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Ted Thompson: People concerned about our tackles should get on with their lives

David Bakhtiari AP

The Packers will start the regular season with a pair of largely untested offensive tackles, which has generated some concern about how well quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be protected this season.

General Manager Ted Thompson is not among those concerned about how things are going to play out. During an interview with Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Thompson said that he feels good about the offensive line with the start of the regular season a little more than a week away and he has a message for those who don’t share his confidence.

“It would probably depend on who the people were,” Thompson said. “Go on with their life, everything else will be fine.”

It’s not the cuddliest answer in the world since people interested in the Packers offense may also be consumers of the myriad products that the Packers sell to generate revenue, but Thompson’s confidence has a strong base. The Packers offensive line has dealt with injuries and underperforming players for several years without causing them too many problems when it comes to putting points on the board. With Rodgers at quarterback, that will likely be the case again this year.

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  1. eaglesnd18 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    This guy got us all good! He won’t be saying how good they look when aaron Rodgers goes down with a broken leg.

  2. reesesteel23 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:48 PM

    Your own fans are concerned about your horrible tackles. A-hole

  3. elliottcovert says: Aug 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    Is he telling Aaron Rodgers to get on with his life?

  4. dalcow4 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    The fact is that without Rodgers this just isn’t that good of a team.

  5. howsaboutit says: Aug 29, 2013 12:53 PM

    well said Ted!

  6. earpaniac says: Aug 29, 2013 12:55 PM

    Considering those people are directly responsible for his salary, I hate when teams or athletes say this.

  7. isit5pmyet says: Aug 29, 2013 12:59 PM

    Yo Ted, worrying about the Packers is my life.

  8. jrmbadger says: Aug 29, 2013 1:02 PM

    “It would probably depend on who the people were,” Thompson said. “Go on with their life, everything else will be fine.”

    ===================

    But then how are the poor little Viking trolls going to make a sad and pathetic case that their little 7-9 team is gonna win the North?

  9. ibavikingfanib says: Aug 29, 2013 1:04 PM

    Super bowl!

  10. dino2997 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    Ted Thompson is like a lot of Packer fans…clueless.

  11. clayminator says: Aug 29, 2013 1:08 PM

    small sample size but Rodgers has played 5 series this season…1 sack, no 3 & outs, 3 scores and one turned over on downs at 1 yard line.

    Packers O-Line is not great, but they will be serviceable in light of the fact they have the best QB in the NFL behind them.

    also factor in the improved running game which has been upgraded from a mess last season which saw 5 different starters.

    Packers are a 12-4 or 11-5 team and will no doubt win the NFC North.

  12. filthytokyomcgerberjmbadger says: Aug 29, 2013 1:10 PM

    Packer fans have no lives to get on with.

  13. clayminator says: Aug 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    dino2997 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:05 PM

    Ted Thompson is like a lot of Packer fans…clueless.

    ————–

    hey dingbat2997…who is your team?

    only a moron would argue with the success Thompson has had and will continue to have.

    Packers are a winning franchise….deal with it!

  14. hatesycophants says: Aug 29, 2013 1:12 PM

    The pissy little attitude starts at the top, huh?

    Got it.

  15. shackdelrio says: Aug 29, 2013 1:17 PM

    Maybe Ted Thompson should remember why he is getting paid so much much money is because football fans can’t go on with our lives.

  16. skins21 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:22 PM

    *Holding worthless piece of paper*

    But Ted, I’m a part owner of the team?!

    ~Packer fan

  17. clayminator says: Aug 29, 2013 1:28 PM

    dalcow4 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    The fact is that without Rodgers this just isn’t that good of a team.

    ——————-

    dalcow4….your new Delta name is MOTO (Master Of The Obvious)

    we have seen how good the vikes are without their MVP…we’ve seen the bores without their whiney qb. your cowturds would be 4-12 without your overpaid qb, so what is your point?

