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The Green Bay Packers named their playoff captains on Wednesday.

That wouldn’t really be a big deal, except the Packers haven’t even secured a spot in the playoffs yet. This was more of a message.

A message that the playoffs begin now. The run begins now.

“I felt the need to give these men the chance to stand up front and take the responsibility that their teammates have placed upon them,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “That’s the way we’re approaching them. It’s time to ramp it up and make sure we’re playing our best football this time of year.”

The Packers playoff captains, which were voted on by the team, are: Aaron Rodgers and Jordy Nelson (offense), Julius Peppers and Morgan Burnett (defense), and Randall Cobb and Jarrett Bush (special teams).

As you’re probably aware, the Packers have rotating captains during the regular season. However, the league dictates that teams use the same captains throughout the playoffs.

As for motivational ploys, this is an interesting one. McCarthy sent a similar message back in 2010, when he had the players fitted for Super Bowl rings before they even played in the game.

That worked out pretty well.

This team seemingly has a chance to do something special, much like that team did.

One interesting side note on the defensive captains. Where’s Clay Matthews? He talks about being a leader and gets paid like a leader, but as we’ve long said, he’s never shown any leadership qualities. It appears as if his teammates just confirmed that by giving a captain’s nod to a guy who hasn’t even been on the team for a full season.

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  1. Savage57 December 18, 2014

    Rodgers and Nelson – check.
    Peppers and Burnett – would’ve gone Daniels for Casper Peppers.
    Bush and Cobb – Does Cobb even play special teams anymore?

    Should have been Bush and Kuhn on special teams.

    Stupid move, though. It’s more of an unearned, premature boast than a statement, especially after that giant, steaming turd dropped in Orchard Park. The football Gods are going to punish Duh’s hubris.

    1. Chad Lundberg December 18, 2014

      I’m actually STOKED that they named Randall Cobb on ST’s. Could be an indication that they’ll move him back to a return man in the playoffs. When was returning kicks, he was one of the best in the NFL.

      I don’t quite understand Peppers that much either, however he DID tell the defense to “step on the gas” this week, and that statement kept us in the game the whole time. The Bills had 253 yards of offense, which if I’m correct is the fewest yards the Packers have allowed in a game this year.

  2. Mr. Hankey December 18, 2014

    Sunday can’t get here fast enough – a really strong performance is needed after that debacle in Buffalo. If the Pack comes out and just squeaks by the Bucs, I think we might be in trouble against the D-Twah scumbags the following week.

    1. MGP December 18, 2014

      R-E-L-A-X

      1. Savage57 December 18, 2014

        About 2 months ago, the R-E-L-A-X statement had relevance. It’s become overused and hackneyed, murdered in the name of ‘wit’. Since parroting other people’s words seems to appeal to you, let’s trot out this tired, old nag.

        It. Is. Time.

        Time to let AR’s no-longer-apposite quote die with dignity.

      2. Mr. Hankey December 18, 2014

        F-U-C-K O-F-F

        1. Savage57 December 18, 2014

          Eat me, C-U-N-T.

          Grow a pair, and while you’re at it, dig way down in that creativity well you haven’t visited since you wrote that paper on why it gets hot in 3rd grade. You might actually come up with some brainshare that enables people to refer to you as only severely retarded.

          Fucking piece of shit.

  3. ND Packer Fan December 18, 2014

    I think this game against the Bucs will be much like that Giants game that kick started the Super Bowl run last time. The Packers crushed the Giants after the losses to the Lions and Patriots. I expect the Packers to come out fired up with this new playoff mindset. Clear the feeling of that bad loss to the Bills and refocus the entire team with the week 17 game against the Lion more than likely being for the division crown and the number 2 seed and 1st round bye. I’m feeling good about the next couple weeks and into the playoffs!! Go Pack Go!!

  4. pf4l December 18, 2014

    And in the next article, we can talk about Cutler being benched..4..3..2…1…

  5. 1265lombardiave December 18, 2014

    Peppers as captain = Last hurrah

    Daniels, Matthews and others will be back…

  6. Packer Bob December 18, 2014

    “This team seemingly has a chance to do something special, much like that team did.”

    Really, because all I hear is BUFFOON THIS and BUFFOON THAT. Then everyone comments about how the Packers will be one and done in the playoffs again, or that they should have run more when the pass failed, or passed more when the run failed. Then someone says should be fired for the 100th time.

    If this team does something special what will all these people being saying then?

    1. Savage57 December 18, 2014

      Good job. You did what you’re paid to do.

  7. pf4l December 18, 2014

    Ummm…..It’s about time?

  8. E. Wolf December 18, 2014

    This is a nice bit of sports psychology. E. Wolf approves!