Ep 19: Now, it's Super Bowl or Bust
Beyond this season, nobody has a clue what the Packers will look like. But right now? Aaron Rodgers is two wins at home from reaching his second Super Bowl. The pressure's on.
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Who knows what the future holds? This could be Aaron Rodgers’ final season with the Green Bay Packers. Davante Adams will be a free agent.
This team might even lose an assistant to a head coaching job.
The pressure’s on Green Bay to get it done this season with this team. We delve into the team’s Week 18 loss to the Detroit Lions but more so look ahead to the playoffs because, now, the real season begins for the No. 1-seeded Packers. They’ve got the talent to win it all but there are certainly questions. For two hours, we dig into all of those questions…
A cavalry of stars are returning from injury: left tackle David Bakhtiari, outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith and cornerback Jaire Alexander. You want their talent on the field, obviously. But it’s also a heck of a lot more complicated than that. Especially if Green Bay must face that 49ers’ run game in the playoffs again.
Did Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn supply teams a mini blueprint vs. Rodgers? He made everything a tick more difficult on the back end at Ford Field. Bob explains.
Green Bay sure could use a healthy Marquez Valdes-Scantling flying downfield in case a shootout looms.
Then, there’s the potential of a Tom Brady rematch. He has quite an MVP case to make himself this season and always diagnoses what’s wrong in any defense. If these teams meet again, should Green Bay be concerned? The 44-year-old is as dangerous as ever.
Jordan Love’s appearance started strong, but turnovers got him in the end. Exactly how confident should Brian Gutekunst be in his 2020 first-round pick at this point?
Special teams. Special teams. Special teams. It’s remarkable the Packers won 13 games given the play of this unit.
We also talk some MAC basketball with a dash of Joe Judge. It’s time teams stopped saying “relieved of his duties.” too. We offer a new phrase that NFL teams can officially use during a week like this. And in “McGinn’s Memories,” Bob looks back to what life was like when head coaches held press conferences after getting fired. Lindy Infante’s presser was a doozy.
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Bob McGinn’s Football Awards
(maximum is 5, minimum is one-half)
OFFENSIVE LINE: 2 1/2
RUNNING BACKS: 3 1/2
DEFENSIVE LINE: 2 1/2
DEFENSIVE BACKS: 1
KICKERS: 2 1/2
SPECIAL TEAMS: 4
STARS OF THE WEEK
One. Dean Lowry, DL
Two. Josiah Deguara, TE
Three. Allen Lazard, WR