Commentary

The myth of continuity in the NFL

Packers and Saints are further proof: Winning isn't about keeping the band together

Originally Published: September 8, 2011
By Chris Sprow | ESPN Insider
Drew Brees/Aaron RodgersUS Presswire/AP PhotoDrew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are two of the best QBs in the NFL today.

The Green Bay Packers are being tagged with the "continuity" label this season. What will make them successful? Easy: the "continuity and stability" we see written about in many places, and that Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers seem closer than ever. Feel the warmth. And it's absolutely fair. Why meddle with a young Super Bowl champion? The Packers' brass didn't, as the team signed just three free agents -- all its own -- and didn't shuffle coaches. The Packers look primed to repeat.

But consider that just 160 days ago, there was some internal dissatisfaction because the team didn't invite the 16 players on injured reserve to be in the Super Bowl team photo. Feelings were hurt. But hey, there wasn't enough space. This wasn't a big deal -- but is an example. Think about it: The Packers couldn't fit 16 guys in a Super Bowl photo because of all the new guys that had helped get them there (and win). It's an example of why continuity in the NFL is mostly a myth.

In fact, it's really just another word for good quarterbacking. And when the Saints and Packers meet tonight, you'll see a good example of why.


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