When will they learn?
Have you been following the trade winds in the NFL lately?
The winds continually blow … With the names of stars being bounced about, the temptation to pull the trigger on a deal has got to be immense … It’s easy to think that the fix will put the franchise over the top and bring a Super Bowl title to town.
Those of us who have lived the the life of Ted Thompson know the slow plodding process the Packers have engaged in over the past several years.
Though it has been a sometimes frustrating evolution, all of it certainly makes me feel good about being a Packers fan.
The process of building a team basically through the draft has been criticized because of the time it takes. But developing depth at all positions was never so important than it was this past season.
Take for instance the quarterback position.
With a quarterback in place and a solid backup QB waiting in the wings, should there be any trade rumors they would come from other teams calling on the Pack … Not the other way around.
That comes from a position of strength.
Looking around the league, however, one has to feel bad about the sense of desperation so many franchises seem to be working under.
The names are high profile … Kevin Kolb, Donovan McNabb, Vince Young, Reggie Bush.
The Eagles and Saints have strong positions from which to barter, while the Titans and Redskins seem stuck with Young and McNabb.
Many teams are looking for that special player to make a difference but how many times do you see a single player obtained through a trade make that big of an impact … One that can lead a franchise from losers to playoff-caliber?
Joe Montana comes to mind.
But take a look at the Redskins who have tried several times in the past decade to buy championships. It hasn’t worked and I certainly don’t see it happening with the players currently on the trading block.
Ted Thompson is the poster boy for building a team through the draft. It’s a formula that’s proven it’s worth … Will other franchises use that road toward success?
But there will still be teams looking for that quick fix … The one player who will be the savior.
When will they learn?
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