Ted Thompson’s Health Put Into Question
When Ted Thompson stepped down from the Packers general manager position, he was an old man. Hell, when he started with the Packers he didn’t exactly look like a spring chicken. Thompson made some enemies in the Green Bay most notably, Brett Favre and the local media. The Favre-Thompson rift ended in 2010 when Favre’s career came to a close. The battle with the media lasted until the last day of he was in office. The scribes didn’t like the lack of access or the ability to ask questions on a regular basis to the Packers GM. Brian Gutekunst has been the opposite and proving to be far more accessible. A recent column about Thompson makes me feel like the reporters still talk about how THompson was a colossal dick to them.
ESPN’s Packers beat reporter Rob Demovsky wrote a column yesterday explaining the Packers swung and miss on draft picks in the last few years of the Thompson regime. That’s a fair point. I do like Kevin King a lot amid his injuries, but there haven’t been the gems we had grown accustomed to as Packers fans. Demovsky used T.J. Watt as an example which gave me the biggest fucking eye roll, but to each, their own. Carl Lawson is the best example in my opinion. He’s been a dominant player for Cincinnati and drafted after Vince Biegel in the fourth round. Yikes. But what struck me about the column is Demovsky pulled a quote from an executive who went as far to say Thompson wasn’t in the right state of mind. From his column…
“Ted was one of the best in football at running a draft,” one longtime NFL personnel executive said. “But he wasn’t in the same mindset those last few years.”
This is a weird comment to include in this critique of his draft choices, right? Like that is throwing around a heavy accusation that Ted basically lost his mind in the last couple of drafts and caused great harm to the Packers. Now, he’s a former football player and wouldn’t shock me if something was up. That said, it puzzles me why this is brought up as a quote. If Thompson did lose his marbles, wouldn’t have Eliot Wolf or Gutekunst stepped in and told Mark Murphy? Packers do keep things sealed like Red China (Shouts to Mitch), but still, how could not one of the talented reporters write an explosive investigative piece on this topic?
Maybe, it’s coming soon or maybe it’s the greatest Packers cover-up in some time.