Ladies and gentlemen we are at the midway point of the 2012 season. This has been one of the oddest Packers seasons I can remember, maybe the only other one like this was 2003. Throughout this wacky season, one thing has stuck out the most with me: this team is resilient.
The resiliency starts with the elite quarterback. Aaron Rodgers the NFL’s most sacked quarterback, and hasn’t backed down all season. He hasn’t complained about his line, blamed injuries,or his receivers. Instead Rodgers is a man and puts all of the struggles on his shoulders. He has taken the blame for an offense that has lacked a real running threat and has been torn apart by injuries.
The fact he does this, separates him from many of the other QB’s let alone some of the other elite QB’s in his class. Just like this team Rodgers gets up after being knocked down, looks the defense in the face and goes back to work.
Shall I list the players injured through 9 games?
Charles Woodson- Broken Collarbone- 6-7 weeks
Clay Matthews- Strained Hamstring- 2-7 weeks
Greg Jennings- Sports Hernia- Missed 6 games/out 4-6 weeks
Jordy Nelson- Hamstring/Ankle- Missed 1 game/ status unknown
John Kuhn- Hamstring- out indefinitely
Cedric Benson- Lisfranc- Placed on IR
Nick Perry- Wrist- Placed on IR
Desmond Bishop-Knee-Placed on IR
Bryan Buluga-Hip Flexor-Out Indefinitely
Injuries happen throughout football, and there’s really nothing you can do but deal with it. But everyone I listed is a starter; better yet a star on this team. Now you take a team who has that many star players out, and you’re most likely thinking they’ll fall short. So far, the Packers have used it as motivation and got themselves to a 6-3 record which is good for second place in the NFC North.
Do you want to know why they have succeeded where other teams would fail? Resiliency. They follow their leaders path, and take on the mind set of Aaron Rodgers. They dust themselves off and go back to work. They were taught toughness by Coach McCarthy, a fiery spirit from Pittsburgh. They take on the tough persona that guys like Nitschke, Hornung, Taylor, Lombardi, Favre, Starr and Lambeau took on. Resiliency characterizes the Green Bay Packers as a franchise. No matter what this team will rise to the occasion and they will punch you in the mouth.
Those are my bye week views, and I look forward to watching this team stare in the face of adversity, and beat it.