FOX Sports has announced that they rank the Packers at the top of the heap of NFL teams … And to reiterate what Adam Schein says in his analysis … This is not a power ranking. The just-released list, the 2011 NFL organization rankings, are the result of exhaustive research by Schein … He started the project three years ago as a reaction to a challenge from an NFL official.
Schein takes a look at all aspects of each of the league’s organizations from the top on down … On-field and off.
Probably the only item not considered in the rankings are the cheerleaders (a topic for an upcoming blog).
So, given that the Packers won last season’s championship, why is this ranking not a surprise? Well, because this is not a power ranking, a championship doesn’t automatically place a team at the top.
For instance, the New England Patriots were rated tops in the league the first two years of the listing. However, it’s not surprising that the top five teams are championship-caliber organizations.
This year’ top five were all in the playoffs this past season … Starting with the Packers at the top, the next four in order are the New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.
What is also interesting is that the other NFC North teams did not fare well. The Bears were rated 14th and the Lions (23rd) and Vikings (25th) brought up the tail end of division teams.
Schein was very complimentary of the Packers organization, especially the big three … Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, and Aaron Rodgers.
“The Super Bowl was vindication for general manager Ted Thompson. But truth be told, he never needed it. Thompson has the golden touch in assembling a young championship core with staying power. Mike McCarthy is a great coach. QB Aaron Rodgers took that major step up in class. CEO Mark Murphy is sharp and has the perfect demeanor and experience for this job. The Packers fans are amazing.”
It’s great being at the top of the pile, but it didn’t come easy. It’s also very easy to fall in a short period of time in this league. And being at the top also places a target squarely on the back of the team.
Being the Super Bowl champion makes every week of the season the Super Bowl for opponents. Past history has shown how fast teams can fall from the top to the bottom.
However, if there’s one team that has positioned itself for many years of continued success, it’s the Packers. Through the support of Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy has fielded teams with great discipline and depth.
With another solid draft just this past April, the team is again stocked with solid football players who will compete and give the team the opportunity to again hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
So, why shouldn’t we be surprised that the team is ranked number one as the best organization in the league?
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