Since Ted Thompson arrived, he has overseen the dismantling of a very good offensive line and turned it into dreck. There’s no other way to put it. Along the way, we’ve been told that the veterans on the team were too expensive, that free agents were old and overpriced, and that there was no need to spend high draft picks on offensive linemen.
What we’ve seen through the first four games is an offensive line almost exclusively of Ted Thompson’s making – and it is an unmitigated disaster. We were told to be patient as players like Colledge and Spitz matured in the offseason program. We were told these players were the perfect fit for the zone blocking system and that there was no need to chase stud offensive linemen that were available via free agency or trade because they would be no good in McCarthy’s system.
I am finally, after four years, calling ‘bullshit’.
Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have completely and utterly failed at one of the most important aspects of their job – protecting the investment they and the franchise have made in Aaron Rodgers. It is all well and good to ‘home grow’ your talent, but for the second year running, the Packers look like little boys on the offensive line playing against men.
Thompson and McCarthy now have two weeks to survey the damage and make an adjustment – they are, of course, limited in what they can do. Yes, they worked out Levi Jones and others last week, and signing someone from off the street would certainly give the appearance of action, though who knows how much it would actually help.
The one bright spot in last night’s debacle was the play of rookie T.J. Lang, who came in off the bench for an injured Daryn Colledge and played lights-out against Jared Allen. Yes, Allen got the best of him one time, but for a rookie to come in at a point in the game where the defense has all but given up needing to play the run, and for Lang to do as well as he did, it speaks well of the young man and his future.
The same can not be said for Thompson and McCarthy.