The Biggest Offseason of Ted Thompson’s Career
A term many Green Bay Packers fans used throughout the years was ‘In Ted we trust.’ The reason being Ted Thompson, Green Bay Packers General Manager, put the team in position to win football games and achieved the ultimate goal once by winning the Super Bowl. Although in the past few years, Thompson hasn’t given the team enough pieces to win football games at a high level. Now, people are starting to question him in and outside of the organization with many people calling for a change and rumors of a change in plans with no guarantee of it actually happening.
Earlier this week, things started to bubble about Thompson being ‘more aggressive’ in free agency. We’ve heard this things before in other years, and some believe this sort of thing could lead to a Julius Peppers-like signing. Or maybe they go hunting for a big fish like Green Bay did with Reggie White. I would bet on the former though. For Thompson to completely reverse course on bringing in free agents by spending a shit ton seems like an odd move. It’s like your buddy who conforms for his significant other and you want the ‘old version back.’ Who knows if anyone will want the old Thompson back if things are drastically different.
The second thing, the more interesting thing, is how it’s appears players and coaches around the facility can’t stand Ted’s decision-making per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. It’s why Aaron Rodgers made that comment after the Atlanta loss. It’s why we’ve heard Mike McCarthy subtly nod to the fact Green Bay doesn’t have enough weapons. During the losing streak last season, I started to really get behind the fact McCarthy didn’t have enough parts due to Thompson. They need to have a fully loaded team and not just a parade of undrafted cornerbacks. Thompson is getting pressure from all sides of it.
So what happens if Thompson stays the course? He’s destined to fail again, and my guess is he will be out of a job with only one Super Bowl victory.