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"This Is Your Team"

And so it begins.

It's been seven long months since we had a Packer football game that mattered to look forward to. The fanbase and, it would seem, Packer coaches and players are thinking Super Bowl. The national media has hoped on board with what seems like every significant national prognosticator picking the Packers to at least reach the big game in Dallas if not outright win the thing.

Now, of course, they have to start playing the games. And the second guessing will begin. "I TOLD you they should have picked up that linebacker"; "What the hell was Thompson thinking not drafting a cornerback?"; And, yes, even "They're crazy if they think they can use Tramon Williams or Greg Jennings on punt returns."

That last one obviously was all the talk yesterday on Twitter. I thought the idea was beyond absurd. Alex thought otherwise. After a long night spent dealing with various things and stepping away completely from the blog and Twitter I came to one conclusion:

Alex is right.

Damn the torpedoes. Full steam ahead. This team has a chance to do something special and it won't do it by playing it safe or being tepid in the decisions it makes. If Tramon Williams or, heaven help us, Greg Jennings are the best options, then they are the best options and that's how they're gonna roll.

All the second guessing, all the "I told you so's", all that nonsense will surely follow us throughout the year - and I'm sure I'll have more than my fair share along the way. But for this week - I'm on board, one thousand percent. Thompson has made all the right moves. McCarthy and his coaches have the lineup perfectly set. The coaches and players have, for the most part, been working and preparing since March.

That kind of commitment and effort deserves and demands your respect.

This is your team.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

"My team is on the floor."

...or field, as it were in this case.

RockinRodgers's picture

There has been alot of talk this offseason. I would really like to see the Packers kick some serious ass on Sunday. As a warning to the rest of the league.

Bearmeat's picture

"This team has a chance to do something special and it won’t do it by playing it safe or being tepid in the decisions it makes."
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EXACTLY. Which is WHY TT SHOULD have gone out and gotten some baseline backup veterans for depth purposes. We are 1 injury or 2 young players not stepping up away from another wildcard and a first round playoff exit. Inexcusable. I know I'm not a GM, nor do I do football for my life's work. However, as a life long follower and fan, I do know you need to do everything you can to tip the scales in your favor, because s$it happens during the season.
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I will always support and follow the Packers, and I can't say I'm entirely surprised with TT's inaction on any move except the draft and "resigning our own". However, with the team THIS CLOSE, when only a couple moves away from solid depth at least everywhere, if not great frontline talent at OLB, Nickelback, SS, we'd be golden.
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I hope I am wrong. GO PACK!

CSS's picture

Not defending TT, but you can write this same post for the Vikings, Ravens, Cowboys, Falcons, Colts, Patriots, etc.... And even the people they brought in are 'ho-hum' in nature.

MLecl0001's picture

CSS is right. There is no team in the league that has 2nd and 3rd stringers that are starter quality. Some lucky teams have a couple positions where the back up is starter material, but not a whole Offense of Defense.

This isnt fantasy football, it is impossible to put together a team of 53 starters. Especially the more talent you assemble on your starters the harder it is to fill out your roster with solid back ups. Believe it or not solid back ups cost money too.

It takes a lot more than talent to win the super bowl. It takes a tremendous amount of luck. Just like in Poker, you could play a guy perfectly but if he hits that 1 in a million on the river card you still lose. So lets hope the football gods are smiling on the Packers this year. Because if they are not no matter how much talent or even making all the right moves will help them.

PackersThad's picture

This is our team! And in the literal sense too.

Five months from now, I hope we can come back to this post and laugh at how we thought it would be too dangerous to put Tramon back to punt or even Greg Jennings! We'll laugh as we are celebrating the Super Bowl in Dallas!

qotsa's picture

I still think it's a bad idea to put Williams on punt returns. Yes he is the best option on the team, but there are better options available in free agency. Sign Clifton Smith and put Mcdonald on the practice squad.

MLecl0001's picture

looks like you may get your wish.

Oppy's picture

Will Blackmon's average yards per punt return are actually lower than Tramon Williams' (i think it was in the lounge where Alex posted the stats), and Williams has taken one to the house, too- in limited attempts.

Tramon is actually a pretty darn good punt return man. As he said during his locker room interview yesterday, he's been returning punts his whole career. He considers himself a returner.

Max's picture

I'm fired up. I can't wait for Sunday afternoons in front of the TV with 1,000s of my closest "friends" on Twitter. I love my reclusive, football-loving life.

Bring it on.

Andyman's picture

Amen to that - GO PACK GO!

TXPackerFan's picture

This is my team and talk of the Superbowl is great!

We need to start the season off with something no other Packer team has done since 1962, win in Philly! We are 0-8 and it hasn't mattered what team went there.

It is this (MY) team that needs to go in there and show the country they can do something that has not been done in a very long time.

Let's use Philly for the stepping stone in building our swagger and confidence that will carry us to Dallas!

GOPACKGO!!!

davyjones's picture

Baremeat--
Every team in the league that is on the rise is "1 injury or 2 young guys not stepping up away". The fact the Packers led the league in 6 waived players being signed elsewhere supports the fact that TT has built in incredible roster. Could he have done something about a returner or LB or DB depth? Sure. But there is an opportunity cost to every move and he has proven he deserves the benefit of the doubt when it comes to personnel decisions.
Point is, every team has weakness behind the 1st 22...we are no different...but we are lightyears ahead of where Sherman left us and the outlook is extraordinarily bright.

