Packer Nation: A Land Divided

Brad McCrillisContributor IApril 12, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - MARCH 06: General manager Ted Thompson of the Green Bay Packers listens as quarterback Brett Favre announces his retirement at a press conference on March 6, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Ask a Packer Fan for his opinion on the General Manager of the Green Bay Packers and you are sure to get a black or white opinion.

When it comes to General Manager Ted Thompson there are no shades of gray. Fans either think he has done a great and courageous job or they think he should be immediately fired.

The Packer Fans that disprove of Thompson have many talking points. The most obvious is his perceived ill-treatment of Green Bay great, Brett Favre.  There are draft day bust, most notable Justin Harrell, and the seemingly backwards play of A.J. Hawk.

There is also Ted Thompson’s failure to pull the strings on trade opportunities such as the Tony Gonzalez deal, or his refusal to use free agency to improve the team. The switch to a 3-4 defense this year might have had many a GM moving to pick up some stop gap defensive players, not Ted Thompson however.

Ted Thompson’s supporters will quickly point out that just two years ago this team was in the NFC Championship game. That this team is loaded with young talent that will be around for many years and should be given time. Also Thompson’s supporters will point to the fact that Ted Thompson had to take over a cap ridden and over rated team that was well into its decline.

And on and on it goes.

One side of Packer land is split to an almost anti-Green Bay fanatical state, while the other side finds itself drinking the kool-aid. No middle ground can seem to be found between these two fan factions.

One thing is very clear though. Just as Carmen Policy stated about then Cleveland Browns Head Coach Butch Davis, “He will wear the crown or bear the cross."

As Easter Passes on this Sunday afternoon those words will come to pass in Packer Land. If you like or dislike Ted Thompson, as always in the NFL, the answers will be provided on the field.