushing this preseason, we can bet on an intense season to come with Rodgers taking the field.
One thing is for sure, we can expect to see more of Rodgers' championship belt move on the field.
Depth Chart Talent
The Packers depth chart is something of envy to other teams and coaches. With the array of talent that is sitting second and third string, other offensive and defensive coaches can look longingly at our backup players while their first string at times stumble and fumble around.
Second string offensive WR Jordy Nelson holds records even his first string counterparts haven’t earned, being the only rookie to make 30-plus catches and a 45-plus yard kick return in his debut season.
Back-up QB Matt Flynn is certainly nothing to scoff at when he needs to take over for Rodgers. After playing in week-15 in 2010, Flynn earned a QB rating of 100.2 according to ESPN NFL, which would put him at no. 4 in comparison with starting quarterbacks. This is something to be seriously considered in light of his upcoming free-agent status, and something other teams are certainly paying attention to.
Defensive Safety Charlie Peprah is back with the Pack after re-signing in April 2010. After last year’s Super Bowl performance that included 9 solo tackles, we can be assured he will be seen on the field this year in addition to starter Morgan Burnett.
Rising Talent Morgan Burnett
Safety Morgan Burnett is coming out in just his second year with the Pack and holds a promising future, as long as he can stay off of injured reserve like last year. With the professional display of rookie talent he showed us in the beginning of the 2010 season, we have reason to believe that he will be a key contributor to our already solid defense.
After signing on with Ted Thompson and the team last year, Burnett was put in immediately as a starter the following season. Pretty good for last year’s rookie. When the Packers traded up 15 spots in the draft to get him the third round, they weren’t joking around.
Provided he can be eased back in after his torn ACL and proceeding knee surgery, Burnett showed football fans everywhere what he had to offer in the 4 games that he was able to play last year. Dom Capers has plenty of faith in this year’s upcoming performance.
“I think he’ll be plenty physical,” Capers said.
Burnett is 11 months out of his reconstructive surgery, well past the 6 month recommendation for return. When looking at the potential that lies here, we know well that “Bo knows” best, that yes, this can be done.
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