Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy has supposedly had his issues with general manager Ted Thompson in the past.
That isn’t much of a surprise, considering we all have our issues with Ted Thompson.
However, these two guys do sit together in the so-called “war room” during the NFL Draft. Interestingly, it appears McCarthy — despite being the guy who actually has to coach the players Thompson puts on the roster — ends up just as surprised as the rest of us about who Thompson drafts.
Because the pick is top secret, even to the coach!
Regarding NFL Draft news:
1) No one outside the team knows who they will draft
2) Almost everyone inside the building doesn't know either
— Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) April 14, 2017
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) April 15, 2017
McCartney, as you may recall, is an agent. He represented former Packer A.J. Hawk and currently reps Packers kicker Mason Crosby.
On the surface, it may seem that Thompson’s secrecy is idiotic. That’s probably because we all believe that Thompson is a babbling fool.
And he is…
That said, McCarthy is in that room and despite what Tom Silverstein suggests, he must have some idea about the pick. It isn’t as if those two clowns are sitting in there staring at the wall, not saying a word to each other as the draft unfolds.
The power structure in Green Bay is that Thompson has final say over personnel. McCarthy obviously has say over who gets on the field.
If you look back throughout their tenure, McCarthy rarely plays rookies immediately. Not even Clay Matthews or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix were day one starters. Last year’s first-round pick, Kenny Clark, barely saw the field until late in the year.
You have to wonder if McCarthy and Thompson were more on the same page when it comes to the draft if the Packers would get more of an impact from their draft classes early on.
It would seem that this year, with so many glaring holes on the roster, that would be particularly useful.