In the never-ending irony that is the NFL to the real world, Labor Day weekend has brought unemployment to a host of football players throughout the country. On this weekend that we celebrate the American worker, the Green Bay Packers sent 22 players to the unemployment line. Some may resurface on other teams or on the practice squad, but others will be looking for a new line of work.
First lets look at the Packers’ moves:
Quarterback Brian Brohm – This really is a different Ted Thompson we are seeing, isn’t it? Starting with his trading up in the draft to take Clay Matthews to more quickly acknowledging mistakes, he seems to have a greater sense of urgency this year (if that phrase even makes sense in the context of describing Ted Thompson).
I had gotten really sick of hearing people say how it was too soon to give up on Brohm and defending his arm over Matt Flynn’s. Brohm can not complete a pass over 10 yards. Brohm is just a bad quarterback. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck…
Having said all this, if Brohm clears waivers, I do think he will be brought back to the practice squad, mostly because he knows the offense.
Safety Anthony Smith – For most people, this was the shocker. Capers just last week indicated he was competing for the starting job with Bigby and now he’s gone. There had to be more to this than just on-the-field performance. Rumors are swirling of attitude issues and not wanting to play special teams. The new acquisition of Derrick Martin from the Ravens sealed his fate.