Even though we’re only halfway through the season and the Green Bay Packers defense looks anything but championship caliber, some members of the team are openly discussing an undefeated season.
Cornerback Charles Woodson addressed the topic with Michael Silver this week.
“We can talk about it,” Woodson said, smiling. “I don’t care. We’re 8-0. We’d love to be 16-0 – love to. It’s a realistic conversation now. We’re halfway there. So yeah, let’s talk about it.”
“I’d love to go undefeated. I’d absolutely love to. Not just the regular season – the whole thing.”
So there you go. Someone has finally pointed out the white elephant in the room.
In fact, although he’s the only one who’s made a public statement regarding an undefeated season this bold, Woodson also said he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have discussed the possibility.
Coach Mike McCarthy was predictably more low key, though.
“I think it’s very premature,” McCarthy said of such talk. “Once you get to double-digit wins, those type of goals become more in sight.”
While an undefeated season is still a long way off, we’ve always maintained that it might actually be beneficial for the Packers to lose a game or two, if for no other reason than to quell the hype and bring them back to earth.
Only two teams have completed an undefeated regular season in history — the 2007 New England Patriots and the 1972 Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins own the only perfect season in NFL history, so obviously the odds are against the Packers.
But now the cat’s out of the bag and we know it’s a goal.
Good or bad? We’ll see.
After all, the ultimate goal is to win the final game of the season. Nothing else really matters.