Ted Thompson claims to be confident in the 2009 Packers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel interviewed Thompson at the NFL owner’s meetings about the upcoming year and his lack of offseason moves. He attempted an air of confidence, “I think we have a fair group of players that now can play the game and play it well. I don’t think we played as well as we should have last year. Notwithstanding, I think we have a good group of players who make up our team.”
His statement is shakily confident at best and definitely not motivational. Still, I think that I will actually have to agree with him here.
This year’s Packers will be solid. I refuse to predict big things yet, but they have very few holes on the roster right now. Outside of the passing game, which is one of the best in the league, no part of this team is great. However, not one part of this team is bad.
In the only professional sport that can claim complete parity, rarely are there outstanding teams. The key to winning in the NFL is not to build a team that will win games, but one that won’t lose them.
Last year’s Packers lost a lot of games that they could have won, leaving them to finish a very disappointing 6-10. Losses against Atlanta, Tennessee, Minnesota, Carolina, and Houston should have been avoided and other than the early season loss to Dallas and the debacle in New Orleans the rest were winnable.
I am confident that this year’s Packers won’t lose that type of game. They won’t be great, but they will make the playoffs. In this league, that gives them a chance to do something amazing.