In Ted We Trust … we’ve said it over and over through the years. As much hate as there is out there for the guy, it seems we all seem to come around to say, ‘hey, maybe he was right after all.’
Time and time again, we are amazed at his ability to find guys who turn out to be stars. We ask how he does it while anticipating his next move. We’ve questioned his drafts – and true, he’s had a few stinkers – but when you’ve got a team built from the ground up with 50 of 53 players having never played for a different team, that’s just simply amazing in this day and age.
All that said, an interview that was published today by Tom Pelissero of USA Today Sports, cuts to the chase by digging into Thompson’s psyche and reasons for his actions.
While he admits that he isn’t superstitious, he still is the kind of guy who knocks on wood enough to give credence, but more importantly, he’s the kind of guy who takes responsibility for his actions.
He told Pelissero:
If something went wrong at the backup quarterback position, it’s my fault. It’s not somebody else’s fault. It’s not even one of those quarterbacks’ fault. I just didn’t get it worked out right.
No excuses. No finger-pointing. He mentions Ron Wolf a couple of time and is clearly a protege of the former Packers general manager.
It’s still based on the way Ron Wolf trained us. We’re still trying to continue to push the envelope to try to get better all the time. We’re still trying to work the bottom part of our roster during the course of our season, as much as you can without disrupting the flow of getting ready to play the game.
But what is it that keeps Thompson invigorated? While he’s been at this for a while now, we shouldn’t have any reason to think that he’s going to retire any time soon. It’s the vitality of the job, the search for the players that keeps him going. It’s the scouting that keeps him excited about what he does … that is evident throughout this interview.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of information that comes from this interview with the master of the one word answer. How many times have we heard him respond to a question with the word “fine?” Not here.
This is an interview every Packers fan should read. It will give you a new insight into the man.
Check it out … You won’t be disappointed.