Does Packers GM Ted Thompson need to change his philosphy?

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ted-thompson-targetIn this episode, “The Red Light Rant”, where “Evan is running Red Lights” and ” Troy is burning rubber at the Red Light”.  The rant today is about Ted Thompson and whether or not his philosophy is working.  The season started strong with a 5-2 record.  Then an injury to the Packers franchise QB Aaron Rodgers, led to a dismal 2-5-1 record without him.  Because no other team in the division felt like going to the playoffs, the Packers literally got a playoff gift by beating the Chicago Bears.  Aaron Rodgers did return for this game and it took a last second fourth down play to host a Playoff Game at Lambeau Field.

Lets rewind the clock, the 2010 Green Bay Packers decimated by injury during the regular season, inserted back-up players into a line up that went on a tear the last month of the season and ended up with a miraculous run to the Lombardi Trophy.  Ted Thompson was deemed a mastermind, a plan to build from within, not breaking the bank on free agents.  Well Mr. Thompson, you also had leaders on that team.  You had the likes of Charles Woodson, Nick Collins, and Donald Driver.  As is natural, retirement occurs, injuries force a play maker to retire, and you decide that an old vet is on the downside.  The problem is that you’re build from within philosophy hasn’t done much in the past 4 years.  It has not produced a leader, and the development of the draft picks has been inconsistent.

The Packers philosophy has been to stay put during free agency and build from within.  You can’t argue that this is wrong, but you can argue that this is not allowing the Packers to continue to be the team to beat in the NFC.  If we look at the past two super bowl wins.  When Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren came to town, the Packers did break the bank and signed Reggie White in the first free agency class.  This was the cornerstone to a long overdue championship in Green Bay.  People might not remember, but Ron Wolf also pulled off a trade for Future Hall of Famer, Brett Favre. (On the advice of former Packers scout, Bryan Broaddus). The move at the time had people scratching their head as to why Ron Wolf would give up a first round pick for a third string quarterback.  But hey, it worked out didn’t it?  Fast forward, Ted Thompson takes the reigns as GM and signs Charles Woodson, the first years were not spectacular but then it clicked and BAM another Lombardi Trophy in Green Bay.  The point is Mr. Thompson that the development of the younger players is not allowing the Green Bay Packers to compete at an elite level.  Therefore, you need to look long and hard this off-season to see where the void can be filled.

Listen to Evan and Troy rant about what Ted Thompson needs to do!

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  • californy

    Sorry I haven’t had time to hear the pod cast. What I can say is GB is paying for SB post success. You can expect to pay a QB like 20 Million dollars a year and not feel the impact somewhere else on the team. The success to Rodger has left GB with a very poor and not prepared back up . You get rid of Flynn and now you have him back because you missed at developing player behind him. In the year you won the SB you had a group of veteran player who held the team together.

    • All great points and we discussed this further in today’s show. We need leadership and our drafts have produced players that are at the present time projects that have not fully developed. We haven’t drafted an impact player since Clay Matthews. This draft is needed to be right on, the scouting department needs to do their job.

  • californy

    In the year after you won the SB you had a total of 42 players having less than 3 years of experience on your team. Many of those player are still hear but now lack the veteran leadership to hold all that together. Many of these player have not develop like the veterans who are no longer here on board.

  • californy

    GB post SB success got rid of many of their DL, and their OL has been under construction the last several year. If GB is smart they will draft player in the trenches on both side of the line and a player at LB also. A Good QB late in the draft would be a wise investment too.