Smith 'Recall' Casts Shadow On Thompson

Perception is reality, and it reflects poorly on Ted Thompson when the Packers have to trade for a player they once had.

In my newest weekly column, I recall my appearance on Packers Jeopardy.

Alex Trebec: Three players who never should have been cut by Ted Thompson.

Me: Who are Anthony Smith, Jon Ryan and Tracy White?

The column appears in the Bliss Communications platform of publications including the Janesville Gazette, Janesville Messenger, Stateline News and Walworth County Sunday.

It also appears in the Reilly family of newspapers including the Dodgeville Chronicle, the Pecatonica Valley Leader and the Democrat Tribune of Mineral Point.

Follow the above link to read the column.

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alfredomartinez's picture

October 20, 2010 at 03:42 pm

damn straight...

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MSauce's picture

October 20, 2010 at 03:52 pm

Now that he has Smith back, though, we should cut Thompson some slack and take him off the list.

And add Tyrell Sutton instead.

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DAWG's picture

October 20, 2010 at 03:57 pm

Dan Muir, DT -Colts

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Nypacker's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:47 pm

Muir actually admitted that he was immature and lazy back when he was in Green Bay. It wasn't until he was cut that he manned up and started utilizing his skills. There was nothing better that Thompson could've done.

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Dale Zawada's picture

October 20, 2010 at 03:59 pm

Eh, the roster is pretty stacked. I loved the moves at safety. Not his fault Burnett went out for the year. Getting a guy familiar with the scheme is pretty good too. Good moves all around.

The Jon Ryan thing sucks but how much of that was the ST coach? I'm really asking. I'm sure he had a good say in that matter.

Tracy White? lol. ok.

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Franklin Hillside's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:02 pm

No laughing matter, the Tracy White Curse is real.

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Pack66's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:50 pm

The roster is "stacked". Dude, are you kidding me?

You guys don't even have a running and you're signing a 3rd string SAFETY?

Wow.

"Deluded-ville, Wisconsin is all I can say...wow.

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400metres's picture

October 20, 2010 at 05:12 pm

Uh, the Pack took the field last week minus 8 starters and should have won the game. So, yea this team is pretty stacked depth-wise and compared-to-the-average-NFL-team-wise too. You act as if Ted is a failure as a GM because the backers back-ups are shredding the league right now. Talk about deluded...

Oh and "we" signed a 3rd string SS? Imagine that when our starting and 2nd string SSs are out.

Finally, the Packers have a decent running game that is under-utilized. That's just my opinion, but the popular perception that the Packers have the worst running game in the league is ridiculous.

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400metres's picture

October 20, 2010 at 05:14 pm

Ack, that's supposed to say "the Packers back-ups are not shredding the league..."

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lars's picture

October 21, 2010 at 09:22 am

Yea, it's never Ted's fault, eh?

"Stacked" roster? Yea, sure---keep believing that one.

The only real mistake was cutting Ryan. That was horrible. Smith has played on FOUR teams since 2009---the Steelers, Packers (twice), Rams and Jags. So, either he's the most misevaluated player in the league or something else is wrong. And he was had for a conditional 7th rounder.

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PackerAaron's picture

October 21, 2010 at 09:54 am

Well, they played their last game with Charlie Peprah at safety, Robert Francois at LOLB, CJ Wilson STARTED - and they still took the Dolphins to overtime and lost by 3. Those aren't excuses but it does speak to a pretty deep roster when you're playing with 3rd and 4th stringers and not getting demolished in the process.

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bleedsgreen's picture

October 20, 2010 at 03:59 pm

The way the Ryan thing went down, I almost have to believe there was some weird thing going on... like he was dating TT's (non-existant?) daughter... or something. God, please, something to explain that boneheaded move.

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nerdmann's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:19 pm

The DAY before final cuts, Ryan pulled the ball down and ran with it for a first down, without first being instructed to do so by the coaching staff. He got the first down, but we lost our longsnapper for the season on that play.
Also, to that point he had been about as consistent as Masthay is now, without the occasional boomer.

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braund-o's picture

October 20, 2010 at 09:43 pm

nope, it was because he took an extra step to kick the ball. MM wants a guy who only takes 2 steps.

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lars's picture

October 21, 2010 at 09:24 am

That WAS it and he had the audacity to seek an outside coach to help him become a better punter.

Thompson should have overruled MM on that one.

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nerdmann's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:23 pm

Ticky tack. No GM is perfect. If Smith is so great, why did the Jags let him go for a conditional 7th rounder? Why has he bounced around the league?
If you want to go back to Mike Sherman, you're on the wrong track. He handed the reigns over to Favre and let Favre also dictate personnel moves.
TT had to come in and clean that up, at great cost to his own reputation and team continuity.
These players are all scrubs. TT has built this team from the bottom up.

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Brian Carriveau's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:51 pm

No one said Smith was great, but he was better than Aaron Rouse and Matt Giordano. Possibly Charlie Peprah and Derrick Martin too. He adds depth, something every team needs.

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WoodyG's picture

October 20, 2010 at 05:43 pm

All hindsight on your part .... An easy statement after the fact.

