Listening to Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers and others last week, it would appear as if the Green Bay Packers think they can just roll the balls out next season and be a prime contender for the Super Bowl.Yes, although if the coach had said, "Gentlemen, we got stopped nine yards short. We are not going to be stopped nine yards short again," you know the older heads would be saying Mike McCarthy is no Vince Lombardi. Mr McGinn comes close to suggesting as much. And if you want to contemplate pro football moving on, it's surely moved on from those thrilling days of 1924 - 1944, perhaps the most successful 20 years in franchise history.
All this stuff about finishing strong and overcoming adversity has to stop.
The Packers didn't finish strong. They were on their home field in their kind of weather and in ideal position to beat a powerful foe in the playoff opener. Then they blew it in the last six minutes.
They also didn't overcome adversity. The Packers lose their starting quarterback for the first time in 21 years and are proud of going 2-5-1 against a soft schedule (five at home) without him?
Let's be clear about something else. The NFC North championship was more about the Detroit Lions pulling a colossal fold than the Green Bay Packers doing anything wonderful.
From the sound of things, the Packers — aside from a tweak here and a tweak there — plan to keep on operating the way they always have under Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers.
In case they missed it, pro football has moved on since the Packers' lone Super Bowl in their eight seasons as partners.
While the Packers were beating the Joe Webb-quarterbacked Vikings for their only postseason triumph since the 45th Super Bowl, NFC upstarts Seattle, Carolina and San Francisco — a combined 15-33 in 2010 when Green Bay was winning it all — drafted dynamic quarterbacks and made vast improvements to marginal defenses.
It might have been a terrible year in the division, but that doesn't mean it's going to stay that way.
HEARING THOSE GIANT FOOTSTEPS.
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sports pundit Bob McGinn asserts, "The Packers should have nothing to be complacent about." Yes, but all the good motivational lines have been used.