ability to serve as Packers GM https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Kyle-Murphy-Jersey , when he and the team knew something was wrong, and if something should have been done sooner. But we can’t assume anything." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareNews of Ted Thompson’s health brings more questions, but the answers can’t be assumedTed Thompson’s health has been the center of speculation among Packers fans for years. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY SportsThe jokes about Ted Thompson’s diminishing health were never funny. While it’s true he’s a public figure and his ability to effectively do his job falls under the realm of reasonably asked questions, making light of a person’s mental capacity with dementia jokes is about as loathsome as it gets. Let’s not compare one to the other. With the news of Thompson’s condition, an autonomic disorder, questions naturally arise: when did these symptoms begin? Did they affect his ability to do his job and if so how? Who picked up the slack if he had the capacity for a smaller workload? And should the Packers have acted sooner in discussing his eventual replacement? It’s the job of beat reporters and Packers media to ask these questions and fans have a right to know as well, even in matters as sensitive as someone’s health. But any preening blowhards on Twitter doing a victory lap, pointing to this condition as definitive proof of Thompson’s demise and the feckless inaction of the team, ought to pump their brakes (not to mention take stock of whether that’s a good look for them as a person).In an effort to be first to be “right,” we are railroading the truth in search of the hottest take. And the truth is we don’t really know much at all. Anything beyond “Ted was sick enough in 2017 to have a discussion with Mark Murphy about his future with the team,” comes as speculation in terms of the affect Thompson’s health had on his ability to do his job. Being sick enough to step down in 2017 is not proof past failings were because of his health. Drafting is hard and most teams fail at it consistently. John Schneider had an all-time draft run and now can’t seem to find or keep cornerstone players. Blips like the 2015 draft happen. This announcement isn’t proof that Thompson’s perceived loss of fastball velocity comes as a result of this condition. We don’t know that. What we know is the Packers have had the best front office infrastructure in the sport for years. We also know the last few offseasons from Ted Thompson featured a flurry of free agent signings and some aggressive draft posturing with trades. Was this a result of Brian Gutekunst’s or Mark Murphy’s hands on the wheel? Russ Ball’s? Eliot Wolf’s? These are reasonable questions to ask, even necessary ones. But we can’t take for granted their answers simply because at some point in the future Thompson had to step down. Too much of this seems to come from limited reporting and the propensity to play body language doctor. Whispers about health problems aren’t new surrounding Thompson, even if they’re often ghoulish and/or bizarre. Thompson, more than most GMs, took a very active role earlier in his career when it came to scouting, insisting on a boots-on-the-ground approach that waned in recent years. Was that due to his deteriorating health, or because guys like Alonzo Highsmith, Wolf, and Gutekunst became such trusted lieutenants? The truth may lie somewhere in a shade of gray.Knowing now he was sick and that the illness ultimately led to his resignation—though an agreed upon one—doesn’t actually answer these questions. If anything, it leads to more, confirming what many have speculated on for years. Being right about that speculation doesn’t, then, allow one to speculate further. A broken clock is right twice a day — a rate some talking heads and Twitter trolls would love to crack. Perhaps the most pressing question for journalists is the role the Packers as an organization play here. It strikes me as a little macabre to even type this, but should Green Bay have acted sooner? This one seems to be a little more easily answered.In every walk of life Justin Vogel Jersey , people continue to work through illness. We often laud them for it. In sports, we simply want to know about the results, absent the human empathy part. Adults are trusted every day to decide if they’re capable of completing their professional tasks based on their help. If you can’t come in to work because you’re sick? You call in. This isn’t 5th grade where mommy or daddy need to give you a note. Ted Thompson earned the trust of the organization to say, “I can do this,” even if it meant working a little less and trusting the people around him a little more. We know how great the people around him are and we’re getting glimpses of how good we think Brian Gutekunst is. The Browns clearly loved his staff enough to recreate it a couple hundred miles to the East. Thompson earned the right to say when he felt he could no longer do the job. He was trusted, as millions