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Ron Wolf finally speaks regarding "lost season"

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  1. all about da packers

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    Here is what Ron had to say ( http://www.jsonline.com/packer/news/nov05/372735.asp )

    Witness to the Green Bay Packers' eighth loss of the season from a luxury suite inside Lambeau Field, former general manager Ron Wolf walked out of the building early Tuesday morning with a sharp understanding of the reality of the team's position.

    "They're playing with guys who are NFL Europe-caliber. It just doesn't work." - Ron Wolf, former Packers general manager.

    And unlike many in the organization who won't, or can't, say it publicly, Wolf did Tuesday evening: the Packers' season is lost and there's no December rally to save it.

    "At some point when it's over, it's over," Wolf said.

    At 2-8, the Packers are one defeat away from suffering their first losing season since quarterback Brett Favre became the starter in 1992 and the 20-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Monday showed how unlikely it is they'll avoid it.

    It struck Wolf as he was watching the Packers muster just two touchdowns against a defense ranked 25th in the NFL that this was not a team capable of winning many games with the offensive people it had on the field. He said the injuries the Packers have suffered have left them with a five-star conductor to lead a two-bit band.

    "The fear you have in salary cap football is that when you lose the caliber of players that they've lost you have no way to replace those players," Wolf said. "And you can see that. They're playing with guys who are NFL Europe-caliber. It just doesn't work."

    Wolf acknowledged that except for the wide receiver and possibly the running back positions, this Packers' offense is more talented than the one he put on the field during his first season as general manager in 1992. But he said the absence of someone who can do something with the ball after Favre delivers it was so noticeably evident that he cringed after watching two critical plays in the game.

    "Last night, you could not have thrown a better pass than the one he threw to (Andrae) Thurman," Wolf said referring to a third-and-10 incompletion inside the Minnesota 10-yard line with just over 3 minutes to go. "If it's first down, they go in and score a touchdown, it's a different ball game."

    Wolf also said Favre's throw to Thurman that was intercepted and returned for a touchdown could have been prevented if Thurman had dragged his route outside. He said plays like that torture coaches because they can't limit throws to just one receiver.

    "Can you imagine how frustrating it is for those guys?" Wolf said. "To put in all that time and suddenly be wiped out and have to approach games like this, trying not to make a mistake so you can at least be competitive? You can't win."

    Wolf said if current general manager Ted Thompson is still evaluating coach Mike Sherman's performance he has to take into consideration that the Packers have been competitive. The fact that five of the Packers' eight losses have been by three or fewer points and none has been by more than 14 indicates that Sherman has done something right this season, Wolf said.

    He said if he were evaluating Sherman's future he would look closely at two or three areas.

    "I think you look to see if you're competitive and in the games," Wolf said. "Who's playing and what adjustments are made. Only he (Thompson) knows that, how they've done through all this trial and tribulation. It's got to be tough when everyone else is playing with aces, kings, queens and jacks and you're playing with 10s on down. It's tough."

    Wolf did not blame Thompson, the man he recommended to replace Sherman for the GM position, for the Packers' predicament. He said the number of injuries the Packers have suffered on offense is simply more than one team can protect itself against.

    During his 10 years as general manager, Wolf never had to face a situation as dire as this one. Even when the Packers weren't very good, as was the case in 1992, 1999 and 2000, they were still in the playoff race at the end.

    This team isn't and faces the task of dealing with what to do with the final six games.

    On Monday, coach Nick Saban of the 3-7 Miami Dolphins said what many of his brethren in hopeless situations are unwilling to say: that the remainder of the season will stand primarily as an evaluation period for next season. He wants to see who can help him in the future and who is willing to play hard.

    Asked whether that would be the case in Green Bay, coach Mike Sherman said he made those kinds of evaluations in the first half of the season and the second half would be no different. He said he would know better at the end of this week whether there would be players who went into the tank as a result of the team's situation.

    Wolf said the remaining couple of weeks will tell Thompson and Sherman a lot about the players they have on the roster. They don't have many changes they can make in the lineup because injuries have forced them to thrust young players into prominent roles.

