Packers’ Ryan Pickett: We all feel we can win the Super Bowl

AP

The Packers are 5-5-1 and haven’t won a game in a month, but that doesn’t mean they see their season heading in the wrong direction.

Instead, Packers defensive tackle Ryan Pickett told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the team is united in the belief that there’s still time to turn things around and win the Super Bowl.

“I think we have a group of guys who have the right attitude,” Pickett said. “Nobody’s feeling like it’s over. Everybody’s ready to get back to work and get out. We just have to get out of this hole. We can just imagine how it’s going to be when we get out of this hole. We’re going to talk about this one day — how we came back to win the Super Bowl. That’s how we all feel.”

Green Bay doesn’t look like a Super Bowl team right now, but that doesn’t mean Pickett is wrong. After all, the Ravens didn’t look like a Super Bowl team when they were losing three straight games in December last year, but they ended up winning the Super Bowl. The Giants didn’t look like a Super Bowl team when they were losing four straight games in November and December two years ago, but they ended up winning the Super Bowl. And as Pickett and many of his teammates can remember, the Packers didn’t look like a Super Bowl team when they were losing three of four in November and December three years ago, but they ended up winning the Super Bowl.

The Lions and Bears both lost to teams with losing records on Sunday, which means the NFC North is still ripe for the taking. If the Packers win in Detroit on Thanksgiving they’ll move to the top of the division, and Green Bay still has a Week 17 game in Chicago as well. The Packers control their own destiny, and if that’s still the case when Aaron Rodgers returns, they’ll have to feel good about their chances.

89 responses to “Packers’ Ryan Pickett: We all feel we can win the Super Bowl

  1. (Packers fan here, so take everything I say with a large grain of salt.)

    This team was 5-2 (only losses to San Francisco and Cincinnati) and on a four-game win streak when Rodgers went down.

    They’re only a half-game down in a competitive division, and Rodgers could be back vs. Atlanta or soon thereafter. Hope is alive for Cheeseheads.

  2. Here’s a fun fact for all the Viking trolls that are sure to post on this one:

    Stats for Jarrett Boykin, a 4th string WR and castoff from Jacksonville after SEVEN games
    ================
    34 receptions, 513 yards, 2TD

    Highly paid Green Bay castoff Gregg Jennings after TEN games:
    36 receptions, 439 yards, 2TDs

    That’s right. Even with three fewer games, Ted Thompson’s trashbin find has been better than Rick Spielman’s treasured free agent acquisition.

    Minnesota- where old Packers go to get overpaid.

  3. To start the year the NFC North looked like one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. Now, not so much. The Packers, without Rogers, are pretty vulnerable but when he gets back they’ll be as good either Chicago or Detroit.
    Before the cheeseheads get too excited, that’s like saying you are the freshest smelling turd in the bowl.

  4. Superbowl…see MN fans.. it is the trophy you get for winning the last game of the year.

    None of you have actually ever seen that happen for the wonderful team you root for.

    There is always next year.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    That’s the kind of confidence that can only come from winning one previously.

    duece5 says:

    Uhh…..I think Michael David Smith actually misremembered what Pickett said. He actually said: “I’ll have what Jolly’s having”!!!!

    Hey filthy, I’ll be the first to remind you that you lost on Thursday.

    Trust me, if all you can do is tie against our miserable team this year, you have no shot at Detroit.

    Detroit 38-17, which is closer than it should be.

  6. @jrmbadger

    Greg Jennings obviously hasn’t got much production because of our Quarterback situation & the Packers have Aaron Rodgers

    Here’s a fun fact: The Packers defense allowed 500 yards of total offense against that same terrible QB Christian Ponder

    You should definitely worry about your team

  7. Green Bay can’t stop the run. Beast Mode would run wild on them.

    Green Bay can’t stop the forward pass. Imagine what Brees could do to that secondary.

    Other than having no chance to get out of their conference… Sure. They’re a Super Bowl team.

  8. NFC North is the weakest, and the Pack could still win it. But that defense will be washed out by any of the quality NFC teams, even with Rodgers back. No playmakers at middle linebacker and safety, with a marginal defensive line. Couple that with continued exotic and failed blitz schemes (two linebackers on the line one time when Gerhart ran over them) by Capers, and… maybe next year.

