A Salute to Ted Thompson

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Ted Thompson

With the news that Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson is stepping down to take another unspecified role in the organization, it seems a lot of people are celebrating.

As an adamant supporter of Thompson to this day, this author must concede it is undeniable that he has lost a step the past few years. Of course, established journalists have never done a good job shedding a light on the inner machinations inside 1265 Lombardi Ave. Who exactly was responsible for Khryi Thornton or Jerron McMillian, to name just a couple of several head-scratchers? Was the scouting personnel that gave these and so many other busts ever made accountable?

Ultimately though Ted Thompson signed off on these and other dubious decisions. He also was directly responsible for the premature dismissals of Charles Woodson and Julius Peppers.

Despite these and other shortcomings later in his career, Packers fans owe Thompson a debt of gratitude. On the whole he has still drafted many current and recent Packers greats, including:

  • Jordy Nelson
  • T.J. Lang
  • Mike Daniels
  • Josh Sitton
  • Clay Mathews
  • David Bakhtiari
  • Davante Adams

Nick Collins would have been a Hall of Famer, but for that flukey, career-ending injury in Charlotte, itself a huge factor in why the Packers have failed to win another Super Bowl since the 2010 season. Eddie Lacy, too, had the raw potential to be a multi year Pro Bowler; the degree to which his lack of personal discipline or faulty coaching are responsible for his demise will probably never be fully settled.

Above all, though, Ted Thompson drafted Aaron Rodgers, even though it incurred the ire of the Packers other Hall of fame quarterback at the time. Then, when the time had come, Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy had the brass balls to stare into NFL immortality and say, “No.” Not just for looking that smug egomaniac in the eyes and telling him no, but because of the unholy backlash that ensued from 2008 up until the Packers won the Super Bowl.

Why Ted Thompson’s drafting acumen declined the past few years may always be a mystery. Maybe questionable influences from other high-ranking officers played a substantial role. Maybe Dom Capers and his staff did a poor job of coaching and development. Maybe he lost a step, as so many greats do.

Ultimately though, without Ted Thompson, it is highly doubtful the Packers would have Aaron Rodgers or another Super Bowl championship. A certain predecessor would have remained then retired and the Packers would truly be in the wilderness.

It has certainly been a difficult year. Indeed, it has been a difficult seven years, with one disaster after impending disaster obstructing a destiny of multiple Super Bowl championships.

In the final analysis, the Packers have one more Super Bowl title than they would have had without Thompson, even if he probably ought to have stepped down a couple of years earlier. Many of us may be looking at the future with dark-colored glasses. With Rodgers, as well as Adams, a first-rate offensive line when healthy, a surprisingly resurgent running game with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones, the Packers are in better shape than many will acknowledge. This author remains hopeful that Jordy Nelson can bounce back after having Brett Hundley as a quarterback. And by cleaning house of the defensive coaching staff, many unpolished players may finally get the coaching and development they need to achieve their true potential. In this way, our white-haired friend and good steward will also have a hand in the resurgence we are all hoping for. For all these and many other reasons, I salute you, TED THOMPSON! Green Bay Packer fans everywhere owe you a debt of gratitude.

About The Author

Just a Packers fan and native Seattleite left stranded in New York City, and apparently suffering from post traumatic stress disorder from the near disaster in New Orleans in January of 2010. Bleeds Green and Gold through and through. Listens to indie and hardcore industrial and aggrotech music, and thus would much rather hear Headhunter by Front 242 or Front Line Assembly's "Mindphaser" than "Celebrate" or "I Gotta Feeling" in the fourth quarter, or any time.

6 Comments on "A Salute to Ted Thompson"

  1. Bobby D

    Take another hit off whatever it is you’re inhaling E! Only valid point is the recommendations made to the cadaver by his “crack” scouting crew. Careful what your wish for with this douchebag author’s namesake.

  2. Kato

    Ted had his good days for sure. But the time has come for him to go. 3 years ago. I just know this whole thing is going to be screwed up. One of the best GM jobs out there. No owner, two of the three hardest positions to fill on a team (QB, LT) filled, and and several draft picks. The sad thing is, this team isn’t THAT far from being a serious contender. Much closer than a lot of fans think.

  3. Kato

    Honestly, I feel bad for TT. He receives a lot of hate. I put it more on Mark Murphy for not making a move sooner. I think TT has definitely been going through the early stages of dementia, and Murphy was too scared to make a decision. I wonder how many times someone that works with him like Russ Ball or Wolf have made some sort of complaint to Murphy about their boss but it got brushed to the wayside because TT was simply “tired.”

  4. PF4L

    Gee, if i remember right, i gave TT his props for having the balls to get rid of Favre, COUNTLESS times.

    Also gave him props for putting the Super Bowl roster together, COUNTLESS times.

    Gave him props for Rodgers, COUNTLESS times.

    So you want me to salute him now? Edward, i think you are immensely naive to what is currently going on in Green Bay.

    No Gomer, i’m not saluting a guy who set this team back.

    No, i’m not saluting a guy who can’t pick talent anymore.

    No, i’m not saluting a guy who has kept only 7 players from 5 drafts, in a draft and develop philosophy…That…..is a complete joke.

    No, i’m not saluting a guy who hasn’t, and doesn’t have the decent sense to leave his job on his own, because he selfishly won’t give it up, even though he’s done a substandard job the last 6 years.

    I felt good about this move, until Murphy opened his co** holder. Then you start to read between the lines….and holy shit, this is a complete smoke and mirror con job.

    Ted can’t draft anymore, he sure as shit can’t hit on free agents, but he’s now the Senior advisor of football operations to the new General Manager…..WHAT?……………WHAT?

    How fucked up is that? That’s what a high quality GM wants, is Ted Thompson’s advice and looking over his shoulder.

    Somethings really wrong here on a few levels that i’ll get into once my blood pressure calms down.

    • Cheese

      Right… We’re gonna get a new GM, but he has to listen to TT’s “advice” while trying to do his job.

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