Ted Thompson, will you do anything now that Randy Moss has been traded inside the division?
Based on the past, probably not, but for this team to realize its potential as a Super Bowl-caliber team, a bold move from Thompson maybe what’s holding it back.
After the injury to starting running back Ryan Grant in week 1, the Packers running game has basically been non-existent. Brandon Jackson and John Kuhn have been the primary ball carriers since and neither has broken 40 yards in the past three games.
So with a chance to trade for former 1st round pick Marshawn Lynch, what did Thompson do? Sit on his draft choices and not make a move. Was Lynch the missing piece? Who knows, but the chances of winning the NFC North and going deep in the playoffs will be tough without the threat of the run.
Granted this team relies on the arm of Aaron Rodgers but being able to pick up first downs on the ground can be vital for a football team.
The non-trade for Lynch is another in a long line of moves that Thompson hasn’t made. The same Randy Moss who will now be donning purple once again could’ve been a Packer before the 2007 season, but Thompson was hesitant to make sure the deal got done.
After moving to the 3-4 defense in 2009 the Packers didn’t add a single veteran who had played in the defense before.
Fast forward to the 2010 offseason, and again Thompson didn’t upgrade a defense that was torched in four games where it faced a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.
Instead of grabbing a cornerback or two, or an outside linebacker to play opposite of Clay Matthews, he again did nothing. Arguably the team’s biggest two weaknesses on defense were not even touched.
What the Packers are left with is hoping former starters Al Harris and Atari Bigby return from injuries to improve the secondary and hoping to generate a pass rush with Matthews, defensive end Cullen Jenkins and an assortment of blitzes.
How has it worked? Well the Lions picked up 10 of 17 3rd downs on Sunday and quarterback Shaun Hill had 331 yards, as well as a 40-yard run.
So the defense has been ok, but nothing like a championship caliber defense that are in the AFC, like the New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Will Thompson do something to respond to the Vikings latest move? Likely not. If only Ron Wolf were still in charge to make that bold move. Remember he gave up a 2nd rounder in 1995 for veteran tight end Keith Jackson.
Trade deadline is still two weeks away so there’s still time for Thompson.
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Written by Mitch McLaughlin