Don Shula Thinks Packers Can go Undefeated

Don Shula was the coach of the Miami Dolphins when they went 17-0 in 1972. They remain the only team to go unbeaten in NFL history. The Patriots came close in 2007, but they lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl and finished 18-1. Now the NFL has the Packers who are 11-0, and expected to be favored by at least six points in each of their remaining games. Shula believes they have a good chance at going undefeated.

“If they do it, I’m going to be the first to call their coach (Mike McCarthy) and congratulate them,” Shula told FOX Sports Florida. “They’ve got a real shot at running the table.”

“They’re just so strong,” Shula said. “Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback and they’ve got a great coaching staff. Aaron Rodgers is at the top of his game, and you’ve got to have a great quarterback playing great (to go undefeated).”

This is certainly a different tone from Mercury Morris, who said two weeks ago that the undefeated Packers wouldn’t be better than his ’72 Dolphins.

The Packers have a good shot at going 16-0, but going 19-0 is the truly difficult part. The NFL hasn’t had a team reach (not win) back-to-back Super Bowls since the Patriots did in 2003 and 2004 (they won both). The Packers have a good shot of doing it, and really it all comes down to Aaron Rodgers. He’s having the best season ever by an NFL quarterback. If he can finish the season without having one less-than-excellent game, they’ll win it all. But that’s a lot to ask of him.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    The schedule is certainly stacked in favor of Green Bay by being in the NFC and playing the AFC West.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    So what do you think, can they do it?

  • Gene

    I think they can do it.  The AFC is down this year.  You are correct in thinking that Rodgers has to play well the rest of the way.  Bad weather may be a factor when they play the Bears again and in the playoffs.

  • Anonymous

    I never could figure out the mercury morris thing. The guy had as many career fumbles as he did touchdowns. Matt FOrte has more yards than Morris did for a career. In 10 playoff games Morris has 1 TD. In 3 super bowls, he has a total of 68 yards rushing, 0TDs. Why does he get all the pub? For having a big mouth?

  • Kimberly Grant

    You know, Don, it’s really time to stop puffing out your chest about your undefeated season. Those of us who are old enough to remember, remember that you played only TWO teams with winning records (plus two at .500) until you reached the playoffs. Your “undefeated” season was the ultimate triumph of scheduling over actual TALENT. (Sure, they beat teams with winning records in the playoffs – but EVERY Super Bowl winner does THAT – by definition.) Get OVER YOURSELVES!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Absolutely, unless they run into Baltimore or New England in the Super Bowl.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Absolutely, unless they run into Baltimore or New England in the Super Bowl.