Packers Bit from PFT

Packers Bit from PFT

Joined: July 25th, 2002, 6:13 pm

May 15th, 2007, 3:27 pm #1


This is fun to read.  Really fun.  It's from PFT, I like those guys a lot.

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia color=#b40707 size=3>POSTED 4:21 p.m. EDT; UPDATED 5:45 p.m. EDT, May 13, 2007</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>PACKERS SCRAMBLE TO DOUSE FLAMING FANS</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>At a time when wildfires have been raging in several corners of the nation, there's a conflagration that currently is consuming Packer nation.</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>And the front office knows it.</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>Why else would the team put out an "all is well" press release on Mother's Day?</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>"We are optimistic about the 2007 season," Thompson said in the team-issued Sunday statement.&nbsp; "We feel like we've had a great offseason program -- our guys are getting bigger and stronger -- and we'll improve from within.&nbsp; We're also excited about the players we've added through the draft and what those players will bring to our team."</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>Thompson also addressed the recent comments of quarterback Brett Favre, who expressed dissatisfaction about the team's failure to land Randy Moss.</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>"I think it's natural for a player to be frustrated from time to time -- that's simply being human," said Thompson. "Everyone knows that Brett Favre is all about winning.&nbsp; As an organization, we share that commitment.&nbsp; And we want to win now." </FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>And Thompson provided a carefully-crafted non-answer to the question of whether, as Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reported earlier in the day, Favre has asked for a trade.</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>"We never comment on the talks we have with our players or with their agents, in line with the long-standing policy of our organization.&nbsp; We try to encourage open and honest dialogue with players and their agents.&nbsp; But if those talks later are shared with third parties, the willingness of players to be open in future conversations may be compromised."</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>Possible translation:&nbsp; "Yes, but because Brett currently has a literal and figurative hold on the nutsack of the front office, we don't want to take any chances that he might decide to squeeze even harder than he already has."</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>In our view, this Mother's Day missive is a desperate act from an organization that is facing a revolt from its fan base.&nbsp; And we're even more convinced that either Favre or Thompson will be not with the team come September.&nbsp; Given that the franchise is publicly owned, we wouldn't be surprised if someone were to file a shareholder's action aimed at forcing the team to have the same kind of accountability that would exist if there was a real owner calling the shots.</FONT>

<P align=left><FONT face=Georgia size=3>For his part, Favre is trying to help put out the fire.&nbsp; The post on his official site regarding rumors of Favre wanting a trade, which were confirmed by board administrator "DavidPHX," has been deleted.&nbsp; And DavidPHX has posted the following message:&nbsp; </FONT><SPAN class=postbody><FONT face=Georgia size=3>"Brett has asked that we all tone down the articles and any dislikes for management.&nbsp; He does not want his site to fuel rumors.&nbsp; Ted Thompson is his boss and we need to tone everything down.&nbsp; I believe the situation is over with.&nbsp; Brett&nbsp; said what he wanted and I believe management has heard.&nbsp; Brett loves the Green Bay Packers and has always felt we have the best fans in the WORLD. I expect Brett to return as the starting QB for the Green Bay Packers on September 9.&nbsp; Go Packers!"</FONT></SPAN>

<P align=left><SPAN class=postbody><FONT face=Georgia size=3>Still, Favre is the one who started this mess, both by privately asking to be traded and by publicly making his displeasure known.&nbsp; It's a storm of unprecedented proportion for the Packers, and we don't think the situation is going to get better any time soon.&nbsp; The only person to benefit from this brouhaha might be receiver Keyshawn Johnson, who could end up getting a lucrative offer to join the team in light of the fact that he's the only potential impact player who is on the market right now.</FONT></SPAN>
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