    One move Wolf said would make no sense would be sitting down Favre to see if rookie Aaron Rodgers can play. Wolf said if Favre can't win games with the talent currently around him, what good would it do for Rodgers to go in and fail.

    "There's a lot of different ways to do things," Wolf said of approaching the final weeks. "Ted is a more patient individual than I am. I would assume he would do it a little differently than me. But at some point you have to find out who can play and who can't. If you're playing guys who can't play, you're kidding yourself.

    "This is the big leagues. It's not Aunt Fannie's Taffy Pull. You have to play big-league players. They don't have a running back. Maybe that kid (Samkon Gado) had an off night, but those other two guys (Tony Fisher and ReShard Lee) are NFL Europe players."

    Wolf did not paint a completely bleak future for the Packers despite the fact they stand to finish with one of the worst records in the NFL. He said based on the quick turnaround of teams like the Dallas Cowboys, he thinks the Packers could be a playoff team next season.

    "With a good draft and a couple free-agent signings, you can do it," Wolf said



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    Mr. Wolf was right on. All you people calling for MS's head, re-read the article. This season is lost, and it should indeed be used to evaluate for next season. And, as Wolf said, if Farve can't lead this team to a win, Rodgers sure as hell can't do anything either. No point in letting this kid loose his confidence now.
     
  2. tromadz

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    I like how he calls Fisher and Lee NFL Europe players. Classic.
     
  3. all about da packers

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    lol that is classic Trom. But you know what, its the straight truth. Notice how he doesn't comment on Gado. I believe Gado did overthink that game too much, and didn't get any help from the O-Line. But I would love to get Wolf's opinion on Gado.
     
  4. HatestheEagles084

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    i agree with both points on andrae thurman, as excited as i was to see him get some time, that subsided...a drive-killing drop late in the game, and the INT-TD, a veteran reciever could've broken that up...can we get taco wallace???

    and i agree with aaron rodgers--we don't want him going the way of david carr this early in his career...wait until we have a team, and a javon walker...

    tony fisher sucks, finally someone brings this up...i mean, i stick up for the guy cause he's been around a couple seasons, knows the system...but when no one else knows the system that makes fisher the outcast, cut him...no seirously...youth at the running back position...Davenport, Gado, and a speed back of some sort...AND a guard who can actually pull to complement an outside running game, not bashing whitticker, he's improving, he's just not a horizontal lineman...
     
  5. ChuckSTG

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    I always liked rooting for the underdog, since we will be that for the rest of the season
     
  6. CaliforniaCheez

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    Thurman did not make the Packer team this year but lately has been the #3 receiver. Ferguson's health can make him #4.

    Wells is a second string center starting at guard. Whitticker will get there but he is not ready. Flanagan is playing hurt and is not his old self.

    Gado is what is available this time of year as is R. Lee. Thompson, as Wolfe indicated, is looking and unknown players auditioning is better than known bad players like Clarrett.

    What disappoints is that the offensive young guys made the progress of the defense. They have not had the investment of time that Popinga, Manning, Montgomery, Collins and Underwood have had.

    The Pack needs a guard, tackle, TE, RBx2, QB, WR, FB?, on offense which is a whole draft. On defense they need replacements for Jackson and Thomas, a DE, DT, LB, and Saftey. That also is a full draft.

    Look for bids for restricted free agents and younger players with the cap money available next year. I anticipate one big trade of Rodgers, Walker or Ferguson, Roman.

    I knew it would take Thompson 2-3 years to make up for Sherman's GM decisions but I did not think the Pack would fall this far. 07 will be a good year.
     
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    so true so true
     
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    Sherman's GM decisions weren't as bad as you think. Many of the current players who are around(Al Harris for one--where would the secondary be without him?) etc. were Sherman signings. The fans tend to look at the outside signings(Joe Johnson) and forget there were some POSITIVE signings that Sherman did. Mark Roman is having a decent, not great, year. He finally got into a system which gave him the opportunity. Grady Jackson was signed by Sherman.

    Always keep that in mind when judging Sherman the GM. He did make mistakes, but he had some good ones, as well.

