Charles Woodson acknowledges the crowd at Lambeau. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers: Ten early New Year resolutions


Here are 10 resolutions that might please Green Bay Packers fans.
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It’s 2013 … another year to look forward to as fans of the Green Bay Packers.

As the National Football League postseason kicks off this coming Saturday, we thought we would take a quick look at some early resolutions for the Packers.

Therefore, we resolve and hope the Packers:

Mike McCarthy
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1. Develop that Super Bowl swagger. Head Coach Mike McCarthy alluded to the fact that his team has to take control of their own destiny starting Saturday night if they plan to march toward the Super Bowl.

2. Learn to tackle, Tramon Williams who has got to stick his nose into the tackle. We know he is one of the best cover corners in the league. Now he must amp up his game by sticking some tackles and there’s no better place to start than this coming Saturday against Adrian Peterson.

3. Start a new streak against their NFC North opponents. The Vikings broke the Packers’ winning streak against division opponents, but now it’s time to restart the streak – and what better way than when all the marbles are on the line in a playoff game.

James Starks scores against the Vikings.
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4. Have the opportunity to get James Starks back on the field, but also continue to get DuJuan Harris some touches. He seems to ignite the Packers’ run game and has been a great change-of-pace back.

5. Fan base continues to make the difference and that Mike McCarthy and the Packers re-find that Packers home playoff game dominance. Under McCarthy, the Packers are 1-3 in postseason play. Granted, both those losses were against the New York Giants who went on to win the Super Bowl in both cases, but that’s no excuse. Bring on the Vikings.

Mason Crosby
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6. Stick with Mason Crosby and that he continues his streak of made field goals and quiets the criticism that has been so strong the past month.

7. Look toward a balance of offense and defense in the upcoming draft. We especially hope that Ted Thompson uses the draft to strengthen the team’s offensive line – targeting players who will strengthen pass protection.

8. Focus on developing schemes that stop dominant runners like Adrian Peterson. But come to think of it, I’m not sure it’s possible to stop Peterson altogether. But there’s got to be a way to slow him down so he’s not a game-changer.

9. Make decisions about players like Donald Driver, Cedric Benson, Greg Jennings and Charles Woodsonearly in the off-season. If it’s time to cut the reins and move forward, then do it. Don’t let the players and

the fan base hang with indecision.

10. That the Packers reach out to Brett Favre this coming season and finally bring him back for a formal retirement of his number.

Those are just a few of the quick thoughts that come to mind. There’s got to be a million others … let me know by commenting here, liking Lombardiave.com on Facebook and following us on Twitter.

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