Dear Ted Thompson,
Your offensive line was far from impressive last season, but you already know that.
You did all you could to make it better, and I respect that. You went out mid-season and brought in long-time Packer Mark Tauscher.
In fact, this offseason, you did all you could to bring back Tauscher and his buddy on the other side of the line, Chad Clifton.
But is that enough?
Will two men in their mid-30s, who's weight greatly surpasses their career pancake total, really be able to survive a full, grueling NFL season?
I haven't even mentioned the fact that they are both injury prone.
There are a whole bunch of questions surrounding the Packers’ offensive line this upcoming season, and it isn't exactly the best time for that.
Jared Allen had his way with the Packers’ O-line last season in both of their meetings. However, that is, sadly, not the worst part.
If Jared Allen could do what he did, then I don't want to find out what Julius Peppers, the best pass-rusher since Reggie White, can do against it.
It only gets worse from there. The Detroit Lions brought in quite a pass-rusher themselves in one of the more under-the-radar signings of the offseason, when they inked Kyle Vanden Bosch.
You know you have a bad O-line when Antwan Odom—who had eight sacks all of last season—burns you for five sacks.
You know you're in trouble when that same offensive line has to play more than one third of its games against Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, and Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Enter Flozell Adams.
Adams perfected the "false start" offense last season. No, that's not a good thing.
With memories of Ahmad Carroll, a.k.a the “illegal contact machine,” most Packers fans would cringe at the thought of bringing in another talented player who can't stop getting flagged.
But there is no way he's not worth the chance.
Do you remember what happened when Lawerence Taylor met Joe Theismann? Well, the same thing could happen when Julius Peppers meets your quarterback, Ted.
Yes, I realize Adams is 34 years old, but I also realize that your other two tackles are not youngsters themselves. At 34 and 33 respectively, Clifton and Tauscher are far from every down players at this point in their careers.
In order to give either of these guys a down off, your whole offensive line must do the iPod Shuffle.
So why not just make it a three-man platoon?
Flozell is still extremely talented, and if he gets his head on straight, you could grab yourself an above-average lineman in the latter part of free agency.
I know Ted, opening your checkbook to players that have never worn a Packers uniform may be unusual, but you might find that it's a beautiful thing.
Listen, I know you feel that everything must be done through the draft, but what are the odds of a Michael Oher falling to 23 again?
If you feel that at pick No. 23 you can find a player who will right away be able to hold off Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, and Kyle Vanden Bosch, you have my blessing.
But just remember that a whole city is depending on the right arm of Aaron Rodgers to lead us to the promised land, and if you never give his arm the chance to do so you're not doing your job.
Ted I am writing you this letter as a Packers shareholder, knowledgeable football fan, and most of all, a life-long cheesehead.
Please sign Flozell Adams.
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