are every day, to know his capabilities better than anyone else. Unless we get information about clear warning signs missed by the team, ones beyond just “well, the 2015 draft was bad,” we don’t really have clear evidence to suggest the Packers should have acted sooner in making this move. It’s still fair to ask that question, but not to assume it without evidence. We’ll likely never know the truth. It’s unlikely even Thompson himself could offer an honest assessment of whether or not his health was deleterious to his ability to do his job. We know him to be a fierce competitor, but it’s hard for anyone to make those kinds of determinations about themselves with clear eyes. Questions about timing should only be relevant to discussions about how chain of command changed, how responsibilities where shifted and for how long that went on. On the other hand, those are important ideas the Packers should be willing to explain. For a publicly owned team, they have to answer to the fans on this even if shareholders aren’t traditional ones. If discussing an aging person’s deteriorating health makes you feel icky, you aren’t alone. If it doesn’t, think about why that is. Unfortunately though, there are potential repercussions to this news that extend into the football realm. There are answers worth seeking. But that’s not the same as making assumptions. That difference matters, not simply materially for this discussion, but also to keep in mind the humanity of why we’re having it in the first place. Bakh downed more beer and Rodgers got a courtside view as Giannis and company took down Boston on Wednesday night." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football AdviceCDTShareTweetShareShareCheese Curds, 5/9: Packers support Bucks en route to NBA Conference FinalsJeff Hanisch-USA TODAY SportsGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers owns a minority share of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and this week he must be excited about that investment.On Wednesday night, the Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 116 to 91, completing a five-game series victory and earning a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. And while Rodgers was predictably in the house for the win as someone with a personal and financial stake in the team Justin McCray Color Rush Jersey , other Packers players and elite athletes from around Wisconsin have become big supporters of the Bucks as well.Take David Bakhtiari, for example. The California guy who played college football at Colorado is suddenly a fan favorite at Fiserv Forum. The All-Pro left tackle one-upped his beer chugging from the first round on Wednesday, as you can see in today’s curds below.For Packers fans in Wisconsin, it’s a blast to see all of the state’s pro sports teams bonding together. There were some similar signs of this last year when the Brewers made the National League Championship Series, and hopefully the Packers will be able to make a deep run in 2019 so the Brewers and Bucks can return the favor at Lambeau in January.Milwaukee vs. Boston: Bucks Eliminate Celtics, 116-91 | Brew HoopCongratulations to the Bucks, who have advanced to the Conference Finals for the first time in 18 years, and congrats also to our SB Nation colleagues over at Brew Hoop. There's something special brewing in Milwaukee, folks.Former Packers back MacArthur Lane dies at 77 | Packers.comThere is some news about a former Packer today, as we send our best wishes to Lane’s family. Lane and John Brockington were a fearsome pair of runners in the early 1970s, with both players inflicting punishment on defenders thanks to their big, 220-plus frames.NFL experts predict - Answering the 2019 draft's biggest questions | ESPNIn Packers rookie news, former Packers safety Matt Bowen sees new Packers safety Darnell Savage as a perfect pick for this year's defensive rookie of the year award. Savage gets a second vote from NFL writer Kevin Seifert as well.Interesting PFF stats to know about the Packers in 2019 | Packers WireThese are interesting. For example: Davante Adams gained the most receiving yards on third down of any NFL player in 2018. He also helped Aaron Rodgers record a 141.4 passer rating when running post routes.Now let’s get back to the foolishness that happened at Fiserv Forum last night. Here’s David Bakhtiari doing what he does best (besides protecting Rodgers, of course):Aaron’s reaction is perfect here, too. But in the Conference Finals, Bakhtiari will have to up his game, maybe chugging a full one-liter beer stein. If the Bucks advance to the NBA Finals, I’m not sure what he’ll have to do to top that. A boot, perhaps?Meanwhile, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich was at the game as well, putting the reigning NL MVP in the building along with the two-time NFL MVP and the player who should be NBA MVP this year in Giannis Antetokounmpo. This sure sounds like a Designated Survivor type of situation.Rest up, Wisconsin sports fans. There’s a lot to be excited about right now.