“In Ted We Trust.”
This phrase has become part of every Packers fan’s lingo.
Posters have been made in it’s honor:
Even T shirts have been made promoting this belief:
It is a great phrase, perfectly capturing what every Packers fan should do at all times-trust the person in charge of football operations to make the best decisions regarding football operations.
But there are times that trusting Ted Thompson is very difficult to do.
Case in point: this off season.
Think about some of the personnel decisions Thompson has made following the loss to the 49ers in the playoffs this past January.
He retained Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers after a downright embarassing defensive performance in the playoffs, the third defensive meltdown in four seasons under Capers.
Thompson retained Mason Crosby following a disasterous 2012 campaign. Oh sure,he brought in competition in the form of Giorgio Tavecchio (zero NFL games) and kept him around for most of the offseason. He also brought in Zach Ramirez, just for S’s and G’s when it seemed that neither Crosby nor Tavecchio wanted the job. And when all was said and done, Crosby was still the Packers kicker-but Thompson felt it was still necessary to bring in Harvard “Kickalicious” Rugland for a workout.
The Packers have released not one (Graham Harrell), not two (Vince Young), but three (BJ Coleman) quarterbacks in the past month, a complete failure on Thompson’s part to find a quality backup for Aaron Rodgers. Settling on 33 year old Seneca Wallace as Rodgers backup isn’t much better than the other three, considering he was out of football during 2012.
Matthew Mulligan, signed to replace the departed Tom Crabtree as the primary blocking TE, failed to make the Packers roster.
There are massive question marks along the offensive line. Having a relatively unproven right tackle in Don Barclay would be enough to make fans worry. But having rookie David Bakhtiari protecting Rodgers’ blind side because of the loss of Bryan Bulaga should scare Packers fans to death. Having Marshall Newhouse, Lane Taylor, and Greg Van Roten serving as backups should not instill a warm, fuzzy feeling in anyone either.
Is there a Safety on the roster who can play opposite Morgan Burnett?
What about a kick returner?
A punt returner?
All these question marks-it’s madness!!!
But then again…
Somehow, year after year, Ted Thompson assembles a roster which puts the Packers in contention for a deep playoff run. And as we all learned in 2010, anything can happen once you are in the playoffs.
Trying to get inside the head of Ted is a fruitless exercise. Trying to do so will just result in headaches caused by the head scratching and facepalming that is all part of having Thompson as the Packers’ GM. It isn’t always pretty, but somehow it always works.
Sometimes it is very difficult to trust Ted Thompson. Occasionally trust turns into four letter words coming from the mouths of the Packer faithful because of his decisions. But more often than not, trusting him results in cheers from the stands as the Packers advance to another highly successful season.
Here’s hoping 2013 results in another highly successful season, despite an off season full of question marks.
In Ted We Trust
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio. ---------------------
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