To think that the brain trust at 1265 Lombardi Ave. won’t evaluate every aspect of their team, their methodology, the philosophy…..you’re mistaken. In fact, they might almost over-analyze it.
In that spirit, here are some of my observations:
1. Ted’s philosophy of “draft and develop” is sound IF you hit on no less than 5 picks per draft. Have 1 or 2 guys “contribute” and the rest be subpar backups or special teamers won’t cut it. In addition, if you’re not pulling at least 1 pro bowler, or close to it, per draft, you will slowly, steadily erode away the talent base.
2. This plays off of #1. When we can ALL witness the erosion of talent, why can’t the brass, namely Ted Thompson? Has arrogance and/or ignorance overcome an otherwise smart man? The high level of play in Green Bay has been a few key people, namely Aaron Rodgers, and then everyone else tries to fill in.
If indeed Rodgers is your plan to cover all of your warts and inadequacies, then you damn well better wake up and realize that there IS a window and it will be slamming shut quickly…..so do something about it.
Does that mean dipping into free agency? You bet your butt it does. No, you don’t have to go out and break the bank on “names” but what it does mean is that you must take a few more chances on some of the 2nd tier free agents who may be able to help your team.
When Aaron Rodgers said, “We’ve just got to make sure we’re going all-in every year to win”, that was a loud statement directed at Ted Thompson. Hopefully he will feel the frustration that Rodgers, McCarthy and tens of thousands of Packers fans everywhere are feeling.
3. The Saturday practices need to be re-evaluated. I can’t remember a time where that many players were ADDED to the injury report on a Saturday. I understand wanting to keep guys sharp and to loosen up their bodies for Sunday, not to mention the fact of your “Red China” information policies regarding the injury report being released at the last possible minute but you’ve been severely banged up 2 years in a row now and it’s clearly not working.
Some injuries; broken ribs, sprained ankles, concussions, ect. are unavoidable and you can’t train for those. BUT…the hamstrings, the core strength stuff can be prevented.
It’s not rocket science, even though they tend to make it that way, it’s football. The Packers are the most successful franchise, in W’s and L’s, behind only the Patriots (who are the Gold Standard) so it’s a tweak here and there, it’s not a complete overhaul.
One more thing, and I’ve never called for this before, if Ted refuses to take the necessary steps to make these few adjustments, then it’s time for Murphy and the board to make the decision for him.
I know the rumors run rampant regarding Thompson’s health and until anything is proven and/or made official,, they’re just rumors. If they are remotely true, for the good of everyone, Ted included, then changes need to come sooner rather than later. Ted deserves respect and applause for what he’s done for this franchise. The person running the Green Bay Packers needs to be all in, mentally, physically, emotionally and….almost spiritually.