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Packers would extend Ted Thompson before Mike McCarthy

Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy AP

The futures of Packers General Manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy have been up for discussion this offseason.

Reports out of Green Bay indicated that the Packers are interested in extending McCarthy’s contract beyond its current expiration date at the end of the 2015 season, although there was some question about how long the 61-year-old Thompson might want to remain in his job. Thompson said recently that he’s “just getting started,” however, and now team president Mark Murphy has outlined the route things would follow in Green Bay.

“The way we’re structured, football reports through Ted,” Murphy said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. “And then everything reports up through me, so the first step would be to extend Ted, then he would in turn enter in an extension for Mike.”

Murphy wouldn’t say if contract talks were underway with Thompson, whose current contract is up after the 2016 draft, it definitely seems like the Packers will be continuing business as usual in both the front office and on the sideline.

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41 Responses to “Packers would extend Ted Thompson before Mike McCarthy”
  1. sonofad says: May 21, 2014 9:10 AM

    Those two should win some more Lombardi Trophies.

  2. twonis says: May 21, 2014 9:12 AM

    Good.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. To have a Superbowl victory, consistent playoff appearances, and to take their conference consistently shows that whatever they’re doing is a solid foundation. A few tweaks to the Defense and you could have a dynasty on your hands.

  3. rosstuckershair says: May 21, 2014 9:16 AM

    As a non Packer fan…extend Ted…please extend him…He is the best GM in the North, the great draft picks and free agents galore…Yep, sign it now….Right through 2020.

  4. 15starr says: May 21, 2014 9:21 AM

    Lesbehonest.. McCarthy and TT are here to stay

  5. contra74 says: May 21, 2014 9:27 AM

    I hope they’re signed through 2030

  6. omniscientmoi says: May 21, 2014 9:38 AM

    Please sign them both long-term. Their brand of ineptness, idolized by Packers fans everywhere, will be impossible to find elsewhere.

    (signed) fans of all other NFCN teams

  7. crownofthehelmet says: May 21, 2014 9:41 AM

    If McCarthy extends any more, they’ll have to sign both of him.

  8. jebsta16 says: May 21, 2014 9:47 AM

    Why would anyone in the NFC north want them resigned? They have been nothing short of dominate over the rest of the division in the last decade. The Lions are trying to be the Packers and the Vikings and Bears have been trying to stack their defenses to stop them. The Packers with TT and MM are the class of the NFCN and will be for years to come.

  9. axespray says: May 21, 2014 9:47 AM

    omniscientmoi says:
    May 21, 2014 9:38 AM
    Please sign them both long-term. Their brand of ineptness, idolized by Packers fans everywhere, will be impossible to find elsewhere.

    (signed) fans of all other NFCN teams
    ——————————
    If they have a brand of ineptness – then what does that say about all the other NFCN teams when they’re constantly owned by “The Brand of Ineptness (and only NFCN team to win superbowls in the previous two decades).”

  10. jimbo75025 says: May 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    Thompson and McCarthy will extend until Aaron Rodgers retires. The day after that, the GM and coach will both resign.

  11. crownofthehelmet says: May 21, 2014 9:53 AM

    Now I’ve heard it all. An 8-7-1 dynasty. Sorry, 8-8-1.

  12. rosstuckershair says: May 21, 2014 10:02 AM

    The reason? TT busts on draft picks right and left, never signs free agents and the Packers are a one man team..one and done in the playoffs..and they are obvious fat and happy about that..

    Slowly each year, the Packers are declining until eventually Rodgers won’t be able to carry them by himself..

  13. rosstuckershair says: May 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    Why would anyone in the NFC north want them resigned? They have been nothing short of dominate over the rest of the division in the last decade. The Lions are trying to be the Packers and the Vikings and Bears have been trying to stack their defenses to stop them. The Packers with TT and MM are the class of the NFCN and will be for years to come………………………………..

    Look what happened when Rodgers went down.
    2-5-1 over that time, which included a weak schedule and 5 of those games at home..

    Take off the green glasses…the Packers are a 4-12 team without Rodgers…

  14. schmitty2 says: May 21, 2014 10:23 AM

    rosstuckershair says:May 21, 2014 10:07 AM

    Why would anyone in the NFC north want them resigned? They have been nothing short of dominate over the rest of the division in the last decade. The Lions are trying to be the Packers and the Vikings and Bears have been trying to stack their defenses to stop them. The Packers with TT and MM are the class of the NFCN and will be for years to come………………………………..

    Look what happened when Rodgers went down.
    2-5-1 over that time, which included a weak schedule and 5 of those games at home..