    What we have this year is the transition from a veteran to a rookie philosophy in the front office. Couple that with serious injuries to key veterans, the release of other veterans, and you have this year's team.

    I honestly think Sherman the GM would have kept either Wahle or Rivera, which would have lessened the impact of two bad guards(TT there) but possibly hindered the team down the line from recovery to the playoffs.

    The "fans" have to learn patience, which is in short supply in an instant communication age.
     
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    Can we get Wolfe back as GM?????
     
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    The 3rd and 10 pass to Thurman that fell incomplete irked the crap out of me. That ball HAS to be caught! As for the INT-TD, I'll leave that one to Wolf or Favre to comment on, I wasn't in the huddle or running routes at practice.
    The assessment of Whittaker is right on, he was dominated Monday, but that was pretty obvious and doesn't take a GM to notice that.
    Hammer
     
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    Net...yes, he did bring in some players...but you could apply the law of averages to that. Kinda like if you give a monkey a typewriter and enough time he may eventually write Shakespeare.

    Yes, MS did some good: Green, Walker, Barnett, Grady, Harris. But the killer for him was his tunnel vision on players he deemed "the one", and the bounty of draft picks he threw away to get them. The many 4th - 7th picks he gave away are where teams are build these days. Trade up by giving away a pick for Hunter Hillenmeyer...only to be cut later to save a spot for BJ Sander. Cost us a 6th and 7th in the end! All Hillenmeyer did at Vandy was be a tackling machine who was cerebral and thoroughly understood what was happening on the field. He is now a starter on the best defense to come down the pike in some years in Chicago.

    All said, when it is put in the scale, his failures outweight his success as GM..and I will not even include JJ as most GMs in the league were clamoring for the guy...just an unfortunate situation. But, where C. Hunt is concerned...you knew that was a bad deal the day it was signed!
     
  13. CaliforniaCheez

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    Wolf hasn't been with the Packers for 4 years. Okay, some of you wanted it.

    Offense-Driver, Franks, Clifton, Tauscher, Flanagan, Favre, Henderson. Most of the starters(note Wolfe's Wahle and Rivera were not replaced).

    Defense-Kampmann, KGB, Diggs.

    Now think how long will take Ted Thompson to replace and the coaching staff to develop talent? Not only aging Wolf players have to be replaced but the Sherman years guys have to be replaced as well.

    Finding a Donald Lee and Samkon Gado at no cost is okay. Having some money to work with will be better. The Packers also need a lot of draft picks.
     
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    I have no problem with pointing out Sherman's mistakes, but let's be accurate here. Hillenmeyer was not cut for BJ Sander's spot -- that happened in different years. Hillenmeyer was cut when Marshall finished his 4 game drug suspension. At that point Hunter was #7 on the depth chart for LBs and Sherman decided to keep 6.

    Sherman's mistake there was to keep the marginally talented experienced players over the young prospect. TT this year is taking the exact opposite approach. TT's approach is killing us this year though because of the number of injuries, which leads to fielding a much less experienced team.
     
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    Hillenmeyer is good example. Wolf would rather keep a player one year too early than a year too late.

    Wolf did some things that really made you wonder. Trading a 5th round pick for Allen Rossum. Then when he wins a game for the Packers you say wow what a move. Thompson's draft of Rodgers and Murphy then trading away the third round pick had me feeling very bad after the first day of the draft.

    Then day two a lot of picks are made, Rosenhaus threatens a Walker holdout, and you think some good moves were made.

    22% of the roster remains from Wolf which is quality but aging. 40% of the roster is signed by Thompson in one year which is generally the bottom of the roster but will be the future. 38% of the roster is from the Sherman era that (other than Harris, Barnett, and Walker) can be upgraded.

    Wolf era guys Green, Diggs, and Flanagan will likely be replaced in 2006. This is normal roster attrition.

    Upgrading the Sherman and Thompson era talent is not so managable or rapid a task.
     
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    He's right. What worries me is how many more NFLE players do we have?
     
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    don't anyone think about giving jason horton mroe credit than he deserves by saying his name here...he's semi-pro just about
     

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