2005 IN REVIEW
After their season ended with disappointing playoff losses the last four seasons the Packers entered the season, knowing the Brett Favre era was nearing its end as they
drafted QB Aaron Rodgers in the first round. From the start of the season it was obvious that the Packers were in for a long season as WR Javon Walker was injured and lost
for the rest of the season in a Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions. The home opener would bring more frustration as the Packers comeback fell short in a 26-24 loss to the
Cleveland Browns. The struggles would continue the next two weeks as the Packers dropped to 0-4, with Favre increasingly becoming prone to mistakes from trying to do too
much. In Week 5 the Packers would take out all their early season frustrations on the New Orleans Saints winning their first game of the season 52-3 as Brett Favre led the
way with 3 TD passes. However it was a tiny oasis in a barren desert as the Packers would lose their next three as the injuries mounted with both RB Ahman Green and back
up Najeh Davenport being lost for the rest for the season. At 1-7 the Packers would see the emergence of a new go to running back as Samkon Gado had 103 yards rushing
and two touchdowns in a 33-25 win on the road over the Atlanta Falcons. The Packers misery though would go on to last the remainder of the season as Brett Favre threw a
career high 29 interceptions, as the Packers finished in last place with a terrible 4-12 record. Following the season Coach Mike Sherman would be replaced by Mike McCarthy
while Brett Favre spent the entire off-season contemplating retirement before ultimately deciding to return for another season.
THE COLLAPSE OF THE PACKERS
The streak came to an end in 2005. After playing winning football since 1992, the team suffered its worst season in 14 years, thanks in part to a series of crippling injuries.
The Packers would spend most of the season looking for running backs, and the lack of a rushing attack played a key role in the collapse and the end of the Mike Sherman
* AHMAN GREEN - Green injured his thigh on October 23 when he took a handoff off right tackle and was tackled by Vikings linebacker E.J. Henderson. Green aggravated the
injury, which had forced him to miss the previous game. He finished the day having rushed for 49 yards on 16 carries in the game and for 255 yards on the year. The next day,
it was learned the five-time Pro Bowl running back would miss the rest of the season after rupturing a tendon in his quadriceps. Despite his injury-shortened season, the
Packers re-signed Green to a one-year, $2 million contract, with an extra $3 million in incentives. After the 2006 season he became a free agent.
* NAJEH DAVENPORT - With Green ailing, Davenport took over as starter. In what would be his only start of the season, versus the Saints, Davenport scored two first-half
touchdowns before breaking his ankle. He was subsequently placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his season and his Packer career. The following year, he signed a
free agent deal with Pittsburgh.
* TONY FISHER - The four-year veteran started October 30 at Cincinnati, got through that contest, then complained of pain in the area of his shoulder blade. He underwent an
MRI exam, and played the remainder of the season in pain.
* SAMKON GADO - Gado made his NFL debut, only two weeks after being signed to the Packers roster, with an eight-yard carry on October 30. It was his only carry of the
game. One week later, he was given much more playing time against the Steelers, although Fisher was officially the starter of the game. Gado carried the ball 23 times for
62 yards and scored his first NFL rushing touchdown. On November 13, Gado started his first NFL game against the Falcons and rushed 23 times for 103 yards and two
touchdowns, and also caught a one-yard touchdown pass from Brett Favre. He became the first player in NFL history to score three touchdowns on his 23rd birthday. For the
next three weeks Gado excelled in the starting position. He recorded two more 100-yard performances - 111 against the Philadelphia Eagles and 171 against the Detroit
Lions - and scored a rushing touchdown in three straight games. H ended the season with 562 yards rushing.
* NOAH HERRON - He was signed off of the Steelers' practice squad, and ran for 123 yards on 48 attempts for a 2.6-yard average and two touchdowns.
* WALT WILLIAMS - Williams was a candidate to start for the Packers, before injuring a hamstring during practice on November 10. Re-signed by the Packers on October 25,
he had played at Cincinnati (Oct. 30) and vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 6), making one catch for 18 yards and one special teams stop.
* RASHARD LEE - In seven games, with one start, Lee had 11 carries for 16 yards and one reception for 5 yards. On special teams, Lee returned 15 kickoffs for 319 yards
and posted seven coverage tackles. On December 1, he became the fifth Packers running back on injured reserve, joining Green, Davenport, Walt Williams and Chaz
* JAVON WALKER - After backing off of his threats to hold out and reporting to camp, Walker injured his ACL on a pass from Favre in the season opener. The Packers
placed Walker on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.
* ROBERT FERGUSON - He was lost to a knee injury in the final weeks of the season. Ferguson missed three games after suffering a torn lateral-collateral ligament in his left
knee during a loss at Minnesota October 23. Ferguson returned to practice on a full-time basis on November 18, Ferguson was taken by cart from the practice facility the
next day. Favre overthrew Ferguson, and Ferguson was pulling up but rookie safety Nick Collins didn't see the ball and bumped Ferguson, whose knee buckled. Ferguson
had his 2004 season cut short, missing the last three games, after he sustained head and neck injuries from a clothesline hit by Jacksonville safety Donovin Darius. He was
temporarily paralyzed after the hit.
* TERRENCE MURPHY - The promising rookie was lost for the rest of the season because of a spinal-cord bruise sustained in Week 4. The wide receiver suffered the brunt of
a helmet-to-helmet hit from Carolina's Thomas Davis on a kickoff return. Murphy was taken off the field on a stretcher and later diagnosed with a narrowing of the spine near
the neck. The Packers cut Murphy in April 2006, and he would never play pro football again.