I really hate to say this because I know what kind of reaction I will get and I understand and respect the method of thinking behind it.
“If the Packers don’t win their next three games, Fire Ted Thompson now!” said Andy.
“You are an idiot!” said the experts, “Give him at least the year and there is no reason to panic and only a fool would fire a GM at this time.”
Ok, give me a chance to clarify my position. I know it doesn’t help this year. I know it will not make this team better.
The truth be told, the Packers have to win their next three games to have a realistic shot at the playoffs. If they lose one of those games, they will be 4-3 after completing the easiest part of their schedule. With the Bears at 4-1 and the Vikings at 5-0, I don’t see the light at the end of this tunnel.
Let’s say they get beat at home against the Lions. What does that say of this team?
Let’s say they beat the Lions and the next week fall on the road to the hapless Cleveland Browns. What does that say about this team?
Let’s say they beat the two crappy teams in a row and then drop a home game to their bitter rivals for the second time in a month. What does that say about this team?
A loss to either the Lions or the Browns would be catastrophic and would prove this team does not have the ability to win games it should win.
A loss to the Vikings at Lambeau Field would also be catastrophic and prove the team cannot compete with the best teams in the league.
And this all brings me to my feeling. Why stick with a dog that doesn’t hunt? We saw what sticking with Matt Millan did for the Detroit Lions. I think the first half of this season tacked on to last year’s disaster can easily give us enough foreshadowing of what is to come if we stay on this train.
The Packers blow one of these next three games and the organization should pull off the bandaide and pull it off quick. The ouch is going to be painful but the sooner you feel it the shorter it will be.
Oh, by the way, if the Packers sweep the next three games, Thompson and company are safe until the playoffs come around. At that point, they better be in the playoffs.