Packers May Not Choose Tackle At All

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Ted Thompson

We don't need to goddam tackles!

Green Bay Packers’ general manager is an enlightening individual, especially in press conferences.

I’m joking of course.

It wasn’t really a surprise when Thompson said next to nothing, that is, unless you love cliches and bullshit, in Friday’s press conference with local reporters. However, the one interesting thing he did say probably won’t please anyone except himself and Chad Clifton.

Thompson was asked whether the Packers need to select a tackle in this year’s draft, which anyone who knows anything about football would answer unequivocally, yes.

“There are a lot of positions where you could say we’d like to do this. I don’t think it’s a necessary thing,” Thompson said.

When asked why, Thompson dropped this bit of brilliance.

“Our offensive line group, our core is building up where we can have more flexibility. If there’s someone available, that will be a consideration. We’re not going to reach on someone.”

Of course the Packers don’t want to reach with any of their picks, but if the team doesn’t address the left tackle position soon – and by soon, I mean two years ago – the team, and in particular, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, is going to be in a world of shit.

Thompson has to be delusional if he thinks Clifton can A. keep Rodgers upright for another season – a task he had problems accomplishing each of the past two seasons, and B. stay healthy – a task he hasn’t accomplished each of the past two seasons.

On the positive side, Thompson’s response is likely more a result of his philosophy of not telling anyone anything. You know – “We don’t need a tackle, so don’t worry about trading up to take one in front of us. Our tackles are great!”

However, if they do prove to be prophecy, I’ll be rallying the troops for the march on 1265. He produces a serviceable left tackle or we leave with his head on a stick!

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

6 Comments on "Packers May Not Choose Tackle At All"

  1. Rubicon

    I think TT and the members of the Packers coaching staff know alot more about the status of our o-line, they quality of players we have, and football in general, than you, me, or anyone reading this for that matter. You need to relax and quit trying to make sense of something you know very little about. There is a reason TT and crew are in the positions they are in, and you get to do nothing but comment on it. It’s ok to disagree, but realize you are speaking from a position of ignorance, and know next to nothing about how to run a football organization.

    If TT were to leave, another team would happily swoop him up in a heartbeat, and we would most likely be stuck with someone with alot less experience.

    With that being said, TT will no doubt pick a tackle if there is one available that could truly help our team, otherwise I’m happy knowing that he wont waste a pick on a still unproven player, just to say he picked a tackle.

    In your circle of friends you might know something about football relative to these people, but when it comes to truly knowing what it takes to run a successful football organization, you know next to nil.

  2. jeremy

    I agree that Thompson should not hole himself into drafting a tackle. I think the believes Taucsher, Clifton, and Lang can hold the fort this season.

    Sure Thompson has a ton of experience running a football team and should get the benefit of the doubt because he spends 60+ hours a week looking at film. But that doesn’t mean he should get a free pass or that others can’t know something about what’s going on with the Packers at the tackle position. Al Davis has more experience than TT and look at him. Maybe Thompson hasn’t spent enough time looking at the Tackle position. The career achievements of Barbre, Moll, and Giacomini certainly don’t argue otherwise.

    I know one thing for sure. I wouldn’t put any stock into what TT hints he will do. He never going to tip his hand.

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  4. david

    I don’t know exactly what to think about TT. I do know that he is just average and should be questioned about some of his his picks, for example justin Harrell. I do know that his ideas are sound and i like his intentions to build in the draft but this needs to be done with players who will make an impact, agian justin harrell. When he misses on a draft pick he should do something to compensate for that miss pick. With other north team arming themselves with pass rushers maybe it is a good idea to take a strong consideration at the o-line.

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