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.
Everyone has a theory as to what is wrong with the Packers defense. Perhaps all the theories are just symptoms of the greater problem: the defense is playing flat, reactive, and needs a change so disruptive that it is able to transform it back into the playmaking defense of 2010. C.D. Angeli resurrects his Kitchen Analogy to study it.
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.
"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."