    Take off the green glasses…the Packers are a 4-12 team without Rodgers…

    Umm…wouldn’t most teams records suffer when their star qb goes down with an injury??

  15. gforce4all says: May 21, 2014 10:35 AM

    No matter.The packers will own the division no matter who is running the show.It’s meant to be.It’s just the way the universe works.The only reason the pack went 8-7-1 is because that is all they had to do to win the division.As long as the bears,queens and lions are in that division the packers will dominate and always finish first.To the bears: 1985 is gone and to the rest:Tomorrow will never come.

  16. rosstuckershair says: May 21, 2014 10:40 AM

    Not to the point of a cellar dweller…The team has nothing behind him, nor a defense to step up and help. Busting on almost every front 7 defense pick except Matthews has taken it toll..

  17. rosstuckershair says: May 21, 2014 10:41 AM

    The only reason the Packers won the division was a 1-6 swan song by Detroit much more than some imagined dominance by the Packers.

  18. Frazier28/7 says: May 21, 2014 10:42 AM

    Mcarthy: See that guy, they signed him in free agency.

    Thompson: Really?

    Mcarthy: Yeah.

    Thompson: So that’s how that works?

    Mcarthy: Yeah.

    Thompson: Weird.

    Mcarthy: Yeah.

  19. purplepanteez says: May 21, 2014 10:48 AM

    How in the world did the Packers win the division last year at 8-7-1?

    That stinks… which says a lot about my Vikings and a lot about the Bears.

    And, they won the division with their best player on the sidelines for half the season?

    Gotta say, that’s crazy. And says a lot about the rest of the roster.

    Sorry folks. Ted Thompson is standing in the way of my Vikings winning rings. This makes me sad.

  20. purpleguy says: May 21, 2014 10:49 AM

    No trolling here, and there is no pleasure in saying it as an opposing fan, but TT and MM are talented and decent guys — both should be re-signed.

  21. rosstuckershair says: May 21, 2014 10:50 AM

    Here is an exerpt from Bob McGinns article in the Milwaulkee newspaper when he asked about other exec’s opinion on TT and McCarthy…

    “They have no pro department up there,” an executive in personnel said. “Ted does some good things in drafting but they don’t do (expletive) in personnel.

    “Ted has shut it down lately. They’ve gone stone cold. They have not been utilizing all the markets. Now it’s caught up to him.”

    If Thompson trusts himself, pro personnel director Eliot Wolf and others in the building, he’ll resume activity in free agency and seek bargain-priced or market-priced veterans to augment the draft.

    As one scout put it, “You start at 8-8 when you have a franchise quarterback.”

    McCarthy deserves a degree of credit for developing Rodgers. He deserves blame for not being able to function better without him.

    He’s the quarterback/offensive/play-calling guru. He didn’t get it done with Harrell, Coleman and Young, and when push came to shove he didn’t get it done with Seneca Wallace or Scott Tolzien, either.

    Try as he might, McCarthy failed to win a game for a month. In that period, he couldn’t rally the team the way some great coaches in similar straits have done over the decades.

  22. The Almighty Cabbage says: May 21, 2014 11:15 AM

    And here we go again. Thompson is terrible. McCarthy is terrible. The entire team is terrible. The stockholders are terrible. The stadium is terrible. The hotdog vendor is terrible. The entire city is terrible.

    And yet… the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers have completely owned the NFCN for a very long time and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

    So what exactly does that say about the rest of the teams in the division? I mean gosh, if those other teams are continually dominated by such a terrible franchise, how terrible must those other teams be?

  23. footballref04 says: May 21, 2014 11:22 AM

    It always cracks me up to watch Vikings, Bears and Lions fans mocking Green Bay. Hmm. let’s take a look at some facts..
    In the last 20 years, here are the ranking for wins..
    #29- Lions
    #23- Bears
    #12- Vikings
    #3- PACKERS! (3rd Best Record in the NFL!)

    Also..Overall Regular Season Record: 203-117

    Super Bowl Record: 2-1

    Playoff Appearances: 14

    Seasons At Or Above .500: 18

    Keep spouting your crap boys, and keep watching our Packers in the Playoffs every year!!

  24. louderthanwords1 says: May 21, 2014 11:23 AM

    rosstuckershair – I see your just a troll and I’m not a fan of Mccarthy but Wallace and Young you can’t blame on Mccarthy. Young was picked up late in training camp and didnt have time to learn the playbook(Not sure theres enough time in the world for Young to learn any playbook anyway) so was cut before the season and Wallace didn’t make it thru one start before going down with injury.

