The Pack is 7-0. Need I say more?
It’s no small feat to be the only undefeated team in the 2011 NFL season, but that is just one of the bragging rights that Green Bay has been earning so far this year.
I say so far because it seems as of right now that this team just might be able to pull anything off this year. I think I’m going to go to Green Bay and bottle some of their water to take home and drink…
Pursuing excellence is something that this team is known for. The Green Bay Packers of Titletown, WI hold more National Football League championship wins than any other franchise, locking in at lucky 13. They are also the only team in the NFL to have ever won back-to-back-to-back championships. To put the icing on the cake, they’ve done it twice (1929, '30, '31 and 1965, '66, '67).
The Super Bowl trophy is called the Lombardi Trophy for good reason—it symbolizes excellence in athletic talent, leadership and execution. The man it was named for, Vince Lombardi, was the head coach for the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967 (and the GM for one more). During his time with the team, he led Green Bay to five NFL championships and two Super Bowl wins.
One of the greatest things that he is known for was the manner in which he coached his football team and his pursuit of perfection. Hours of film study would be put into the execution of one play. His enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge of the game was unsurpassed by coaching staff of his era.
Bringing this into the present, we now see current accomplishments being compared to this renowned era of explosive talent and dedicated coaching. As of the Week 7 Minnesota Viking game, one of the records that Lombardi held now belongs to head coach Mike McCarthy.
Coincidentally, at lucky No. 13, this current winning streak is the longest in franchise history. Prior to this game, the Green Bay Packers and Mike McCarthy were tied with a winning streak from the Lombardi era. The years 1961 and 1962 marked a period of historic accomplishments for the Pack, and current accomplishments are beginning to be compared to the glory days from before.
Whether or not Mike McCarthy and his coaching staff will be able to continue the record-breaking accomplishments or not will unfold with time. Game-changing circumstances can happen at any time. Currently, all we know is that the Pack are on fire and show no hint of burning off.
McCarthy may continue to break Lombardi records if he continues in the manner he’s currently coaching. What’s next? I believe it will be Lombardi’s franchise record of nine postseason wins.
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing!” – Vince Lombardi
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