The tension is gone

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You know, one thing I’ve noticed especially tonight, but a bit in the first game too, is that the team is not playing with the tension that it has in the past few years. The guys are playing with intensity, but just not with tension. You can see it in their faces and in their collective demeanor. I know it’s just preseason but they appear loose – a healthy kind of loose. So often in the last few years, the players and coaches seemed insecure – like they were playing a bit concerned about getting ripped in the press afterwards. In the march to the Super Bowl, I noticed that this tension seemed to fade some – again the intensity was there but the tension had diminished.

Winning a Super Bowl does that. Perhaps that’s obvious. But it just makes the tension melt away and lets players play freely. A lot of it is confidence to be sure. The coaches and players have all received a jolt of confidence after taking down some seriously good teams last year en route to the Super Bowl. They trust each other and perhaps most importantly, they trust themselves. This is going to help this team execute in tight situations.

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One Response to “The tension is gone”

  1. Bob Says:

    I’ve noticed that too. There lots more smiles and players seem to have more fun out there. Like that little dance that Driver did after he caught the ball.
    Except I can’t tell with Rodgers. He still plays like an unstoppable well oiled machine on cruise control at 5000 rpms.
    Maybe because lots of our second stringers helped us win the championship, so we know we have very capable players and coaches that can make anyone in the team fill in the gaps and play to their fullest.

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