This, at first glance, doesn’t seem like all that bad of a group.
It includes a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and the current QB of one of the best teams in football right now.
But in 2007, this crew wasn’t so hot. Dilfer was in what would be the final season of his playing career, and Smith still had a ways to go before he would be the player he is today.
Smith, a former No. 1 overall pick, started the season under center for the 49ers but scuffled early despite earning two wins in the first three games. In the fourth game of the year, Smith suffered a separated shoulder, and Dilfer had to take over.
The memories in Kansas City are there, Charles said. It’s normal to lose yourself in those. But reality is it’s the past. It’s behind me. I’ve got something in front of me. I’ve got goals.
But the knock on Barr has been that he is not consistently tough enough or physical enough.
After what he did to Rodgers, to the NFC North race and to the entire NFC portrait, Barr shut that down.
It will be fascinating to see what Packers coach Mike McCarthy does with Hundley and with this offense. McCarthy and Rodgers throughout their long union have had their squabbles, their different preferences on how to attack teams offensively and on play-calling. On what the Packers offense is and how it should be orchestrated.
Now, with such a green quarterback, McCarthy will not have to deal with so much pushback. Surely McCarthy would rather have the supreme talent of Rodgers, but there is something vibrant for a coach, a creator, a leading offensive mind at the NFL level who believes in his design and prefers its implementation following his specific imprint.