The Cheesehead Radio gang are joined by the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz, who is well-positioned to let us know what's happening behind 1265 Lombardi's doors, as well as his insights as to what Ted and Mike have in their long-range plans this offseason.
While Ted Thompson might feel pressured to make a trip to every Packer fan's house this Christmas to explain why he's not playing Aaron Rodgers today, it's nothing compared to the pressure felt by Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III.
The Green Bay Packers reached a tipping point on Thanksgiving. For this team to move forward, it can no longer look back on the accomplishments of the players and coaches three years ago to justify their position today.
The Green Bay Packers' season is on the brink. Two wins in five days puts the Packers back in the drivers' seat. Two losses and the playoffs are effectively impossible. The microscope falls on Mike McCarthy and his ability to rally his troops to play as greater than a sum of their parts.
It's been 21 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks since a Packers' backup quarterback has made a meaningful start. Ted Thompson has rolled the dice for years that that streak would continue indefinitely. Today, the Pack will start a washed-up veteran with no training camp experience and Thompson has no one to blame but himself.
Mike McCarthy wants to go "old-school" with his offensive line this year, rearranging and settling them into one position. Versatility is great, but protecting Aaron Rodgers' noggin is far more important.
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."