The Packers are like the proverbial bouncing ball.
When Mike McCarthy took over in 2006, they were coming off an abysmal 4-12 season which saw the dismissal of Mike Sherman as Ted Thompson’s first procedural move as General Manager. The hiring of Mike McCarthy was seen as a surprise move at first, and was not partially justified when the ’06 team got off to a 1-4 start. After going 7-4 the rest of the way to finish 8-8, optimism was high heading into 2007, and beyond.
The problem is that consistency in the win loss column has been tough to achieve for the Packers since 2006. An 8-8 record and a tie breaker into the playoffs from a team that was not supposed to be anything special was a stroke of genius. The lack firm footing in the NFC North for the last 3 seasons has been the cause of much shock, surprise, and more gray hair.
2007-13-3, NFC North Champions, Lost in NFC Championship
2008-6-10, 3rd in NFC North, missed playoffs
2009-11-5, 2nd in NFC North, lost in Wild Card Round of playoffs
Like I said, up and down.
This is the season for the Packers to make their mark in the NFC. Franchise quarterback, check. High caliber running back, check. Solidified offensive line, got it. Number two defense in the NFL last season and a year into the 3-4 scheme, got that too. Special teams remain the white elephant, so they will go unmentioned, at least for now
All of the tools are in place for an extended run in the playoffs this season. The roster is built for success in 2010 and beyond. It’s time for Mike McCarthy to steer that train he likes to head right into Dallas and bring the Lombardi Trophy back home. If he doesn’t, the ball will just keep bouncing.
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