If I were a more motivated blogger I would have thrown this picture into Word Paint, inserted a speech box with diabolical laughter coming out of his mouth. But 'motivated' and 'blogger' is an oxymoron, like 'Cubs' and 'championship.' They just don't go together. In a related story do you know how many google image pages I had to go through to find Ted Thompson smiling? I typed 'Ted Thompson; smile' into google and it basically laughed at me. The 9th frieking 'o' page is what it took. So I guess I had some motivation, or just a lot of time to kill. Six of one half dozen of the other. Whatever that means.
In any case news came out of Green Bay yesterday that Teddy ballgame here is contemplating signing recently released Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to be the Pack's 3rd down back next season. Now I can't imagine why Packers fans would be against this, right now on JSONLINE a poll is up asking if we should sign him and 70% have said yes, while shockingly 30% have said no. That 30 percent must be Vikings, Bears, and Lions personnel? Only explanation because during Westbrook's career he has almost 6,000 career rushing yards, 4,000 career receiving yards and 68 touchdowns in only 8 total seasons. Ho-Hum. Now he has had some leg injuries and the primary reason he is available is because he suffered two concussions last year that held him out of 8 games. But so what if he thinks his name is Todd? Just run to daylight baby! Bottom line is the guy knows our offense inside and out, and if used properly (primarily as a 3rd down back) could be a significant weapon for a team that may only be a move away from championship contention. Wow, that escalated quickly at the end there.
He is also the perfect compliment in terms of running style to Ryan Grant. Grant is a smash you in the mouth north/south runner. Westbrook is more shifty and is elusive in open space. Just imagine for a second Rodgers in the shotgun with Grant to his left, Westbrook to his right, Finley lined up tight, and Jennings, Driver, and Nelson/Jones split 3 wide. Defenses will be hitting ctrl+alt+delete to unfreeze like nobody's business.
So there you have it. Ted Thompson just waiting for the dust to settle on the free agent market before adding the final strokes to his masterpiece. Now I'll admit, I've pulled a 180 on this guy. In fact if our old blog system was still active you'd probably see anywhere between 1-54 anti-Thompson posts. But I'm sold on him. His draft 'hits' have been far more impactful than his 'misses' have been dreadful. If it weren't for Justin Harrell and Brian Brohm this guy would be compared to Ron Wolf in terms of draft prowess. Like I like him so much that I left the 'fire ted thompson NOW!' group on facebook. Bonus word: packers.
PS: The other reason I like this move? I made this exact same signing on my Packers Madden franchise on Playstation during this offseason! Now all he has to do is trade for Larry Fitzgerald and Adrian Peterson, sign Ray Lewis and we'll be good to go. Honestly anyone who plays Madden knows that Westbrook is a BEAST in that game, Bo Jackson Tecmo Super Bowl stuff: (Bob Sanders must be coordinating the red team defense).