Tim Tebow? That is what the offseason in Green Bay has come down to. Speculation that the Packers should give Tim Tebow a look either through trade or free agency if he is cut. Tebow would be brought in as a backup to Aaron Rodgers and compete with Graham Harrell for the second string spot.
Whether this move would be good, bad or whatever is not the point. The point is that Packers fans need to accept the quiet and eerie feeling that the team doesn’t even exist when free agency begins and huge contracts are being thrown around wildly (much like Tebow’s passes).
The reaction of many fans is that Ted Thompson isn’t doing his job properly and that the Packers are letting their Super Bowl window run out. This team needs a better defense, that’s no secret. There needs to be an improved pass rush and new blood is certain to be brought in.
The Packers are a team that is set to compete once August comes around and quickly turns into September and the start of the 2012-2013 season. The core that remains is likely to not only compete next season, but for seasons ahead. Because of this, fans need to remember that it’s not exactly do-or-die for the Packers and there is no point in breaking the bank and going into cap-hell, just to get that much better this year.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Packers have been so quiet this off-season as it has been the M.O. since Ted Thompson took over. This is a team that has built through the draft and undrafted free agents. That’s not going to change.
That doesn’t mean Ted Thompson isn’t doing his job and completing shut down business in Green Bay. Besides attempting to re-sign Green Bay’s own, Thompson is surely doing his due diligence, calling free agents, but finding no value and that’s the key. For Thompson, building his team is all about finding value.
Thompson has found value in the contract of Jordy Nelson, many undrafted free agents like Tramon Williams and even Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick in the 2005 draft.
In doing so, Thompson already has this Packers team in position to compete next season and beyond.
It’s frustrating now, while it appears that teams are doing everything they can to get better and the Packers are standing pat, but in a months time when the draft rolls around, it’s Thompson’s time to shine.
The Packers’ pass rush, or lack thereof, did have a negative impact on the football team and allowed the New York Giants to march into Lambeau and make it their playground, but that personnel grouping also won 15 other games. The Packers are much better off than most teams in the league right now, despite other teams’ signings of Player X or Player Y for millions and millions of guaranteed dollars.
As frustrating as it is, this process brought Packers fans a Super Bowl and a 15-1 regular season. There’s no reason that the Packers shouldn’t be hosting another playoff game at Lambeau next season (let’s just hope they win that).
As many Packers fans say, In Ted We Trust.
This doesn’t mean blindly agreeing with every move that Thompson makes. He is just like any other member of the franchise, whether coach or player that is capable of making mistakes. While Rodgers may throw a random, idiotic interception straight into the chest of Brian Urlacher, he’s still the best at what he does. McCarthy may call an onside kick that backfires; he’s still a great coach.
The Packers will be competitive next season and one of the main reasons is because of this frustrating process of free agency. It’s frustrating to no end now, but it’s definitely made up for it during football season the last two years outside of one January 15th playoff game. When football season starts, it’ll make up for this period of “inactivity”.
Michael is a sports writer currently attending Seattle University. You can follow Michael on Twitter .