Ted Thompson Made the Call on Aaron Rodgers

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Ted Thompson

Remember how Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the decision to sit quarterback Aaron Rodgers was an organizational decision, on Friday? Apparently, it was just a Ted Thompson decision.

That is, Thompson making the call after talking to team doctor Pat McKenzie.

Although McCarthy wouldn’t divulge who ultimately made the call, Rob Demovsky tells us it was made by Big Ted. He goes on to suggest that Thompson made the call because he doesn’t think this Packers team is a Super Bowl contender.

We’d tend to agree with that assessment, primarily because of the shit show that is the Packers defense. But who’s fault is that? Ted Thompson’s.

Maybe sign a free agent or something, bro.

At any rate, we know Rodgers feels he’s ready and wants to play. We also know that McCarthy seemed to be suggesting Rodgers could play, on Thursday.

McCarthy told reporters that Rodgers looked ready and was great in practice.

So for whatever reason, Thompson is taking the cautious approach. Rodgers’ initial timetable to return was four to six weeks.

He’ll now miss his seventh game in a row.

Is it possible Ted is trying to tank for the draft? He’d never admit that, but you have to wonder.

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57 Comments on "Ted Thompson Made the Call on Aaron Rodgers"

  1. avalpo

    “Rodgers’ initial timetable to return was four to six weeks.”

    There was never a timetable for his return. Fractured clavicles take 6-10 weeks to heal, and can take more the older you are.

    He was not medically cleared, so ultimately it was the doctor’s decision. So the doctor doesn’t clear Rodgers and Thompson should override his decision? That’s great. Let’s have our franchise quarterback with a fractured clavicle be driven to the ground when Barclay misses a block. Sincle players are suing left and right after their career’s are done, it’s not surprising the Ted, McCarthy would listen to be doctor.

    • PF4L

      The Doctors decision? Maybe you posted before reading the article.

      I could be wrong, but i dont think McCarthy said Rodgers wasn’t medically cleared. Correct me if i’m wrong. McCarthy saying it was a medical decision, is not saying whether Rodgers was cleared. It could have a plethora of meanings.

  2. pbangy

    This is unsettling to me. You can’t mess with the football gods in this manner. You only get so many shots at this. Who thought we had a chance at this juncture in 2010? If the man can play let him play! There are no guarantees. Looking crap (at times) guarantees nothing. High(er) draft pick guarantees nothing. Free Aaron Rodgers!

    In the meantime, let’s beat those Steelers!

    On Lacy! On Nelson! On Quarless! On Flynn!
    On Matthews! On Williams! On Shields! And on Neal!

    Merry Christmas, peeps!

    Go Pack Go!

  3. E. Wolf

    Some points.
    First, from what I understand, the corporate charter, for lack of a better term, gives MacKenzie–as the team physician–absolute, final authority to clear or block a player from starting. Ted’s decision may just be a reiteration of that. He may also be looking for the long term viability of our superstar quarterback, which takes precedence given the circumstances this year.
    As for this defense being Ted’s fault, only to a limited extent in relation to some admittedly bad moves (with hindsight) at safetly, ILB and tackle.
    I reiterate again that I have seen most of these youngens make plays, albeit sporadically. This suggest it is coaching and schematics. Replace Capers and watch this d blossom next year.

    • PF4L

      Stop acting like you are some authority.

      #17 written by E. Wolf
      12/18/2013 – 3:40 pm
      And yes, Gamesmanship does abound with McCarthy. He knows that Rodgers will play.

      • E. Wolf

        Wow, and you accuse me of obsessing over your posts. Hypocrite.
        Points–most pundits did think Rodgers would play, including Jason Wilde and Bill Johnson.
        Second, if you listen to the Miller Life Football Show with Mike Chmura, you would have learned Rodgers was taken off the table Tuesday. And yet Mac kept putting up false flags to dupe the Steelers and inded the nation that Rodgers would likely play.
        So there was GAMEMANSHIP. Big time.

        • PF4L

          Pundits thinking Rodgers would play, and what you posted. Are 2 entirely different statements, genius.

          If Rodgers playing, was taken off the table, on Tuesday, why did you post on Wednesday that McCarthy knows that Rodgers is playing? I thought you knew everything, genius.

    • PF4L

      #54 written by E. Wolf
      12/20/2013 – 4:27 pm

      From what I understand, the corporate charter, for lack of a better term, gives MacKenzie–as the team physician–absolute, final authority to clear or block a player from starting.

    • PF4L

      I could go on and on posting Wolfs previous post of his delusional supremacy of knowledge. But you get the picture.

