I’m going to piggyback off something Shawn mentioned on the podcast this week. If you haven’t listened to that, you should go check it out here.
It’s true. It’s funny how reactive the Green Bay Packers have become of late. That’s as opposed to being proactive.
It became apparent when you look at the team’s current roster. What position did they go heavy on this year?
What position were they terrible at and/or beat up all last season?
How about a year earlier?
Wide receiver. Seven wide receivers. Do you think it’s coincidental that Jordy Nelson went down with a torn ACL the preseason before? The Packers’ receivers were bad without Nelson in 2015, so in 2016, we may not have quality, but we’ll definitely have quantity!
Most of those guys barely saw the field, by the way.
Remember the season Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone? It was 2013. The Packers — for whatever reason — tried to pass off Seneca Wallace as his backup. Amusingly, Wallace came in and quickly got injured. Then it was on to Scott Tolzien and finally back to Matt Flynn. None of them were terribly good.
So what happened next year? The Packers continued to develop Tolzien, they kept Flynn around and the next year they drafted Brett Hundley in the fifth round.
In each case, the Packers have overloaded a position that didn’t really need to be overloaded.
Call it the ongoing paranoia of Big Ted.
Clearly, he believes this strategy will make sure these events do not occur twice. They’ll just happen at other positions.