On the gridiron, when you’re team has the ball, there is usually one player that leads the charge towards the end zone- the Quarterback. And, with the pressure of leading the team off and on the field, it’s always helpful when you’re QB believes you’re team can go far and do damage in the playoffs. With that mentality, it brings out the best in players who want to reach that certain goal and higher level your leader is trying to take you. Cue Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Last season, the Packers were one win away from reaching the Superbowl and a shot at the coveted Lombardi Trophy. After a fourth quarter collapse, Green Bay went down in flames, taking the loss and knockout from the NFL playoffs. However, Aaron Rodgers believes that his Packers are talented enough to reach and win the Super Bowl.
“I think the talent is definitely there,” Rodgers said. “But just like last year, you’ve got to see how the team comes together. When the team really comes together and believes in itself, guys raise their level of play. It’s very important that we find a way to jell together the next couple of weeks and into training camp when we get back.”
Rodgers also added that he is excited to see the development of the younger players on the team.
“I like the young talent,” he said. “It’s always interesting to see how the guys take the jump from Year 1 to Year 2 and Year 2 to Year 3. We’ve seen guys in the past make some huge jumps. I’m excited offensively about (center) Corey Linsley in Year 2 after he played so well last year, and (receiver) Davante (Adams) after he showed some flashes. He’s had a real good off season, so I’m excited to see what he can do his second year in the offense.”
With the young talent Rodgers was talking about, an offense that includes Eddy Lacy, Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and their defensive capabilities, Green Bay has what it takes to lift another Lombardi Trophy. The Packers are a consistent team, and it seems more than likely that Rodgers and his squad will have another Super Bowl ring before they all retire.