May 22, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson (right) visits with Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin during organized team activities at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers: Good things come to those who wait


Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson (left) talks with head coach Mike McCarthy prior to the family night scrimmage at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

 

It’s mid- March and free agency is in full swing around the NFL.

Well … not everywhere around the league.

Much to the dismay of some fans, it has been relatively quiet in Green Bay as usual.  Many fans are urging the Green Bay Packers to fix the defense that struggled in free agency.  Sure, there are/were some notable names in the mix like DeMarcus Ware, Julius Peppers, Justin Tuck, Darrelle Revis, etc.  But, in free agency you are paying for past performance, and this early in free-agency, that comes with a price tag.  It’s not just money either, it’s stats, age, and desire to play.

These guys are good football players, but in free agency you’re paying for a name.  Would you rather buy a new pair of Nike shoes, or pay way more for the same pair that are 10-15 years old?

There’s a reason why Ted Thompson is at the helm during free agency.  If we let half the fans make the same upper management decisions, it’s scary to think about where this team would be.

Free agency is more than just money and players.  It’s a lot about being smart and keeping a level head.  When the right player comes along, it’ll happen.

For those Packers fans who are restless and angry with the upper management, remember that good things come to those that wait.  The virtue of patience plays an important role in success and making smart decisions.

It’s easy to throw money around for big names but that’s not who the Packers are.  It takes a special organization to do what the Packers have done in developing their own through the draft.  If your biggest problem with the Packers is that they don’t spend, spend, spend – the Vikings, Bears, and Lions are always looking for new fans.

I’ll take the new pair of Nikes to keep me from falling on my ass and going broke.

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  • Nevin Paustian

    Fun fact- How the top 5 salary guys from all 12 playoff teams from last year were acquired:
    42 were drafted
    10 were acquired by trade
    8 were signed in free agency

    POINT: FREE AGENCY IS HIGHLY OVERRATED.

    • Arnold

      “It takes a special organization to do what the Packers
      have done…” And what we have ‘done’ is the same old thing every year
      under TT and have been bounced from the playoffs early the last couple
      years…..brilliant. But, how dare anyone question this approach. If you do,
      the company line is like a petulant child ” If your biggest problem with
      the Packers is that they don’t spend, spend, spend – the Vikings, Bears, and
      Lions are always looking for new fans.” Brilliant

      • Nevin Paustian

        The fact that dumping a ton of money in the first day of free agency has provened to be a failed philosophy time and time again has nothing to do with Ted. Ted is just smart enough to not ignore the fact unlike the spoiled brat fan base that expect the packers to have won 5 super bowls in a row. Fact is only 2 teams have made the playoffs every year for the past 5 years, the pats and the pack. The pats haven’t even won one super bowl in that time. Most teams can’t even make the playoffs. The packers have fought through a significant number of injuries and are there at the end every year. So yes…you are a petulant child when you cry about stuff that you have no idea about. I know one thing. Ted has built more playoff/super bowl teams that me and you combined.

        • Arnold

          You have no idea what I have “no idea about” or not. You know nothing about who I am or what my background is or what I do for a living. The truth is I didn’t even mean to post my comment under your comment. I was commenting on the writer of the article and how he seemed very dismissive of other people’s opinions. If he wants to write about these types of things he should be able to handle the comments and the wide variety of opinions. You continue to mention the injuries.Does it not seem to be happening with too much frequency. The probability of a single franchise going through the number of injuries the Packers have several seasons in a row is not normal. That being the case, there must be some causation that we and the organization is not aware of. I don’t think the Packers 13 championships were earned by being happy that “…… only 2 teams have made the playoffs every year for the past 5 years, the pats and the pack.” Everybody is in this game for one thing, Superbowl Championships. This isn’t like U-10 soccer where we are just happy to play and get some treats after the game. Oh, and don’t keep score because it might hurt some kids feelings. I love the Packers, have been a fan all my life, as was my father. I have been through the tough times and the recent good times. No one has the right to tell me that I can’t have an opinion of the current managment.

          • Nevin Paustian

            I am sorry for making the crazy assumption that you have never been a GM in the NFL before. I am sure i was waaaay off base with that. Sorry to hurt your feelings. You are correct, you are more than welcome to have your opinion, no matter how unrealistic or short sighted it may be.

          • Arnold

            “So yes…you are a petulant child when you cry about stuff that you have no idea about.” So let me get this straight. Your above statement should have been crystal clear to me that you were stating that I have no idea because I “have never been a GM in the NFL before.” Oh ok…lol. I am going out on a limb here, hang with me ok, I am guessing that you have never been a GM in the NFL before either…Sooooo, I guess that makes us even. As far as hurting my feelings….I reserve those (feelings) for things that are important like Faith, Family and Friends. Football is entertainment, nothing more. Let me remind you of a few names: Eugene Robinson, Desmond Howard, Santana Dotson, Sean Jones, Reggie White, Brett Favre (acquired in a trade), Charles Woodson, Don Beebe….Wow, it can be done in a different way than the one that the stubborn TT uses….

          • Arnold

            Wow, I can’t believe I forgot Keith Jackson!

