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Green Bay Packers have forgotten how to seize the day

October 7, 2010 by  
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Oct 7, 2010 ~ by Michael Hunt

~As redundant as the description might be, “The Frozen Tundra” has long been the accepted nickname for the Green Bay Packers’ base of operations.

Maybe it’s time to change it. Right about now, “The Glacier” seems more apt.

If they do them at all, the Packers seem to make in-season personnel decisions . . . at . . . the . . . pace . . . of . . . a . . . gigantic . . . hunk . . . of . . . ice.

They wait. They wait some more. And then they think about it for a really long time.

Meanwhile, NFL transactions occur elsewhere at the speed of regular business.

The Seattle Seahawks, No. 27 in the league in rushing to the Packers’ 22nd, decided they needed a running back.

The Packers liked Marshawn Lynch enough that they were going to use the #16 overall pick on him in the 2007 NFL Draft. But the Buffalo Bills scooped Lynch up at #12, right before the Packers were going to take him. This week, Buffalo traded him away for a 4th round pick and future late round pick. Ted Thompson was unwilling to pay the price to get him even though his actions to attempt to get him prove that he realizes the team needs help at RB. The same holds true at kick and punt return which is why Thompson tried to sign Clifton Smith in early September. He was outbid by Miami. Very similar to the attepts to obtain Tony Gonzalez in 2008 and Randy Moss in 2007. Thompson swung, but he missed.

So Tuesday, they traded for a former first-round pick and Pro Bowler in Marshawn Lynch for the price of a sack of magic beans.

The Packers quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, urged his team several weeks ago to get his former Cal teammate as a means to strengthen a backfield that had just lost its 1,200-yard rusher in Ryan Grant. But the Packers waited . . . and waited . . . and thought about it some more.

The Minnesota Vikings were down a wide receiver after Sidney Rice’s injury, so Wednesday they reacquired one of the finest talents of this generation in Randy Moss for just a little more than what Buffalo accepted for Lynch.

The Packers’ former quarterback, Brett Favre, once urged his team to get Moss as a way to enhance their Super Bowl chances.

The Packers have been victimized by Randy Moss too many times. Now they will get to face him twice more this year, in October and November. While Ted Thompson refuses to trade for a single starter, the Vikings have made trades for All Pro's Jared Allen and Randy Moss, in addition to signing guys as Free Agents such as Brett Favre, Pat Williams, Antoine Winfield, Steve Hutchinson. All those guys are Pro Bowlers.

New England ended up with Moss – and, coincidentally or not, another Super Bowl appearance – for a fourth-round pick.

Of course, the Packers never got back to the Super Bowl with No. 4. But now Favre has his wish. He’s finally playing with the man in the moon.

Not saying that Minnesota with a 33-year-old wide receiver catching footballs from a 40-year-old quarterback suddenly has changed the balance of power in the NFC North, but things just got a lot more interesting because the Vikings were willing to do something radical by local standards. They used a couple of draft picks to fill a need with an experienced player. What a concept.

Meanwhile, the Packers, in full possession of their draft picks that might or might not help them at some point in the future, maintain that all is well in their backfield.

Look, there is wisdom in not allowing players, even the star QBs, to influence personnel decisions. Favre’s ongoing campaign to trade for Moss played a small roll in his eventual removal from the premises. Likewise, there is no line item on Rodgers’ pay stub for assistant GM duties.

It’s also advisable to beware other team’s problems. Lynch has issues, lots of them. Moss’ behavioral history during his first Minnesota go-round has been well-documented, but with the Patriots, the man kept his mouth shut until recently requesting a trade. He also made another Pro Bowl last year.

Was it worth the risk by the Vikings? Put it this way: Did it hurt the Packers in 1996 when Ron Wolf got Andre Rison from Jacksonville for a couple of rolls of ankle tape?

Wolf had his draft choices, but he was more than willing to supplement his handpicked players with outsiders. Rison, Keith Jackson and Eugene Robinson were among the post-Reggie White veterans who came via trade and free agency to help put the Packers over the top in ’96. Wolf understood the value of a balanced roster and the urgency to seize the moment.

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