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Packers should have made a play for Lynch

As a crazy Tuesday evening winds down with no further developments in the ongoing Randy Moss drama, I’m compelled to point out a nagging concern regarding one of the other significant news items of the day.

The Packers should have matched or beaten the modest trade package offered by the Seahawks for former Bills running back Marshawn Lynch.

On a night when we’re again reminded of former Packers quarterback Brett Favre’s prior desire to bring Randy Moss to Green Bay, current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made it known he wanted Lynch to come to town.

Bring him on,” Rodgers told Greg Bedard in September.  “He’s a great player.”

Great players currently are lacking in the Packers’ backfield.  John Kuhn had 39 yards against the Lions on Sunday; Brandon Jackson had 33.  Six days earlier against the Bears, Kuhn had 31 and Jackson had 12 — eight fewer than Rodgers.  Against the Bills in Week Two, the first game without starting Ryan Grant, Kuhn had 36 yards, Jackson had 29, and Rodgers had 20.

The Packers need a strong tailback.  It’ll be considerably harder to throw the ball when the weather turns, and the past three weeks have shown us that the Packers can’t, or won’t, commit to the run.  Lynch could have been a huge difference maker for a team that hasn’t been playing like the Super Bowl favorite it’s supposed to be.

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  1. carp killah says: Oct 5, 2010 11:25 PM

    Brandon Jacobs.

  2. GeeBee says: Oct 5, 2010 11:33 PM

    All the fools saying, “The passing game won’t suffer in winter” argument is empty, screw you. The wind blows at 5 degrees and far less here, up to 30 mph in the stadium (and at Foxboro where we play December 19th, at night), snow, sleet…what you got?
    Your snot freezes inside your nostrils, your body is freezing if you’re not moving, the ball is hard as a rock….
    Shut up, already. You can’t predict shite in this stuff.
    I can predict a crap running game, though.

  3. murray22 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:33 PM

    Lynch has talent, but lots of off the field baggage. He wasn’t happy in small town Buffalo. He’s an Oakland guy. Lynch would probably not be a good fit in Green Bay. He’s one incident away from a Johnny Jolly type suspension. The Packers are 3-1. No need to panic. There’s lots of time for rookie rb James Starks or someone else to step up. In 2007, Ryan Grant didn’t take over until the middle of the season. Then the running game took off.

  4. jusford says: Oct 5, 2010 11:36 PM

    You’re only “compelled to point out” because you have a love fest for the Vikings. Whatever you can do to make up a non story to get hits is the true intent. You’re such a genius I suppose it’s only a matter of time before you are making personel decisions for an NFL team.

  5. Gravy Makes Sconnies Fat says: Oct 5, 2010 11:37 PM

    bachelor ted has always been too cheap to take the pckers anywhere.

  6. Steve W. says: Oct 5, 2010 11:40 PM

    Look, I get that Thompson believes in building from the draft and developing your own talent. Heck, I even agree with it for the most part. That’s the way successful teams are built. Successful teams, however, also know when to pick up good players to fill in holes in their rosters. In this case, we’re talking about a young RB. Given Lynch’s age, it’s not much different than drafting him. The only difference is that in this case you’d actually know what you’re getting for your draft pick (the good and the bad). They could have outbid the Seahawks with a 3rd round pick, or even a 4th this year and a 4th next year, and they still would have got a player worth more than the pick(s).

  7. clintonrb says: Oct 5, 2010 11:43 PM

    they won’t survive the winter w/o a decent back

  8. JaNelson38 says: Oct 5, 2010 11:44 PM

    Marshawn Lynch hasnt been relevant in the NFL in 2 seasons. And while a 4th round pick plus a conditional pick doesnt sound like a huge package, when stars-in-the-making like Jermichael Finley are available in the 3rd round in the draft, you can see why the Packers guard their picks closely. The New England Patriots do the same thing.
    When Ryan Grant was acquired by the Packers in 2007, he had 27 yards rushing in his first five GAMES until busting out vs. Denver and getting over 100, which cemented him the starting job.
    And as far as NEEDING a running game to go to the Super Bowl…well, the Colts went to the Big Game last year with the league’s WORST running attack. So why does Ted Thompson need to panic and make some sort of trade for a guy that spent most of the last 2 years as the #3 back on Buffalo’s depth chart?

