Sitting On His Hands
That’s what Ted Thompson does best.
If you look at it critically, Thompson’s role as general manager really only involves one thing — evaluating college talent.
Thompson makes his living on the draft and in signing undrafted free agents. Then he essentially takes the rest of the year off. Sure, prior to and during free agency, the Packers negotiate new deals with some of their own free agents, but that’s Russ Ball’s job.
The Green Bay Packers have given themselves a general manger who is a general manager in title only. Ted Thompson is, in reality, a college scouting director with an office and salary of someone much more important.
At no time was that more evident than during the 2015 season.
The Packers’ two biggest personnel moves of 2015 were re-signing receiver James Jones after he was cut by the Giants and adding linebacker Joe Thomas off the Cowboys’ practice squad a couple weeks after he was released by the Packers.
Both moves were a reaction to season-ending injuries. Had those injuries not occurred, you can bet the Packers would have made zero notable personnel moves after the draft.
Both Jones and Thomas played roles on the 2015 team, but the point here is much larger.
First, the Packers were reactive, not proactive.
Second, they had glaring weaknesses throughout the season. There were numerous opportunities to either, A. address those weaknesses or, B. at least shake things up a bit.
There were notable players available via trade. There were other players who passed through waivers or were street free agents who might have helped.
The Packers, of course, did nothing.
Thompson was content to stand by idly as another season of Aaron Rodgers’ career circled the drain. His stay-the-course-at-all-costs mentality and the internal disdain for that boiled to the surface toward the end of the season.
Reports surfaced that both Mike McCarthy and Thompson’s own personnel department were sick and tired of his M.O.
Not only did that M.O. cost the Packers on the field, it finally created internal strife, which is good for no organization
This will be a telling offseason for Thompson and the Packers.
If Thompson is ever going to be more than a glorified college scouting director, this would appear to be the offseason that it has to happen.