  9. jrmbadger says: Nov 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    Here’s a fun fact for all the Viking trolls that are sure to post on this one:

    Stats for Jarrett Boykin, a 4th string WR and castoff from Jacksonville after SEVEN games
    ================
    34 receptions, 513 yards, 2TD

    Highly paid Green Bay castoff Gregg Jennings after TEN games:
    36 receptions, 439 yards, 2TDs

    That’s right. Even with three fewer games, Ted Thompson’s trashbin find has been better than Rick Spielman’s treasured free agent acquisition.

    Minnesota- where old Packers go to get overpaid.

    duece5 says:

    How’s that backup QB been going the last 3 years pack fan????

    The gbay QB graveyard:

    BROHM
    COLEMAN
    HARREL
    WALLACE
    FLYNN
    TOLZIEN

    Wow, the list above is impressive!!!!!

    The “genius” TT is a dunce, leaving his starting QB out to dry with a weak oline, and zero ability on the QB backup side…..0-3-1…..wow, impressive!

    Even the Vikes have a better record than that over the last 4 games!

    It’s over in 3 days pack fans……

    Detroit 38-17.

  10. If the Lions cannot beat Green Bay at home without Rodgers, then I think winning the division is really just not gonna happen for us anytime soon.

  11. Super Bowl? Just win this week. I did think without Rodgers they had no chance but if the Lions can’t beat the Bucs at home there is a chance with Flynn. Hopefully Rodgers is a go but the Lions aren’t running away with anything.

  12. I would agree with that, Bennyb! I’ll go further. I still expect the Packers to win Thanksgiving Day, go on to win the division, run the table and win Rodgers’ second Super Bowl.

  13. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Nov 25, 2013 2:54 PM
    I’m so glad this team isn’t laying down and mailing it in like those gutless quitters in MN
    ——————————————
    So, you guys were trying your hardest when you tied the “gutless quitters” in MN? In other words, the Vikings quit, the Packers tried their hardest, and the game was tied.

    That should tell you something. But, I know it doesn’t, so I will spell it out for you. The Packers are a horrible football team.

  14. like his attitude…. but time is running short for us and we’re only in contention because the Bears and Lions have failed to take care of business…

  15. Where’s the guy that said the Packers would go 2-2 without Rodgers? Is 0-3-1 the same?

    If Rodgers was playing, then Pickett’s statement wouldn’t sound so ridiculous. As it is, he should have just said; “we aren’t eliminated yet. We just need to take it one game at a time and focus on Detroit”.

    Until the Packers win a single game without Rodgers, I will believe that they are just a horrible football team.

    Also, here’s one for the Packers team…the Vikings are one QB away from dominating this division. Your team appears to be a whole defense and offensive line away from doing so. Not to mention special teams. Ok, not to mention 52 other guys not named Rodgers.

  16. I remember when Vikings fans said they would now out the packers without Rodgers.

    It turns out that without the teams MVP, the packers are just as good as the Vikings with the reigning MVP.

    If the roles were reversed, the packers win by 50, and Rodgers is sitting the entire second half.

    So, now you’re all on here saying the Packers will lose to the lions.

    They might. But everyone, and I mean even you morons of minny, know that the Packers are a much, MUCH better all around team than the Vikings.

    That won’t change any time soon.

    >

  17. Is there some kind of super bowl you play in when you don’t make the playoffs? He must be talking about on Madden in the locker room or something. The Packers are certainly not making the playoffs.

    Daaaaable check!

  18. thepftpoet says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:00 PM
    @jrmbadger

    Greg Jennings obviously hasn’t got much production because of our Quarterback situation & the Packers have Aaron Rodgers

    Here’s a fun fact: The Packers defense allowed 500 yards of total offense against that same terrible QB Christian Ponder

    You should definitely worry about your team
    ===========================

    I’m actually glad you brought that up because for the past three games, he’s had a mottley of backups throwing him the ball. Rodgers is injured (haven’t you heard?).

