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Report: McCarthy “fed up” with Thompson’s approach to free agency

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Publicly, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has called out running back Eddie Lacy. Privately, McCarthy apparently is doing the same to G.M. Ted Thompson.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel drops this bombshell near the bottom of a postmortem on Green Bay’s season: “According to several sources, McCarthy is fed up with his boss’ unwillingness to take a chance and reinforce the roster with veteran players that might be unknown to the Packers but have the talent to contribute.”

Thompson and his predecessor, Ron Wolf, rarely rolled the dice on free agents with recognizable names. Beyond Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Julius Peppers, the Packers have resisted the pursuit of established veterans since free agency arrived 23 years ago.

Sure, the Packers have signed guys who were available (like Desmond Howard in 1996), but they rarely chase guys who are coveted elsewhere. It’s a smart way to manage the cap, but a willingness to periodically compete for impact players is critical to maximizing a team’s chances. Thompson won’t do it and, if McGinn’s report is accurate, McCarthy has had enough of it.

Whatever that means for the future of the relationship between coach and G.M. and whether either or both is facing real scrutiny, McGinn hits the nail on the head regarding the atmosphere that comes from public ownership of the team.

“With no owner to answer to, Thompson can choose not to deal with the uncomfortable issues associated with the end of any season,” McGinn writes.

By never having the accountability that comes from having a traditional owner, Thompson and McCarthy can keep doing what they do, at least until quarterback Aaron Rodgers retires and the team isn’t an instant contender every year.

Packers fans should want something more than merely contending for the balance of Rodgers’ career. Arguably the best quarterback of the last decade, the Packers should have more than one Super Bowl appearance during his career.

Whatever happens in 2016, the Packers are running out of chances with Rodgers.

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144 Responses to “Report: McCarthy “fed up” with Thompson’s approach to free agency”
  1. blakeden says: Jan 24, 2016 3:39 PM

    McCarthy needs to worry about doing his job…Funny how it’s never HIS fault

  2. whatdoesjimmiefoxxsay says: Jan 24, 2016 3:40 PM

    Frustrated may be a more accurate depiction….I’ll bet they will meet on some common ground . That’s the GB way. Work it out in house , not in the newspaper.

  3. arktikman says: Jan 24, 2016 3:40 PM

    Yeah aside from three (potential HOF’ers) he never signs anyone. LOL

  4. drunkinsconnie says: Jan 24, 2016 3:40 PM

    Ha, bottoms up cheeseheads.

  5. jjpmn says: Jan 24, 2016 3:40 PM

    When Thompson’s approach worked in the past everyone praised him for being disciplined and building homegrown talent.

  6. jbvikes says: Jan 24, 2016 3:41 PM

    I think Ted’s approach is just right. Signed a Vikes fan.

  7. cheeseisfattening says: Jan 24, 2016 3:41 PM

    Yes, yes McCarthy is fed up for sure. Everyone knows that. But this fat on fat hate is a bit surprising. This team has some deep rooted issues that are going to take years to fix.

  8. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jan 24, 2016 3:41 PM

    Yeah too bad the packers don’t have an owner like Jerry or Danny.

  9. ctiggs says: Jan 24, 2016 3:42 PM

    Packers are at home who cares.

  10. tjacks7 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:43 PM

    Trouble in paradise? Don’t worry, as Rodgers play continues to decline, both of these guys will be exposed as the frauds they are, finally get fired.

  11. gtodriver says: Jan 24, 2016 3:44 PM

    The rest of the league has realized that TT’s approach to FA is not getting the job done for years.

    Now MM realizes it.

    In a a decade or two, the Packer fans will admit it too.

  12. lambeaudungbarn says: Jan 24, 2016 3:45 PM

    Just another day in Paradise. McCarthy will be gone after next season as Green Bay falls to Minnesota and Chicago in the Division.
    Let the rebuilding begin.

  13. greenbaychicksarefat says: Jan 24, 2016 3:46 PM

    Surprised McCarthy has time to speak to the press, with his face engulfed in Krispy Kremes and all

  14. deltaoracle says: Jan 24, 2016 3:47 PM

    Every coach wants to win now.
    Any GM worth his keep needs to worry about upcoming years.
    IF this story is true (and I think MM has many more pressing things to be upset about) then I think he and Thompson will work it out – in private.
    It’s been quite a while since Woodson, so Ted’s about due to make one of his rare but usually successful splashes in FA anyway.

  15. pkrjones says: Jan 24, 2016 3:48 PM

    … and Ted Thompson is “fed up” with McCarthy playing it safe and losing playoff games. Maybe McCarthy should stop throwing others under the bus and analyze his red zone shortcomings. Playing not to lose doesn’t get your team playing in the Super Bowl, playing to win does!

  16. wheels579 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:48 PM

    Then McCarthy should quit if he’s so fed up. His job is to coach. All he did this year while not calling plays was stand around clutching the play sheet. Mike McCarthy is the last guy who should be doing any complaining after this year. Shut up and coach.

  17. shaggytoodle says: Jan 24, 2016 3:49 PM

    Great teams are built with sound drafting, and getting the last few pieces in FA.

