2011 Green Bay Packers: Ranking Top 10 Vital Players to Super Bowl Repeat
It takes a very talented team to win a Super Bowl, but it takes an even better team to be able to repeat and win two Super Bowls in a row.
The Packers are so good that there are actually players that you can argue got snubbed from this list.
I think this team is good enough to repeat, and these 10 players will be a huge part of that effort:
10. Donald Driver, WR:
Driver may be nearing the end of his career, but he still has quite enough left in the tank to make an impact on the game.
There aren't many better at catching the ball over the middle and making something out of nothing. He still has some of the most reliable hands in the league, and I guarantee you Aaron Rodgers feels comfortable going to Driver for a big third down conversion.
Driver keeps the chains moving, and that's going to be a huge part of the offense again in 2011.
9. Mason Crosby, K:
Crosby may not be the best kicker ever, but he's becoming one of the most reliable in the league.
He can kick in the elements and indoors, and has a cannon for a leg.
His accuracy has been improving to the point where the Pack can at least get an automatic three once they get within his range.
8. James Starks, RB:
Like it or not, I think Starks is the Packers' best option at running back, and eventually he will be the full-time starter.
He's a powerful downhill runner that will at least get you positive yards every time he touches the ball. He's also a threat out of the backfield with his hands and on screen plays, which adds a whole new element to the Packers offense.
It's hard for me to trust Ryan Grant anymore. He looks sluggish, and the offense just seems to run better with Starks in the backfield.
7. Chad Clifton, LT:
Plain and simple, Clifton is Aaron Rodger's first line of protection against the blind-side pass rush.
If he plays well, the Packers offense usually rolls.
He is extremely vital to a repeat, and to the health of the best quarterback in the league.
6. Jermichael Finley, TE:
When Finley is healthy and on his game, the Packers offense goes from dangerous to unstoppable.
He's got the speed and skills of a wide receiver in a tight end's body, which makes him almost impossible to cover.
I'm expecting a true breakout year from Finley in 2011.
5. B.J. Raji, DT:
Raji has become one of the best young defensive linemen in the league, and I think he's going to continue to improve in 2011.
He not only can clog up the line, but he's constantly in the backfield breaking up plays and taking out the quarterback.
The Packers defense starts and ends up front with Raji.
4. Greg Jennings, WR:
Jennings has established himself as a top-tier wide receiver in the NFL.
He is arguably one of the best route runners in the league, and he's got great hands.
He can beat you over the top, but is most proficient catching from his back shoulder. He's Rodgers' favorite target, and I expect another great year from him.
3. Clay Matthews, OLB:
Matthews should compete for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.
He's constantly in the backfield, and is a matchup nightmare for most offensive coordinators.
Matthews is the stick of dynamite that makes this team so explosive on defense.
2. Charles Woodson, CB:
There is absolutely nothing that Charles Woodson can't do on defense.
The Packers utilize his skills to perfection, which means that he is all over the place, all of the time.
He's probably best when he's blitzing the backfield, but he's still one of the best coverage players in the league.
Woodson is so much more than just his talents though. He's the leader of not only the defense, but of the team.
1. Aaron Rodgers, QB:
Aaron Rodgers is my favorite to win league MVP this season.
There simply isn't a throw that he can't make!
He spreads the ball around, he's good for a few touchdowns a game, and he can make a defense pay with his scrambling ability.
Right now there isn't a better quarterback in the NFL, and I don't see him slowing down.