Nice piece from new Packers Lounge writer Greg C looking at Thompson's major moves since being named General Manager of the Packers and how those moves are interpreted as 'timid' by Packer fandom. Greg comes to the conclusion that:
...the balance sheet on these moves is mostly in Thompson’s favor. But it all comes down to wins and losses in the end, and after last year’s 6-10 performance, fans have good reason to be skeptical.
My point is that I think fans misread Thompson when they cast him as overly timid. It is often forgotten that Thompson has earned the respect of Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren, two guys who know a thing or two about football. Thompson is a man of deep convictions. He is going to stick to his plan, and guess what? He doesn’t care what you think, nor should he. The 2009 season should tell us a lot about whether Thompson’s strategy will pay off in the long run.
I agree with the overall thrust here and I think Greg is spot on when he says that 2009 will tell us a lot. I don't think it's a make or break year, as some have intimated, but if the Packers don't have a winning record in 2009, you can be sure that 2010 will be do or die for everyone working at 1265 Lombardi Avenue.
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