Posted November 09, 2013

Packers GM on backup quarterback situation: ‘It’s my fault’

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Seneca Wallace has just a 6-15 record as a starting quarterback in his career. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Seneca Wallace has a 6-15 record as a starting quarterback in his 10-year NFL career. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson said in an interview with USA Today’s Tom Pelissero that he is responsible for bringing in backup Seneca Wallace even though he didn’t have familiarity with the offense or have him in preseason camp.

In a wide-ranging interview, Thompson admitted fault with how he handled the situation.  The team cut Vince Young during the preseason and brought in veteran Wallace.

Wallace was pressed into action after starter Aaron Rodgers broke his left collarbone in a 27-20 loss to the Chicago Bears last Monday.

“If something went wrong at the backup quarterback position, it’s my fault,” Thompson said. “It’s not somebody else’s fault. It’s not even one of those quarterbacks’ fault. I just didn’t get it worked out right.”

“I had a pretty good comfort level with him,” Thompson said about Wallace. “I was in Seattle when we drafted him out there. I know the kind of person and I know his football intelligence. I know he’s got good mobility, has confidence as a player.”

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He also had some things to say about retired quarterback Brett Favre, saying it was the toughest situation he had to deal with as a GM was when Favre left the team in 2008.

“I don’t think it was the fault of Brett. It just was one of those car wrecks that you could see coming, but it wasn’t like you could dodge. It just happened. That was a shame,” he said.


35 comments
juetabty
juetabty

Yes it is Thompson's fault,but what's really wrong is that he has a rookie LT protecting the best QB in the league. Thompson is a moron for not getting some decent linemen. Anyone who's knows anything about football knows that without a line your offense is NOTHING I don't care who the QB is

x72
x72

No kidding Ted you moron,

bhayes420
bhayes420

Seneca didn't do too bad when thrown into the game against the Bears.  Not many backup QB's in this league could have done much better.  One thing Seneca has going for him that Vince Young doesn't is class.  Seneca has it, VY...not so much.  Heck, Tolzein didn't do bad  yesterday.  I know they lost both games, but what team has a backup that can come in and win games consistently?  That's why they're backups!  

MikeCerone
MikeCerone

Let's face it, Re-Unite Favre with the Pack, mend relationship, get #4 on the wall, so many good things can come out of Ted calling Brett because that is what is going to take.Best of all Brett can hold the fort down until Rogers comes back and I know Favre would be happy with that.

joegadow
joegadow

Were me and about a billion other Packer Backers right when we we said you should have put

SephirothDZX
SephirothDZX

Alright Ted, now swallow a bit more of your pride and get someone to replace Rodgers until he comes back.

Favre will probably say no, but it can't hurt to call him up and ask. And really, 44 year old 3-years retired Brett Favre is still a better option than a huge majority of the free agent QB market, especially if he's only needed for 3-6 more games after today.

Flynn's okay, but we need to accept that his services haven't been wanted by three different teams now. We need to accept that Green Bay made Flynn look a ton better then he actually was, and that he can't be relied on for a multi-start period of time.

Tebow might be an okay choice if only because it will take some of the pressure (and beating) off of Eddie Lacy.

Just for the love of Pete, get someone.

dickens1298
dickens1298

In this world where finger-pointing tends to be the norm, it's refreshing when a GM points a finger to himself and says "this one is on me".

NebojsaTodorovic
NebojsaTodorovic

Ted, at the time, probably felt VY had the possibility of blowing up the chemistry in the locker room.  In retrospect we'll never know but I wouldn't have wanted VY in my locker room either based on past evidence.

You can't replace a QB like Rodgers, this is the point in many teams seasons where the other 10 men on the field need to carry the backup.  Wallace will play as well as he can, the rest of the team can help him out.


I don't think TT should be apologizing at mid point of the season.  That is silly.  Save that statement for January, if it is needed at all.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Thanks, Tedi (Seneca).

Just more evidence the Aaron Rodgers pick ('05 / 1R-24) fell in Thompson's lap, not because of GB's current back-up state but because their GM feels he must comment.  Ron Wolf would've known better.

And if Ted's betters on the GB-Bd would ever fork-up the coin they might've had just who they wanted.

marylandshooter
marylandshooter

Hard . . . well impossible to replace AR, but looks like Matt Flynn is back and should be plenty good for 6 weeks while AR recovers.

Wallace is what he is and many teams feel they can scrimp on the BU QB position.  Works well until the #1 goes down.

gary41
gary41

Thompson is a smart GM, based mostly on organizational ability, but he has been living on his prior reputation.  He conducted try outs for failures and he was aware that Seneca Wallace in Seattle had glaring and obvious deficiencies.  Keeping a productive QB goes beyond backup relief, but in truth Thompson did next to nothing, despite knowing Rodgers was getting killed by inadequate line play these past several years.  Many draft boards are including a young QB in the late rounds routinely, including free agents and many are keeping 3 on the roster instead of 2.  Notions about what qualities are important are slowly changing.  These things are being done for a reason.  The game is VERY different today.      

playemball
playemball

Mr Thompson is correct..it's his fault!

j7apple
j7apple

Favre would be playing with a broken collar bone.

Uhhhhdel
Uhhhhdel

That is why Ted is the man. He is smart enough to know when he makes a mistake so he can learn from it. And it is great to see him paving a road for Favre to take to come back to Green Bay.

BudkisMandel
BudkisMandel

Ryan Leaf is available.. No wait, he was just picked up by the Alcatraz Red Rapers... 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

This is why first string QB's make so much money. When they get hurt the team is usually screwed.

JunShon
JunShon

One word: Vince Young

vulturized
vulturized

@KeysSteven Ted Thompson has built a phenomenal team through the draft.  Look around the league and compare how most other GM's do.  He is easily one of the best in the game today.  Unlike most GM's in the league he's actually man enough to admit a mistake, then you vilify him for it?  Wolf made plenty of blunders as well, has said so himself, and admitted he lucked out in the trade for Favre or his name wouldn't have meant jack compared to the pedestal he's placed on today. Don't get me wrong, I really liked Wolf too, I just don't understand how anyone can logically dislike the job Thompson has done thus far.  He's been outstanding in building a quality organization and team.  There are few teams I'd trade the Packers success for the last few years. 

beekay31
beekay31

@j7apple Favre wouldn't have a say as he'd be held out by the doctors.

tehbobb
tehbobb

@j7apple Favre would be telling people how hes going to retire then changing his mind.

Ryan85
Ryan85

That's two words lol.

BudkisMandel
BudkisMandel

@JunShon 

Vince Young is not available, he is working at the Detroit Zoo,  cleaning up the scat in the Gorilla Exhibit. They were just about to fire him because he "Pulled" the Push Broom.. but then staff noticed that the people did not differentiate Young from the Gorilla's so he is back! Back pleasing the crowds!

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

@JunShon You remind me of my high school principal who told us over the PA, 'Many of you come to me and want your class schedule changed. I can answer you in two words, 'It's too late'.

gbgentleman
gbgentleman

@JunShon That's a VERY bad choice.  Vince Young was unable to pick up the Packer's playbook that's why he was cut.,  Yes he is athletic, but he's about as bright as a burnt out lightbulb.

mofots
mofots

@beekay31 @j7apple Favre played with a broken thumb on his throwing hand,I think he could handle a broken collar bone on his non-throwing side.

Median2
Median2

@tehbobb @j7apple Don't forget feigning surprise that getting hit in the head repeatedly over the course of 20 years caused brain injury, whoulda thunk it.