Ted Thompson has done a masterful job of building a title contender year after year.
He has evaluated weaknesses, addressed them when he saw fit, and turned said weaknesses into strengths even when it seemed he did not pick up “first round” talent.
It is understandable if people are doubting his methods just a little bit.
With Monday’s roster moves out of the way, Thompson has done it again two weeks after confusing us. After the Bengals game, even with a bye week to get players healthy, Thompson cut Jeremy Ross (the primary kick and punt returner) after a terrible performance that cost the Packers points. He then replaced him with Michael Hill, a running back. I wrote an article asking just what Thompson was thinking, given a high-octane passing offense needs depth at receiver and four wide outs is not deep enough.
Thompson made me scratch my head again this week when he replaced linebacker Robert Francois with cornerback James Nixon. Nixon becomes the seventh cornerback on the roster, which definitely sounds like too large of a number. Perhaps he has some magnificent return abilities or Thompson has found the next Richard Sherman.
But probably not either.
Given Brad Jones‘ hamstring injury Sunday, coupled with Francois’, it would make sense for Thompson to get some more depth at linebacker. But as we sit, the only three are A.J. Hawk, Jamari Lattimore, and Sam Barrington. As many injuries as keep being sustained at certain positions, and how much of a strength the linebacking corps has been, I for one do not want to see it weakened. The Packers run defense has held up quite well this year thanks to it.