Rob Resichel of Packers Plus joined the show Thursday soon after news of Steven Jackson signing with Atlanta broke.
With this news, we asked Reischel whether or not he had been skeptical of the possibility of Jackson coming to Green Bay. "I've tried not to become Charlie Brown and have Lucy pull the football away." Given the history and track record of Green Bay, Reischel "didn't think it would happen."
Reischel is critical of Ted Thompson's history of non-negotiation and lack of movement in free agency. He feels that the Packers have sat back and done "virtually nothing" in free agency while they are letting their NFC competition get ahead of them. He believes the three teams who are on par or better than Green Bay - Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco - have gotten "substantially better" through free agency.
Bottom line, does Reischel think Green Bay will be better when they take the field in September than when they walked off the field in January? "I'd be hard-pressed to argue they'd be better." He thinks the Packers history of banking on second-year players to be successful in their third year is a tough way to win. "Ted does terrific in the draft, and they develop these guys really well, but he doesn't show up to class in free agency."