Bearmeat's picture

Davy I agree. We are lightyears ahead of where Sherman left us - and I know that no team has starting quality material behind every position. I don't think it would have been too high a price to hedge the bet at OLB/CB/S/RB with some acceptable and available veteran talent.
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I'm not talking about signing Peppers or Haynesworth... but I do not think TT prepared the Pack for the season at those positions well. Imagine if Burnett, or Tramon or Wood or CM3 goes down... we'll be in a world of hurt. If we had acceptable depth behind them (and no, I'm not talking about Bush or Poppinga) then at least we might be able to tread water until the starter returned. If we have to play any of our LB's after bishop we're in deep trouble. Same goes for CB..
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Like I said I hope I'm wrong.

Mr. Bacon's picture

Marty: Doc, your telling me you put a California QB... in the State of Wisconsin?

Doc: Yes Marty, when you see Aaron Rodgers hit 88. Your going to see some serious...

Wiscokid's picture

I've been a lifelong Packer fan and will remain so for whatever time I have left on this earth. I don't care whose name is on the back of their jersey. I will forever support the Green Bay Packers.

I have my game face on. Let's kick this pig!

alfredomartinez's picture

gracias dios mio for this coming sunday, been a long summer here in cali w out foozeball, and although im still very unhappy about havner getting cut (ya ya i k he was expandable), i have to say, this 53 men roster looks pretty stable, great job TT, come on now sunday, get ur ass here already!

PackersRS's picture

Packers fan through and through.

GO PACK GO!

Chris's picture

No team has depth enough to replace more than one or maybe two of their best players, and it's nothing different with the Packers. They have some unproven player in some backup spots, but guess what: If they need to play at some point they have to step up. It's their chance then. I firmly believe the Packers management has thought about injury scenarios back and forth (probably a lot more than us fans do) and if they are fne with it, I am too.
On the issue of punt returns: Do the Packers really need a "big play" guy at punt returner? My take is this: The offense is explosive enough without awesome punt returns for 15+ yards. All they need is a reliable guy who can catch the ball, has experience enough to call for fair catches or let balls go into the endzone, but that's basically it. Just don't mess up with muffed catches or fumbles during the return, and the Pack will be pretty fine. We are not the stupid Bears who actually need Hester to score on returns (which is why they moved him back there).
Go Pack Go!

Doug In Sandpoint's picture

"I love you guys."

chicago hooligan's picture

Most highlight videos already have (bad) music over them so I didn't have many options but I wanted to do this anyway:

http://youtubedoubler.com/?video1=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3...

Wiscokid's picture

The good news is that there are separate volume controls on each of the two windows and you can turn the music side off while you listen to the play by play announcers.

Always fun to watch the Packers beat the Cowboys. It just can't happen often enough.

jeremy's picture

Thanks for the great post Aaron!

foundinidaho's picture

What was it Rodgers said? "Shut up and get on board." Or something like that. Anyway, I'm doing as I was told. I'm on board. Well, I can't shut up. But I'm sure Rodgers realizes that about us by now.

fhornplayer83's picture

Nice post, and it hits the point square on the head.

Packers fans have a TON to be grateful for, and yet we sometimes get lost in our own pessimism about certain aspects of the team. But when we get right down to it, how can we not be excited to watch the Packers play?

To me, that's what it's all about. Sure, I'll be disappointed if the Packers don't make it to the Super Bowl, and I'll probably even be pretty full of words if they don't even make the playoffs. But the fact of the matter is that I'll look forward to watching them play every week, no matter what their record.

It's an exciting team to watch, and they should make us proud just to be fans. So forget the little things, sit back, watch the game, and GO PACK GO!

nerdmann's picture

Jennings to return punts. Alot more depth at the WR position. PLUS, he knows which way to turn, EVERY time!

fish's picture

A punt returner that can catch is all I ask. I don't care if he can only make it to the 20. Our offense won't appreciate that all year, but I don't want to see Jennings, Nelson, Grant, Woodson or Tramon on special teams returns.

FITZCORE1252's picture

Yep.

GBP 4 LIFE

ZeroTolerance's picture

Aaron,

I made this point several weeks back. Yes - damn the torpedos. But I suggest that not Williams, but Woodson, be the PR. I know that this thought will be totally discredited by some, if not most. But Woodson is, by far, the best PR on the squad. This is the teams window (maybe only at the initial opening), but it is near the end for Woodson. He catches everything, and can break one every now and then. If you were to ask him, I'm sure that he would want to do it.

OK Cheesehead Nation - give me your shots.

Ruppert's picture

I can't believe how many Packers fans all over the web are jumping on Thompson for NOT doing something this offseason. The posts on Lori Nickel's chat yesterday were particularly embarrassing, IMO.

This team can go far. Hell, LAST YEAR'S team could have gone far if we weren't forced to send out the likes of Josh Bell, Jarrett Bush and Matt Giordano against Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.

I love this year's team.

And I have no problem with Tramon on PR.

Black Hawk's picture

Exactly Ruppert! TT has done a stellar job, youngest team in the league 4 years running and way under the salary cap w/ SB potential. Ted has cleaned up the mess from the Sherman Era! Improvement on the O-line and safety position and I think Zombo is going to be a player in this league at the OLB position.

Jack's picture

Okay, I admit this is a rip-off of The Blind Side, but here goes:

The Charge Of The Light Brigade

by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Memorializing Events in the Battle of Balaclava, October 25, 1854
Written 1854

Half a league half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred:
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd ?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do & die,
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd & thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack & Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke,
Shatter'd & sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse & hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

Cuphound's picture

The long offseason is ending and I can't wait to see what the Pack can really do this year!

GO PACK GO!!!!!!

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