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2008 in review

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by Lord Football, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. Lord Football

    Lord Football Cheesehead

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    I think the most surprising thing here is how much better the run game worked at home this year. Also, there's been alot of talk about MM not being a good play caller. The stats provided below should help some realize GB is just fine with MM calling the plays.

    And a big ol congrats to DD for putting his name in the GB record books

    http://www.packers.com/news/releases/2009/01/07/1/

    - Green Bay took care of the football too, finishing with only 21 giveaways. That ties the 1995 club for the second-fewest giveaways in franchise history. The 1972 Packers still hold the team record with 19 turnovers

    - The Packers finished 0-7 in games decided by four points or less, including four in a row (Weeks 13-16) a frustrating stretch that knocked the team from playoff contention.

    - The seven losses by four points or less ties for the second highest total in NFL history. Cleveland set the record in 1984 with eight losses by four points or less. The 2008 Packers tied three other clubs at seven: Carolina (2001), Houston (1994) and New England (1993).

    - The first four close losses all came to 2008 playoff teams, including an overtime loss at Tennessee, the AFC's No. 1 seed, and at home to Carolina, the No. 2 seed in the NFC.

    - For the third consecutive year under Head Coach Mike McCarthy, the offensive play-caller, the Green Bay offense ranked in the NFL's top 10. Philadelphia and New Orleans are the only other NFL teams to finish in the top 10 in offense each of the last three seasons.

    THE INJURY BUG
    - Head Coach Mike McCarthy has steadfastly refused to use injuries as an excuse in his tenure in Green Bay, but it's evident that the team saw its starters miss more than four times as many games as last season.

    - The team's 22 primary starters missed a combined 44 games in 2008.

    - Using the same qualifications, which doesn't account for starts missed due to formation changes or other non-injury issues, the Packers missed 10 games from primary starters in 2007 due to injuries.

    RUNNING AT HOME VS. ON THE ROAD

    Statistic: (Home), (Away)
    Attempts: (220), (217)
    Attempts/Game: (27.50), (27.13)
    Rushing Yards: (1,107), (698)
    Yards/Game: (138.38), (87.25)
    Yards/Attempt: (5.03), (3.22)

    DRIVER PUTS HIS NAME ALL OVER FRANCHISE RECORD BOOK
    - Donald Driver continues to be the model of consistency for the Green Bay Packers offense, and the byproduct of that consistent play was seen this season as Driver began to place his name atop many of the franchise's all-time lists.

    - Driver became the first player in franchise history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a sixth overall season. James Lofton and Sterling Sharpe each had five 1,000-yard campaigns.

    - He extended his own franchise record with his fifth consecutive season (2004-08) with 1,000 receiving yards. He finished '08 with 1,012. Driver and Indianapolis' Reggie Wayne are the only NFL players with five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons over that span.

    - Driver moved into second place with 577 career catches. He needs 19 receptions to surpass Sharpe (595) on the team's all-time list.

    - As long as Driver is playing, he's a safe bet to catch a pass. He has now caught a pass in 111 consecutive games, besting Sharpe's franchise record of 103 (1988-94).

    - With 7,989 career receiving yards, Driver needs only 3 receiving yards to surpass No. 3 Don Hutson (7,991) and 146 to surpass No. 2 Sharpe on the franchise all-time receiving yards list. Lofton (9,656) ranks No. 1.

    - No one has caught more passes (273) or totaled more receiving yards (3,823) at Lambeau Field than Driver. He stands tied with No. 3 Robert Brooks with 17 TD catches at the stadium. Antonio Freeman (36) ranks first in stadium history, while Sharpe (20) is No. 2.

    - By surpassing 40 career touchdowns, Driver joined the elite group of Hutson (99), Sharpe (65), Freeman (57), Max McGee (50), Lofton (49), Billy Howton (43) and Boyd Dowler (40) as the only Packers with 40 career TD catches. Driver enters 2009 with 43.

    - By recording at least 50 catches in an eighth overall season, Driver established a new franchise record. Lofton and Sharpe each had seven seasons with at least 50 catches.
     
  2. Aaron rodgers is god

    Aaron rodgers is god Cheesehead

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    Very Well said I like The part with MM Play calling His calls are very questionable at some times but he knows what he is doing and you got to take risks some times. You got to keep the defense guessing . Also Congrats to Double D he will forever be my Favorite player ever.
     
  3. Pugger

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    I don't know if MM is all that bad a play caller. Heck, he orchestrated a top 10 offense with basically a first year starter at QB. Some of his plays may have seemed to be questionable, but if the plays folks complain about are executed then the coach looks great!
     
  4. dontworry

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