1) Introduction: After following a Super Bowl title up with a 15-1 regular season in 2001, it seemed Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson could do no wrong. After a tense beginning to his tenure with the Packers, many fans have come to completely trust Thompson when it comes to building the roster of their team. Even when Thompson doesn’t sign many fee agents, he’s finding good players in the draft to restock Green Bay’s shelf with fresh talent. 2012 was no exception to how Thompson has gone about his time with the Packers.
- Age: 60
- Born: 01/07/1953, in Atlanta, Texas
- Rookie Year as GM: 2006 (Packers)
- NFL Experience: player: 1975-1984 (Houston Oilers), executive 1992-present (Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks)
(3) Expectations heading into 2012: The expectations for Thompson’s roster have been the same since the Packers won Super Bowl XLV: Lombardi Trophy or bust. The defense was Green Bay’s Achilles Heel in 2011 but it was often ignored or overlooked because of the record amount of points the offense was putting up.
Thompson’s objective was to improve the defense and he delivered in the draft with six of the Packers’ eight selections being devoted to the defensive side of the ball. With Aaron Rodgers in command of a young but explosive offense, Thompson was afforded the luxury of being able to focus on one side of the team.