Agree with Andy on this item is from Peter King’s Monday Morning Quarterback, and I didn’t want to escape the week without commenting on it. It’s in regards to what King wrote about the Packers giving the coaches the opening weekend of free agency off, and more importantly, why:
Weirdest thing I heard over the weekend: Pack gave their coaches the weekend off. They’ll be in today, and this week, to work on the free agents. I’m told that has meaning — that the Packers want to send the message that free agency spending these days is profligate, and they’ll get in when the Dan Snyders get out.
It’s the bolded part that riles me up. Ohhhh…does it have meaning? Teddy, you’re really sticking it to the league by letting Philbin and the boys take the weekend. I’m sure Snyder is pondering it as we speak.
Look, I’m all for Thompson not jumping into the fray on the opening weekend of free agency, for all the myriad reasons he and others have given. But to give your coaching staff the first three days of the league year off, just to prove some stupid point is, well, stupid. And it plays into the perception that Thompson is arrogant, a charge first leveled at him, to the best of my recollection, with the drafting of Nick Collins in the 2nd round in 2005, a player that even most pro scouts had going on the second day of the draft, if at all. After that draft, the whispers started that Thompson felt as though he could do no wrong, especially when it came to player evaluation. At the time I dismissed it. Thompson’s reluctant nature with the press and awkward style no doubt fed the perception, but the sense I got was that he was simply uncomfortable in the public spotlight, but very confident in his abilities. Nothing wrong with that. Then came the Favre fiasco where, to put it charitably, the facade around Thompson’s rumored arrogance was, if not prized away, at least chipped and cracked a bit. I’m on record as putting most of the blame on Favre for that episode, but Thompson’s unwillingness to communicate was a real eye opener.
And now this. It just reeks of the worst kind of “I know better than everyone else” kind of thinking, which is fine. Perhaps he DOES know better than the rest of the league and the Packers are about to go on a Patriot-like run of prosperity over the course of the next several years. But to flaunt your supposed superiority for all to see, when your current resume consists of one winning season, one playoff appearance, and an overall losing record, well, that is the height of arrogance.