I thought this was a really interesting portion of a story on SI. Apparently Thompson had an "Emergency Board" with lists of players available in case of injury. I can only imagine how often this board was used in a season like this season. Its stuff like this though that make him who he is as a GM.
Many things were discussed with Thompson: Atlanta's unseasonable freezing weather, Thompson's East Texas roots and, in greatest detail, the Packers' "Emergency Board,'' a giant magnetic slab that sits on the wall of an office about 30 feet from Thompson's. It contains the names of any potentially available football player whom the Packers might need to sign, should injuries deplete their roster. It has happened frequently this year -- the Packers have 15 players on injured reserve and have tapped the emergency board (and other means of filling vacancies) frequently and effectively.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/tim_layden/01/15/packers.falcons.insider/index.html#ixzz1BDjcRdAa