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 29, 2013 1:33 PM

    “Go find a special friend to share a facial treatment at the spa. That always works for me.”.

  19. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 29, 2013 1:38 PM

    I wouldn’t say I’m “concerned” about the Packers’ tackles. I’m more “gleeful.”

  20. purpleguy says: Aug 29, 2013 1:38 PM

    Hey, people should be happy the robot actually had something to say that for once wasn’t as bland as oatmeal.

  21. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 29, 2013 1:39 PM

    I think Packer fans should be more concerned about their GM’s indifferent attitude toward the offensive line than they are about just the tackles.

  22. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Aug 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    can’t wait for week one!! aldon smith and justin smith are going to have a great game…..also LEMONIER is going to be unleashed. Not familiar with him packer fans…you will.

  23. Troll_toll says: Aug 29, 2013 1:45 PM

    Ted is the man…In Ted we trust….best GM in sports! Go Pack Go….and boy do you haters love to hate.

  24. mamathews701 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:46 PM

    To Ted…We endured the 70’s and 80′ so we know how to go on with our lives. To everybody else…..(especially Viking trolls) We have enjoyed a 47 -17 record and a Championship in the last 4 years. all with a suspect o-line. If your trying to put the pack down, your just envious.

  25. sandblastermoron says: Aug 29, 2013 1:50 PM

    In “TURD” we trust!!!!!

  26. annes22 says: Aug 29, 2013 1:52 PM

    What a stupid remark from a General Manager.
    Maybe he should get on with his own life.

  27. golforepar says: Aug 29, 2013 1:54 PM

    The team just won SB 45. Vegas has them 5th in SB odds this year.
    Keep disputing trolls, keep disputing!!

  28. overratedsteelerhater says: Aug 29, 2013 2:00 PM

    what makes this Rodgers guy so great any way only has 1 title ,all them season stats are for fantasy players.he’s not all that!!!

  29. 7ransponder says: Aug 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    Did TT just tell Packer fans to get a life? Hard to dislike this guy…

  30. Norseman says: Aug 29, 2013 2:01 PM

    Maybe he should have said:

    “Packer fans, get a life.”

    But hey, TT is a genius!

  31. contra74 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:02 PM

    Love it – Ted Thompson tells those who bought ‘stock’ in the team to go on with their lives when they are worried about the o-line. Really Ted? That’s how you treat your shareholders? Usually, shareholder questions are addressed…guess things work differently in GB. So thats what buying stock got you? Someone telling you to go pound sand?

  32. Norseman says: Aug 29, 2013 2:03 PM

    Or he could have said:

    “It’s not the offensive line I’m worried about, it’s when #12 goes down after getting bludgeoned multiple times every week. Then you can worry.”

  33. citizenstrange says: Aug 29, 2013 2:06 PM

    Stupid fans caring about stupid sports. (said in Homer Simpson voice)

  34. Troll_toll says: Aug 29, 2013 2:08 PM

    overratedsteelerhater says:
    Aug 29, 2013 2:00 PM
    what makes this Rodgers guy so great any way only has 1 title ,all them season stats are for fantasy players.he’s not all that!!!

    really dummy? you obviously have never watched him play, or your just completely clueless. Go back to watching water polo.

  35. simplesimon1 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:25 PM

    clayminator:

    “small sample size but Rodgers has played 5 series this season…1 sack, no 3 & outs, 3 scores and one turned over on downs at 1 yard line.

    Packers O-Line is not great, but they will be serviceable in light of the fact they have the best QB in the NFL behind them.”

    I’d be concerned…remember, you’re looking at preseason when nobody schemes and teams almost never really come after the QB. Regular season twice against lines like in Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit, then throw in SF, Washington, Dallas, NY Giants, Baltimore, Cincinatti, Pittsburgh….. Wow, servicable will get Rodgers killed this year and that isn’t hating on the Packers, it’s just true. The North plays some of the hardest pass rushing teams in the entire NFL this year.