      It is clearly an absolute metaphysical certitude, E Wolf doesn’t know shit.

      Gamesmanship bitch.

      Peace out. :)

      • E. Wolf

        Have fun responding to your own posts, as usual.
        Peace out? who says that but whigger white girls in middle school, replete with those stupid faux gang signs.

        • PF4L

          Doubtful.

          No need to overkill the obvious. I’ll let Uncle Wolfie spew his delusions of pretending he knows the inner workings and thinking of how the franchise runs, as though he was an executive working at 1265 Lombardi Ave.

        • E. Wolf

          That happens whether I particupate or not. PFAIL spams four or five posts in a row, effectively just talking to himself. Just look below.

      • the real jeff ircink

        E. Wolf’s “delusional supremacy of knowledge” should help him with that petition he’s burning the midnight oil over. how’s it comin’ along, Wolfy?

  4. MadCity Packer Fan

    Ted is holding the Packers back! The Packers need to find a GM that believes in the Packers. Building from the draft should be a component of building a team and not the entire plan. I think they should part ways with Ted sooner rather than later.

    • chucks

      Ever notice how the packers have a classy image? That’s because we don’t tolerate diva bullshit free agents. Rookies do what you tell them to. Accomplished NFL players don’t. The Packers are the greatest franchise in sports, and we don’t want to change that by signing assholes who happen to be good at football, or GMs who don’t understand the Packers way.

  5. cd4packers

    From watching the last MM presser I have come to the conclusion that their could possibly be a schism in Packer land. MM did not appear to be sold on the decision to hold Rodgers out for another game. He seemed down right pissed and frustrated. Now I am no expert like wolfie but my interpretation of MM’s demeanor and body language suggested to me that he was in disagreement with the so called “Organizational decision.” I don’t agree with the notion that you can tank a season in the hopes that you might get a better draft pick. Draft picks are not guaranteed to always produce winners. My feeling is the a team should give it’s full attention to the present and do everything in it’s power to win with the team that it presently has. Rodgers is a vital part of this team obviously. His participation in today’s game would most likely result in a Packer victory. TT (Mr. Organization) knows this as does MM and everyone who has a brain in their head. I say it’s a crock of shit to just let a season dwindle down to nothing in hopes that you might get a decent draft pick next year. You play in the now for the now and believe that you can win with the team you have. When is it too soon to quit? It’s always to soon.

    “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”
    Vince Lombardi

    • E. Wolf

      Consider that the injury Rodgers in fact a 6-8 week type injury. This is week 7. Furthermore, MacKenzie is notoriously conservative about this sort of thing.
      There are a lot more reasons to hold Rogers out other than tanking down for a draft pick (such as his long term health and ensuring he has all of the offseason for 20414). If they were tanking for a draft pick they would have thrown the past couple of games….

      • cd4packers

        I was not speaking to any other subject that what I suggested. Of course, there may be other reasons. I never said there weren’t.

      • cd4packers

        I don’t think that any team purposely goes out with the intention of “tanking” the game. I think that it may be an unspoken hope and that organizational members can and in fact do take actions that could lead to a loss. That of course, is never a guarantee. There is really no proof one way or the other. It’s my personal opinion that this practice is not one that should be entertained by any upstanding football organization. Least of all the GB Packers. I am not saying this is what they are doing. I have no way of knowing that. Again, I am merely voicing my opinion of the notion. Your head has grown to unprecedented proportions in the past few months. It’s rather annoying I must say lol.

    • icebowl

      Amen.
      Well spoken….
      Only other possibility is that TT realizes this team is a probable one and out in playoffs – if they make it.
      Team mission may end up keeping Bears out of playoffs – but Detroit would need to win ….
      Looking forward to s good game against Pitts….
      Go pack

  6. PF4L

    “Thompson was not available for comment, a team spokesman said Friday. “_Rob Demovsky

    “Even if Thompson were willing to talk — which he hasn’t since Rodgers was hurt — he would never admit to that line of thinking. It would surely cause major problems in the locker room.” _Rob Demovsky

    Too bad Rodgers was told by the Packers not to speak about it. Other than to repeat 6 times “Thats a Mike McCarthy question”. I guess that’s the new “Packer Way”.

    In Ted we Trust.

  7. PF4L

    #14 written by E. Wolf
    12/16/2013 – 2:33 pm

    Once again, gamesmanship abounds. GAMESMANSHIP.
    Rodgers will play. It is only Monday.

    Yet another “All knowing” statement by E Wolf made on Dec 16th.

