Resist the urge today, don't be a hero ... just walk away from the television set.
When the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks today in the 2005 NFL season finale, there will be great temptation to look at the visiting sidelines and consider the menacing man patrolling that area as the cure-all to the Packers' woes.
So, let's get one thing perfectly clear: MOVE ON.
It's that simple. It's time to move on. Mike Holmgren is never coming back, neither is Ron Wolf -- despite the fact he has little better to do than stick his nose around Lambeau and offer his opinion to reporters (although, its that's what being a consultant is all about, sign me up).
With Reggie White deceased, and Wolf allegedly retired, the remaining two of the four-man-pantheon that made up the Packers' mid-1990s success need to walk away from the picture.
Brett Favre has been a joy to watch, but it's time to go. The same goes for Mike Sherman, who proved his usefulness long before the struggles of the past three months.
And while we're at it, Ted Thompson needs to go, as well. Sure, we haven't seen that much of what he can do, but by letting two key offensive linemen walk away, he can't be all that great. And most of all, he's just another link to the "Glory Years, Part Deux."
The jest here is, it's time to move on and get past the most recent era of success. Duplicating it has proven to be impossible for this franchise, which likes to boast about how well it's run.
Now is the time to start completely over with a fresh slate. It's time to bring in a new general manager with no ties to anybody in the franchise's past that can build his own legacy. Let that guy bring in a coach he thinks is special, and start from there. But get over this sickening obsession with Holmgren and Wolf.
No, while I understand that speaking ill of anybody related to the Packers is considered blasphemous by their fans, and knowing this state, such an act is probably punishable by any number of vile means, but there has been a precedent set.
Anybody remember a guy by the name of Lombardi? And what happened after he left?
Let's see, Phil Bengston took over in 1968, after Lombardi "retired". The old man's longtime assistant, Bengston was a logical choice, but a 20-21-4 record in three seasons was little to gloat about.
Dan Devine, who had no real association to Lombardi, came 'round in 1971 and eventually took the team to the playoffs. Things probably would have been much better, but one of the more ridiculous trades (John Hadl ... ugh) in history sent Devine to the infinite abyss known as Notre Dame after the '74 season.
The Lombardi connection fired right back up, as Bart Starr took over as head coach, and what a wiz-bang job he did. A highly impressive 53-77-3 mark between 1975 and 1983, a mark that would look completely pathetic had he not been fired and replaced by Forrest Gregg in 1984 as the team embarked on a 25-37-1 mark over the next four seasons.
Lindy Infante again had no direct lineage to Lombardi, but nonetheless had one good season (10-6 in 1989), and accomplished little else. The only real contribution Infante made to the franchise was stinking things up to the point where the entire football operation was cleared out and new faces and ideas were brought in.
For thirty years, Packer fans tried to relive the glory of Lombardi, only to wander around the desert some more. His top coordinator didn't turn things around. Neither did his quarterback or one of his best linemen.
So the question remains, just why in the name of all things holy do Packers fans -- as well as the organization -- feel compelled to do anything to stay connected to Wolf and Holmgren?
Ray Rhodes was a disaster, and Sherman has the decision-making ability of a two year old, both as a coach and a general manager. And now there's Thompson, who looks on television like he's always lost and too scared to ask for directions.
If this team -- and this franchise -- wants to succeed down the line, it's time to clean house. Bring in new people, new faces, and a new attitude from the top to bottom.
Otherwise, get familiar with 3-13, 4-12, and 5-11, and enjoy the next 30 years.