Former GM Ted Thompson played in the NFL in the 1970s, and unfortunately for the defense, he seemed to think it was still that decade when it came to the inside linebacker position. Year after year, Thompson provided the coaching staff with slowish and stiffish players who had no chance of holding up in coverage.
As we found out last season, it’s hard to predict how a player will develop from year 1 to year 2 in the NFL. Some improve (Aaron Ripkowski), some regress (Damarious Randall) and some pretty much stay the same (Christian Ringo). Heck, some even change positions (Ty Montgomery). With that in mind, here’s a best
This is the 12th of a 14-part series examining each position going into the offseason. Starters (C-): Aside from Clay Matthews in 2014, Jake Ryan put together the best season by a Green Bay inside linebacker in years. That’s the good news. The not so good news is that the former Michigan star was still only
Considering he played the position for a decade in the National Football League, you’d think Ted Thompson would know a good linebacker when he sees one. But that hasn’t been the case. Here’s a look at the longtime general manager’s hits and mostly misses at linebacker since returning to Green Bay in January 2005: HITS