Polar (or NFC North) Opposites
Ted Thompson and Zygi Wilf have little in common, and the management style they bring to their football teams could not be more different.
Perhaps Ted’s conservative approach to managing the Packers is due to the team’s overall management structure, where he reports to a part-time board and team president that operate more like a governmental entity than a high powered corporate business. Perhaps his attachment to a draft-first philosophy will ultimately be validated with a Super Bowl Championship, although mentor Ron Wolf very effectively dipped into the free agency market to make his Super Bowl victory a reality.
No Marshawn Lynch? The worries Lynch would bring to the Packers outweigh the potential benefits he would bring to the Packers shaky running game. Simply not a Ted Thompson-type of move. Will he adjust his philosophy and add a linebacker now that Nick Barnett may not be available? Doubtful…he’ll draft someone next year.
Zygi Wilf needs to win now…and win now every year. Rick Spielman may be the de facto Director of Personnel, but Wilf is the man. He needs a new stadium. His quarterback is 41 years old. Adding Randy Moss makes total sense in Minnesota. Next year, without Favre and possibly without Randy Moss, he will work like crazy to win and win now and will aggressively make transactions to try and win with or without help from the draft (his drafts have worked out pretty well). I always have felt Moss may end up back with the Vikings…he never burned the bridges for a possible return to Minneapolis and remained a popular figure there long after he left. Moss for a third round pick? A steal in Minnesota…wouldn’t happen in Green Bay. Succeed or fail, for Wilf it is all about trying to win…now.