  9. SirSuperSouthern says: Oct 5, 2010 11:46 PM

    The Packers need a strong tailback.
    ______________________________
    No they don’t. If they did they would’ve made a stronger play for Lynch earlier.
    You people forget that Ryan Grant barely beat out Brandon Jackson and some other faker (Wynn?) two years ago and the team still managed to perform very well offensively.
    The Pack can play Plug-A-Scrub (patent pending) at RB thanks to Aaron Rodgers and a terrific receiving corps. Why spend the draft picks? Quality guys can fall to the 4th round who might fit your system better.
    Once again Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have proven their worth. Never spend when you don’t have to. The Packers are on most peoples’ Top 5 Teams list for a reason…

  10. youboettcha says: Oct 5, 2010 11:53 PM

    I agree with murray22 and Steve W.
    I hope that the Packers running game picks up mid season like it did with Ryan Grant a few years ago and with Samkon Gado a few more years ago. James Starks, or Dmitri Nance, could step up. Maybe Jackson will figure it out.
    But Steve W. made a great point. Lynch is only 24, and that’s pretty young. He’s worth a 4th this year and a non-conditional 5th the next year as a draft pick. You can’t count on James Starks to fill in the hole at RB (he’s a rookie 6th round pick), but it could happen. Plus Lynch would be on good behavior with Rodgers as his leader. As for the Safety position, Atari Bigby will be back in two weeks, so the Packers should be okay there.

  11. Gautam says: Oct 5, 2010 11:55 PM

    the Colts reached the SB w/o a running game… oh wait only 6(Dolphins, Titans, Ravens, Jaguars, Bills, Saints) of their 19 games were outdoors

  12. In_The_Pink says: Oct 5, 2010 11:56 PM

    Think about TT’s last major RB move, acquiring Ryan Grant for a seventh(?) round pick from the Giants, and you begin to see why trading a mid-round draft pick for an RB with some baggage doesn’t interest him. If it’s not the right fit, he’s not coming to Green Bay, period.

  13. youboettcha says: Oct 5, 2010 11:57 PM

    I just have nothing to add, because JaNelson38 also makes a great point. Must be that Packer fans are more intelligent… or is me pointing that out a can of worms I shouldn’t open, making me excluded from the Intelligent Fans Club?

  14. sven_ftw says: Oct 6, 2010 12:01 AM

    # JaNelson38 says: October 5, 2010 11:44 PM
    And as far as NEEDING a running game to go to the Super Bowl…well, the Colts went to the Big Game last year with the league’s WORST running attack. So why does Ted Thompson need to panic and make some sort of trade for a guy that spent most of the last 2 years as the #3 back on Buffalo’s depth chart?
    ———————————-
    get real… kaaron’s no peyton.

  15. Percy Nugz says: Oct 6, 2010 12:01 AM

    Packers lose Ryan Grant and the Vikes add Randy bleepin Moss. I smell back-to-back-to-back NFC North titles for the Norsemen!

  16. Steve W. says: Oct 6, 2010 12:03 AM

    And as far as NEEDING a running game to go to the Super Bowl…well, the Colts went to the Big Game last year with the league’s WORST running attack. So why does Ted Thompson need to panic and make some sort of trade for a guy that spent most of the last 2 years as the #3 back on Buffalo’s depth chart?
    ______________________________
    For one thing, the Colts play in a climate controlled stadium with a roof in Indianapolis, and the Packers play in an open air stadium in Green Bay. In fact, all but one of the teams in their division play in open air stadiums with extremely cold winters and a good chance of bad field conditions. In other words, the Packers passing game is much more likely to be negatively affected as the season wears on. As for Lynch falling down the Bills depth chart, that’s more about off the field issues and problems between the franchise and the player than it is about talent. Lynch is no AP, and he never will be, but he’s a solid up the middle RB that can consistently gain some yards.

  17. Beauregard says: Oct 6, 2010 12:07 AM

    He could of joined the RB herd in Denver…
    Heck, he could of been the feature back in that group.
    Meanwhile Peyton Hillis is tearing up the NFL.

  18. shaggytoodle says: Oct 6, 2010 12:10 AM

    James Stark will be able to come off the PUP soon. The Packers pass a TON they want the ball in thier best players hands and that is Rodgers, even if they have Grant healthy they don’t run so I don’t think they would have been much different.
    When the Packers ran the ball, EVERYONE knew they were going to run the ball to eat the clock. They didn’t get stopped.

  19. TomBrady'sHairStylist says: Oct 6, 2010 12:10 AM

    Brett Favre also wanted a dildo, but Ted Thompson is smart and knew if he gave in he would have to give into all of there “requirements” like an O-line or a running game. Good call TT.

  20. Tito_Lombardi says: Oct 6, 2010 12:11 AM

    Lynch (praying for DeAngelo Williams) makes us better plain and simple. We need an upgrade at running back to start having defenses play us honest. Can we get by throwing the ball all year year? Yes evidence suggests that but we’d help our aging tackles by acquiring a back that the defense fears. Kuhn and Jackson are clearly not those guys. Make a move Ted. Remember the Bad Moon pick in ’96 when Brooks went down? Sometimes you got to roll the proverbial dice. GO PACK!

  21. spiritof66 says: Oct 6, 2010 12:29 AM

    Marshawn Lynch is simply not physically attractive enough for the gay blade to go after.
    Besides that if you are going to hit the free agent market the Packers might want to consider going after:
    1. A middle linebacker that knows how to play football.
    2. A cornerback or two or three………………….
    3. A defensive tackle that colapse a pocket (something a 3-4 defense kind of requires!)
    4. A safety that can tackle (if your going to play zone defense you might need one of these.)
    5. A special teams coach.
    6. A head coach that can manage a game, and not look like a deer in a set of headlights. Oh ya and get one that can make in game adjustments instead of one that does the same moronic $hi+ over and over.
    While a RB would be nice, if the other issues that plague this team (secondary hello!) are not dealt with then we are screwed anyway. Ted will do nothing but scrape turds off the garbage pile like Dimitri Nance. Oh ya how is that move going? Hmm taking a roster spot and getting 0 out of it.
    Justin Harrel anyone?
    FIRE TED NOW!

  22. RJ85 says: Oct 6, 2010 12:34 AM

    The Colts are a dome team. Their one dimensional offense isn’t as much of an disadvantage because they play in ideal conditions for most of the year. It’s idiotic to compare them to the Packers.

  23. east96street. says: Oct 6, 2010 12:45 AM

    JaNelson38 says: “well, the Colts went to the Big Game last year with the league’s WORST running attack.”
    Colts play in a dome. GB plays in the arctic. Where do you think it’s easier to throw the ball in December? BTW – Colts played two away games last December. One in Jacksonville and the other in Buffalo. They lost in Buffalo, but to be fair, they also tanked that game. This December GB has three homes games and one away game in NE and one in Detroit. So, yeah, in the Detroit game a running game probably won’t matter. The other four – unless a heat wave hits GB & NE in December, they’re going need a RB.

  24. SpartaChris says: Oct 6, 2010 12:45 AM

    GeeBee says:
    October 5, 2010 11:33 PM
    All the fools saying, “The passing game won’t suffer in winter” argument is empty, screw you. The wind blows at 5 degrees and far less here, up to 30 mph in the stadium (and at Foxboro where we play December 19th, at night), snow, sleet…what you got?
    Your snot freezes inside your nostrils, your body is freezing if you’re not moving, the ball is hard as a rock….
    Shut up, already. You can’t predict shite in this stuff.
    I can predict a crap running game, though.
    ==================================
    Someone pointed this out earlier-
    Packers vs Raven on MNF last year. 18 degrees out and Rodgers throws for263 yards and 3 td’s.
    I think this proves your “You can’t throw in cold weather” argument fails.
    And enough with the Packers needing to trade for a running back crap. More than enough evidence that proves to the contrary has been presented. It’s time to move on. Now lets go eat a God Damn snack!

  25. steve grogan says: Oct 6, 2010 12:47 AM

    The next significant addition by GB will be at the draft, their GM doesn’t make trades. Expecting anything else would be foolish.

  26. Money Mike says: Oct 6, 2010 12:50 AM

    @JaNelson38….You bring up some good points but what are the chances that a 4th or 5th round will be a star in the making. Its not like Teddy has hit on them all the time and they usually become 2nd or 3rd stringers.
    Ryan Grant was a diamond in the rough but that doesn’t mean Jackson or Kuhn will be, again when you think about the odds will it be worth taking a gamble only on them especially when you are a superbowl contender.
    The colts went to the SB w/ out a good running game, so did the Cardinals the year before. Except, their is one problem. THEY DIDN’T WIN IT! There have been lots of teams that haven’t won it b/c of a lack of a running game.

  27. Paul says: Oct 6, 2010 1:01 AM

    Ted Thompson could have had at least one, maybe two SB titles if he had traded for Randy Moss and hired Sean Payton. He passed on both and maybe he’s passed on another chance to win a SB.

  28. Bottz2380 says: Oct 6, 2010 1:45 AM

    @ JaNelson38… The Packers need to get a RB ASAP just because the ones they have aren’t a threat to any team. Teams knew that Grant could run with the ball when he had it, so teams would stack the box more and that’s when Rogers made sick throws to anyone of his great receivers. Now teams don’t respect the Packers run game and they don’t stack the box which shuts down the passing game that the Packers have. So they need someone there that can be a threat so it opens up a WR to throw to and Lynch would be much better on a team like GB who has a better O line to run the ball bc Grant ran the ball over 1,000 yds I think last year no Bill has ran for anywhere near that in god knows how long,lol
    The Colts had one of the worst rushing attacks bc they never ran the ball, but they had Addai there as a threat and Addai is a very good RB and you cant use the Colts for an example bc the have MANNING , and teams respect him and they know he will rip them apart either way and Rogers isn’t even on Manning level at least not right now and that’s why they need one ASAP and I would start panicking if I were a Packer fan and have hopes of winning in the playoffs. Infact they should panic and get one even sooner bc it looks like Minnesota is getting Randy Moss bc that and the way they are playing with out a good RB , they may not even make the playoffs. YOU NEVER KNOW!!!!

  29. Cynical Bastard says: Oct 6, 2010 1:58 AM

    Green Bay’s offense is suffering without a viable running back. Their struggles on the ground only serve to validate Ryan Grant, whose season-ending injury – minimized in many quarters – will ultimately prove to be their undoing. Grant may not be CJ or AP, but he was a legitimate NFL running back who kept defenses honest and made it easier for Rodgers to pass. Now they can disregard the run completely, sit back and force Rodgers to beat them. As we saw against the Lions, it can be a difficult proposition and nearly cost them the game. Of course they should have acquired Lynch.

  30. Beer Cheese Soup says: Oct 6, 2010 2:03 AM

    This is one of the worst moves of Ted’s entire career, and that is really saying something.
    We could have made a serious run this year. All the experts picked the Pack to be in it at the end, but now, because of Ted’s failure to adapt to circumstances once again, and his outright refusal to put his ego aside and use more than one method to build a team, we face an uphill battle just to match last year’s one-and-done.
    At least there is a silver lining: Unless we DO go real far this postseason (which is obviously the preferred outcome), this will most definitely be Ted’s last year. You don’t get to be the most hated executive in all of American sports and keep your job for long.

  31. DJS425 says: Oct 6, 2010 2:19 AM

    Dear Green Bay, Philadelphia, and Buffalo. Thank you for Marshawn Lynch.
    Seattle

  32. LiberalGuilt says: Oct 6, 2010 2:28 AM

    On what planet was Green Bay ever a Super Bowl “favorite”? Contender, maybe…

  33. toughlovefan says: Oct 6, 2010 2:45 AM

    It doesnt matter what RB you have in the GB offense, it will still be just as effective…..lul!

  34. toughlovefan says: Oct 6, 2010 2:45 AM

    It doesnt matter what RB you have in the GB offense, it will still be just as effective..lul

  35. GeeBee says: Oct 6, 2010 3:22 AM

    Peyton Manning plays inside 8 games out of the year, in balmy Jacksonville, inside at Houston and whatever other warm climate the NFL can accomodate him with. Just like Favre.
    Manning is home or in Oakland all through December, with a pitstop in Tennessee.
    Favre’s schedule is pretty close. Last seven games (starting Nov. 21): four at home, five indoors…man, I want to see the Skins and Eagles pound his head in.
    And the Lions send that bit*h into retirement in the last game.

  36. afroviking says: Oct 6, 2010 3:29 AM

    JaNelson38 says:
    October 5, 2010 11:44 PM
    “And as far as NEEDING a running game to go to the Super Bowl…well, the Colts went to the Big Game last year with the league’s WORST running attack. So why does Ted Thompson need to panic and make some sort of trade for a guy that spent most of the last 2 years as the #3 back on Buffalo’s depth chart?”
    Woww you’re such a genius.
    Because the COLTS have a guy named PEYTON MANNING!!!
    By the way,if you didn’t know he’s the BEST QB in the league…Just saying.

  37. Love_Boat_Scandal says: Oct 6, 2010 4:29 AM

    Lynch is a great player in the backfield, Florio? Yeah, he has some talent, but he hasn’t always lived up to it.

  38. Lurch says: Oct 6, 2010 5:27 AM

    Why bring that mess into your locker room if you don’t have to? Lynch is a west coast guy … and it’s best sending him out there where he’s most comfortable.
    Leave all the desperation trades to desperate teams … like the Vikings – they’re like the Yankees – only without money.

  39. Ted_Thompson says: Oct 6, 2010 5:50 AM

    We felt the price was too high for a player who may not have been a good fit chemistry-wise. We’re confident Starks will provide a boost once he’s activated. We like our guys, we’re going to try to win with what we have. Anybody that’s surprised we didn’t get Lynch hasn’t been paying attention to the way we do things in GB.

  40. kick says: Oct 6, 2010 5:56 AM

    To the tune of “New York, New York”
    Start spreading the news
    The Seahawks will lose
    They’re going to lose and lose again
    And lose some more
    They’re going to lose again
    Because they cannot win
    The Seahawks will lose
    (repeat)

  41. tdawg69 says: Oct 6, 2010 6:47 AM

    Dear Seattle,
    Marshawn Lynch is not going to win you any more games. You can’t win with a bad line and a old QB.
    You still suck.
    Signed,
    The rest of the NFL

  42. JimmySmith says: Oct 6, 2010 6:53 AM

    Generally, I agree with the overall sentiment that TT should have made a move. However, the one factor that is unknown is the terms of the second conditional pick in the trade.
    Would it surprise anyone if the terms were; 1,000 yards, Pro bowl selection by Lynch and a trip to the playoffs and the Bills get another 1st or 2nd round pick thereby finalizing the trade as a 1st and 4th rounder?
    Add to that the strong possibility of a work stoppage and the potential of a two draft classes rolled into one thereby doubling the value of each and every draft pick.
    When considering those factors, maybe the Bills front office isn’t as stupid as the Viking fans, granted that is nearly impossible to be that stupid but the Viking fans who post here set a very high bar.

  43. RJ85 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:05 AM

    It’s funny when people say Thompson was smart not to mortgage our future with a pick for Lynch. It’s not like a guy with his talent could have come in and been an immediate starter. There is no reason to waste a 4th rounder on someone like him when you can pick these kind of guys instead…
    Marvel Underwood
    Brady Poppinga
    Will Blackmon
    Cory Rodgers
    Allen Barbre
    Jeremy Thompson
    Josh Sitton
    T.J. Lang
    It should be noted that Sitton is the only one who is currently starting on the Packers.

  44. Ted_Thompson says: Oct 6, 2010 7:13 AM

    That’s very funny, Jimmy!
    “Viking fans are stupid” but they’re also ugly!

  45. sand0 says: Oct 6, 2010 7:55 AM

    Packers have too good of an offense not to have a decent running back. They should have gotten this guy at least just for the season. Lynch isn’t elite but he’s fairly dynamic and probably could have brought a lot to the table.
    Teams really respect the GB passing game so Lynch taking carries and short passes might have put him into some open field situations.
    Their current two running backs can be relatively easily tackled in the open field by one player. Lynch isn’t nearly as easy to track down. He’s a bit jittery with some nice speed to back it.

  46. nevegreg says: Oct 6, 2010 7:56 AM

    Time to open my dresser and dig out out my “Fire TED Thompson” shirt.

  47. bobinpuertorico says: Oct 6, 2010 8:12 AM

    It is incredible how so many ignorant people continue to think that Lynch has a lot of off field trouble. On the down side, when two drunk women staggered into the road at night and his attention was on the first, the second bumped his car. He was not drinking, probably did not even realize anyone had been hit and received a minor traffic ticket. His only semi-serious crime was having an unregistered, unloaded gun in the back of his vehicle, for which he was guilty of a misdemeanor and was senteced to community service (and a three game NFL suspension). That is his complete “life of crime.” On the positive side, he regularly gave his time and money to provide food and football camps for the poor in Buffalo and in California. Lynch has been given a bad rap and it is unfortunate that Green Bay did not jump at the chance to get him. He is only 24 and rushed for over 1,000 in his first two seasons, plus had about 50 receptions in his second, when he played in the Pro Bowl.
    Perhaps Green Bay will take C.J. Spiller from the Bills for a second or third round draft pick. Of course rumor is that the Bills are shopping the overall #1 draft pick in the 2011 draft and that they would be happy to take a third round pick or a backup player for it!

  48. gregjennings says: Oct 6, 2010 8:12 AM

    I didn’t realize Florio was a GM. Has he, or any of you, constructed a competing francise?

  49. wrath4771 says: Oct 6, 2010 8:59 AM

    Lynch would have hated in Green Bay. If he oculdn’t stand Buffalo, living in Green Bay would have killed him. TT is looking for guys that can at least stand the “lack of culture” in Green Bay. Lynch would have been one and done.

  50. MrHumble says: Oct 6, 2010 9:00 AM

    Gotta love these Packer posters who have drank so much kool aid that if TT told them he was trading A. Rodgers and to trust him, they would actually support him. To the one poster who compared the Packers to the Colts…….do you really think Rodgers is as good as Manning, or Jennings is as good as Wayne, or Driver and Collie and James Jones and Garcon…..or Finley and Clark????????? And for the dude that said the Colts have no running back either…….Addai accounted for almost 1200yds and 13 TD’s last year….about the same yardage as Ryan Grant and with a couple more TD’s than Grant. There’s a reason the Colts have won their division the past several years and played in the SB……becuz their team/players are better than Packers players. You have to at least win your division before you can compare yourself to a SB representative like the Colts…….but I guess if you drink enough kool-aid, you can convince yourself that the world is flat.

  51. Veritas Amber says: Oct 6, 2010 9:10 AM

    They could have the second coming of the greatest packer RBs of all time, with out an OL to block, they’ll still have more plays blown up behind the line of scrimmage than positive.

  52. radioboy20010 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:16 AM

    So the Packers are supposed to give up draft picks for a guy who got beaten out on the worst team in the league by not one, but two guys?
    The usual stuff about firing everybody, all day, everyday and that will make the team better. Sounds like corporate America is rubbing off on Packers fans.
    The Packers are tied for the division lead, and they aren’t 0-4 as it sounds some of you think is their position.
    Lets look at SOME of the players Ted Thompson et.al, have brought on board: Aaron Rodgers, Grant, Finley,Jennings, Sitton, Woodson, Pickett, Raji, Matthews, Collins, Crosby…those are they guys with potential or have been All-Pros. There’s a number of other really good players that other teams would die for. Remember when the Packers made their cuts? Everyone of them were scooped up by other teams? Think the Packers have no talent?
    The usual analysis by the Internet GM’s is Green Bay exists in a football vacuum. They can pick and choose at will(another way fantasy football has warped the real thing) and every other team will gladly just give in.
    It’s a dogfight for 16 weeks, with 31 other hungry dogs and the big dog will eat. The Packers have the players to be with the big dogs.
    Marshawn Lynch? Give me a break. Larry Johnson? If these guys were any good they would be starting. Why is it someone else’s player is going to make the Packers better? Seems like Ted and company have done a pretty good job, thank you, sorry you can’t see it.

  53. T. says: Oct 6, 2010 9:33 AM

    “Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has made it known he wanted Lynch to come to town.”
    Really? That’s quite a leap from the actual facts, isn’t it?
    Here are the facts:
    In September, Greg Bedard (a real reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) asked Aaron what he would tell general manager Ted Thompson if Thompson asked Aaron for his input on Lynch.
    Rodgers replied, “Bring him on.”
    How do you get from THAT to “Rodgers has made it known he wanted Lynch to come to town”?
    Playing fast and loose with the reality of certain situations make you a bottom feeder as opposed to a legitimate journalist. Now, there might not be much of a difference, Florio. But you are now officially affiliated with NBC Sports, and as such you are automatically vested with public trust, whether you like it or not. You don’t have a choice anymore. That “I’m not a real journalist” schtick won’t cut it anymore. Be accurate and report the facts as they exist, or STFU and stop being irresponsible.

  54. MuskyHunter2542 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:40 AM

    Just a thought… Maybe Lynch doesnt fit the zone blocking schemes

  55. PurpleRaid12 says: Oct 6, 2010 9:47 AM

    It’s ok… they have John Kuhn. Right? Isn’t that his name?

  56. awfflpete says: Oct 6, 2010 9:55 AM

    The Pack arejust bidding their time. James Starks was drafted to be our back of the future. The future begins in 2 weeks. You are all on notice…

  57. Supersuckers2 says: Oct 6, 2010 10:04 AM

    murray22 says:
    October 5, 2010 11:33 PM
    Lynch has talent, but lots of off the field baggage. He wasn’t happy in small town Buffalo. He’s an Oakland guy. Lynch would probably not be a good fit in Green Bay. He’s one incident away from a Johnny Jolly type suspension. The Packers are 3-1. No need to panic. There’s lots of time for rookie rb James Starks or someone else to step up. In 2007, Ryan Grant didn’t take over until the middle of the season. Then the running game took off.
    ——————–
    very well said. perfect. This was a good transaction. by that i mean some of the best moves are the ones you don’t make.

  58. MacheteMouth says: Oct 6, 2010 10:32 AM

    settle down packer fans, james starks will make u forget about all of the above mentioned rb’s in a few weeks…and i really do mean that…

  59. Workin' Man says: Oct 6, 2010 11:00 AM

    Im sorry to to throw stats in all you trollers’ faces, but i just have to. I mean i know how you hate facts and how they get in the way of your comment rage, but bear with me a few seconds….
    Rodgers in games at or below freezing last year
    3 wins – 1 loss (a one point loss to the steelers on the road)
    Over those 4 games rodgers threw for 1063 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 picks. I’ll admit not the greatest, but not as bas as you guys make it out to be.
    I mean c’mon! you guys act like when the thermo hits 0 degrees celcius it becomes immpossible to throw the ball.. You all must be from down south (or namby-pamby places like MN, where football is played indoors, lol) I mean 32 down to 0 degrees really isnt all that bad if you have a pair…. -40 below wind chill — now that is a bit cold (doesnt happen that often in december though)
    Oh yeah… and this vaunted run game you guys thought we had with grant that is required for us to win in December… over those same 4 games grant ran for a total of 175 yards….. so much for needing a run game… man you guys are lame.. try again

  60. ncsteve83 says: Oct 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    Here in Carolina, we have (2) 1100 yard backs from last year, a first in NFL history. We desperately need a WR. If you are not familiar with the Panthers, Steve Smith is hurt and the only other WR’s on the roster are 3 rookies, and Clowney (insert joke here). Dwayne Jarrett was a bust, Im glad we cut him after that second DUI.
    Green Bay, on behalf of the Carolina Panthers orginization, would like to make you an offer.
    1) Deangelo Williams for Greg Jennings, straight up.
    Leaves you with Driver and Jones at WR, the leagues best TE so far this year, and a dual threat RB with good hands and great toughness and quickness.
    Leaves us with Smith and Jennings, hell of a combo, Stewart fulltime at RB, but with Mike Goodson as a solid backup.
    Its WIN WIN. Lets do it.
    2) Williams for James Jones and your 1st rd pick in 2011. You get to keep Jennings, we get a decent reciever in Jones and a late 1st rd pick (Packers will be 12-4 at worst, 25th pick or higher).
    Thats a better trade for GB, but I would take it right now. Having 2 great RB paired with a Smith only helps us none whatsoever.

  61. CanadianVikingFan says: Oct 6, 2010 11:10 AM

    John Kuhn seems good enough to get them through the season. When Denver had lost all their RBs they used Peyton Hillis as their #1 and he performed well. Now he is in Cleveland playing really well.

  62. Supersuckers2 says: Oct 6, 2010 11:14 AM

    radioboy20010 says:
    October 6, 2010 9:16 AM
    So the Packers are supposed to give up draft picks for a guy who got beaten out on the worst team in the league by not one, but two guys?
    The usual stuff about firing everybody, all day, everyday and that will make the team better. Sounds like corporate America is rubbing off on Packers fans.
    The Packers are tied for the division lead, and they aren’t 0-4 as it sounds some of you think is their position.
    Lets look at SOME of the players Ted Thompson et.al, have brought on board: Aaron Rodgers, Grant, Finley,Jennings, Sitton, Woodson, Pickett, Raji, Matthews, Collins, Crosby…those are they guys with potential or have been All-Pros. There’s a number of other really good players that other teams would die for. Remember when the Packers made their cuts? Everyone of them were scooped up by other teams? Think the Packers have no talent?
    The usual analysis by the Internet GM’s is Green Bay exists in a football vacuum. They can pick and choose at will(another way fantasy football has warped the real thing) and every other team will gladly just give in.
    It’s a dogfight for 16 weeks, with 31 other hungry dogs and the big dog will eat. The Packers have the players to be with the big dogs.
    Marshawn Lynch? Give me a break. Larry Johnson? If these guys were any good they would be starting. Why is it someone else’s player is going to make the Packers better? Seems like Ted and company have done a pretty good job, thank you, sorry you can’t see it.
    ———————–
    Another intelligent post!! WOW!!! People are starting to get it!! Very well said!!!

  63. Contra says: Oct 6, 2010 11:21 AM

    I love watching Packer fans squirm when trying to justify packer mistakes. Please take note of what a GM is supposed to do – liiike go get Randy Moss back to the Vikings!

  64. purple hay-seuss says: Oct 6, 2010 11:40 AM

    So I’m curious as to why, after escaping the Detroit game (at Holy Lambeau, for Pete’s sake!) with the win, did Rogers and several other Packers repeatedly make comments relating their obvious concern with the game? Why was there not talk of complete domination and destruction of Detroit? Why was there not victory jubilation and enjoyment? Why did Moobs have to remind them, twice, that they won the game?
    My conclusion: The Packers are concerned. They have holes in their team. They know that Rogers cannot win every game by himself. Having a solid receiving corps is not the be-all-and-end-all. They know for a hard fact that their O line is still not ‘fixed’. They know that there are many, many teams that are much better than the Lions. They know that they won’t get away with that kind of play and win against most teams.

  65. ron816a says: Oct 6, 2010 12:11 PM

    Packers should give a look to Julius Jones who Seattle just cut.. I think he would be a good fit.

  66. SpartaChris says: Oct 6, 2010 1:18 PM

    The Packers aren’t a running team. That’s not their identity, and you know what? It’s not even necessary any more.
    You guys talk about the favorable conditions allowing the Colts and Cardinals to throw the ball rather than run it, but the 2008 Steelers were ranked 23 in rushing and won the Super Bowl. Last I checked, they play outside, in the cold too.

  67. nickinpa4u says: Oct 6, 2010 3:50 PM

    Are you kidding me,,,,Match Seahawks offer
    The Bills getting the Seahawks 4th is better then the Packers 4th…the Pack would have had to offer a 3rd….Lynch could nt even hold a starting job on the lowly Bills why is he now so great

  68. Beer Cheese Soup says: Oct 6, 2010 4:41 PM

    Ted_Thompson (AKA Super Suck) says:
    We felt the price was too high for a player who may not have been a good fit chemistry-wise. We’re confident Starks will provide a boost once he’s activated. We like our guys, we’re going to try to win with what we have. Anybody that’s surprised we didn’t get Lynch hasn’t been paying attention to the way we do things in GB.
    ____________
    I’m sorry, that’s incorrect.
    TED is the one who hasn’t been paying attention to the way things are done in Green Bay. Ted, and his followers who are currently jumping off that wagon in droves.
    The Packers have a winning tradition that extends back before any of us were born. Twelve championships, the highest trophy named after a former Packers coach, Winning is the only thing, Titletown, THAT is how things are done in Green Bay. Win, and win it all, at all costs.
    Sadly, Ted has crapped all over that winning legacy, preferring to do things his way. What results have “his way” produced? One, ONE playoff win ever. That isn’t Packers football. That’s Ted football, and it sucks. It has made the once-mighty Packers a laughingstock.
    I really don’t understand how anyone can still support this guy, but it doesn’t matter. He’ll be gone soon, off to take away some other team’s chances of success.

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