Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Why Packers Fans Are The Best

Green Bay Packers fans
The Green Bay Packers, as they have the last few seasons, began the 2012 season with high expectations, ran into some injury issues, and like they did in 2011, finished with a dud, getting embarrassed defensively by the 49ers in the divisional playoff game.

The collective reaction from everybody, Ted Thompson, his scouts, Mike McCarthy, the coaches, and the fans, are what makes the Green Bay Packers the best organization in American professional sports.

If what happened to the Packers would have, say, happened to the Minnesota Vikings. Oh my goodness. Talk about anger. Heads would have rolled, fans and the owner would have demanded that people be fired, big changes be made, and oh yeah, it’s all the GM’s fault.

Instead, Packers fans just calmly sat back and watched as their team lost several of its key players during the free agency period in March. The big one was Greg Jennings. Questions arose, but nobody got angry. Instead, the sat back and continued to let Ted Thompson work. The NFL draft in April brought some serious help to this team. This draft appears to be another one of Ted Thompson’s “smart, crafty, sneaky, under the table, and the longer we get away from it the better it looks” drafts. J.C. Tretter could be the long term center the Packers are looking for and Charles Johnson could be the next Packers receiver to come in unnoticed and climb the depth chart to stardom.

Then the news broke that the Packers released Desmond Bishop. More questions arose. Thompson kept Finley the loudmouth, but let Jennings walk? Thompson extended Brad Jones, kept A.J. Hawk, and cut Bishop? What? That doesn’t make any sense right now. That’s the thing about Thompson, no moves he ever makes make any sense at that exact time. But, as we have found out over and over again, there is a method to his madness. I’m pretty sure we will see the method to his madness down the road at some point. Regardless Packers fans have once again sat back and said “okay, this makes no sense to us Ted. But, you’re the boss, and we trust you”. The key word there is trust. That word right there is what separates this organization and its fans from the rest.  There is a deep amount of trust here. The fans trust Thompson, Murphy trusts Thompson. McCarthy trusts Thompson. Thompson trusts McCarthy. Thompson trusts his players. The players trust McCarthy. The players trust Thompson. So while other teams overreact to everything that happens, the Packers, and their fans, trust each other. That is what makes this group so special. 

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