"There's no way the Packers could've won this thing, no matter how it came out," says former Green Bay general manager Ron Wolf, who traded for Favre 18 years ago. "And it will always be attached to Ted. That's just the nature of the game and the business."
I would love to hear Wolf's entire take on it...both when it happened and now just to see how he would have handled it. For all we know he may have done the same thing, Wolf put the team before the players too...remember he trained TT. Either way, I think Wolf was spot on. If we brought Favre back it would have been at the expense of Rodgers. If we let Favre go its at the expense of some of the fans. Not a decision that would have been fun to make...that much I know.
The biggest influences in TT life according to him are: Titan GM Mike Reinfeldt, Wolf, Phillips, former Packers and Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, and his own parents. In fact Bum Phillips said TT is one of the few people he would trust his life with.
Thompson is known for being a shrewd evaluator of talent, some here will argue that but his record in Seattle spoke for that and he was key to Wolf in his years here. His first job with us was as a scout. He'd sit in a dark room for hours watching tape of players. He was successful and became director of pro personnel before Holmgren lured him away in 2000. Who knows, if he hadn't TT might have been Wolf's successor years earlier.
I think this right here though is the one thing that will make or break his time here...
Thompson is always looking five years into the future. He collects picks, and believes that the core of a team should come from the draft. He scoffs at the draft-day notion that a franchise would lock itself in according to need; sometimes, if the talent is still out there, you have to grab it.
I don't think he's ever going to just sit there and make a play for just this year. He runs this organization like the Twin in baseball. Make sure the team is always relevant and stocked for the future. Build through the draft and develop the talent and reward those that succeed.
Read the full article though, its very interesting and helps you learn more about TT and stuff. Its long but well written.