Sure, free agency hasn’t even opened, but that isn’t stopping a lot of Packer fans from rushing to judgement. And they’re judgement is clear: “Gute is better than Ted.”
But why does everyone say this when he hasn’t done anything yet except trade his best cornerback for a backup quarterback? Because he’s looking at players, because he’s making calls, he’s “showing interest” in free agents… but most importantly, he’s talking about it.
Ted looked at players. Ted made calls. Ted showed interest.
But he kept it quiet.
And fans assumed it mean he was on vacation or senile or both.
In actually, Ted kept his plans quiet so other teams wouldn’t know what they were doing. And fans, for some reason, thought that was a bad idea. Now that Gutey is here to save the day and let everyone know what he’s doing, fans seem to love it.
Gute *dials Allen Robinson’s agent*: “Hey, what are you guys looking for contract-wise?”
Allen Robinson’s agent “We’re looking at 3 years, $42M.”
Gute: “Oh never mind.”
Packer fans: “Hooray, Gute showed interest, this is so much better than Ted!”
Ted showed interest and looked into all sorts of deals. He had an agreement in place for Tony Gonzalez and the Chiefs tried to change the terms at the literal last minute, but Ted stood firm. Ted reached out to Julius Peppers, got him in and signed, and let him get home before anyone knew he was interested. Charles Woodson was a long game pursuit where he showed interest and signed him, but there was no fanfare during the quiet process.
Now, if you think those were the only three moves he ever tried, if you think he didn’t look into dozens of players a year without it leaking all over the media, I think you don’t understand how Ted worked, which is probably why you hated him so much.
Gute isn’t stupid. He said thinks like “we’ll be as aggressive as we can in free agency” but that doesn’t necessarily mean he wants to throw money around like an idiot. Until he actually does something (or goes a few offseasons without doing anything) we’ll never know how different he will be than Ted.
For now, though, there’s no reason to get excited about “showing interest” or anything other noise that doesn’t result in making good free agent pickups that actually pan out.