Hope springs eternal in Packers News U.S.A. where the local NFL team – the Green Bay Packers – is a perennial contender thanks to the leadership of battle-tested veterans that know when to turn it up in pivotal games (see Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Morgan Burnett, et. al.) and stable coaching staff led by twelfth-year head coach Mike McCarthy, who calls the shots on offense.
Though McCarthy isn’t immune to making his share of mind-boggling decisions that will sometimes take him weeks to revise, he also shows an ability to be versatile in his week-to-week game planning along with getting the best out of his men in times of apparent crisis.
The numbers speak for themselves considering that the Pittsburgh, Pa., native is second to only Bill Belichick among active head coaches in terms of average wins per season with 10.36.
One thing Belichick and McCarthy have in common is that both their respective squads feature future Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks that can will their teams to victory regardless of the quality of talent surrounding them.
But while the B&B Boys in Beantown have 7 Super-Bowl appearances and 5 titles attached to their resumes, McCarthy and Rodgers have added only one souvenir to the trophy case.
At 33 years old, Rodgers is still very much in his prime, but the clock is ticking on the grizzled veteran, who counts on his legs more than most to make plays.
On paper, Ted Thompson and the Packers’ front office had fortified the roster both in free agency and the draft creating a group that seems to have the perfect mix of young firepower and valuable experience on both sides of the ball.
Healthy years out of key members of the squad could result in the Packers making a memorable run that could see Rodgers and company bring the Lombardi Trophy back where it belongs.
If the 2017 season does indeed produce a “Super” outcome, here are the top-5 reasons why loyal Cheeseheads will be parading in and around Lambeau Field.