The Green Bay Packers opened the season with losses in two of their first three games.
The "slow start" prompted Aaron Rodgers to deliver the following message to the Green Bay faithful:
"Five letters here just for everybody out there in Packer-land: R-E-L-A-X," Rodgers said Sept. 24 on a Milwaukee-based radio show. "Relax. We're going to be OK."
Rodgers and the Packers finished the season 12-4 and will face the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.
On Wednesday morning, Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow issued a similar statement to those Giants fans who may be frustrated that the team hasn't signed an everyday left fielder.
"Relax," Krukow said while appearing on KNBR 680-AM. "I mean serious business. Enjoy it. They've won two World Series with Gregor Blanco. If I'm Gregor Blanco, I'm going 'Yo. Hey. How 'bout me? I've been pretty good.'
"And what we saw from Juan Perez in the postseason I thought was certainly a building block for him in regards to confidence. He's still a young player, who has always put up great numbers in Triple-A, just hasn't been able to do it at the big-league level. But he had a nice postseason."
Blanco made 92 regular season starts for the Giants in 2014 -- 36 in left field and 56 in center field.
He appeared in 146 regular season games and hit .260 (.333 OBP) with five home runs, 38 RBI and stole 16 bases.
Over 17 postseason contests, the 31-year old hit just .153 with a .256 OBP.
As of right now, Blanco is slated to open 2015 as the Giants' left fielder, with Angel Pagan returning to center field after undergoing back surgery in September.
"You gotta relax," Krukow said. "You have to look at Brian Sabean and say 'he'll figure it out,' which is what he does ... I think we all kind of need to just back off ... relax a little bit and enjoy it."