Turning defeat into victory and weaknesses into strength are vital traits of the professional sportsperson. The Green Bay Packers traumatic loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title game in January can and must be used as a catalyst for success next season.

Work has already started in earnest to plot the Packers route to going one step further next year. And the harsh lesson dealt by the Seahawks will be just one aspect that should be utilized to spur on the Packers’ team.

You know the score by now. Brandon Bostick’s decision to break rank and go for the ball, rather than block as he was apparently supposed to do, probably cost the Packers a trip to the Superbowl.

Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said after the loss that he thought it was an amazing game to be a part of. “I’m very proud of our team, the season-long growth as a team. I was very confident we were going to walk out of here today with a victory. I felt our team was a special group. This is a hard one to swallow.”

McCarthy’s hurt was plain to see. Despite the despair, the loyal Cheesehead fans will fill out Lambeau Field again next season, ready to roar their heroes on as usual. Attending a Packers game is a must for every fan. You can Buy Green Bay Packers tickets here to sample the unique atmosphere at their home games.

The disappointment of last season certainly have dictated some of the changes that have been announced in the coaching lineup for the Packers as the rebuilding and regrouping process begins. McCarthy sees the new setup as a chance for the whole coaching staff to grow.

To that end, he has handed his own role of calling the plays to offensive coordinator Tom Clements, alongside numerous other deck-shuffles that included releasing special teams coach Shawn Slocum.

Legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi was attributed with the rallying cry, “Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing!” If Green Bay can cast aside their despair, weather this storm, and harness its power for good, they could well come out the other side in a better position to win it all next year.

The staff changes will refresh things at Lambeau Field and with a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers in the fold, Green Bay will always have a shot at making the Superbowl. You can surely bet that they will have been toughened up by the chastening effects of January 18th, 2015.


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