    Besides GB spends money on their own FAS like Matthews Rodgers Jordy and Mike Daniels.

    If a player was woth keeping 6hey wouldn’t be a FA just go look at players like Haynesworth and Suh

  18. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 24, 2016 3:49 PM

    I always thought Thompson was over rated. People have been calling him such a good gm for years but what has he done besides the one super bowl?

  19. pw1265 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:49 PM

    I have been saying that for a number of year. All too often you see the people with their heads buried deep inside Teds backside defending him.
    Titles matter, not “we have a chance”
    We will waste another great qb with this pathetic approach.
    Favre and Rodgers should net you much more than 2 SB titles. Just a fact.

  20. kevpft says: Jan 24, 2016 3:50 PM

    Rodgers may be Peyton Manning II – HOF QB on a team whose management undercuts him with an insufficient roster and less-than-great coaching.

  21. deltaoracle says: Jan 24, 2016 3:51 PM

    I think Ted’s approach is just right. Signed a Vikes fan.

    Apparently so does your GM, since he’s copying it.

  22. herlies says: Jan 24, 2016 3:51 PM

    I don’t agree that GB is running out of chances with Rodgers. He just turned 32 and has the mileage of a 29 year old. Hell, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan have attempted more passes.

  23. floratiotime says: Jan 24, 2016 3:52 PM

    Aaron Rodgers says it’s not his fault.

  24. dd36 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:52 PM

    So publicly owned organizations lack accountability? That wouldn’t fit with any other observations of recent times…

  25. a1b24312 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:53 PM

    He ain’t goin’ nowhere because he wouldn’t be hired anywhere else in the NFL in this climate right now.

  26. leatherface2012 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:56 PM

    awwww. discord in packerland? say it aint so….this is hysterical. fire mccarthy after next season then bring in all new people and bug eyes has to learn a whole new system, which he wont be smart enough to do.

  27. jag1959 says: Jan 24, 2016 3:58 PM

    Something that declarative needs confirmation

  28. greenbaybobfox says: Jan 24, 2016 3:58 PM

    Ron Wolf didn’t sign free agents? Beside Reggie White and Desmond Howard, Wolf also signed players like Mark Clayton, Mike Prior, Sean Jones, Guy McIntyre, Don Beebe, Santana Dotson, Andre Rison, Russell Maryland and a number of other players.

  29. justintuckrule says: Jan 24, 2016 4:02 PM

    They’d probably have 2 more wins and this talk would be the reverse if one Eli manning didn’t upset them twice.

  30. siuleno says: Jan 24, 2016 4:04 PM

    ah, yes, Vikings fans. please, enlighten us on the inner workings of the Green Bay Packers. deep rooted issues? expound. oh, wait. i forgot. you don’t know what you’re talking about. win a play-off game, then a super bowl, and maybe… just maybe your opinion will be somewhat valid. go away, clowns.

  31. 6ball says: Jan 24, 2016 4:05 PM

    .
    The Patriots have never been a team to sign a bunch of first day, overpriced free agents. However, they do bring in a lot of low to mid priced veterans to build depth. By the time the playoffs arrive, most teams have 15-18 players on IR. The Packers have suffered from lack of depth when the inevitable injuries hit. It seems especially apparent on the offensive line where even a journeyman guard or tackle would have been welcomed.
    .

  32. edenprairieballer says: Jan 24, 2016 4:07 PM

    The Packers are getting desperate. McCarthy taking back play calling duties mid season was a dead give away. He realizes he doesn’t have much time with Rodgers on the backside of his career. And oh, look out Mike Zimmer is building an unstopable defense with the NFC North Champions.

  33. fartweasel says: Jan 24, 2016 4:11 PM

    Questioning the “brilliance” of Ted Thompson?? That’s just crazy talk, after all he did hit on the Rodgers pick and err…. I guess that was it.

  34. madnova says: Jan 24, 2016 4:12 PM

    I get the impression that this is less McCarthy vs. Thompson and more McGinn vs Thompson. McGinn has always taken pot shots at Thompson whenever he could, and it seems mainly because of the lack of quotes Ted provides.

  35. rosstuckershair says: Jan 24, 2016 4:17 PM

    Draft and develop the best way to run a franchise. However if a team has been bad at drafting and spurns free agency annually, it can take a long time to replace holes in the roster. Again this year GB will take a LB or DL as many recent picks have not been productive. Perry will be another 1st pick to comp pick this year, compounding the next man up mentality. Using free agency will speed the process of repair.

    Rodgers is the big loser in all of this. Again he will probably be required prop up the roster again next year..

  36. realfootballfan says: Jan 24, 2016 4:20 PM

    He and Packer fans should be fed up wit him as a GM period. His former lieutenants, namely Schneider and Scott McCloughan, are frankly better than him. He’s missed quite a bit in the draft.

  37. leatherface2012 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:21 PM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 3:56 PM
    awwww. discord in packerland? say it aint so….this is hysterical. fire mccarthy after next season then bring in all new people and bug eyes has to learn a whole new system, which he wont be smart enough to do.

    once again, all thumbs down are from packer goofs that think they play carolina today

  38. 4sacroc says: Jan 24, 2016 4:21 PM

    I agree with McCarthy, if McGinn’s piece is true.