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PackerAaron's picture

October 20, 2010 at 08:41 pm

I won't speak for Brian, but there were plenty of people, yours truly included, who hammered Thompson for the release of Smith at the time. It was then and remains now - a dumb move.

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braund-o's picture

October 20, 2010 at 09:44 pm

maybe he would have made the team if the pack didn't need 5 TE's last year?

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Bogmon's picture

October 20, 2010 at 07:09 pm

I thought something came out about him having team 'chemistry' issues.
Am I wrong or were they worried about Smith's locker room presence/arrogance?

I thought there were whispers of this with his employer pre-Green Bay as well?

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jeremy's picture

October 20, 2010 at 07:30 pm

Smith knew the system which is something about players totally lost on bonehead fan culture. The Fire Blitz defense is very different from the Bob Sanders read and react defense. If your out of position your done.

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PRC's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:25 pm

Ummm how was Ted supposed to know Atari Bigby, Morgan Burnette and Derick Martin were all going to be injured?

I agree on Ryan and Tracy Whote though only John Ryan still would be on the team.

Think about this, Smith was supposed to START for the Jags Monday night and they gave him up for a CONDITIONAL 7th round draft pick. In other words they gave him to the packers....If he's so valuable why is that?

There were reasons he was cut in the first place

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lmills's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:33 pm

Agreed. If Burnett and/or Bigby are healthy, we never have this discussion. Injuries happen. TT could've been even more "proud" and not brought Smith back when he knows we need him.

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DAWG's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:53 pm

good point

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Robert Greenfield's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:34 pm

I don't quite remember Smith being that reliabe in his tryout. Yes, there were two picks, but blown coverage on many more plays.

The only reason Jon Ryan was being of one game where he was blocked twice - during the 40 mph winds at Soldier in '07. Ryan was essentially blamed for the loss by being cut. http://www.chicagobears.com/news/NewsStory.asp?STORY_ID=4228
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/31958574.html

I will never, ever understand the cut of Tracy White. He was the best ST player since Travis Jervey. They made him captain of ST one year and cut him the next, even after he initially spurned other offers to stay with the Packers.

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ron's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:42 pm

"Anthony Smith, Jon Ryan and Tracy White?"

That is one tiny, marginally talented shadow, I'm surprised Thompson is still so white.

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thepretzelhead's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:57 pm

Again, if this is all we have to complain about we are pretty damn blessed to have TT.

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PackerT's picture

October 20, 2010 at 04:58 pm

Spencer Havner has been cut by 2 teams in less than 2 months and people here are calling for his return to the Packers, that he can help. Whats the difference between him and Smith?

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PkrNboro's picture

October 20, 2010 at 05:44 pm

Whats the difference between him and Smith?

...well, he plays tight-end (now a need) and he plays linebacker (now a need) and he's familiar with the system.

Geez ! aren't we sufficiently desperate as to not be choosy ?
yeah, I'm graspin' at straws, but what else is there?
roid-riddled Merriman ?

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(added plus: he may not talk as much smack to Tom Brady !)

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Hands's picture

October 20, 2010 at 05:03 pm

All this tells me is that TT doesn't have perfect 20/20 vision and of course we do w/ the benefit of hindsight.
I would be more interested in why he didn't pick-up Miles Austin as a FA WR or any LT/RT that could challenge our starters.

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davyjones's picture

October 20, 2010 at 06:15 pm

I don't think it casts a shadow at all. Was the original cut right or wrong? Judgement call. The re-signing of him for a 7th round pick makes perfect sense in light of current circumstances. I am a trader of a specific commodity. In my line of business, I often buy back things I recently sold if they meet a specific and current need. Markets & teams change and sometimes you trade or let go of something you shouldn't have. The only fault would have been being too egotistical to not correct an earlier move when the guy can now help us. I applaud him not worrying about what we all think and doing the right thing for the team. Personally, I think the headline is kind of a cheap shot at him.

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Jayme's picture

October 21, 2010 at 09:53 am

Indeed. We wouldn't even need Smith if we didn't have a flurry of injuries to the position that he plays. So far, players who have missed practice time or games this season at safety: Derrick Martin, Morgan Burnett, Atari Bigby & Nick Collins. Depth changes priorities.

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Nononsense's picture

October 21, 2010 at 11:47 am

Tracy White? I don't remember our STs units ever being that good with White around even though he was a good STs player.

Dave Tollefson
Jon Ryan
Darren Sharper
Tyrell Sutton
Anthony Smith

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BubbaOne's picture

October 21, 2010 at 12:06 pm

How much more pressure would be on the team if TT had listened to fans and signed a KR during the off season who couldn't contribute at another position? The injuries this year point out just how important each man is on the final 53 man roster.
This leads to a pet peeve of mine. Nothing against Brett Goode, but why can't an OL, DL, TE, or LB learn to be a LS? Give the player a $300,000 bonus and there would be a lot more players learning to become a LS and the team benefits by freeing up a roster spot.

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David's picture

October 22, 2010 at 07:16 am

Tracy White was a great special teams player but the fall off in special teams should fall squarely on the coaching staff. For as deep as this team is reported to be, special teams perfomance should be nearer the top of the NFL, not the bottom.

The Packers are missing accountability and it would be a great start to introduce Slocum to the unemployment line.

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