Sydney Speaks! Another loss, more questions

What happens now that the Packers are really out of the race? Where do they go from here? Trust me, it's a place that the coaches and GM Ted Thompson didn't think they would even have to think about at this time. Unfortunately it's time to because even though there have been some positives this year, at 2-8 some hard decisions must be made and looked at and from different people.

Ted Thompson: He has to look at whether or not he likes the direction this team is going under Mike Sherman. He has to decide if Mike gets a free pass because of injuries or not. He has to look at the number of close games the Packers have lost and ask himself, ‘Is that good enough?' and ‘Isn't a Head Coach supposed to be worth 3-7 points a game just in his decision making process and game management?' Is Sherman performing up to the standards set by Bob Harlan?

That's the easy one. The next thing Thompson has to do is sit down with Brett Favre and get a definite answer on his plans for retirement. I really believe that if the Packers would have known Brett's plans they might have drafted in a different direction last year. I know that this is a subject not to be taken lightly because of the importance this decision is to the organization, but if Brett is even thinking of retiring soon it's time for Aaron Rodgers to get some playing time to see if he is the future.

Ted also has to decide what to do with perhaps the best running back to ever put on a Green Bay Packer uniform - Ahman Green. Do the Packers pay him for the future even though no one knows what the future will bring, or is he now damaged goods? How much will they offer him? Will they be fair for what he has done, or will they consider his last contract money well spent and move on? Also, what about Najeh Davenport? What's he worth and can the Packers afford to pay him even though they can't count on him because he's always injured? Also, what about Ryan Longwell? What's he going to be worth not considering that if it wasn't for his foot the last several years the Packers would have realized that they haven't been that good for a long time. These are just a few of the decisions Ted Thompson must make because this team is 2-8 and going nowhere. Thompson is on the clock!!!!

Mike Sherman: He's in a tough spot because he might have to make some changes for the future right now because of the team's record. We as fans just might have to suffer through this. Sherman might have to sit the great Brett Favre down so Aaron Rodgers can gain some experience. The only way you get that is by actually stepping on the field and getting to play in a real game. This means Sherman has to decide: Is it about Favre or the Green Bay Packers preparing for the future?

I understand how much respect Sherman has for Brett. Everyone does, but business is business. Also there are other decisions Sherman has to make for this organization's future such as if Grady Jackson isn't going to be here how's he going to let the young guys play without their being any distractions? We all know Grady wants to get paid big bucks. Also isn't it time to get Brady Poppinga on the field as the middle linebacker and move Nick Barnett to his natural position, which is the weak-side linebacker? And since I'm talking about moves, how about letting someone else return punts? Give Andrae Thurman the job and say it's yours for the rest of the year regardless of what happens so he's not looking over his shoulder.

The players: Since this is a very young team in the midst of a youth movement they should look at how some of the older guys who are true professionals and watch how they handle themselves with pride. Donald Driver just makes play after play. William Henderson does everything asked of him, including busting up a wedge on kickoff coverage, and Al Harris just battles every play.

With all this said my family and I want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving because we all have so much to be thankful for and are blessed!


Harry Sydney

Editor's note: Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. If you have a question for Harry, e-mail it to PackerReport.com managing editor Todd Korth at packrepted@aol.com, and he will forward it to him.


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