BJ Raji and the Packers defense were happy to take the championship belt from a struggling, sore and likely concussed Rodgers to carry the Packers past the Bears, advancing to Super Bowl XLV. A week after punishing Atlanta's defensive backfield, Rodgers struggled late in this ugly championship game but was bailed out by a swarming Packers defense with off-the-charts swagger. Like seriously, their celebrations were so in your face that they almost turned over the ball twice in the process, but still didn't. That's a 12 metric fucktons of swag.
Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers searches for new ways to emphasize ball security with Raji
This blogger is glad Raji finally captured the national audience with this game-changing pick six. Obviously BCS's contributors have been on this guy's dick for a long time now, and we openly welcome the rest of Packer nation to jump on board because there's plenty of it to go around. He's played like 90% of the defensive snaps this year and has been an absolute terror in the postseason.
Meanwhile, plenty of controversy surrounds Jay Cutler and his knee injury that sidelined him in the third quarter. While I think it's pretty apparent that Packers fans everywhere wanted the struggling Cutler to continue playing, Bears fans quickly embraced their third string quarterback, dubbing themselves Haniacs while their starter sobbed on the sidelines reading various Twitter updates.
hopefully the soundtrack replacing "Bear Down" in 2011...
So a seriously hurt Cutler probably wasn't the Bears best bet to start at quarterback, but imbecile Bears fans, the same people who blew up the Bartman ball and will be complaining about Cutler for years to come, have misplaced their blame.
First, management/ownership should know full well and understand the unpopularity of their QB amongst fans. Putting him in anything short of a body bag on the sidelines is a huge mistake. Shit, give him superfluous crutches or a gigantic leg brace. Send him to the fucking locker room. Help the poor guy out, you should know better.
Instead, the training staff/coaches/front office/whoever let a dejected Cutler just sit on the sidelines, looking more benched than hurt. Add to that the fact he wasn't wearing a headset or carrying a clipboard and you have hours of hilarious banter on AM 670 as a result.
Second, everybody watched Todd Collins throw 5 picks in two games this season, one of which was against the worst team in the NFL. How the coaching staff could overlook the QB depth chart details that terribly is completely beyond me...especially when you have a putrid offensive line known for giving up sacks. Collins doesn't belong in the NFL, deciding he isn't the second best quarterback on your team in the 3rd quarter of the NFC Championship game probably isn't the best time to do so, huh?
Third, and finally, you've run the wildcat formation several times this season and even in the postseason. Maybe, just maybe you might want to give that a try when you're down to your third string QB and your starting RB has 160 total yards on the day.
But the Packers prevailed in a brutal game and are onto Dallas to play in the Super Bowl as a result.
Rodgers levels Urlacher with a Shoryuken punch after the game
This game was obviously a letdown for Rodgers after his immaculate game against the Falcons, but he and the offense set the tone early with a score on their first drive. While most Packer fans likely look forward to Rodgers playing in a dome in two weeks, you have to give him credit for the toughness he displayed...taking the helmet to helmet shot from Peppers and tripping up Urlacher after the interception.
Meanwhile, it's time for Ted Thompson's true identity to be revealed.
Even Ted Thompson was surprised to learn Batman's identity
The hero Green Bay deserves. Finally, it's not only BCS bloggers and avid fans who are singing this man's praises, it's the entirety of the NFL.
Thompson quietly took on the role of the villain, telling beloved Packer Brett Favre to fuck himself while moving the team forward with Rodgers in 2008. Thompson did the right thing, took his lumps in the media without reaction after making the correct, yet wildly unpopular decision, and less than three years later, it has completely paid off. The team has achieved more success with a younger, less expensive player in Rodgers.
The icing on the cake? Thompson traded in the 3rd round pick he received for Favre to draft Clay Matthews, the man likely to receive the Defensive Player of the Year award on February 5th.
Unfortunately, it took 15 players finding the injured reserve list and five total postseason, game-ending interceptions from two undrafted rookie free agents he acquired to capture everyone's attention. The depth of the Packers' roster and the success they've achieved this year all link back to Thompson's work and decisions, popular or not.
But he doesn't care about letting Aaron Kampan or Al Harris go (both ended on IR this year, btw) or not trading for a marquee running back when Grant went down, and he won't revel in his accomplishments just yet. While the team rests and basks in the media spotlight a Super Bowl participant receives this week, Thompson is headed to Mobile, AL to scout the 2011 draft class and find leprechaun gold. With 6 starters coming off IR in 2011 to play on a team that's made the Super Bowl without them, you wonder how many Packer draft picks will actually make the team.
But it's onto the Super Bowl. Rashard Mendenhall is really fucking excited...
Labels: Old Man Swag, Swagger