Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Packers LB Barnett makes a bold prediction

The NFL off-season has been loud as usual. The news out of every team has been transitioning seamlessly from the draft to the Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and now heading to training camp.

This is when most so called "experts" in the media start giving out their Super Bowl predictions. These predictions are mostly going to end up being wild guesses as it turns out every year.

This year, the Green Bay Packers are in that conversation a lot. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that they finished last season strong. Also, they have a promising starter at QB in Aaron Rodgers and a young core of players on both offense and defense. They are the "fancy" pick for most experts this year.

While I have confidence in my Packers to do well, it makes me nervous as a Packer fan to see the  expectations being raised in this fashion. I have been a firm believer in getting through as much of the season under the radar. I do think swagger on the team helps. But it makes it way easier, with fewer distractions if you do not have a target on your back.

And you know what makes me more nervous? When guys on your team start predicting stuff, that's the kind of self-imposed pressure that gives fans like me fits. Here is Nick Barnett threading on water with a bold prediction.

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