There’s been plenty of talk about the Green Bay Packers potentially being unable to recover from that debacle in Seattle. None, however, has come from the players or coaches.
One guy who chose to make himself unaccountable for playing a role in the loss is saying this year’s Packers will have a new identity.
That guy is safety Morgan Burnett, who, after intercepting Russell Wilson to seemingly end the game, slid down near midfield when he had a clear path to the end zone. After the game, Burnett refused to see that as a mistake and pointed his finger at Julius Peppers, who had signaled for Burnett to slide.
So, are the Packers going to rebound this year?
“We are looking forward to it,” Burnett told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “This year is a new year. We have to build our new identity. We can’t go off last year’s identity. It’s exciting. Everyone is excited to get back to training camp and get that fresh start. We already have the OTAs under our belt, so now we are just ready to build off that and keep that momentum going into the season.”
Burnett also said he thought about the interception and, this time, didn’t take such a hard-line approach about it.
“Really, like once the game was over, I thought about it for a little bit. But you’ve got to get your mind ready, get your mind right for the next year. You have to find a way to bounce back and get things corrected as a player. Then get better as a player. Find things that you did well and continue to work on that. You have to work hard in the offseason to get ready for the next season.”
Does that mean he won’t slide next time?
That wasn’t really addressed, but we’d be willing to bet this Packers team is going to be one that, once they get their foot on someone’s throat, they’re going to stomp on it.
There couldn’t have been a more resounding message from the NFC Championship game.