Thompson And McCarthy Looking For Chemistry At Combine

Both the head coach and general manager talked about how they are watching to see how the prospects in Indianapolis interact with each other.

Both Packers general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy stated that one of the main things they are looking at while here in Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine is seeing how the prospects mingle with each other.

When looking at the Packers roster its hard not to see why this is the case. Much has been made of the term "Packer People" which is a nice idea but a harder reality to inhabit. What doesn't get talked about a whole lot, except by the players themselves, is the close-knit nature of the locker room. Obviously, any NFL locker room is going to have factions and cliques - that's just human nature. But Thompson and the Packers have done a better job than most of filling their locker room with guys who can not only play football, but that seem to genuinely care about the game and the guys they play with.

Everybody on this Packers team seems to be pulling in the same direction - its probably a complete projection on my part, but you can tell these guys care a hell of a lot more about each other than some other NFL teams. Obviously, winning always helps, but even when McCarthy was presiding over a 6-10 ball club, and the media was beating the "Rodgers can't win the close games" drum and the defense was getting gashed - you never saw finger pointing, you never heard guys blaming each other.

Fast forward to this year and one other example I can think of is when Al Harris was released. A lot of people were surprised at the move. Jason Wilde was very vocal on the radio about how he thought it was a mistake - until he received a text from a player saying "If you knew what was really going on, you wouldn't be saying what you're saying on the radio". Now, that could be an allusion to the fact that Harris reportedly was not looking anywhere near the player he was prior to being injured. But it could also be a reference to the rumblings that Harris was less than thrilled at the prospect of not being a starter.

Without question, the ability to play and play well is of the utmost importance. But in what I consider a rather absurd enbvironment (testing players on things that have very little to do with playing football, etc) Thompson and McCarthy have found an excellent use of their time in watching how these prospects here in Indy interact with each other.

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nunobow's picture

February 25, 2011 at 06:19 pm

Thanks for your updates, Aaron. Not just this one - but in general.

Can't stress enough, how valuable your work is.

Keep it up!

/nunobow

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February 25, 2011 at 06:47 pm

Can someone ask MM or TT what they plan to do to improve the terrible special teams?

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MarkinMontana's picture

February 25, 2011 at 11:12 pm

If you wrote that headline a couple years ago the TT and MM haters would've had a field day with it :-)

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