    In 1995, Ron Wolf went out and got Keith Jackson to stretch middle of field. Jackson was terrific and it got GB to three straight NFC Championships and a title in ’96.

    Since losing #1 TE Jermichael Finley in 2013, Thompson has a) reached for Richard Rogers, a #2 or #3 TE on most teams.

    Look at today’s game. Owen Daniels is a guy who was available. Same with Vernon Davis. Greg Olsen was allowed to walk from Chicago. He scorched GB’s defense. Three viable options. Thomson brings in plodders like Rodgers and Justin Perillo. Bostick was dumber than rocks and he proved it at Seattle.

    Who does Thompson answer to?

    He doesn’t speak to the media during the season, leaving McCarthy to take the bullets.

    No excuses in 2016. They play the easiest schedule in the NFL (NFC East and AFC South).

  39. leatherface2012 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:22 PM

    siuleno says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:04 PM
    ah, yes, Vikings fans. please, enlighten us on the inner workings of the Green Bay Packers. deep rooted issues? expound. oh, wait. i forgot. you don’t know what you’re talking about. win a play-off game, then a super bowl, and maybe… just maybe your opinion will be somewhat valid. go away, clowns.

    win the division once in awhile. weirdo

  40. 4sacroc says: Jan 24, 2016 4:27 PM

    Thompson and McCarthy are still living’ off 2010 title.

    Mark Murphy is merely there to look for revenue streams. He’s our own li’l Goddell. Keep the fannies in the seats and all is well.

    If McCarthy were ever cut loose no one would hire him as a head coach. OC, certainly.

    But it’s evident Thompson and McCarthy have pissed away 10 years with HOF QB’s Favre and Rodgers and have but one SB appearance to show for it.

  41. sandmandkind says: Jan 24, 2016 4:28 PM

    There needs to be an overhaul in a lot of areas to fix the Packers problems: Thompson’s policies, McCarthy’s play calling, and let’s not forget Capers’ perennial sieve of a defense. The goods times will pass the Pack by unless the entire front office gets shaken up.

  42. jrossizzle says: Jan 24, 2016 4:28 PM

    I’m the one who’s fed up..
    Eddie Lasagna

  43. clayshair says: Jan 24, 2016 4:31 PM

    Like Peyton, Rodgers is good enough to singlehandedly get team in contention every year, but to get a title requires a great team which requires a great organization. The Packer organization has failed to put the pieces around their QBs for years. It’s about time the packer media start calling them out. Hear hear.

  44. shaggytoodle says: Jan 24, 2016 4:32 PM

    pw1265 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 3:49 PM
    I have been saying that for a number of year. All too often you see the people with their heads buried deep inside Teds backside defending him.
    Titles matter, not “we have a chance”
    We will waste another great qb with this pathetic approach.
    Favre and Rodgers should net you much more than 2 SB titles. Just a fact
    ______________________

    You make it sound like TT has been there forever, thats not the case, his job is to put talent on the field, the talent he has acquired has been consistent in getting the playoffs going to the 3 NFC title games. I think MM is the one to blame, GMs don’t have a whole lot of input into the post-season, Favre’s INT vs. NYG, Seattle making a big comeback last season… has minimal to do with TT in my opinion.

  45. bondlake says: Jan 24, 2016 4:32 PM

    Bob McGinn is SPOT ON with this article, which I have read in full. The Packers, meaning Ted Thompson and crew, are squandering away the prime years of Aaron Rodgers, a true generational QB. If I were McGinn, however, I would have gone all the way to the top. There is another “MM” in GB. This is Mark Murphy, the Team President and CEO. He can’t walk away blameless. Thompson answers to him. And, presumably, Murphy answers to the Board of Directors.

    I have been to several GB shareholders’ meetings at Lambeau. Thompson puts you to sleep. To me, he is nothing more than a Chief Scout. If I were Rodgers, I would tell Murphy and Thompson that GB either get him the necessary help, or if not, then trade him to a team which will appreciate his talents. There is little doubt in my mind that one of the primary reasons for the rift between TT and Favre is TT”s refusal to go out and get Randy Moss. Assuming that Moss would “play when he wanted to play,” can you imagine Favre to Moss?

    TT runs around shopping at the Goodwill and expects to come away with Nieman Marcus merchandise. It’s long past the time for the “other” MM to sit down with TT and have a little turkey talk. Unfortunately, I don’t think it would work, since one cannot teach and old dog new tricks.

    I would fire TT and hire Eliot Wolf.

    It’s time for new blood and a fresh approach.

  46. 4sacroc says: Jan 24, 2016 4:32 PM

    All this garbage about perennially being one of the youngest teams in the NFL.

    Whatever.

    A rookie blew the coverage in OT and Arizona.

    AZ and CAR have two of the ‘oldest’ rosters in the league.

    They are still playing.