  25. northpackalacky says: May 21, 2014 11:26 AM

    People rip on Teddy for not doing more in free agency, but it’s all about having a healthy salary cap if you want to compete year in and year out. Young labor is cheap labor in the NFL, and if a veteran is a free agent, there’s a reason. Ted has a price for every player and he won’t go above it. Once in awhile he strikes gold, as with Charles Woodson. Maybe he’ll do so again with Peppers.

  26. stellarperformance says: May 21, 2014 11:56 AM

    The Packers are going to be fine and likely dominant in the North Division, again. The other teams and their fans are in our rearview mirror, again, and they know it.

  27. tokyosandblaster says: May 21, 2014 12:30 PM

    If you took the GMs and head coaches of all the other NFC north teams and added them up, you’re still nowhere close to McCarthy or Thompson.

    The gap is huge. That’s why the Paclers have owned the division, and will own the division for a long, long, LONG time.

  28. bearshaterseverywhere says: May 21, 2014 1:30 PM

    The Packers are the best team in the division, I’m a Bears fan and I respect your Organization. The tables are turning in the NFC North. All teams are going to be competitive. I don’t know if you guys noticed, but the Bears had a better scoring offense than any team in the Division (2nd in the League). This was after 1 year of Emery and Trestman….Don’t bite your nose off to spite your face Packers fans.

  29. stellarperformance says: May 21, 2014 1:43 PM

    Real Packer fans know you are telling the truth. The Bears have made tremendous improvements, and I thought they would take the division when they beat the Packers and took Rodgers out. The Bears are a legitimate threat. I have always respected the Bears and Lions fans and the mutual respect shown when I have met fans of both teams is obvious and appreciated. Only the Viking fans demonstrate intolerable arrogance.

    All hat, no cattle.

  30. deltaoracle says: May 21, 2014 3:35 PM

    Yeah, things got bad when Rodgers went down. Of course Matthews, Finley, Cobb, Bulaga, and others were down at the same time. But yeah, the Packers are nothing but Rodgers.

  31. sgtcook1959 says: May 21, 2014 3:43 PM

    You can be pretty sure that the Green Bay Packers already know who will take Ted Thompson’s place when he decides to step down. That being the case, its just a matter of will the new guy want to bring in his own coach or keep McCarthy.

    Rogers is getting up there in age, but he is far from being washed up. Having a solid running game is going to take a lot of the heat off of him, but lets say his career is winding down. Next years draft is going to be loaded with QB’s so it will not surprise me if Green Bays next franchise QB is drafted next year and given three or four years to develop. (over 120 kids not counting underclassmen)

  32. buscook says: May 21, 2014 4:42 PM

    without Aaron Rodgers TT and MM are the Laurel and Hardy of hamburger flipping

  33. ariani1985 says: May 21, 2014 4:52 PM

    I am sure the local food food eateries would love to see Mike stick around!

  34. sonofad says: May 21, 2014 5:23 PM

    One more ring should put them both in the HOF.

  35. beerbratscheese says: May 21, 2014 6:44 PM

    Maybe all these Vikings fans are right, and we do blindly follow TT and MM. But in our defense, the glare from that Lombardi Trophy they brought to Green Bay is pretty bright.

  36. linemanguy74 says: May 21, 2014 10:21 PM

    They both really looked good when they lost their QB

  37. madman731 says: May 22, 2014 6:34 AM

    I like Thompson, and I think he’s done mostly good things for the team. Drafting Rodgers was a smart move, and grabbing Peppers in free agency in the off season was great. Not to mention the fact that GB had a talent rich draft. However I’m not sure I like many of McCarthy’s coaching decisions, and I don’t know if he is benefiting from having Rodgers behind center or if he actually knows what he is doing half the time. For an offensive coordinator he has made some really questionable choices with the offense, ones that have led to the Packers losing games in the past. Still he has a good winning percentage and the Packers are well known for being like the Steelers in sticking with their head coaches for long periods of time. That’s good stability. So yes I can see both being kept.

  38. applejim67 says: May 22, 2014 9:03 AM

    And how many GM’s and coaches passed on Rodgers before TT and MM drafted him? But really, the true test is never in any single draft choice. Somebody still has to block, catch passes, and play defense for a team to win. TT and MM have passed the test of time.

  39. tokyofilthblaster says: May 22, 2014 12:26 PM

    It’s nice to have that Superbowl winning pedigree. Football is so much more enjoyable when your team contends every year.

    Packer fans are very fortunate indeed.

  40. ariani1985 says: May 22, 2014 12:48 PM

    So contending you mean losing in the first round, ok gotcha!

    #cousinlovedemscoooonies

  41. stellarperformance says: May 22, 2014 6:38 PM

    No, contending means MAKING it to the first round. Your lack of familiarity with knowing the difference is understandable. Sad, but understandable.

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