          • Nevin Paustian

            You also forgot about the great free agent pick ups like terry glenn and hardy nickerson. Oh yeah and jeff saturday! Free agency has all of the answers!!!
            The fact is the CBA is designed for a draft and develop team. You give a minimum contract to a rookie for 4 years. Do you wish that Ted would have won the bidding war for Steven Jackson for a few million per year or are you satisfied with stubborn Ted taking Lacy in the 2nd round? Fact is when you miss on a rookie, the investment is low and you can spend the money elsewhere like giving cobb and nelson who are proven players in GB’s system, extensions. When you miss on a big free agent, not only are you unproductive at his position but you cannot compensate in other positions. Ok…i guess i underestimated the amount of time that you spent in a team’s front office then.
            Fact is i guarantee that you have never had anything to do with the running of an NFL team and neither have i. You criticize ted for a system that has produced a playoff team every year. What great difference maker would you have signed in the first few days of free agency this year? You obviously believe that the injury problem was caused by something more than coincidence. What is causing the injuries then? How would you fix all of this because you obviously have a much better grasp on general management than thompson does. All you people are the same. Just spend money in free agency Ted, it has worked sparingly in the past. Never mind the fact that you might feel that the player costs too much or you have watched plenty of film to tell you that he won’t fit the team’s system. Instead listen to a group of self proclaimed message board experts that don’t have a half of percent of the insight that you do. Fact is i do not expect 100% excellence from my team. I hope for it but understand that this stuff is harder than it may look to some and we are all human in the end.

          • Mike Charron

            Don’t bring up facts either like how well our defense has performed the last few years and how many times Arod has been sacked the last few years and how many Pro Bowlers we had last year and what direction this team is heading in. But we won the division with an 8-7-1 record ! Didn’t beat a team with a winning record but we were in the Playoffs. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and fuzzy.

      • RyansDad

        Idiotic comment!

        • Arnold

          Actually my comments are well thought out and articulated…..unlike others ;)

  • billy

    I wouldn’t say having an interest in people like Houston would be throwing money around,,,an established player that would of been an immediate upgrade for not that much money?? Now the Pack gets to see him twice a year…throwing money around foolishly is paying what they did for someone like Brad Jones..now that is foolish…sure hope they win the Div this year cuz if they don’t…wow, the flaming of Ted is bad enough this year, wait till they drop the Div…ugly…but….all you Ted worshipers will blame something else…

    • Nevin Paustian

      It’s amazing how all of you completely ignore the injury issue.

      • Dank Buds

        did you need a tissue, for your issue?

        it is problem for every team. Maybe your “state” should build some hospitals and schools so they can learn how best to avoid injuries.

    • Peter Maiz

      I think Tolzien can’t be developed into anything special. The QB position is crucial. So we get the extreme talent of Peppers when he’s 34 years old. That should have been a 2 year deal. But Peppers at 24 will be more explosive than a kid out of college who may or may not adapt to the NFL.

  • billy

    why is it taking so long to develop some of our own…perhaps its because they are not that good…another draft another three year wait and see development program?? Sure hope not..

    • RyansDad

      Another idiotic comment!

  • Kelter

    Yea, cuz the packers never won any superbowls by signing big name guys like reggie white or charles woodson… oh wait, that is exactly what happened. a hybrid approach where you use free agency to fix what your past drafts hasn’t is a proven, superbowl winning approach. ted needs to grow up, admit his last 2 drafts were failures beyond eddie lacy and make some moves while the rodgers sb window is still open… or i will start a vote of no confidence at this years shareholder meeting.

    • Nevin Paustian

      It’s funny when you put the facts right in front of people and they still can’t understand. Well for every charles woodson or reggie white, there is about 50 nanmdi asomuaghs. How was his last draft a failure? Bachitiari, hyde, and lacy all made significant contributions and Jones will start to contribute next year. Maybe you should grow up and realize that you don’t know what the f*** you are talking about.

      • Mike Charron

        Great contributions on what, an 8-7-1 team that couldn’t beat anyone with a winning record with or without Arod ? Not too hard to break into a starting lineup when the starters are either gone or suck like Tretter will do this year. How did Baktiari, Hyde and Lacey look on Thanksgiving day against the vaunted Lions without Arod? Can you say a One Man Team with the One Man missing! Also how well planned was our backup QB situation last year ? We wouldn’t of had a sniff of winning the mighty NFC North if Ted didn’t fall into Flynn as we were falling off the cliff with the former All Pros Seneca Wallace & Scott Tolzien. The only reason the Packers and Patriots win their divisions every year is because the divisions typically suck – period. Look at the other teams Dolphins, Jets, Bills really ! That’s 6 wins out of the gate in most years, typically that in itself is enough to win that division. Look at the NFC North – How many teams have even been to the NFC Championship from this division in the past 10 years ? Then how many have been there 2 years in a row like the Pack under Ron Wolf W/ Favre – 3 years.The Packers should also have 6 wins right out of the gate every year, no other team in the division has had a real QB in a decade other than us and we are proud of winning this division ? The only reason we have won the divisions has been our QB’s, especially in the last few years. That doesn’t mean we should continue to the same things that don’t work year after year. How many opponents are dreading the fact of coming to Lambeau in January any more ? The same number of teams we beat with a winning record last year maybe !

  • Dank Buds

    Ive said it once, and I’ll say it twice: the packers will not win the division next year. We have teams like minnesota gaining competant coaching as well as quality free agents. They are a qb away from being a top notch team. Of course weve all so got da bears and the cats to worry about. Just wish we could spend some money to improve our lackluster team.

    • Nevin Paustian

      Yep…they said the same thing last year too. Minnesota can have all fo the competant coaches they want but until they can find a competent QB, it wont matter. Rodgers will be 38 in about 8 seasons or so. That’s not too bad of a wait for vikings fans.