We’ve mentioned this more than once, knowing that it was nothing but an unpopular topic. Maybe not with you, but definitely with the Green Bay Packers organization and the local media that is beholden to them.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson appeared as if he were losing it. Physically and, more importantly, mentally.
Thompson was hard to watch during his draft press conferences. He could barely put a sentence together.
That wasn’t the first time he appeared to be going downhill, either.
But there was Big Ted at the shareholders’ meeting on Monday, chipper as ever. Supposedly functioning like a capable human being.
We’re not sure if it was Tom Silverstein actually acknowledging what we’ve long said or if it was the Packers forcing a talking point on their preferred media outlet, Packers News.
In case A, maybe Packers News was afraid to say anything, even though it was obvious. After all, the Packers might suddenly try to take their domain name away or something and then they’re just “News.”
In case B, which we wouldn’t doubt, someone in the Packers went to Silverstein and said, “Hey, please write the “Ted Thompson is not senile” piece and I’ll leak you a scoop during the season.
Don’t be naive and pretend that doesn’t happen.
So here’s what we got from Silverstein this afternoon: ‘Energized’ Packers GM Ted Thompson puts best foot forward.
It’s funny that the word energized is in quotes, as if it was bestowed on him from on high.
Actually, the word “energized” came from Mark Murphy, so it’s nowhere near on high. It’s just from upstairs, where floss is replaced with a climbing rope.
And why was Big Ted energized?
Just too overworked before, I guess…
I won’t get into Thompson’s gregarious — for him — performance at the shareholders’ meeting. The line afterward essentially said he was out of character.
Thompson’s lethargy at the draft left many wondering if he would finish out what are reported to be the final two years of his contract. The 64-year-old general manager still goes on the road scouting during the fall months and has his hand in every aspect of the football operation.
And that makes all of us laugh.
We’ve often said that Thompson is nothing more than a glorified college scouting director in the shoes of a GM. Clearly, due to his reluctance to sign free agents or make trades.
Does any other GM in the league consider scouting as one of his top priorities? Educated guess — no.
That’s why you have, you know, actual scouts. That’s their JOB!
So anyway, the Packers’ GM is out there doing a job he shouldn’t be doing and that’s why he seemed like a senile old man at the end of his rope a couple months ago.
In other words, there is nothing to see here. Just move along.
The phrase “If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” comes to mind when I wonder why Big Ted needs to be ‘re-energized’ in the first place, and whether TT still truly loves what he does, or if he’s just hanging around because he doesn’t know what else he’d do with himself in his golden years.
The following quote from Mark Murphy in Silverstein’s article is so contradictory, yet at the same time, it really explains why TT is still around… “He’s tireless, so I encourage him to take as much time off as he needs, really to get re-energized and get ready for the season,” Murphy says.
So, TT is characterized here as being tireless, yet Murphy seems to think he needs as much time off as he needs in order to get re-energized. This is what I find completely contradictory. We all know just from looking at the guy that TT is not tireless, and just because he was able to keep it together while delivering a prepared speech at the shareholders meeting does not mean that Ted has suddenly found the fountain of youth.
When I think of the word “tireless” I think of the Hoodie out there in Foxborough, who is a year older than Uncle Ted, and handles the job of Head Coach AND General Manager with all of the anal retentive perfection of an evil genius. Look, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not “tireless” at what I do for a living, but if my boss wants to give me all the time off I need in order to re-energize, well then hell yeah, I’m all in!