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07/09/2020

Ted Thompson

Ted & Brian: The Early Years

Looking back, it’s pretty amazing how similar the circumstances were that surrounded the first 12 months of the regimes of the Green Bay Packers’ last two general managers. Ted Thompson and Brian Gutekunst were both hired and trained by the legendary Ron Wolf. They were both forced to retain the team’s incumbent head coach. They

Depressing Decade For D&D

It’s fine to be a draft and develop team like the Green Bay Packers if you can draft and develop quality players. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened nearly enough since winning the Super Bowl in 2010, and it’s why a franchise with an all-time great quarterback hasn’t been back to the big game in seven years. It’s

Packers Usually Quiet On Cutdown Day

For the past seven years, general manager Ted Thompson has been about as active on cutdown day as a college football fan on a Saturday afternoon in late September. Just how inactive has he been? The Seahawks’ John Schneider made as many trades in three hours on Friday as Thompson has made this decade. Unless

The Ring’s The Thing

Winning Super Bowl LII would obviously make Packers fans extremely happy. But another ring would mean even more to Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers. It would place the general manager and the head coach on a path to Canton and it would make the quarterback a legend. Here’s a closer look at why winning

Ted’s Picks Stick Around

Ted Thompson drafted 111 players from 2005 – the year he was hired as general manager of the Packers – through 2016. Wanna take a guess at how many of those players were active for at least one regular-season game in the NFL? The answer is 105. Of those 105, 13 have been voted to

Who’ll Be GM A Year From Now?

General manager Ted Thompson’s contract expires after the 2018 NFL Draft, so the next 10 months should be filled with rumors as to who’ll be running the team a year from now. Here’s my list of possibilities, from most likely to least likely: TED THOMPSON – Assuming both his health and his team remain good, it’s

Mixon, The Player, Is Terrific

How a general manager views Joe Mixon depends on which of two videos he considers the more important. If it’s the one where the former Oklahoma star punches a young woman in the jaw, then he won’t even consider selecting the running back in the upcoming draft. If it’s the one where the 228-pounder runs through and

Tough Decisions Await Thompson

It’s probably a good thing Ted Thompson decided to stick around for at least one more year because the Green Bay Packers will be facing some incredibly tough decisions in the coming days and weeks. The team’s most talented free agents (Jared Cook, T.J. Lang, Nick Perry, JC Tretter and Eddie Lacy) all come with

Notes: Veteran Depth Is OK

Last week was the 20th anniversary of Super Bowl XXXI, a game in which the Green Bay Packers captured their third Lombardi Trophy by pummeling the New England Patriots. Looking back, I had almost forgotten how experienced that historically great team was, especially at a number of key backup positions. Prior to that magical season, Hall

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