This Time, Thompson Holds His Cards Too Tight

In personnel circles, loose lips sink ships and silence is considered golden. But on Friday, Packers general manager Ted Thompson missed a golden opportunity while one of his colleagues wisely disclosed his intentions to the world.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams hold two of the most valuable commodities in this draft.

The Green Bay Packers hold Matt Flynn, who given his age and health might be the best option among the free agent quarterbacks.

The St. Louis Rams hold the second overall pick – essentially, the rights to the electric, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

What was curious on Friday was the approach of the teams' general managers.

Green Bay's Ted Thompson kept his cards tucked closely to his vest. Given an opportunity to talk up Flynn as the second coming of reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers, Thompson delivered little more than a geography lesson.

"Well, he's from East Texas, as I'm from East Texas as well, so that's a good thing," Thompson said. "Matt is a professional. He does a good job. Our policy is to try to keep all of our players, so we'd like to keep all our players. So, I'm not going to stand here and tell all the other 31 teams what I think about Matt Flynn."

Why not? If there ever was a time for Thompson to break out of his shell, this would have been it. Remind everyone about Flynn's 480-yard, six-touchdown performance against Detroit. Remind everyone about how Flynn almost won at New England in his first career start in 2010. Remind everyone that Flynn's tools have been sharpened by two of the game's great quarterback gurus, Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements. Remind everyone that Flynn's spent the last four years working alongside the league's reigning MVP. Remind everyone that Flynn won a national championship at LSU. Shout all of that from the rooftops.

That's what new Rams general manager Les Snead did on Friday. He's in the catbird seat. The Colts figure to take Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick. The Rams, with Sam Bradford, have no use for Griffin, so Snead has started the auction.

If you want Griffin, make an offer. And it had better be good, because there will be other teams on the phone.

"I've definitely heard there's a rumor that there's two good quarterbacks in this draft. I've heard that," Snead said. "We're going to be prepared for all options, especially if multiple teams think there are two good quarterbacks and one goes first. We're going to be prepared for all those options."

"Do I like the idea?" of trading back, he continued. "I definitely think it's something we have to look at, analyze is this the best decision for the organization going forward? Yes."

Fortunately for the Packers, coach Mike McCarthy picked up the baton that Thompson didn't bother to grab during his press conference.

"If I was at a club and was looking for a good young quarterback, he's definitely someone I would talk to," McCarthy said of Flynn.

And if that wasn't a ringing endorsement: "The same game plan that we had in for Aaron Rodgers, we went with the same one with his opportunities."

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