    Don’t get me wrong, the Pack could still win the division, but it won’t be a cakewalk for any NFC team this year. The competition is fierce.

    After SF and Washington to start the year, the Packers could be singing a very diffferent tune about not being worried.

  36. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 29, 2013 2:27 PM

    The Persian Prince and Barclay are going to be awesome at tackle. Besides, who should I listen to? Vik trolls or Mr. Ted Thompson? I think I’ll go with the guy who has won a Super Bowl.

  37. mp4pack says: Aug 29, 2013 2:40 PM

    The guy has spent a couple first round picks on tackles in the past four years, and both are on the shelf with injuries. Not much more he can do. Quality offensive tackles aren’t just sitting at home waiting for a phone call a week before the season. The protection won’t be any worse or better than the last couple of years, but an improved running game as long as Lacy stays healthy will take some pressure off.

  38. themike31 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:41 PM

    Rodgers has played five years as a starter and never had the same two tackles start all 16 games. Over that span he’s only missed one start due to injury and the offense has been one of the league’s best each year.

    People severely underestimate McCarthy and the staff’s ability to coach around their offensive line.

    I, like Ted, am not concerned.

  39. dalcow4 says: Aug 29, 2013 2:43 PM

    “we have seen how good the vikes are without their MVP…we’ve seen the bores without their whiney qb. your cowturds would be 4-12 without your overpaid qb, so what is your point?”
    —————————————-

    The point is don’t get so puffed up when you are merely a bad O-lineman’s mistake away from 5-11, or 4-12.

  40. iheartharvin says: Aug 29, 2013 2:53 PM

    I would say something witty but I just realized that my team sucks WITH an offensive line. SKOL

  41. conormacleod says: Aug 29, 2013 3:02 PM

    Why does every post that states they should worry get labeled “Vikings trolls”? 40% of your line is comprised of back-ups! If you have no concerns, then you’re an idiot.

  42. aldante66 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:11 PM

    Look TT is not the dumb ass I believe him to be. He is playing ‘cheap’ ball because he has to. This team has another raft of bums on it. Mostly undrafteds no one wanted and or ditto late round picks 31 other teams passed on as not suitable for the NFL.

    The reason this team has all the injuries is because they have all the weak, smallish players that were not considered NFL caliber size wise and injury prone. Gee, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that.

    Ted should have picked a top O lineman with his 1 and 2 picks knowing Beluga was iffy, Sherrod may never come back, you have one guy playing center and its not his normal spot with no backup and the O line is supposed to protect your 120 million dollar man. Not too bright there Teddy boy and I hope it bites you in the ass this year. 6-11 baby and 0-5 to start the season Teddy.

  43. thesconnienation says: Aug 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    filthytokyomcgerberjmbadger says:
    Aug 29, 2013 1:10 PM
    Packer fans have no lives to get on with.

    ——————————————————

    Says the non-Packer fan commenting on a Packer’s story. . . .

  44. pem34 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    I thought the people complaining where “shareholders” Ted? I mean you have a responsibility to them. They are looking out for their “investment”.

  45. contra74 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Aug 29, 2013 3:02 PM
    Why does every post that states they should worry get labeled “Vikings trolls”?
    —-
    Packer fans think ONLY Viking fans dislike them. Yea, thats how narrowminded they can be. 31 other fanbases and they think only 1 of them has a problem with the GB Packers .

  46. thesconnienation says: Aug 29, 2013 3:20 PM

    aldante66 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 3:11 PM
    Look TT is not the dumb ass I believe him to be. He is playing ‘cheap’ ball because he has to. This team has another raft of bums on it. Mostly undrafteds no one wanted and or ditto late round picks 31 other teams passed on as not suitable for the NFL.

    The reason this team has all the injuries is because they have all the weak, smallish players that were not considered NFL caliber size wise and injury prone. Gee, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that.

    Ted should have picked a top O lineman with his 1 and 2 picks knowing Beluga was iffy, Sherrod may never come back, you have one guy playing center and its not his normal spot with no backup and the O line is supposed to protect your 120 million dollar man. Not too bright there Teddy boy and I hope it bites you in the ass this year. 6-11 baby and 0-5 to start the season Teddy.

    ———————————————

    Speaking of not too bright.

  47. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Aug 29, 2013 3:25 PM

    It’s going to be Aaron Rodgers who will have to worry about getting on with his life after playing against Suh and Fairley twice

  48. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    Not a Pack fan here but they win the division every year so I can’t really understand the constant grief they get from fans of other NFC North teams.To quote the great Ric Flair “To be the man…you have to beat the man”

  49. filthymcnasty1isadouche says: Aug 29, 2013 3:27 PM

    Packer fans – overweight and undereducated.

  50. greysolon says: Aug 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    Bad o-line, no running backs, mediocre receivers, no tight ends, weak d-line, weak linebackers overall, fairly good secondary. Great QB. One great LB.

    10-6 because they play the Vikings and Lions twice.

  51. deltaoracle says: Aug 29, 2013 3:40 PM

    TT would scarcely bat an eye if the ground was cracking open and a mountain-high tsunami was heading his way. As long as his oil gets changed every three months he’ll just roll calmly on forever.
    On the other hand, I’m worried about most everything concerned with the team. In my spare time of course.

  52. prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:41 PM

    aldante66 hahah and your team is?! this strategy won us a super bowl 2 years ago – unless you are a Giant or Ravens fan, you have no place to be talking because we’ve won a Super Bowl more recently then your team. As long as Arod and TT are around, we will continue dominating the division and be a perennial Super Bowl threat. I’m sorry you don’t like our draft and develop strategy cuz you know we will be on the top for the foreseeable future..

    So who is your team? I can pick holes at any contender:

    49ers: Worst starting WRs in the conference, terrible CBs led by a ghetto QB

    Vikings: Worst starting QB in the game

    Seahawks: Worst road team

    Falcons: Worst playoff composure

    See its easy. And just so you know, we had basically the same Oline last year and we made it to the final 8. So who is your team?

  53. dino2997 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:44 PM

    clayminator:

    I found it quite amusing you chose to defend Ted Thompson and not yourself as a fan. Thanks for proving my point.

    Ted Thompson is like a lot of Packer fans…clueless.

  54. prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:47 PM

    greysolon says:Aug 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    Bad o-line, no running backs, mediocre receivers, no tight ends, weak d-line, weak linebackers overall, fairly good secondary. Great QB. One great LB.

    LOLZ really? Oline is the same one that got us to the divisional round of playoffs. RB? Lacy..Mediocre Receivers? Cobb, Nelson, Jones would all be #1s on a worse team, and especially on the 49ers. Nick Perry and Clay Matthews weak? ok lolz, good CBs, average safeties.

    Now tell me about your team. I can play this same game with your “all star” cast lolz. Tell me this, have they won the Super Bowl since the Packers did in 2010? If not, for the sake of your inferior team loser, shut your yap.

  55. mp4pack says: Aug 29, 2013 3:58 PM

    contra74 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Aug 29, 2013 3:02 PM
    Why does every post that states they should worry get labeled “Vikings trolls”?
    —-
    Packer fans think ONLY Viking fans dislike them. Yea, thats how narrowminded they can be. 31 other fanbases and they think only 1 of them has a problem with the GB Packers .
    _________________________________

    True that. Being hated by insecure fans of also-rans across the league is a sign of sustained greatness, as other great franchises like the Pats and Steelers know. The Vikings long for days when they can be the hated rather than the haters.

  56. nflfollower says: Aug 29, 2013 3:59 PM

    “Get on with your lives, just make sure you keep buying our stock” —Ted Thompson.

  57. rikker12 says: Aug 29, 2013 4:01 PM

    filthymcnasty1isadouche says:
    Packer fans – overweight and undereducated.

