3. Where Ted Thompson dropped the ball
The Packers were universally lauded for uncharacteristically by dipping in the coffers and adding a handful of free agents (i.e. Martellus Bennett, Davon House, Ricky Jean-Francois, Jahri Evans, etc.) in the offseason.
The key here was that the front office didn’t break the bank to bring in any of those veterans and saved themselves the financial ordeal that would have been required to sign offensive linemen T.J. Lang and/or J.C. Tretter.
By letting both of them sign elsewhere, the Packers were able to go into training camp with $18.3 million in cap space, a healthy amount needed to sign future players.
But by refusing to acknowledge offensive guard as a position of high importance, Ted Thompson created a lack of depth along the offensive line that has plagued the offense since the start of preseason action.
While a logical argument could be made for not bringing the battered 30-year-old Lang back into the fold, allowing Tretter to become a Cleveland Brown was a short-sighted move that has yielded disastrous consequences.
Tretter, you see, isn’t your garden-variety interior lineman; he can play all five spots.
Though Tretter is making roughly $5 million per year on his three-year contract, having fewer cap dollars would have been worth not dealing with the aggravation of lining up ill-suited players (Murphy and McCray) at left and right tackle.
Instead Thompson chose to risk placing his 33-year-old quarterback at a higher risk of injury.
Only two weeks in, Rodgers has been the victim of 7 sacks and 14 hits.
Did our GM think he had seen enough of Murphy and Jason Spriggs as rookies last year to believe they would have provided all the security that was needed up front?
And why was money spent to keep Don Barclay and his two left feet on the roster?