I do not expect the Packers to go 13-3 like last year. This season will be a small step back, that is natural progress needed to make a huge step forward.
Last year "EVERTHING" went right for the Pack. The NFC North teams imploded, the schedule was perfect for the Packers, and they had virtually no injuries that effected the destiny of the team. It was a dream year that ended with an expected "Thud"
Face it. We all knew it was coming sooner or later in that N.F.C. Championship Game. It is scary to expect the worse, an interception to end the game.
The expected "Thud" is gone, but the road is tougher this year. Now I think in all honesty that if "Chico" started the overtime session last year the Packers would have been in the Super bowl. That is a fact in my mind and you can bash me for that thought, but I believe it.
"Chico" is going to be great. But it will take a year or two. I do not expect him to change the minds of most Packer Fans, but eventually most Packer fan's minds will be changed.
It is the kid's first year. Let's all remember that. Go with the flow. Chances are, all will not fall into place and be as perfect as last year.
However, there will not be the expected "THUD" should the Packers over achieve. and make it to the NC Championship game.
There has been a hell of a lot of FIRST ROUND NFL Q.B. Busts in the last 5 years. I need not get into it or place a list here. However, Chico is not one of them.
The kid is very good. The faster Packer Fans except that, recognize that, and support him, then the better chance Green Bay will have at keeping this kid who has gone through major challenges to prove to the people of Green Bay that he is, Indeed..... Very good, and very committed.
I am not going to bash you for your post, what is truly amazing to me is you of all people on this forum would put the blame of a loss on one person.
Since I have been a member on this forum(and the other) you have always been one of the few who always seemed to "get it" a man of reason.
You didn't quite say it right when you said"everything went right", because The Packers did not make it to The Superbowl.
The championship game came down to which team was going to get the break they needed to win the game, that break went to the Giants.
Destiny is a team who finishes 2nd in their division, qualifies as the last wildcard team, and proceeds to win 3 road play-off games to get to the Superbowl, then winning the Superbowl by beating an 18-0 team.
That is destiny.
Brett Favre is gone, how or why he left doesn't matter anymore, but please don't try and downplay what Brett meant to this team last year and the proceeding 15 years before that.
You are right that repeating a 13-3 season should not be expected, if The Packers had the same team as last year,looking at the schedule, I would have made them a 10-6 or 11-5 team.
I have stated all along that whether it was BF or Aaron Rogers playing qb, that the Packers would be in fine shape to defend their North division title.
The problem I have is that Ted Thompson really played the whole BF thing very badly, putting Aaron under more pressure than he already was under.
You know as well as I do that if Aaron Rodgers does not get off to a good start there will be a good percentage of Packer fans who will turn on him, and not give him a chance.
Bottom line it is not how you start a season, it is how you finish, and the NYG's proved last year, play your best football when it comes to crunch time and magical things can happen.
:thumbright: Here's to a great 2008 Packer season and may they be the team who is playing their best at the end!!!!!