I felt like using a mean Ted face picture today, which led me to a little early morning thought. That's always a dangerous process, but I have now decided that Ted Thompson is safe in Green Bay... no matter what.
That's the conclusion that I came to anyway, and with the seeming absence of the usual Ted bashers around here, I think they might feel that way to. Even if we lose out, Mr. Ted Thompson will be back next year.
Going to the playoffs will of course solidify Ted's future, but even if we don't I think the pulse of Packer nation is going to feel that Ted has done enough. Right now he has won nine games, his quarterback is playing lights out, and his one prime time free agent acquisition is probably going to be named defensive player of the year. But, this season I think Ted has been helped out most of all, and ironically so, by injuries.
With the injuries to Aaron Kampman, Jeremy Thompson, Ryan Pickett, and Allen Barbre the talent of Thompson's 2009 draft has really been allowed to shine. You have two guys in Clay Matthews and B.J. Raji who are playing lights out while Brad Jones is playing every bit as solid as Kampman did. Finally, you have T.J. Lang ready to step in, if not replace, veteran Mark Tauscher yet another key mid-season addition by Thompson.
So now, instead of calling Kampman pedestrian, we are calling Jones solid. Instead of complaining about Justin Harrell we are now lauding B.J. Raji. The similarities of those discussions filter down to almost every player, offering Ted the luxury of praising the new instead of judging the old.
Playoffs or no playoffs, Ted Thompson has most likely done enough to spend another year in the Bay.
Better record, better players, and better decisions equals better stick around. What do you think?