On the one hand, the John Jones story is a non-event for most Packer fans. On the other hand, it's a troubling development in so far as it's yet another hit to Bob Harlan's reputation. Yes, he admitted his mistake and moved to rectify it, which is to be applauded. But at what price? By all accounts, he knew long before this summer that Jones was at odds with many people in the organization, yet he stayed silent and, it would seem, hoped for the best.
Now that it's come to light, after a fashion, that Jones was a poor choice for his intended post, one reflects on Harlan's last few important decisions about high-level posts in the Packer organization. He was the one that hired Mike Sherman as General Manager (an unmitigated disaster) and his current choice for GM, Ted Thompson, has a 12-22 record since taking over his post. In short, Harlan can not screw up this time. Yes, he brought in Wolf, who resurrected the Packers. And Harlan was the face of the organization as he lobbied the public for tax support for a renovated Lambeau. But since then, he has seemingly been on cruise control. Hopefully, the Jones fiasco has brought him back to his senses.
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