With Sam Shields allowed to escape from the Packers' grasp without so much as a tag or offer, some Packers fans are already on the verge of panic. It's time for a healthy dose of reality...and patience.
The Cheesehead Radio gang are joined by the Green Bay Press-Gazette's Wes Hodkiewicz, who is well-positioned to let us know what's happening behind 1265 Lombardi's doors, as well as his insights as to what Ted and Mike have in their long-range plans this offseason.
The Green Bay Packers are in the playoffs! Next up: The 49ers return to Lambeau Field. They've had the Packers number recently, so this will be an intense game. Our special guest is Packer safety Sean Richardson.
While Ted Thompson might feel pressured to make a trip to every Packer fan's house this Christmas to explain why he's not playing Aaron Rodgers today, it's nothing compared to the pressure felt by Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III.
The Packers' defense needs a change next year, and won't have cap room or high draft picks to waste on the front seven. But a schematic change to Wade Phillips brand of 3-4 might be just enough to bring about the positional (and attitude) change this team needs.
The Green Bay Packers reached a tipping point on Thanksgiving. For this team to move forward, it can no longer look back on the accomplishments of the players and coaches three years ago to justify their position today.
It's been 21 years, 1 month, and 2 weeks since a Packers' backup quarterback has made a meaningful start. Ted Thompson has rolled the dice for years that that streak would continue indefinitely. Today, the Pack will start a washed-up veteran with no training camp experience and Thompson has no one to blame but himself.
"I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious."