(Actually, 0-3 if you count the Jarrett Bush nonsense...)
Tom Silverstein is having a tough week over at the JSOnline Packers Blog. (Well, 'tough' if my opinion matters, which, of course, it doesn't...) Today he tries to justify his criticism of Thompson's lack of involvement in free agency by pointing to the plethora of signings made so far this offseason by the New England Patriots, telling his readers how smart the Patriots are in utilizing free agency as a tool to augment the bevy of high draft picks the Patriots also have at their disposal.
This is all well and good, but ultimately either disingenuous or obtuse. (Is it deliberate? ;) )
The Patriots and the Packers are light years apart in terms of how they are going to be viewed by free agents. Matt Bowen makes all the points I was making in my head while reading Silverstein this morning. The Patriots have a Hall of Fame bound coach and quarterback that have won multiple Super Bowls. Belichick only added to his mystique by directing the Patriots to an 11-5 record after losing Brady in the first quarter of the first game of the year.
Compare that to what the Packers have on offer. A young quarterback who's career record is 6-10 and a head coach who has presided over exactly one winning season. Three Super Bowl championships and multiple winning seasons and playoff appearances it is not.
The Packers have a long way to go before players like Fred Taylor, Joey Galloway and Shawn Springs want to sign up for a reduced rate to come play for McCarthy and company.
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