Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers and the Greatest Show on "Earth"?
During the 1999, 2000 and 2001 seasons, the St. Louis Rams offense earned the nickname, "The Greatest Show on Turf," and rightfully so. The Rams offense posted three consecutive 500-plus point seasons, won Super Bowl XXXIV and boasted several accolade winners such as Marshall Faulk and league MVP Kurt Warner. In the coined phrase "Earth" was of course replaced with "Turf" because of the artificial playing surface of The Trans World Dome (now The Edward Jones Dome), and the rest is history. To date, no other offenses have significantly challenged the Rams' offensive prowess demonstrated one decade ago, but is their a potential challenger?
Last season, the Green Bay Packers offense posted 388 points in the regular season without their 1200-yard running back, All-Pro tight end, and their veteran Pro Bowl right tackle. They still managed to make an impressive run through the playoffs and win Super Bowl XLV.
To start the 2011 season, the Packers now have a two-headed beast in the backfield represented by running backs Ryan Grant and James Starks. They also have an impressive rookie second-round pick wide receiver Randall Cobb who will be fifth on the depth chart behind veterans Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Jordy Nelson and James Jones. Jermichael Finley is also back from injury and poised to have a big season at tight end. Oh, and don't forget the reigning Super Bowl MVP in his prime, Aaron Rodgers.
Given the talent, youth and depth of the Ted Thompson-built Green Bay Packers offense, I expect big statistical accomplishments not just this season, but for years to come. 500-plus points in three consecutive seasons may be a lofty expectation, but not improbable. Perhaps in several years, the accomplishments achieved on Lambeau Field may be deemed The Greatest Show on "Earth." Literally...
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