I heard the headline this morning that Charles Woodson broke the same collarbone as he did in 2010, when the Packers won it all. Looking at this season for the Packers, this team has dealt with their share of drama, with the most controversial call in NFL history, taking what looked like, a sure win on the national stage of Monday Night Football and handing an absolute gift win to the home team Seattle Seahawks. The Packers came out of the gate a little off this season with a slow start on offense that could be due to the loss of Offensive Coordinator Joe Philbin, this past off season to be Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. The Packers have had far fewer IR injuries but nagging injuries to key players like WR Greg Jennings, DT BJ Raji, RB Cedrick Benson and now Woodson, it’s hard to say this season isn’t eerily similar.
The Packers Defense has looked the part with Clay Mathews at the top of the sacks list in 2nd with 9 sacks and the team as a whole, is only giving up 22 points a game, ranking 21st in yards allowed, but it looks as though Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers has the D getting better every week. The message from Head Coach McCarthy, has its similarities as well, hearing nearly every week “someone’s going to have to step up” and that is what the players are doing in the absence of Jennings. We have seen great play from new star WR Jordy Nelson with 5 TDs and 2nd year player Randall Cobb with another 3TDs. This week is more of the same, with the loss of team leader Charles Woodson, it remains to be seen, but my bet is someone will step up.
General Manager Ted Thompson has made his mark in the NFL as one of the top GMs; a simple approach that years ago, was the model for a top NFL franchise, building through the draft and signing your own players with very few veteran free agents other than true professionals that fit the scheme.
Looking back at the 2010 team adversity was at an extreme and it looks to be more of the same for this 2012 team with so many similarities it would not surprise me to see this team go all the way in the NFC but what does it say about the 2011 Packers, was it too easy? It looks to me like the next dimension of the Green Bay way is the hard way and the quote “someone’s going to have to step up” should be the motto of the Green Bay way.