    ________________________
    You told them!! Way to go.. I’m sure your laughing hysterically… All by yourself.

    Viking & Bears fans – Way Overweight & Uneducated… Ahh…. right back at ya.. Doofus

  58. contra74 says: Aug 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    mp4pack says:
    Aug 29, 2013 3:58 PM
    contra74 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:19 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Aug 29, 2013 3:02 PM
    Why does every post that states they should worry get labeled “Vikings trolls”?
    —-
    Packer fans think ONLY Viking fans dislike them. Yea, thats how narrowminded they can be. 31 other fanbases and they think only 1 of them has a problem with the GB Packers .
    _________________________________

    True that. Being hated by insecure fans of also-rans across the league is a sign of sustained greatness, as other great franchises like the Pats and Steelers know. The Vikings long for days when they can be the hated rather than the haters.
    —–
    Theres that kool-aid talking again.

  59. rtp295 says: Aug 29, 2013 4:03 PM

    Keep the Ted Thompson insults rolling in, but the team is 84-54 (including playoffs) since he has taken over, not to mention three division titles and a Superbowl, how is your GM doing?

  60. beedubyatoo says: Aug 29, 2013 4:12 PM

    dalcow4 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    The fact is that without Rodgers this just isn’t that good of a team.
    ——————————
    That could be said relative to about 5 teams in the NFL like GB who have elite QB’s. On the other 27 teams, it wouldn’t even be noticed if the qb and the center changed places when they’re on the field.

    When you achieve your .GED, you may come back and comment.

  61. uwsptke says: Aug 29, 2013 4:19 PM

    REPORT: Packers 4th round rookie LT and 2nd year undrafted free agent RT look solid throughout the preseason, Rodgers remains unharmed.

  62. vikingsfan4life says: Aug 29, 2013 4:29 PM

    I guess as far as protecting Aaron Rogers is concerned, Thrifty Ted Thompson’s motto is “Our Tackles Are Good [Cheap] Enough.”

    TT had better hope and pray his tackles don’t get Rogers hurt. He’ll be the one blamed if they’re not up to the task.

  63. filthymcgnarly1 says: Aug 29, 2013 4:48 PM

    The wolf need not worry about the insults from the sheep.

  64. fmc651 says: Aug 29, 2013 4:51 PM

    Ted is the one that needs to get a life. As a NFL GM you will be second guessed. Not every packer fan is in lockstep with you Ted. If a season ticket holder has some concerns you do not tell him to get a life.

  65. allday28mvpmvp says: Aug 29, 2013 5:51 PM

    prettyflyforawhiteguy1 says: Aug 29, 2013 3:41 PM

    aldante66 hahah and your team is?! this strategy won us a super bowl 2 years ago – unless you are a Giant or Ravens fan, you have no place to be talking because we’ve won a Super Bowl more recently then your team. As long as Arod and TT are around, we will continue dominating the division and be a perennial Super Bowl threat. I’m sorry you don’t like our draft and develop strategy cuz you know we will be on the top for the foreseeable future..

    —–

    its not 2011 anymore, your team stinks

  66. thepvyharvin says: Aug 29, 2013 5:59 PM

    Wow…old man should retire,what a punk answer. But this is the Packers GM after all ,so punk fits. Old boy is jealous. he wanted to court Ryan Braun. Thus not providing a line to protect Rodgers…payback

  67. gtodriver says: Aug 29, 2013 6:45 PM

    clayminator says:

    small sample size but Rodgers has played 5 series this season…1 sack, no 3 & outs, 3 scores and one turned over on downs at 1 yard line.
    ____________________

    Clay

    You forgot to post the other important numbers…

    He’s the only NFC North starting QB to not have a TD pass this preseason.

    He’s also the only NFC North starter to have more INT’s than TD’s in the preseason.