  47. allight59 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:35 PM

    Epic Fail…Hall of fame QBs the last 20 years and 2 superbowls to show for it! LOL…now the window is closing and no more chances for Green Bay for the next decade at least. GB should have been the NFC version of the Patriots and FAILED miserably. Watch Minnesota show you how it’s done with Zimmer and Spielman in charge…

  48. deltaoracle says: Jan 24, 2016 4:39 PM

    once again, all thumbs down are from packer goofs that think they play carolina today

    And all thumbs up are from Heidi fans who think they’ll be winning their 50th straight Super Bowl in a couple of weeks.

  49. ronaldbreu says: Jan 24, 2016 4:39 PM

    All the games I have seen tells me that one or two impact players wont make any difference and will always result in typical losses like Seattle in the playoffs because of the conservative justification for play calling. Vince Lombardi came in and because of his “style” took average players and made them into a force to be reckoned with. Back in 2010 leading to the super bowl win the entire season you would see aggressive plays that maximized the potential of the team…..Get McCarthy a case of Viagra.

  50. pixelzombie says: Jan 24, 2016 4:40 PM

    He makes a good point. How much money were the Packers under the cap this year? Rodgers is a great qb, but this is a team sport and GB has not surrounded him with enough talent.

  51. contra74 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:41 PM

    The packers would be playing today if only McCarthy would have taken over the playmaking.

    What? He took over?

    I blame cheeseburger Eddie for taking after his teams fanbase.

  52. 4sacroc says: Jan 24, 2016 4:42 PM

    McCarthy’s fed up?

    Rodgers is, too. I believe one more year of this and he will sit out / demand a trade. That might be only way to get Thompson off his arse. since he answers to no one.

  53. mediasloppy says: Jan 24, 2016 4:42 PM

    Looks like McCarthy still hasn’t found a mirror while throwing everyone under the bus.

  54. fiveducegroove says: Jan 24, 2016 4:44 PM

    Mike McCarthy is looking for someone to blame he is an over-rated coach,who has the best player in the league in Rodgers. Lacy should happily leave Green Bay,Lacy can ball.
    Steelers # 1

  55. wwwocls says: Jan 24, 2016 4:45 PM

    Awesome. Great to see he’s pissed and wants change. My day is made.

  56. cheeseisfattening says: Jan 24, 2016 4:47 PM

    Maybe McCarthy can go get some “China Food” with Lacy to make himself feel better.

  57. deltaoracle says: Jan 24, 2016 4:53 PM

    Worth noting that McGinn also gives Rodgers a “B-” for the year. So it’s not like he thinks #12 was just a victim of others’ mistakes.

  58. codythao35 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:55 PM

    Both of them should be gone. McCathy not doing a good job and so is TT. Let me be in charge. First thing I’ll do is take those head cheese out. They’re over due and sour. Trade Rodgers. The game is about him more than any one else.

  59. mediasloppy says: Jan 24, 2016 4:57 PM

    Next season, the Packers will play what is judged to be the easiest schedule in the league, at least on paper. Matched against the two weakest divisions, the NFC East and the AFC South, the Packers will play opponents that finished 117-139 (.457) in 2015.
    ———————–
    Looks like job safety next year.

  60. packertruth says: Jan 24, 2016 4:58 PM

    “Watch Minnesota show you how it’s done with Zimmer and Spielman in charge…”
    **************
    Mike McCarthy has the 8th highest winning percentage among coaches all-time (min. 80 wins). Mike Zimmer has yet to win a playoff game (and since 1998 has been a coach on teams that are 0-9 in the playoffs).

    What are we going to watch again?

  61. uncommon1 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:01 PM

    Rodgers performance on the field in the previous 5 seasons was historically great. What do the Pack have to show for it? I have always said that Ted Thompsons approach is deemed successful ONLY because Rodgers has been so good and carried this team to contention. You put an average or above average QB in there instead of Rodgers and the Pack are 6-10 to 9-7 every year. That falls on Thompson

  62. conormacleod says: Jan 24, 2016 5:02 PM

    It started to unravel last off season. It’s only going to get worse.

  63. 250dollarnflowner says: Jan 24, 2016 5:03 PM

    deltaoracle says:
    Jan 24, 2016 3:51 PM
    I think Ted’s approach is just right. Signed a Vikes fan.

    Apparently so does your GM, since he’s copying it.
    ===============
    Uh no, Spielman signs Free agents. Terrence Newman, Captain Munnerlyn, Mike Wallace, Linval Joseph all were key player son this year’s team.

  64. Drexel University Course: Digital Media in Sports says: Jan 24, 2016 5:05 PM

    It’s always Frustrating in March when your team doesn’t spend in Free agency, then come October / November you become glad your team saved their money.

  65. kfligg says: Jan 24, 2016 5:11 PM

    Packers 13 x champions… how many you ladies in chic, minn or det got combined?

  66. conormacleod says: Jan 24, 2016 5:13 PM

    greenbaybobfox
    Jan 24, 2016, 2:58 PM CST
    Ron Wolf didn’t sign free agents? Beside Reggie White and Desmond Howard, Wolf also signed players like Mark Clayton, Mike Prior, Sean Jones, Guy McIntyre, Don Beebe, Santana Dotson, Andre Rison, Russell Maryland and a number of other players.
    ——
    I’m pretty sure he only listed the good signings.

    I’m not shocked most of your brethren are turning on McCarthy. We saw it with Favre. And we will see it with Rodgers.

