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Are the Packers at an advantage this offseason?

It's extremely difficult to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.  There is just no way around this reality in today's NFL.  Not only do teams really start gunning for you and doing that extra bit of preparation for the week, but they also have that extra drive to beat you.  On top of these two factors there will be personnel issues that creep into the situation.  Coaches are given promotions on other teams and so are lured away and players start to want more money as egos begin to inflate.  All of these issues have and will be written about and we will hear them again and again on why the Packers will not repeat or become a dynasty.

Despite this, I am optimistic that the Packers can do something that has not been seen in the NFL for quite some time.  The reason for my optimism is that I firmly believe the Packers have unique advantages going into this offseason and as a result have a leg up on the competition that many other Super Bowl champions from previous years.

The first reason to get excited comes from the pain and suffering we received last year.  Last year the Pack took advantage of the uncapped year in a very TT way.  Instead of blowing tons of money on one or two players and front loading funny money contracts, we just dumped as many players as we could on IR and collected a deep roster as a result.  In fact there are many around the Packer organization that are calling the guys coming off of IR a second draft.  (By the way this term I came across the "Ask Vic" sections of Packers.com.  If you haven't sung by there and read some of that stuff it's great, and comes out daily).  So there is a large chunk of talent that the Pack can draw from mixed with the game experience some of our younger guys got.  

The second reason is actually stemming from pain as well...but it's the pain that we fans go through as the labor problems continue.  Kevin Seifert pointed out today that the limitations of this year are nothing new for the Packers, really it's just business as usual.  The Pack don't really do the trade or FA method of developing talent, so not having those two areas open to them really doesn't hurt the team building that happens at 1265.  Now, we will be hurt with not being able to develop the talent in the same way (QB college, OTA's, etc.) but that is no different from other teams really. 

In fact the only other team that matches the Packers on the draft and develop philosophy?  The Pittsburgh Steelers.  This offseason could really lead to the rich getting richer while the rest of the league plays catch up.

Then again the hangover could kick in and Packers fall apart.....but from where I'm sitting right now I don't really see that happening.

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