OK, the football season is done and Green Bay is left with a huge gaping hole of "what could have been". My question, (and this was meant for fun, so don't freak out) even though the Packers played very well this year, and we sat back and watched them add W after W. It is natural for someone to see (or hear) something that starts that little ticking in the back of your mind, the one that says, "I kind of don't like the way things are going". Now with the type of season the Packers just had, it was easy to let that little tick, drift away, once the ball got rolling at the next game. I know many people will talk about the defense had them questioning all year. I for one was not in that crowd, believe it or not, I was stupid enough to spend the entire season thinking Capers was holding them back, wasn't deploying all those magnificent plays he had unleashed last year, until the time was right. I mean we had basically the same defense (minus one player) so how could we not be as good as last year. I swore to people right and left that we were just playing possum, and trying to make other teams think we were having defensive problems. But anyway back to my question, what were some of those times during the season that made you stop and think for a minute, and was there a time when you said, now I have some real worries?
I will track mine. My first glitch came in the beginning of the season with the Hawk "finger expression". Not that he did it (I honestly believed that he didn't think about which finger he was showing, or that TV would capture it) but more about his explanation. "It’s a team joke, and we are showing each other the next finger for our rings". That was my first little twinge of "are we putting the cart before the horse". My next moment of reflection was the Rams game. Not that I thought they played terrible, I truly enjoyed the first half and watching what seemed like scoring at will. No it crept in during the 2nd half as I sat and thought, how are the RAMS keeping us scoreless in the 2nd half? That was my first thought that we might be getting a little full of ourselves to be able to take our foot off the gas like that. Now this brings me to the one I think many will put down as their first time of wonder, the KC game. Now the KC game in and of itself did not bother me (I mean only 2 other teams have ever won all of their regular season games, your actually more likely to lose one somewhere than not). No what bothered me was that was the first time that instead of listening to Packer interviews and hearing "we are not worried about undefeated, we are just concentrating on the next opponent", I actually heard some Packers saying "yeah, going undefeated would be nice". I know I'm going to get tore apart for that one, I can't remember actually what I heard in that interview, although I remember who said it, but I got the feeling that some players were actually starting to look ahead and think about "UNDEFEATED". So those were my cringes, the only time I really got an "I feel some trouble" was leading up to the game against the Giants. It just seemed all that week, listening to sports radio and everything, all I heard was "Giants, Giants, Giants". In the end, when it came to picking winners at the end the week every one of them said Green Bay, but all week all I heard was "if I had to pick one team for the upset this week, it would be New York".. So much so that I spent a lot of time yelling back at my radio, were we not 15 - 1.
So those were mine, just curious if anybody else had any of those feelings during the season, and if you did when were they!