  67. purpleguy says: Jan 24, 2016 5:18 PM

    I don’t get trashing MM here, since I’m sure he didn’t want this made public. TT’s a good GM, but I always wondered why he was so against effectively using FA as one of several avenues to improve the team — particularly the last 5 years when the Pack has been contending and one or two pieces could have made the difference.

  68. screamingyellowzonkers says: Jan 24, 2016 5:19 PM

    I stated after the packers choked to Seattle, that the packers would unravel.

    A team doesn’t have an epic choke like that and survive. Strong Personalities will be frustrated and butt heads.

    The stuff appears to be hitting fan in title town.

  69. starrfavrerodgers says: Jan 24, 2016 5:21 PM

    This isn’t the first time that McGinn has taken this stance. He was saying this stuff a few weeks ago as well, and has long had an axe to grind with Thompson. This is essentially the same article he’s written for the past 5 offseasons.

  70. canadapackers says: Jan 24, 2016 5:24 PM

    I have said this before – where does McGinn get this stuff – he sure has a hate on for MM and TT and I guess that is why he makes this stuff up. Secretly he must be a Bears fan rather than a truthful reporter.

  71. leatherface2012 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:26 PM

    deltaoracle says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:39 PM
    once again, all thumbs down are from packer goofs that think they play carolina today

    And all thumbs up are from Heidi fans who think they’ll be winning their 50th straight Super Bowl in a couple of weeks.

    green bay won 2 more games than cleveland. wow. super

  72. finchy74 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:27 PM

    I think as a general rule when it comes to professional sports, you use every avenue possible to get better.

    A few commenters have listed every FA acquisition that TT has made during his tenure. While the list looks impressively long, it’s quite short compared to other teams during the same time period.

    TT is good at evaluating talent and has a good draft record. He does not however, have a great draft record. That coupled with the fact that GB is always at least “good” during the regular season, and you’re drafting late in every round every year.

    Big splash FA signings are rarely worth the cap hit. But finding veterans in or close to their prime to add depth for reasonable contracts as well as snagging young players on the rise at their first shot in FA for reasonable contracts is already a critical practice for any team that wants to contend simply due to the prevalence of injuries in the modern NFL. TT appears to abhor both of these practices.

    Not unlike TT, McCarthy is a good, but flawed coach. The Packers have one of the few elite QB’s in the league. It seems as though most people believe it’s just an eventuality that Rodgers will play at a high level into his late 30’s. He very well may. But it seems equally likely that he only has a few elite level seasons left. The odds of the Packers drafting a 3rd straight elite qb are approximately the same as John Madden choosing a salad at dinner time.

    The question then for TT is whether he can bring himself to take calculated risks over the next few seasons. If Ted Thompson truly believed the Packers were a SB contender this year, it is utterly inexcusable that he did not part with a draft pick(s) to acquire a dynamic WR when Nelson was lost. Now, perhaps TT didn’t believe they were a SB team. But regardless, the window is closing and it has become apparent that his current approach will net consistent winning seasons with AR at the helm, but not championships.

  73. jhtobias says: Jan 24, 2016 5:29 PM

    Vikings you can have the greatest defense ever which you don’t and it won’t matter.

    You will never be anything with a chick who cant through the ball more than 20 yards downfield or an ageing running back that will be done in one to two years

  74. absodefinitely says: Jan 24, 2016 5:29 PM

    If Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger aren’t better than Rodgers, you have to blame the coach AND GM for only 1 SB ring for Rodgers. Even some mediocre QB’S got rings by playing on teams with good defense and a solid run game and GB has neither, and without Nelson, their passing game wasn’t all that great either.

  75. immafubared says: Jan 24, 2016 5:30 PM

    That’s half the problem. Ted is letting our top free agent talent walk. So he is saving the bucks both ways. Cullen Jenkins, Wells two pro bowlers who filled needs and were replaced by draft picks. Ya if the guys are at the end of there careers Ted like Spielman does but not when they are pro bowl caliber. I watched the Lions with the richest owner in football go out and get the crapiest talent money can buy. Guys from schools you never heard of. Cheap ball at its best. Pack fans need to under stand if you comp is doing it and your not your always behind the ball. Denver has two of the best pass rushers in the game that they got from free agency and they are one game from the SB Ted.

  76. chris6523 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:31 PM

    This story is two weeks old.

  77. billbrasky72 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:31 PM

    Please don’t get rid of Thompson or McCarthy! As a Vikes fan, they are my two favorite Packers…well, them and that guy who botched that onside kick a year or two ago.

  78. rosstuckershair says: Jan 24, 2016 5:32 PM

    Packers 13 x champions… how many you ladies in chic, minn or det got combined?

    As of 2016, how is this germain in any way?

  79. mistyzhang says: Jan 24, 2016 5:38 PM

    He’s also fed up with dieting

  80. shlort says: Jan 24, 2016 5:39 PM

    I will stick to watching football. I don’t have the professional credentials to question any team owner, president, general manager or coach.

    If McCarthy wants to make moves and Ted doesn’t, I hardly believe the writer who broke this “story” has first hand knowledge of any disagreement in the offices on 1265 Lombardi Ave.

