• Archie

    Looks like Teddy boy blew two more top draft picks on the defensive side of the ball. In 10 years, has he ever drafted an effective DL? Nope. That’s one hell of a record. A blind man could do a better job. It’s not how hard you work that matters, it’s how effectively you work. Worthy turned out to be quite a pick. First we trade up for him, then we move him out of his natural position, then, when he fails, we trade him for a conditional 7th round pick. That is so Teddy. Can’t get enough of those 7th round picks, not even the conditional ones. The emperor has no clothes on but the homers are blind and extend Teddy boy into the distant future. Really?

    • Jay

      It was the first preseason game in a quagmire. To use that to make the giant leap and declare players are busts and Thompson missed in the draft again is very unfair.

      While the defense can certainly be better, the Packers have made the playoffs five straight years. We all know how much Ted hates free agency, and the players on the roster weren’t Mike Sherman’s. They had to come from somewhere.

      Drafting defensive linemen is one of the hardest positions to get right, and it’s right up there with quarterbacks. You’re going to have some busts, but you’ll also get some correct. Sure, Thompson has plenty of misses, but let’s give it a full season before we declare another mis-draft.

      • Archie

        Yes it is early and it is possible for somebody to reverse course 180 degrees but that is a rare happening in my experience.

        Usually what you see is what you get. CMIII was good from the get-go. Raji looked OK at first and then went 100% dog. Hawk has never looked good. Neither has Harrell, Worthy, Perry, Neal or Jones.

        How can our defense be any good when we have missed on 4 #1 picks and 2 #2 picks over the last few years. Thompson can’t draft defense to save his life! Never could (see SEA under his stewardship). And we are supposed to believe the answer is Julius Peppers at age 34? Really? TN put a TE on him Saturday night and he disappeared.

        BOTTOM-LINE: Pack front 7 was soft last year and, it was soft Saturday night.

        Packer fans will know for sure soon enough. For now my vote is this front 7 is no better than last year’s, maybe worse. Secondary looks improved.

        • Thomas Hobbes

          CMIII was not very good to start out with, first off he was injured for a lot of the preseason and he actually wasn’t all that good till the middle of the 2009 season. But really, Matthews really became dominant in 2010.
          Lastly, the Packers defense line was soft during the preseason game on purpose; the goal of the preseason isn’t to run a full package of plays and blitz on every down, its to play vanilla and get some grading done. The Packers defense is going to look soft, hell do you really think the Packers running game is that good?

    • aaronqb

      Get a life Archie

      • Archie

        Try making a constructive comment jerk-off.

    • djbuttplay

      Mike Daniels is effective.

      • Archie

        True. In situations. But do you really think he will hold up as a full-time 3-4 DE? I doubt it. But yes, he is deserving of a roster spot.

    • Thomas Hobbes

      Johnny Jolly was also quite effective. Also you can’t really argue with the team basically being in the post-season every year under his watch. Sure he’s screwed up but so has every other GM. I won’t say he’s brilliant but he’s definitely good.

  • funcrusher

    I think you’re being a bit hard on Thornton, though I haven’t rewatched the game like you have.

    On the Mike Neal missed sack, the QB rolled out and Thornton chased him down causing him to throw a check down. It didn’t work out very well, but Thornton did his job.

    Later, he nearly recovered the fumble across the field on the sideline after the QB strip.

    There was at least one other QB pressure that I saw.

    Like I said, I haven’t rewatched the game to see how far he was being pushed back on run plays, but he had a few nice moments.

    • Thomas Hobbes

      Thornton did manage to get into the backfield once on his own, but on the Neal sack, the QB was so far out of position that it becomes very easy to slip past the blocker (who can only assume the QB is still in the pocket). As for the almost fumble recovery, first fumble recovery is largely a matter of luck, and second even though he was the 2nd person to get there after Rolle missed the ball, he still wasn’t the one to come up with the ball. I will say however, this is only the 1st preseason game so there’s a lot of time for him to improve.

      • funcrusher

        You make good points.

        By the way, I really like the concept of this article. I’m looking forward to reading it the next few weeks.

  • BRinMilwaukee

    I never liked the pick of Khyri Thornton in the 3rd round. Of course, I also didn’t like Rodgers in the 3rd. and he might turn into our starting TE. Time will tell….

    • Thomas Hobbes

      I’ll reserve my final judgement until I see him play more, but it is a little disconcerting to see him so far down on the depth chart; from what I can tell, Raji, Daniels, Jones, Neal, Boyd and Pennell are all ahead of him.

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