The Green Bay Packers were about three easy minutes from playing in the Super Bowl this past season and soon after their remarkable collapse the critics came callng.
It was coaching on Special Teams. It was coach McCarthy. It was Brandon Bostick’s fault. Where was Clay Matthews? Why didn’t Ha Ha knock down the conversion? Aaron Rodgers didn’t get it done when it came down to it.
All manner of reasoning is plausible, but if you look at Super Bowl teams throughout history they all have one thing that is absolutely on each and every team:
A defined leader.
The Packers have some players you could say are leaders like Rodgers and sometimes Peppers. Clay Matthews at times but do the a standout leader demonstrates by example on the field and is at least partially vocal off the field.
The Packers have many plays or lead by solid play on the field but that don’t have on single leader off the field.
Mike Daniels made rumblings in the off-season, but there was no word of him punching anyone in the locker room like he said he would if the team didn’t toughen up.
Aaron Rodgers told everyone to R-E-L-A-X and then lead them to a division title only to maybe R-E-L-A-X a little too much five minutes before what would have been a trip to the big game.
And Clay Matthews made a huge statement by sitting out the series that ended the Packers season – but his hair looked good so that’s important.
If vocal leadership doesn’t count for much, if it’s all about action speaking louder than words, than why do coaches spend NFL coaches spend hours pouring over books and speeches from Military Heroes and icons of sport to give that inspiring pre-game pep talk?
Miss you Reggie White
Miss you Charles Woodson
Miss you Wayne Simmons
Miss you coach Lombardi