  81. packertruth says: Jan 24, 2016 5:41 PM

    As of 2016, how is this germain in any way?
    ——————–
    I don’t think it’s germain in any way. I also don’t think you know how to spell germane.

  82. longtimefanh8tr says: Jan 24, 2016 5:46 PM

    Maybe Mike feels the door closing on him.

  83. axespray says: Jan 24, 2016 6:02 PM

    Bob McGinn’s sources wouldn’t happen to be Manti Teo’s girlfriend’s relatives, would they? Cause it’s not like Bob has made a living with inflammatory “reporting” throughout his career as a “journalist”.

  84. riverhorsey says: Jan 24, 2016 6:04 PM

    Packers got a CEO named Mark Murphy. Thompson doesn’t operate in some kind of vacuum where the fans own the team and no decisions can be made about him.

  85. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 6:06 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:47 PM
    Maybe McCarthy can go get some “China Food” with Lacy to make himself feel better.
    //////////////////////////////

    Doesn’t the Food Channel have an app you’d enjoy more than football? That’s all you talk about (and you’re the only one amused by it.)

  86. diveleft says: Jan 24, 2016 6:07 PM

    Schism in Sconnie. The end of the Packers run is at hand. It’ll be like the Packers of the 80’S soon enough

  87. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 6:08 PM

    I would love to see this team not waste Rodgers like Sherman wasted Favre. And McCarthy wouldn’t be having these panic attacks if he had played to win against the Seahawks last year and the Cardinals this year. I wouldn’t doubt Rodgers and Thompson are on the same page on that one.

    Grow some Mike.

  88. chalie16 says: Jan 24, 2016 6:18 PM

    As someone who can’t stand the Packers, this is great. Bring back Ray Rhodes, he can fix it.

  89. wiscobear says: Jan 24, 2016 6:26 PM

    The Packers are going to have about 30 straight years being led by an all-time great QB but only two rings to show for it.

  90. teegee50 says: Jan 24, 2016 6:36 PM

    So who ya gonna replace them with?

  91. whodat5150 says: Jan 24, 2016 6:40 PM

    I blame MM for GB not getting to the Super Bowl last year. It was pure idiocy, in the NFCC game, for him NOT to throw the ball when BOTH Seattle corners were out of the game. Instead, he played not to lose and kept running instead of trying to take advantage of the back up corners. I don’t know if MM ever took responsibility for that “sha-bacle” (shame+debacle.)

  92. powersnatch0102 says: Jan 24, 2016 6:43 PM

    Ted Thompsom isn’t actually a real person. He’s just a name written on a worthless piece of paper. Just like the silly scam called packer stock

  93. thefatlazygamer says: Jan 24, 2016 6:55 PM

    McCarthy is fed up? So is Lacy, he’s real fed up. Got a whole offseason of buffets for these two to feed up and chill out.

  94. va4favre says: Jan 24, 2016 7:03 PM

    This is a very tough issue since the Pack have had a record most other teams would envy. The problem is, however, that they have had 2 HOF QBs and not a playoff record that mirrors this talent. Favre was able to get the Pack to the playoffs, but needed more help to get to the SB. The same is true of Rodgers. Favre used to beg TT to draft some offensive players without success. I find TT personally creepy, but now I think he has become too set in his ways. I found the McGinn article to be insightful. I wonder how TT would fare with a single owner?

  95. TheWizard says: Jan 24, 2016 7:08 PM

    It’s the right approach.

    New England dominates their division with home grown talent.

    Miami gives massive free agent contract to Suh, and they won’t compete until they’re out from under it.

  96. frank booth says: Jan 24, 2016 7:23 PM

    stellarperformance says:
    Jan 24, 2016 6:06 PM

    cheeseisfattening says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:47 PM
    Maybe McCarthy can go get some “China Food” with Lacy to make himself feel better.
    //////////////////////////////

    Doesn’t the Food Channel have an app you’d enjoy more than football? That’s all you talk about (and you’re the only one amused by it.)
    =================================
    He’s a Vikings’ fan. It’s not like he wants to talk about the playoffs.

  97. stellarperformance says: Jan 24, 2016 7:23 PM

    diveleft says:
    Jan 24, 2016 6:07 PM
    Schism in Sconnie. The end of the Packers run is at hand. It’ll be like the Packers of the 80’S soon enough
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    It’s already the 80’s for the Vikings. Win the division, brag about it, and then piss it away.

  98. cribbage12 says: Jan 24, 2016 7:25 PM

    I’m really starting to believe Bob McGinn is senile. He’s had it out for MM and TT as if he bet his house they’d make it to the NFCCG.

  99. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 24, 2016 7:32 PM

    Similar to the Patriots’ approach. I think coaching is more to blame for the Packers coming up short than personnel.

  100. dafc0n says: Jan 24, 2016 7:47 PM

    McCarthy is a (B-) coach in a mostly (C+) league, we might as well keep him because there really are only a few (A) coaches. McCarthy’s record would be a lot better if he could do one thing better, but I don’t think it’s in him. The really best coaches are willing to ditch an innefective game plan and make necessary in game adjustments, or coach on the fly. McCarthy is terrible at making good halftime adjustments !!

