On February 6th, 2011. the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25. At the time, it was Aaron Rogers fourth season as the starting quarterback. It was Mike McCarthy’s sixth year as head coach. If you go back in time, it just seemed like the Packers were destined for great things, but over the next 8 seasons, they could not get past the conference championship game. On January 26th, 1997, the Packers with Brett Favre under Mike Holmgren won the Super Bowl by beating the New England Patriots, 35-21. Favre and Holmgren were able to accomplish another Super Bowl attempt the next year, but lost to the San Francisco 49ers of Steve Young under head coach Steve Mariucci, 30-27. From there you travel back three decades until you meet up with one Vince Lombardi and his five NFL Championships in 9 years. But over the past 50 seasons, the Packers have won the championship twice. Seven teams have won it twice more than the Packers during that time. So it’s hard to think of the Packers as one of the elite teams in the NFL, unless you go back to Lombardi, and before Lombardi, it was Lambeau. No, for the modern football fan, it’s hard to think of Green Bay as Titletown. That might be Boston or to a lesser extent might be used to describe New York, Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Washington– all who have won twice as many Super Bowls as Green Bay in the last half century.
Time moves quickly and there are 32 teams in the NFL. Although 2 Super Bowls in 50 years is hardly a dynasty, it is better than average. With 32 teams, it would therefore not be unusual for a team to only win a championship every 3 or 4 decades.
The Packers remember Lombardi and Lambeau. They want to lead the way. And often in order to build you have to tear down and start again. As much as the Packer fans love their players, this is necessary. The Packers have been getting rid of a few familiar faces the past few years. Replacing those will be free agents, players acquired in trade, and draft choices.
Picked 12th in round one, the University of Michigan’s Rashan Gary has skills and abilities to be a great edge rusher for the Packers. There was some buzz about his 2018 shoulder injury, but some believe it is just draft posturing, attempting to see Gary fall the draft. The 6-foot-4, 277-pound Gary is called by some a freak athlete–perhaps the highest honor that can bestowed on a draft choice. His last full season, 2017, he had 58 talked and 5.5 sacks.
The Packers traded up to take the Maryland safety after following him through the last season. Savage was taken with the 21st pick overall. He is 5-foot-11 and 198 pounds. He racked up 52 tackles last year. He is lightning fast, a good hitter and moves quickly enough to surprise opposing offensives. Savage graduated with a BS in Science in December 2018.
“Big E.” the 6-foot-4 313 pound offensive guard and center was chose with the 12th pick in round two by Packers. The Mississippi State player showed versatility that should appeal to the Packers if they have to move players around to cover injuries. Jenkins is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll who graduated from MSU in December 2018 with a degree in industrial technology. The Packers like the fact that Jenkins stays on his feet, is athletic and has plenty of strength.
The 6-foot-4 251 pound tight end played on three different team during college, the last one being the Texas A and M Aggies where he showed great promise. A third round draft choice–not the monster tight end, but the Packers might be counting on some added weight and training time. He had 48 receptions last year for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns. He as a Consensus All American.
At 6-foot-4 305 pounds, Kingsley Keke was selected in the fifth round of the draft by the Packers. He can play any position along the defensive line. He had 51 tackles and 7.5 sacks last year for the Texas A & M Aggies for whom he played for 4 years.
Sixth ground cornerback selection Ka’dar Hollman from Toledo and is 6-foot and 196 pounds. His combine stats got some notice including a 4.37 40-yard dash. In his 4 years playing for Toledo in the MAC Conference, he accumulated 113 tackles and was the top pass defender in the MAC in 2018.
Dexter Williams was a 5-11 215 pound running back who came into his own last year, but only after the riding out a four-game suspension last year. He was chosen by Green Bay with their 22nd pick of the 6th round. Williams had 158 rushes for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 133 yards and 1 touchdown.
Ty Summers is a 6-foot-1, 241-pound linebacker who runs a 4.51-second 40-yard dash. He was a 7th round, final selection of the Packers in this year’s draft.