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Football and Futbol:
Disclaimer- I am a diehard Viking fan. The annual heartbreak I suffer at the hands of the Green and Gold has rendered me an expert in this field.
Year after year, the Green Bay Packers simply expect to win. In professional football, it seems absurd that any team would expect not to win, but many organizations head into a Sunday hoping for a win. The Packers steam into every week with a win-or-bust mentality. How is this possible?
1. They’re homegrown- The Packers’ roster contains only three players that have played on another team in the NFL (fullback John Kuhn, nose tackle Ryan Pickett and backup QB Seneca Wallace). This organic mentality instills a sense of family within a team. It also gives every player the opportunity the intimately learn the playbook and develop chemistry with teammates.
For a stark contrast, you only have to look across the division (and Lake Michigan) to the Detroit Lions. Lions rank dead-last in the homegrown metric, with only 28 of 53 players drafted or developed by Detroit.
Which team looks like a family playing for each other on Sundays, and which team looks like a loose collection of athletes?
2. They understand position priority- Green Bay understands the strengths and weaknesses of every player on their squad. They are more than willing to sacrifice talent in a position that they deem relatively unimportant to their gameplan if it means that they can secure supreme talent in a key position.
For example- this year linebacker Clay Matthews will make $1.52 million more than all five of their safeties combined. They understand how transcendent talent can compensate for less-expensive players… which brings me to my next point:
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3. They understand the value of a reliable QB-The Packers have started three quarterbacks in 20 years. Three. (That’s counting Matt Flynn, who started a mere two games in four years). The Chicago Bears have started 26 different signal-callers in that time span. See previous chemistry point.
4. They have fun- I obviously have no statistical data to prove this, but the Green Bay Packers’ sideline might be the most jovial sideline in the league. I’m a firm believer in the age-old adage “Feel good, play good.” Mustaches, photobombs, and intricate practical jokes offer a glimpse into the happy-go-lucky atmosphere in the Green Bay locker room.
It almost begs the question, are the Packers winning because they’re animated, or animated because they’re winning?
What do you think? Feel free to leave comments and questions below.
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