  101. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 24, 2016 8:22 PM

    This is not true. I have personally seen Mike at Applebee’s West in Green Bay, and he is never fed up. Never. Just look at him. Never.

  102. itscarpweekondiscoverwi says: Jan 24, 2016 8:38 PM

    Still better than the Vikings and Bears.

  103. mysterytonite says: Jan 24, 2016 8:54 PM

    McCarthy passing the Big Mac? No that would never happen but they buck sure. Rodgers is annoyed that this rotund coward can’t do his job like calling out that obese knuckle runner after coming to camp well overweight for a second year in a row and also playing like he has no balls. Rodgers with Arians is a match made in heaven, shame it will never happen. Green Bay should at least have 2 titles and maybe a third appearance since ARod took over. Shame a mid level cowardly coach like McCarthy gets to waste him.

  104. oronopackerfan says: Jan 24, 2016 9:08 PM

    Rodgers is too good to question him. Randall Cobb can’t get open, and if you throw the football with superglue on it, Davante Adams will find a way not to catch it. The receivers that can catch are Justin Perillo and Richard Rodgers, but they are as slow as… something that’s slow. We need Nelson back.

  105. ltdan1212 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:13 PM

    As a long time fan and shareholder, I have to tell it the way it is. The GM, Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator are all worthless and need to go. I should include team President Mark Murphy, and might as well include the Executive Committee as well. None of these morons know what they’re doing with the talent they have. The team from the Executive Committee on down has absolutely no discipline whatsoever. They might as well be playing street football, that seems to be the approach.

  106. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 24, 2016 9:26 PM

    Mark Murphy’s doppelganger is Howdy Doody. So keep him. In Wisconsin, we think that’s ‘cute’.

  107. ltdan1212 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:32 PM

    I wish someone in the Packers organization would read Vincent Lombardis book. They might learn a little something about how to play pro football.

  108. ltdan1212 says: Jan 24, 2016 9:38 PM

    Cute doesn’t win championships.

  109. intrafinesse says: Jan 24, 2016 9:47 PM

    As a Jets fan I hate Belichick.
    I also respect him.

    Belichick doesn’t sign high priced free agents.
    He probably was willing to pay Revis on a 1 year deal, because he figured they were close to a SB team (he was right).

    If Belichick is doing this (and he’s correct) then why fault Ted Thompson?
    McCarthy should shut his mouth. It’s his job to make sure players stay in shape. He failed as much as Lacey did.

  110. whatjusthapped says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    I hate these type of stories, notice the writer didn’t name sources, it’s all rumor and background noise. If McCarthy wanted to say, he could say it directly to the newspapers, he’s got enough job security to do just that.

    And this web site is no better, it publishes BS without any support against all journalistic standards if PFT had any to begin with.

  111. packmanfan says: Jan 24, 2016 10:55 PM

    I think this is why my Packers have been sucking lately.
    They get a whole bunch of college kids who are green and new to the system which will take them a few years to develop into pros.
    Rodgers needs experienced vets now.
    That plus McMuffin is a terrible play caller.

  112. packmanfan says: Jan 24, 2016 11:02 PM

    itscarpweekondiscoverwi says:
    Jan 24, 2016 8:38 PM
    Still better than the Vikings and Bears.
    ———————————————————————————–
    How can we be any better then them when we also aren’t going to the SB this year and haven’t for a few years now and we probably won’t for a very long freaking time?
    From now on I expect my Pack to lose and choke in a playoff game which is the norm for them when it wasn’t before.

  113. azblonguy says: Jan 25, 2016 12:51 AM

    I’m sorry but McCarthy is right but also misses too many opportunities during the games. It’s Super Bowl or bust next year. No excuses and fire them both if they don’t make it.

  114. canadapackers says: Jan 25, 2016 1:07 AM

    I hear that McGinn has reported that Kraft is about to fire Billy Belicheck because Tom Brady took too many hits today and that he should have had a better game plan. His source was the ball boy – I guess the balls should have been deflated more. Nice reporting

  115. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2016 1:40 AM

    ltdan1212 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 9:13 PM
    As a long time fan and shareholder, I have to tell it the way it is.
    ———————————————————————————-
    Yeah, right, like that’s going to hold any water.

    I’m also a Packers fan and I didn’t spend one dime to claim my pride in our team on a worthless piece of paper.
    So your opinion is no more valid than mine or anyone else who didn’t throw their money away just to help them improve their stadium when there are more worthwhile causes to put money towards.

  116. jjclark28 says: Jan 25, 2016 4:46 AM

    Bob McGinn is a whack looking for attention! This is a team that makes it to the playoffs year in and year out. the last 2 years they came a play away from beating teams that frankly have a better defense. They’ll be fine

  117. bill4544 says: Jan 25, 2016 6:49 AM

    Dounut boy and discount triple choke go cheddervile

  118. northcomblog says: Jan 25, 2016 7:00 AM

    Through either FA or trades, and aside from Reggie White, Ron Wolf also got around to adding DE Sean Jones, DT Santana Dotson, TE Keith Jackson, DT Gilbert Brown, WR Andre Rison, WR Don Beebe, WR/KR Desmond Howard, and DB Eugene Robinson to the roster. All were established in the league to some degree, and all would contribute (some heavily) to what became a SB champion in 96′. He also brought in LB Seth Joyner, Mike Prior, and Qadre Ismail, who while not big names, also played a role at some point. Trying to compare Wolf to Thompson is ridiculous, IMO. Wolf Utilized the draft, FA, and trades in unison as well as any GM in his time.