    So, the logical conclusion is that either the Packer backups are better than Ponder, or Boykin is better than Jennings. Which is it? Probably a little bit of both.

    this should also answer your post @ duece5
    While the Packer backups aren’t very good, admittedly (although Flynn carved up your pathetic secondary when Lacey wasn’t running over it – see Xavier Rhodes – ) our backups are probably as good as your starter – Ponder.

    Pretty sad when all you can point to is Ted’s failure to secure a good backup QB.

  19. I don’t like them, and usually root for them to lose, but it is definitely possible for a Packers Super Bowl.

    Outside of the Broncos, there just isn’t anyone who is really all that impressive this year. And the Broncos are in the other conference. SF doesn’t scare anyone. The Saints are up-and-down. The Seahawks are average at best on offense. I could even see Carolina or AZ representing the NFC at this point.

  20. @deuce5

    Ponder stats (4 quarters):
    21/30 233 yards 1 TD

    Flynn stats (1.5 quarters):
    31/36 218 yards 1 TD

    If you extrapolate that 1.5 quarters into 4 quarters, it’s clear that our backup is better than your starter.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 2:54 PM

    I’m so glad this team isn’t laying down and mailing it in like those gutless quitters in MN.
    ____
    Yeah they laid down and you still couldn’t beat them. What does that say about your beloved Packers.

    And I think Jolly has been sharing his purple drink with his other D linemen.

  22. It’s all about timing. IF they go to Detroit and Flynn duplicates his last performance against the Lions and IF Rodgers then gets back and the team catches fire and IF Cobb and some of the other injured can make it back at the end of the season, THEN GB has a chance.
    “The Vikings are one QB away from dominating this division.”
    Seriously? Tell that to your defense that got ripped to shreds by a journeyman QB that teams like Oakland and Buffalo passed on. Packers have problems on defense, but if you think the Vikings are ready to “dominate” with that defense then you’ve been out ice fishing before the lake froze over.

  23. Just another year when the sorry Vikes couldn’t beat the Pack. Except now they’re the also the 2nd best team in Minnesota. Mybe even farther down the list, but I don’t follow MN high school football that closely.

  24. jrmbadger says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:29 PM
    @deuce5

    Ponder stats (4 quarters):
    21/30 233 yards 1 TD

    Flynn stats (1.5 quarters):
    31/36 218 yards 1 TD

    If you extrapolate that 1.5 quarters into 4 quarters, it’s clear that our backup is better than your starter.

    ___________________

    Do you see anyone defending Ponder? Do you think we want him to lead the Vikings? Sorry rube, but jabs at Ponder don’t mean anything. Everyone knows he’s terrible.

  25. Its a completely different team with Rodgers in its quite obvious, they are still grinding it out trying to tread water.

    With Rodgers at the helm, its a different team… the Vikings cant stick to the run as much. They couldn’t stop him on Sunday night football.

    It does stink that Rodgers is hurt.. but atleast theres a difference between the starter and the guys on the bench unlike in Minny. and Chi.

  26. What Pickett was really thinking:

    “Playoffs? Are you kidding me? Playoffs? I’m just hoping we can win a game.”

  27. cabby782 says:
    Nov 25, 2013 2:54 PM
    What do you expect him to say?
    ———————————-
    “We just need to win a damn game!”

    Pretty much anything other than what he said would have been better. Seriously.

  28. If GB doesn’t get Rodgers bad quickly GB won’t make the playoffs . Flynn and Tolzien don’t pass muster . Sorry cheese

  29. “buckybadger says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:09 PM
    Super Bowl? Just win this week. I did think without Rodgers they had no chance but if the Lions can’t beat the Bucs at home there is a chance with Flynn. Hopefully Rodgers is a go but the Lions aren’t running away with anything”.

    Bucs have an elite defense and something called Revis Island. They’re not a bad 3-8 team.

  30. The beautiful thing is, Vikings fans have the rest of the season to enjoy without any real sense of disappointment. This season has been hugely disappointing, but we have come to grips with that, and we are looking forward to the 2014 draft.

    The Packers fans are still delusional and fighting back tears with every shot of Aaron Rodgers and his catepillar mustache on the sidelines.

  31. shaggytoodle says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:41 PM
    It does stink that Rodgers is hurt.. but atleast theres a difference between the starter and the guys on the bench unlike in Minny. and Chi.
    ———————————————
    Are you talking about the fact that the Packers can’t win a single game with back-ups? Is that it? Did I get it right?

