The Green Bay Packers and their fans rolled out the red carpet for their former quarterback Brett Favre this past weekend and it couldn’t have gone much better. Except for one matter that made the Packers look small.
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.
The career of new Packer Hall of Famer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamilia was an offbeat one. Who knows what it might have been if he had been allowed to stay in his role as a pass-rush specialist. One person who probably doesn't care: KGB.
The Packers failed to address their needs last offseason, and in the end it spelled an early exit from the playoffs. For the Packers to continue among the elite, GM Ted Thompson has to find his mojo again.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Well, maybe there's four: if you count the overhyped sack statistic and how people use it as a sole measuring stick for Clay Matthews III.