Sunday, February 14, 2016

GM: Packers 'wary' of Eagles

Ted Thompson is not necessarily buying into the all buzz surrounding the Eagles' high-profile signings.

GM: Packers 'wary' of Eagles

Packers general manager Ted Thompson thinks the Eagles got "some good people" out of free agency. (Morry Gash/AP Photo)
Packers general manager Ted Thompson thinks the Eagles got "some good people" out of free agency. (Morry Gash/AP Photo)

Ted Thompson is not necessarily buying into the all buzz surrounding the Eagles' high-profile signings.

Thompson, the Packers' general manager, can do that, given that his team is the defending Super Bowl champions.

During a session with reporters today, Thompson was asked about the Eagles' moves.

"There's always a hectic time during the start of free agency," he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. This year's free agency was accelerated because of the circumstances surrounding it. But that happens. It just depends on where you are as a team, as an organization and what you feel like you need.

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"As far as looking at another team and saying, 'this is a good thing and this is a bad thing,' it's not my place to do. Certainly they have some good people there in Philadelphia. Andy (Reid) is a good friend of mine and a good football guy so we're certainly wary of them."

That does not mean Thompson lacks confidence in his team, but wants the Packers to continue to strive to get better.

"We certainly feel confident with our guys," he said. "I don't know if you ever get satisfied. I don't want our team to think we're satisfied with where we are. We're always going to try to get better."

For reference, when Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie addressed the media, he used a question about whether the Eagles are a "dream team" to laud the Packers because, after all, they are the defending champions.  

"The only dream team I know is the Green Bay Packers," Lurie said. "We dream to become as good as the Green Bay Packers and hold that trophy ... We’re consciously trying to play catch up in an aggressive way. I personally thought that, we won our division last year, and I thought we played the Packers very evenly in the playoff game and played them very well. But you have to understand the way I looked at it [and] I think most of us looked at it is Green Bay won in a year in which a lot of their best players were injured. So this is not an accurate assessment of Green Bay last year and they were holding the Lombardi Trophy. So when you add the  Jermichael Finley’s and Ryan Grant’s and just a slew of great players all over, I think they’re the team we’re all trying to catch, I think they’re the team you dream about trying to surpass and so does the rest of the NFL."

UPDATED: Since the conversation below has turned into a debate about the merits of each team's schedule, the Eagles are tied for 15th in strength of schedule based on the composite last season records of this season's opponents at 129-127, for a .504 winning percentage. The Packers are tied for 13th at 130-126, a winning percentage of .508.

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