  68. outlawshark says: Aug 29, 2013 7:18 PM

    It still cracks me up when the butt-hurt losers complain about the Packers stock sale that added 6,000 seats to Lambeau Field. Some idiots think it is worthless paper, but it is priceless knowing the league-best stadium is not only being preserved, but improved because of the effort of their owners.

    It’s no wonder the Vikings fans hate the Packers, they can’t even keep their own stadium hopes alive – because of their owners.

  69. outlawshark says: Aug 29, 2013 7:23 PM

    “Go on with your life” is what he said. “Get a life” is what some of you word-twisters should do.

  70. cornerblitz says: Aug 29, 2013 7:29 PM

    eaglesnd18 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:44 PM

    This guy got us all good! He won’t be saying how good they look when aaron Rodgers goes down with a broken leg.

    =================================

    You honestly think the Eagles would be able to handle Vince Young if that happened? You must be relieved they don’t play the Pack in the regular season, and we ALL know your Eagles are safe from any kind of post-season confrontation. Keep trolling the Packers pages man. You know you can’t resist admiring a real team.

  71. cornerblitz says: Aug 29, 2013 7:44 PM

    gtodriver says:
    Aug 29, 2013 6:45 PM
    clayminator says:

    small sample size but Rodgers has played 5 series this season…1 sack, no 3 & outs, 3 scores and one turned over on downs at 1 yard line.
    ____________________

    Clay

    You forgot to post the other important numbers…

    He’s the only NFC North starting QB to not have a TD pass this preseason.

    He’s also the only NFC North starter to have more INT’s than TD’s in the preseason.

    ================================

    GTO,

    “Preseason” being the keyword here. Hope your ready for the regular season, We all know Rodgers is.

  72. contra74 says: Aug 29, 2013 7:52 PM

    outlawshark says:
    Aug 29, 2013 7:18 PM
    It still cracks me up when the butt-hurt losers complain about the Packers stock sale that added 6,000 seats to Lambeau Field. Some idiots think it is worthless paper, but it is priceless knowing the league-best stadium is not only being preserved, but improved because of the effort of their owners.

    It’s no wonder the Vikings fans hate the Packers, they can’t even keep their own stadium hopes alive – because of their owners.
    —-
    You think bleacher seating with no seat backs makes it a league-best stadium?

    There you go again thinking its only Viking fans that laugh at your ‘stock’.

  73. hansenbrothers says: Aug 29, 2013 10:10 PM

    TT is brilliant, and doesn’t overreact. He’s a little too confident in his abilities. The Packers bookends are concerning.

  74. cornerblitz says: Aug 30, 2013 1:05 AM

    isit5pmyet says:
    Aug 29, 2013 12:59 PM

    Yo Ted, worrying about the Packers is my life.

    =============================

    It’s the called the rumor mill people, he didn’t say it like that. This is what they do here! Get a clue.

  75. bearzzzorangenblueunicorn says: Aug 30, 2013 5:51 AM

    The hideousness of Thompsons looks will haunt my dreams forever….

  76. gtodriver says: Aug 30, 2013 7:00 AM

    cornerblitz says:

    “Preseason” being the keyword here.
    __________________________

    corner

    I was responding to claymakers post about Rodgers positive stats during the PRESEASON.

    If a Packer fan can post good PRESEASON stats – why can’t those stats be countered with the negative stats for the same time period.

    Posts like your’s are why many Packer fans have so little credibility around here. Seems several of them have trouble dealing with the truth.

  77. twobluegills says: Aug 30, 2013 8:44 AM

    I keep hearing, “without Aaron Rodgers the Packers are not that good”. Isn’t that quite obvious? Take a super star off the team and you aren’t good? The fact is Rodgers IS on the team so get over it.

  78. axespray says: Oct 31, 2013 6:26 PM

    That rookie left tackle just owned Jared Allen – the other guy opened up holes for Lacy to run through…

    Maybe give this (Superbowl Winning) GM some props?

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