    • PF4L

      “Division race. control our own destiny, win the Division, home playoff game?” “Poppycock, we’ll get em next year”_Ted Thompson.

  8. PF4L

    Look at Teds picture above… You can almost tell what he is thinking by that dumb ass look on his face. “Duh ummm duh…Fuckin mouth breather.

  9. valpoPackers


    avalpo:

    “Rodgers’ initial timetable to return was four to six weeks.”
    There was never a timetable for his return. Fractured clavicles take 6-10 weeks to heal, and can take more the older you are.
    He was not medically cleared, so ultimately it was the doctor’s decision. So the doctor doesn’t clear Rodgers and Thompson should override his decision? That’s great. Let’s have our franchise quarterback with a fractured clavicle be driven to the ground when Barclay misses a block. Sincle players are suing left and right after their career’s are done, it’s not surprising the Ted, McCarthy would listen to be doctor.

    There’s also a conflicting report that was made by ESPN that said Rodgers wasn’t close to a return: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10180238/aaron-rodgers-green-bay-packers-was-never-close-playing-pittsburgh-steelers

    “Organizational decision” sounds like they were protecting Rodgers, McKenzie, etc and by having him stand on the sidelines, the Steelers had to prepare for Rodgers as well as Flynn. The media created this unrealistic timeline and now fans are outraged that he hasn’t come back within this range. I mean, Adam Schefter even reported 3-weeks, which was absolutely ridiculous, let alone 4 weeks.

  10. Phatgzus

    Jesus H. Christ, Nick Perry, really? You really think you’re going to block a 28-yard FG? Sunuvabitch. And the moron who tackled Bell at the 1, GJ dude, thanks for wasting our last TO. Don Barclay, Matt Flynn, SMFH, way to cost us 2 plays and way to hold on to the football/take your time getting to the line with a running clock at 0:10. Nice red zone D, Richardson, dude’s dirt catch of the year goes for a 17-yd TD, awesome.
    Just damn embarrassing, somehow we’re not out of the Playoffs yet; we sure as Hell don’t deserve to make it after that finish.
    Well fuck, go Iggles anyway; if nothing else help us spoil the Bears’ season.

  11. Phatgzus

    *Lang not Barclay.
    Fantastic play on 3rd-down, Neal and awesome clutch KR, Hyde.

    Capers that’s about 5 or 6 games in a row where you’ve called a blitz on a screen pass and paid or should have paid for it-c’mon, man.

  12. Shawn Iltarion

    Anyone believing TT doesn’t want to win every effin game is delusional and there just is no help for you.

    I can guarantee you as much as anything is guaranteed in this life that TT believes that this team is good enough to win without Rodgers, right or wrong, and at least as far as against Pittsburgh goes, he would be right.

    If not for a brain-dead Nick Perry offsides and a brain dead false start by TJ Lang, this team does beat Pittsburgh, even with Rodgers and Matthews on the fricking sideline.

  13. Cuban

    So wait, saying peace out is something only whigger white girls do, but you refusing to say “berty judas” real name unless you really have to is acting as an adult

    So in all your bullshit rationalization of how great this team is except for a few “minor” flaws here and there, you cant use that same bullshit rationalization to get over “berty judas” or dven say his name. Could you do us all a favor and get over your own fucking ego?

  14. Cuban

    I bet when you came up with that brilliant moniker by the way, that you thought it would catch on and everyone would start calling him berty judas, then you could look back with pride and say “hey guys i came up with that first”

  15. PF4L

    Reminds me when Uncle Wolfie said he e-mailed the Packers and presented his case why Favre should not be recognized or welcomed back to Green Bay.

    What did he expect? Mark Murphy to read his e-mail, show it to the Board of Directors and change their minds?

    Forgetting how delusional that is on it’s face, my 1st reaction was why would you waste your time? But then i figured that’s all Uncle Wolfie has, is time.

    Lets not even get into “The Brett Favre Petition” delusion he authored.

  16. Berty Judas

    After hearing “Berty Judas,” I now picture E. Wolf as an 80 year old man. He probably uses the thesaurus so much just to ‘teach you damn kids a lesson.’

  17. E. Wolf

    Berty Judas, Brettedict Favreold, Baron von Dongschotz. These monikers and others I use so I do not have to use his real name. All you Berty nutlickers and synpathizers can fuck off.

  18. Cuban

    Are you still butthurt over the fact that jenn sterger got the cockpick before you did, must be it, or why else would be you still be holding a grudge in the same manner as those aforementioned whigger white middle school girls

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