General manager Ted Thompson is now in his ninth season running the front office of the Green Bay Packers. Thompson has a very favorable track record in terms of wins and losses. The team has been 78-50 since 2005, won three NFC North titles and a Super Bowl.
Thompson leads a very coherent operation in terms of running the front office and the rest of the football operations in Green Bay.
Thompson has only had two head coaches (Mike Sherman and Mike McCarthy), and that change was made in his second year on the job.
Yes, there was that change at the quarterback position in the summer of 2008 which brought the Packers into the crosshairs of the national media. It was like watching a soap opera for a few days.
That was unwanted attention as far as Thompson was concerned.
Bottom line, year to year in Green Bay things stay very much the same. The philosophy. The offense. The same defense since 2009. The same coaching staff for two consecutive years.
Thompson runs a consistent ship.
There are some new faces obviously, with the new rookies and free agents and with some key veteran players leaving, including Charles Woodson, Greg Jennings and Desmond Bishop. There are also some subtle assignment changes.
I will talk about seven players, and how important their roles will be for the Packers this upcoming season.