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Two GMs, Two Different Sports, Two Big Mistakes

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Packers’ GM Ted Thompson and now former Toronto Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi really don’t have much in common. The Packers are an age old NFL team, while the Blue Jays are in the MLB and are north of the border. Although, what they do have in common is the fact that they have both made a mistake that may stain their careers forever.

Starting off with Thompson, and he will be known as “The Guy Who Traded Brett Favre.” It began in the summer of 2008, when Favre retired, again. Of course, as training camp grew closer, Favre got the itch to play again. Being tired of the same old song and dance, Thompson felt that it was his place to put his foot down, trade Favre to the Jets, and move on with QB Aaron Rodgers as the face of his organization. This is where Thompson went wrong.

Brett Favre (left) may come back to haunt Ted Thompson (right).

Brett Favre (left) may come back to haunt Ted Thompson (right).

The Packers went 6-10 in 2008, while the Jets went 9-7. Of course, both teams missed the playoffs, but this isn’t where the story ends. So the inevitable Favre retirement occurred again, and it seemed that he may actually have been done this time. WRONG. After months of speculation, Favre signed with the Vikings, which also happened to be the team he was rumored as wanting to go to in 2008. Thompson had tried everything in his power to prevent Favre from becoming a Viking, including putting a clause in the trade with the Jets that would have sent Green Bay three first round picks if he were traded to Minnesota. Although, the Jets released Favre upon his retirement, allowing him to go where he pleases.

 

Now, Favre is with the Vikings, who are 3-0. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Favre wants to beat down his former team for letting him go. Oh, and this game will be nationally televised on Monday night. This is where Thompson will be publicly humiliated for trading a future Hall of Famer, and possibly the best quarterback of all time. I don’t care who Green Bay drafted, or if Favre retired 500 times before he came back, Thompson should have never traded Brett Favre.

On the other hand, we have ex-Blue Jays’ GM J.P. Ricciardi. Toronto letJ.P. Ricciardi Riccardi go after not trading away ace P Roy Halladay. Ricciardi never found the package of super young talent that he so desperately desired, despite receiving many offers. So, Riccardi ended up keeping Halladay, which has now drastically reduced his trade value. Halladay’s value may have decreased so much, that the Jays may just let him finish out his contract, and let him walk to the Bronx and the New York Yankees.

Ricciardi’s mistake was different from Thompson’s. J.P. had many different options, and many different packages of players. Although, he kept pushing and pushing for a team’s whole minor league prospect pull, and no one would budge. Now, Toronto is in total rebuild mode, after letting OF Alex Rios go on waivers. The Blue Jays just figured that Ricciardi was just not the man for the job, because he failed to pull the trigger.

A general manager’s toughest decision may be deciding whether or not to trade a star player. There should be some obvious ground rules about these situations, and these two GMs have failed to follow them. Now, Ricciardi is without a job, and if Favre beats down the Pack and leads the Vikings to the Super Bowl, Thompson could be without a job too.

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NFL Season Preview: #17 Green Bay Packers

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Overview: The Packers kissed Brett Favre goodbye last season, and did the same to a winning record. Green Bay struggled in QB Aaron Rodgers’ first year starting, going 6-10. The defense struggled mightily, both with injuries and consistency.

Offseason Moves: The Packers stayed relatively quiet during the off season. They drafted Boston College DT B.J. Raji and USC LB Clay Matthews in the first round of the draft, to help the defense. The biggest change is the system in which the Packers will run, switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. This move is making DE Aaron Kampman, who once led the league in sacks, become the LOLB.

Upcoming Season: Green Bay has the offense in place with RB Ryan Grant and WRs Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, and just has to stay consistent. Hopefully Aaron Rodgers progresses like they hope, and Green Bay could be a top offense in the league. On the other side of the ball, the Packers look stronger on defense, but a switch of systems always takes adjusting to. Look for the defense to start off slow, but pick it up later in the season.

Nick BarnettPlayer to watch: If the defense wants to succeed, it needs its leader and MLB Nick Barnett healthy. Barnett missed the last seven games of the regular season due to injury, and the Packers lost six of those seven. With a change in defense, it becomes even more important that Barnett is playing, and leading Green Bay’s defensive unit.

Prediction: 9-7, 2nd in NFC North

Honestly, if the Vikings didn’t pick up Brett Favre, I could see the Packers winning the division. With Favre though, I know the Vikings will take both games from the Packers. Of course, the for mentioned change of defense will slow Green Bay down a bit.