I heard it that time, Gary Rossington, Lynard Skynyrd, band out of Jacksonville Fla, recorded during the live version of Freebird
I have heard many times on this web site that Jim Bates should become the next head coach of the Pack. Maybe maybe not. Bates is a disciple of Bill Belichick (first NFL job as LB coach for Belichick in Clev.). That is good. His scheme is simple and even dolts like Ahmad Carroll can understand it. That is good. Bates had a nice turn as HC in Miami last year finishing 3-4 for a terrible team. That is good. Bates has a good rapport with players that buy into his system, and is not afraid to jettison malcontents (Hideous Cunt I mean Cletidous Hunt). Bates also will keep around aforementioned malcontents if he needs them, Grady Jackson comes to mind. That is not good. Bates is in his late fifties and that is definitely not good. He is not Ted Thompsons guy, that is also not good. Bates was hired by Sherman, not Thompson, again not good. Make no mistake about it Bob Harlan hired Thompson because he was a Ron Wolf guy. Thompson new at the time who he wanted as HC and believe me its not Mike Sherman, and its not Jim Bates. Thompson may want to hold on to Bates but it wont happen. They would have to offer Bates equal money to the HC to stay because Bates is older and is making his final run to be a HC in the NFL. Bates took a calculated risk by coming to G.B. because he felt he could make the "D" respectable on a team that would make a deep run into the play-offs. That ain't happening. Bates is looking to move on immediately. Shermans extension was given by Thompson as a way to stabilize the team so they could make a run at the play-offs. That didn't work. If the Packers were to release terms of Shermans buy-out clause I think it would be obvious that Sherman had one chance and that was this year. Sherman will be gone at minimal cost to the organization.
Ted Thompson is the new sheriff in town and he will bring his people on board. That is why he held sway in last years draft.
Harlan understands that the GM is the anchor of a franchise. He gave Ron Wolf Carte Blanche and he has done the same for Ted Thompson. It may not be obvious to the casual fan yet but it will become quite evident Jan. through May 06.
Ted Thompson is the one single person that will attempt to re-build your Packers into elite status. You may not like it but he will have four years to make that happen. Harlan may be gone but Thompson has iron clad control.
Personally, that makes me happy. I think Ted Thompson is a no nonsense guy who will, indeed bring us back to the elite level. His handling of Sharper and Hunt were great (the case of Rivera and Wahle were handled by Sherman, remember that when the Urinal Sentinel tries to lay that on Thompsons door step in three years). The revolving door of assistant coaches will end and accountability will be demanded. I see a bright future, what do you see?