When is the last time you saw Ted Thompson in public?
Here’s the only time we’ve seen Thompson out and about and it had nothing to do with football.
A rogues gallery of former Oiler teammates at the Final Four, left to right: FS Mike Reinfeldt, LB Ted Thompson, QB Oliver Luck and WR Mike Renfro. Except for the gray, they all look like they can still play. All terrific guys too. pic.twitter.com/Q6TG5dfeUm
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 3, 2018
Per usual as of late, Uncle Ted is looking a little lost there.
Ever since Thompson was removed from his post as general manager of the Green Bay Packers and re-assigned to a senior advisor role, it started to become clear, little by little, that Thompson was actually being phased out.
At first it was suggested that Thompson would be watching film and scouting, while advising new general manager Brian Gutekunst. Then, strangely, Thompson wasn’t present with the rest of the staff at the Senior Bowl. It was said he would appear at the combine, but he wasn’t there either.
And now he pops up at the Final Four? Have you ever seen Thompson at an event that didn’t have something to do with football?
It seems pretty clear that Gutekunst has decided to go his own way. That he wants to put his own stamp on the team. That became obvious with the way that he’s approached free agency.
So does Thompson have any role at all?
Or was this just a nice way to phase him out?
I would say both, although his role seems minimal at best.
Thompson is most likely evaluating tape of college players here and there. That seems to be what he was best at, although it didn’t pay off very well in recent years, as his ability to draft impact players started to slip.
I would guess by this time next year, Thompson is gone completely. Thanks for your time and effort. Here’s one last payday.
I was among the many who thought that Thompson did the Packers a great disservice with his team building philosophy and basically rode the coattails of Aaron Rodgers while surrounding him with a bunch of no-name UDFAs. I put 80% of the blame for the Packers wasting Rodgers’ prime years on his shoulders. With that said, having lost my mom to Alzheimer’s disease about 18 months ago, this picture saddens me greatly. He does not appear well, and I believe that he is on a journey that I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. If he does indeed have dementia, it will be a sad, dehumanizing road. Best wishes to him and his family.
I could be very wrong, but once I saw Schneider get emotional discussing TT at this years combine it screamed of TT being ill. I don’t think TT will be back in any role with the team except to maybe wave at people.
I won’t type what I think about Murphy on this subject. Bottom line Murphy needs to resign and try to get a job with the team he is a life long fan, The Bills.
Not only does Ted look out of it, but he looks at least 20 years older than the other guys in the picture.
What else could Ted be doing at the final four? Scouting of course! Conversion projects are his specialty! Haven’t you seen Quinten Rollins? But the talent at the final four has much more potential to have cross knowledge success. Get ready for 2018 because Jalen Brunson is going to be wearing green and gold. And much like Russel Wilson, even if Brunson chooses to go to the NBA the Packers will always have his NFL rights and can use that for trade talks or draft picks if he ever chooses to switch sports.
Good thing spineless Murphy decided to pay TT millions to sit around and be the team pet. It should be an entertaining year or two off the field for the Packers with this front office cluster fuck.
They owed him his contract. Better to let him leave with some dignity as he’s declining, than make a CF out of it and add a little more misery to what’s obviously happening to him.
Dignity might have been retiring.
For some reason I don’t see you walking away from a year on a contract with $5M in play.
Yea, i hear that, although my guess is he’s making more than 5 mill. But he already has ten(s) of millions having over a decade in that position. I just don’t see this guy needing money. Maybe i’m wrong, he might have expensive hobby’s outside of football, some kind of life. I just don’t see it. I picture him driving a 2012 Impala with 110,000 miles on it.
But that goes to a point i was about to make in another article. Capers and Ted love football, it’s their life. So if no one was going to question them or remove them, why would they get up and leave?
That’s where McCarthy and Ted come in. The do nothing duo. Do nothing with Capers and expect different results.
Do nothing with Ted. You don’t have to be a Harvard Grad to understand he was setting the team back and you (Murphy) do nothing except repeat that you don’t question him, and “he’s doing a great job for us.”
Going so far as saying. “When he’s ready to retire, he’ll let me know.”
As readers here know, i’ve been calling bullshit on that every time Murphy has spewed that shit.
Side note: A guy can be terminated with dignity, it’s not unheard of.
As far as Murphy, whose (paid) job it is to supervise Ted and be his superior. He had a responsibility to do what’s in the best interest of the Packers. instead he took care of a friend in spite of the team suffering.
Taking care of his buddy negatively affected the team and it’s fan base. When he is paid a Kings ransom to watch over the team. Nothing dignified about that either.
So what does Murphy do? Rewards himself with more power.
The circus continues.
Going so far as saying. “When he’s ready to retire, he’ll let me know.”
LOL, how’s that for accountability. Talk about spineless. I’m not sure whether to laugh or to cringe being that I’ve heard Murphy say this as well.
Thompson having a mild stroke or something might explain a lot. I have thought that maybe the executive committee forced Thompson out, but a scenario like this seems realistic also. Something sudden like that would explain why it seemed that Murphy was ill prepared to move on from him.
Has been a while ago I mentioned here I recognised the sypmtoms of a TIA after seeing a presser this site gave a link to.
Thompson has been looking out of it for over a year. Between that, his poor drafting, his (or whoever it is) inability to retain quality players, and a complete lack of utilizing free agency, Murphy has had more than enough time to prepare to move on from TT. Murphy even hired an “outside consultant” to help find a new GM and just ended up promoting Gute after damn near every candidate rejected their offer for an interview. Like Reggie McKenzie or John Schneider are just going to up and leave their teams to come work for Murphy. Especially when they would have half of their responsibilities stripped and given to the rest of the front office. I wonder what their sales pitch was? Hey, you should come work for us at a discount because we have 13 championships and a 35 year old Aaron Rodgers. You’d be stupid not to. Just ignore everything else that doesn’t have to do with #12.
In light of what appears to be a sad turn of events for Ted Thompson, all kidding aside. I wish that a few things would have happened a few years ago (thanks M. Murphy for being the fucktard that you really are). TT should have been fazed out much earlier and given a better send-off. Instead of allowing him to inadvertently shit the bed for his poor choices (due to his alleged decline). M. Murphy is a putz who has his head so far up the Packers bottom line that he could not even pay attention to the most IMPORTANT part of the Packer organizations machine . . . The fucking football team and its’ integral parts. Fuck you M Murphy . . . For embarrassing TT and allowing this team to take an UNEEDED nose dive . . .
You wrote what I quit typing about Murphy. I finally gave up because I had too many F words.
Yes HOWARD, I just felt compelled to expound a bit more from what you had already started to voice about Murphy. He along with some of the “BOD’s” are to blame for much of this mess that the team finds themselves in. The massive incompetence displayed by McCarthy year in and year out needs to be addressed now. I firmly believe that this team could have had multiple SB appearances had they become a bit more “open minded” with their player procurement over the last 8 years. What a gift they were handed with Favre, and then possibly the GOAT QB1 in Rodgers! What did they do with it? Not much as we all have seen. Shameful and in retrospect, inexcusable.
Hasn’t done much? Probably top 3 most successful team during his tenure…
Lol! You put Rodgers on any team with a DECENT coach and GM and watch what he does. McCarthy rode RODGER’S coattails for years. McCarthy had a lot LESS to do with those wins than you believe.
Fkn A. Or even a less than decent GM and HC
Even Phil Emery and Marc Trestman would go to the playoffs almost every year with Rodgers.
If i set aside my beliefs Ted should have retired on his own, or been talked into it. I’m starting to feel a bit sorry for him. More to follow, along with the ugly truth.