I get letters often talking about how hard I am on the Packers and I never have anything positive to say. I disagree with that statement because, trust me, I want to be positive, but I'm not going to lie to any of you because you deserve the truth, even if it hurts. So let's take a look at some of the things that you don't want to hear:
To do that we first must start with Ted Thompson. Ask yourself: What the heck is he up to? He wants to win, but he hasn't done anything on offense to increase the chances of that happening, has he? What real weapons has he brought in?
I know he had to clean up a lot of garbage left behind by Mike Sherman which might have slowed his plan down to a degree, but the biggest thing that probably slowed his plan down was the fact that Brett Favre decided to stick around, which put more pressure on this team to win now.
How do we know this? Ask yourself this: Do you really think the Packers would have drafted Aaron Rodgers in the first round if they knew Brett was going to play this long? Then ask yourself: Why didn't they know? Could it have been because Ted Thompson didn't have enough stones, or was it because he just didn't want to rock the boat and be the general manager that pushed the living legend out the door? I know he is building for the future, but the future is right now as well and sometimes he seems to not to see the big picture.
There are times when Thompson is so tight with the pocket book and other times he gives it away like there is a hole in his pocket. For example, look at the Cullen Jenkins deal. I know Ted was probably thinking that Jenkins might be the answer based on how he played at the end of the year, but in he could have saved probably $5 million to $6 million dollars and here's how: He could have put the second round tag on Jenkins which meant that any one that wanted him would have had to give up a second round draft pick for him. If they did, the Packers would have been sitting pretty with another second round pick. If nobody came calling, what kind of leverage would he have had? None. They then could have offered whatever they wanted and, like I said, probably saved roughly $5 million to $6 million.
Or Ted could have thought ahead by giving Ahman Green a three-year contract filled with incentives, especially considering when Green signed the one-year deal there weren't a lot of takers and because the Packers have no running game.
I don't care for all the coach-talk by Mike McCarthy. They have a bunch of average backs behind a young offensive line that everyone thinks because they run the "zone blocking scheme" they will be better than they are. This team isn't close to being the Denver Broncos or the Atlanta Falcons, and points are going to be hard to come by.
Believe it or not, I do like Ted Thompson and understand some of his moves, like drafting A.J. Hawk and signing guys like Ryan Pickett, but then again the signing of Charles Woodson is kind of confusing. This is what I mean. He wasn't willing to sign Randy Moss when to those in the know Charles Woodson was more of a loose cannon than Randy, and that's the last time I will talk about Randy Moss fish story. What I mean by that is every fisherman has a story of the one that got away, and Moss is Ted Thompson's fish story.
I didn't talk about the John Jones situation because I know just as much as you. Trust me everything is hush hush. In the next couple of articles I will be dealing with things that you might not want to hear so remember DON'T SHOOT THE MESSENGER!!!!!
Harry Sydney is a former fullback and assistant coach for the Green Bay Packers. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.