Go ahead, keep celebrating, but keep one thing in mind – it’s important not to live on a record. Sure, whether a team makes the playoffs or not depends on their record, but there’s more to a team. A record is just something that is on paper. It is the very surface of a football team and tells us very little. A record is simply a reflection.
As of now the Packers are 5-2, but what does this say about the Packers? Well, on paper it would suggest they are a contender? Maybe pretty good? I think we are on the right track but the Green Bay Packers deserve a little more.
Name me another team with as many injuries and as many wins. In the face of adversity the Green Bay Packers have turned major injuries into major wins.
In the Packers’ second game against the Washington Redskins they won without Morgan Burnett and Eddie Lacy. In the third game against the Bengals, Green Bay lost tight end Jermichael Finley to a concussion and ran out of running backs. Eddie Lacy was inactive with a concussion and James Starks hurt a knee in the first half. They ended up losing a very winnable finish.
The fourth game (second win) against the Detroit Lions brought more injuries. Linebacker Clay Matthews left with a thumb injury while starting inside linebacker Brad Jones left in the first half with a hamstring injury. Later, his replacement, Robert Francois, had to be helped off the field. In their third win against the Ravens, James Jones hurt his left knee on a first-quarter play, and Randall Cobb left for good after being struck on his right knee during a tackle.
In the fourth win, tight end Jermichael Finley left on a stretcher with about 10 minutes remaining in the game with a neck injury. Finally, the fifth win came last night with many of the stars missing but the Packers could have fooled everyone. They looked unstoppable scoring on every drive except when they took a knee to end the game.
How in the world do all these injuries translate into a 5-2 record?
Well, I think it starts with coaching. It takes a lot of know-how to get the right guys on a roster and the Packers are a prime example of depth in the NFL. In time of adversity teams must also strive for chemistry. Though the Packers have been without many starters, they still look like they’ve been playing together for years. If that doesn’t say you’ve found the guys and have the right coaches, I’m not sure what does.
As you can see, a team’s record is simply a reflection, it doesn’t tell the entire story nor can it give enough credit. Halfway through the regular season, the Packers have gone above and beyond given the position they are in.
It takes a special team to be in the position the Packers are in right now. It really looks like the Packers have all the ingredients to go all the way this year. Adversity is merely commonplace now.