Packers–Help Near as DePere

uniform_1921Packers–Help Right Next Door and it’s Already Green and Gold


While it’s generally conceded Coach Mike McCarthy’s 2016 Packers are reduced to playing for much-needed draft picks (the 2005 4-12 Packers were so bad they earned Aaron Rodgers in the draft) should the Pack want to turn things around in the short run, hope may be as near as DePere–and it’s already Green and Gold. I’m speaking, of course, of St. Norbert’s, whose chaste but enthusiastic cheerleaders have long graced Lambeau’s sidelines, and whose Green Knights went  7-1 this past season, once again owning the Midwest Conference. Long a  powerhouse in Division III, the Green Knights have gone an astounding 145-38 since 1999.

The Green Knights head coach, Dan McCarty, 17-2 in his first 2 seasons (after a record-setting run with the Sturgeon Bay HS Clippers), already familiar with the Packers playbook from the St. Norbert’s Packer training camps, could easily be suited up and on the sidelines at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia for Monday night football on November 28th, and, he could bring with him St Norbert’s talented still-in-playing-shape cornerbacks coach DJ Bland, 4 year Eastern Illinois Ohio Valley Conference winning Panther veteran, as both player and mentor to a secondary that could use both.

Precipitous? Perhaps. But, realistically, the only other scenario for a born-again Green Bay Packers, being the only NFL franchise without an owner to make needed heads roll, requires an influenza pandemic of a scope not seen since 1918 to tragically take out the entire board of directors, Ted Thompson on down. Not only is this unlikely, no Packer fan wants to have to resort to disease to make things good again. There is, after all, precedent for a non-epidemic transition of power in Green Bay–the 2005 Packers, mentioned above, not only found new life after Mike Sherman, they did so with a very promising young fellow who worked his way up from a Pennsylvania Turnpike toll booth to the exalted ranks of Packers head coaches, Mike McCarthy.

With St. Norbert’s Dan McCarty, not only do you have a priori a more impressive resume than young McCarthy’s, their very names are so close the Packers would not need to change their stationary.

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