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Packer Partisan (01/30/2008)
By Dave DeLano

The Super Bowl that Could Have Been

Cheeseheads have had almost two weeks to

lament the outcome of the NFC championship game, but the certainty of that contest will not change. As sweet and surprising (shocking even) as the 2007 Packer season was, the game against the Giants was one that could and should have been won by the green and gold.

Disappointed Cheeseheads have questioned why that didn't happen and no doubt those questions will linger on well into 2008. No doubt Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have had sleepless nights trying to figure out why the Packers did not execute better when the Giants all but begged the Packers to win that game. Methinks though, that Packer management is in good hands and hopefully the killer instinct that didn't exist in the Giants game will be addressed as the Pack approaches the 2008 season.

A friend has invited me and the Packer Partisan staff to his house to watch the Super Bowl and I suspect I will do that. But my heart surely won't be into that game. I hope (but doubt) that the Giants will defeat the cheats from Massachusetts, but I think the television commercials and our host's libations and snacks might be of more interest to me than the game. Had the Pack defeated the Giants, the Super Bowl would have set up a classic David versus Goliath confrontation. But, alas, that wasn't to be.

So what lies ahead of interest for Cheeseheads until the collegiate draft in April? As usual for the past several years, the Brett Favre "will he or won't he retire" saga continues. Favre broke almost all the career records that a quarterback can this past season. He has to be encouraged by the success and the improvement of the team in 2007, his health is still incredibly good, his skill level is still very high" my guess is that he will be back in 2008. My wife says that the look on his face in the Giants game was one of discomfort and that he will retire". we shall see.

The Packers have a lot of cap money available and could use some of it to sign some free agents in the off season. Thompson does not have a history of doing major free agency signings but this past year brought the team close to the big dance and just maybe a key player or two could push them over the top.

Thompson, of course, prefers to build via the draft. In recent years he has wheeled and dealed to increase the volume of draftees. With a nice nucleus of quality players, maybe in the spring draft Thompson will choose to trade up and take fewer draftees than he has in the past. Key areas of concern are the offensive tackle and cornerback positions where the incumbents are getting a bit long in the tooth. I haven't started to look at the collegiate talent available this year" but what a fun thing to look forward to this spring. Hope springs eternal in the land of Cheese. 


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