  32. yes packers i agree Eddy LAcy was the third best running back on the field yesterday, ohh so you RB put one hit on a DB, geez go back an watch the entire game AP and Toby ran over, around through guys repeatedly, ahh when a guy off the pratice squad holds jordy in check for most for the game that should tell you all you need to know…

  33. If you can’t beat my 2-8 Vikings with Ponder at the helm, you’re not a legit Super Bowl contender, even with a former MVP at quarterback. The Vikings haven’t run the ball well since they played in London, but all that changed when the had a chance to line up against Capers’ pathetic run D. Getting Rodgers back won’t plug those holes, and with teams like Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans, and even Carolina standing in the Packers’ way, that sad run defense will be exposed…if the Packers even make the playoffs.

  34. Only packer fans would gloat and pound their chests about coming from behind to force overtime and tie a 2-8. Great job guys, the Super Bowl is almost there LOL.

  35. conormacleod says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:53 PM

    This season has been hugely disappointing, but we have come to grips with that, and we are looking forward to the 2014 draft.

    *******************************************

    In MN they teach the kids to walk back to the dugout after they get 2 strikes on them. That way the tradition of losing gets passed from generation to generation.

    “Embrace the suck.”

  36. That’s the kind of absurd beliefs one falls victim to when listening to a stadium full of people who believe they are all part owners of the team. Delusional bunch over there.

  37. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Nov 25, 2013 4:54 PM
    The Vikings are 2-8-1.

    LOL

    The bigger LOL is that the sad packers couldnt make the Vikings 2-9.

  38. I am not saying the Pack has a top 10 defense or anything silly like that.
    But did someone list the Bears as the best defense in the division? arent they now the worst defense, yardage-wise, in the NFL? Didnt they just allow 10 yards per carry to the Rams???

    Talk about silly

  39. Packer fans need to get drug tested if they believe this drivel. Without Rogers – put a fork in it. Its over. As a Vikings fan who hasn’t had a qb since Fran T….count yourselves fortunate and get off the sauce if you think some third stringer is going to come in and make it all good.

  40. OMG they have finally realized they are among the league s pathetic worse teams and their way of dealing with it is to bash the team with the most World Titles.

    The Packers have also won 4 Super Bowls and the Vikings have won ZERO…….
    so Viking fans….
    keep hoping that the Packers cannot find another All Pro QB and sling useless unimportant twisted rhetoric…………
    The Vikings are pathetic…
    So lets remind them again
    You wear purple
    Your State allows gay marriage
    You play indoors
    Your coach scalped Super Bowl Tickets
    The ” LOVE” Boat
    Non stop DUI s this year along with wife beatings
    A team MV that has 7 kids with 7 different women..
    I guess if I had all of that going for me I d attak the Green Bay Packers also.

    Hey Viking fans
    Kiss the Rings !

  41. There’s a fine line between “hope” and “arrogance” of making the SB, and the Packers crossed that line somewhere around 2011

  42. conormacleod says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:55 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Nov 25, 2013 3:41 PM
    It does stink that Rodgers is hurt.. but atleast theres a difference between the starter and the guys on the bench unlike in Minny. and Chi.
    ———————————————
    Are you talking about the fact that the Packers can’t win a single game with back-ups? Is that it? Did I get it right?
    _________

    They actually can…they did against Detroit with Flynn a few seasons ago… Rodgers has elite qualities… and it hurts not to have him in the game … The Packers can win this Sunday based on the way the Lions played as of late.

    No ones running away from the division… and when the Packers get Rodgers back… and hopefully shortly after Cobb anything can happen.

  43. The Packers doing all they can with duct tape and coat hangers, and they’re still relevant. Still relevant. The same cannot be said about the Vikings. Viking fans: Shut up and go home. Nobody cares what you have to say and nobody listens to the insults. Your team sucks and so do you. Embrace it.

  44. Pickett’s right. Flynn has proven he can step in when A-Rod’s hurt & once he gets back, they’re not losing another game. Ted Thompson is building a Dynasty that can’t be stopped. They’ll be Super Bowl Champions forever.

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