  119. alfredogarciashead says: Jan 25, 2016 7:45 AM

    2nd place in the NFL north and now nothing can stop the flood of tears rushing out of Green Bay

  120. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:42 AM

    There is more pressure to win in Green Bay than anywhere in the league. The fans expect a Lombardi trophy every year – especially Viking fans.

  121. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:42 AM

    There is more pressure to win in Green Bay than anywhere in the league. The fans expect a Lombardi trophy every year – especially Viking fans.

  122. viking1961 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:42 AM

    Malarkey is a JOKE ….. should be fired …..!!!! TOO GRUMPY to be a coach…..!!!!

  123. viking1961 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:47 AM

    JORDY is taking the blame…! Spending too much time in class…! Time to “dismember ” the team …. says: Jeffrey Dahmer.

  124. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 25, 2016 10:03 AM

    McCarthy should send a petition around to all the $250 owners. That’ll get managements attention.

  125. fngs1 says: Jan 25, 2016 10:06 AM

    96 team had a few free agents. on offense they had Don Beebe/Andre Rison/Kieth Jackson, and on defense they had Reggie White/Santana Dotson/Sean Jones/Eugene Robinson/Ron Cox and a few other I missed. So they did have free agents when Ron W was there.

  126. JaminJake says: Jan 25, 2016 10:24 AM

    They better go after Cordy Glenn. They need line help and they need it bad.

    Thompson NEVER wants to admit he is wrong. Must be Trent Baalke’s long lost uncle. But they can’t keep Rodgers upright anymore.

    DO NOT WASTE RODGERS.

  127. packmanfan says: Jan 25, 2016 10:33 AM

    This is the pot calling the kettle black.

    TT is a bad GM and McMuffin is a terrible head coach.
    Maybe the owners can do something about this?
    Oh, wait…..
    Then they really are not owners and cannot think of themselves like that.

  128. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 25, 2016 11:45 AM

    Thompson is getting a lot of heat for not signing free agents, but let’s face it: Who would want to play in Green Bay?

  129. crazy580 says: Jan 25, 2016 11:59 AM

    Both Thompson and McFatty need to go. Get somebody in there that will help the Packers instead of hinder them.

  130. ariani1985 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:58 PM

    Let these 2 boozoos stay for many years!

  131. rho1953 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:16 PM

    blakeden says:
    Jan 24, 2016 3:39 PM
    McCarthy needs to worry about doing his job…Funny how it’s never HIS fault

    That is just bs. He has publicly taken responsibility for his team. He does his job pretty well, only NE has won more games over the last ten years. He is merely making it known that he wants more free agent activity. I am not displeased with TT, but since Schneider in Seattle has an out in his contract to take the Green Bay job, I wouldn’t be averse to making that change right now.

  132. jimmysee says: Jan 25, 2016 1:21 PM

    I’m sure there’s a report being prepared for management on Lombardi Avenue on high price free agent signings — and the percentage that really had impact.

    The signings look good in the press, but they’re a real crap shoot as to whether it pays of in locker room chemistry and on the field.

    For every success there must be five or six or more dog signings.

    The goal is not to save the job of the coach or GM — it’s to win football games.

  133. speicher145 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:28 PM

    Just another day in Paradise. McCarthy will be gone after next season as Green Bay falls to Minnesota and Chicago in the Division.
    Let the rebuilding begin.
    ____________________________________
    Yeah, right after we get the best WR in the league back? Gimme a break.

  134. h0metownzero says: Jan 25, 2016 1:42 PM

    McCarthy, Thompson and the Packers all have the Superbowl pedigree. Very high standards indeed. Everyone expects us to win the Superbowl every year – especially Viking fans.

  135. lindacaseauthor says: Jan 25, 2016 2:00 PM

    clayshair says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:31 PM
    Like Peyton, Rodgers is good enough to singlehandedly get team in contention every year, but to get a title requires a great team which requires a great organization. The Packer organization has failed to put the pieces around their QBs for years. It’s about time the packer media start calling them out. Hear hear
    —————————-
    Singlehandedly? Not against good defenses who finally have Rodgers number and mercilessly pressure and sack the diva. Even bad defenses like Detroit and Chicago had his number, and look what happened. Hold on tight. The Cheeseheads are going down, down, down. . .

  136. revelation123 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:22 PM

    This was another Packers hit piece by Bob McGinn. McGinn is paid to hate on the Packers. He was writing speculative stories hating on the Packers the same season they won the Super Bowl. His opinion, just like his reporting, is practically worthless.

    Let’s see some actual sources and confirmation this time Bob. Not everyone is dull enough to buy what you’re selling.

  137. MossMoon2Packers says: Jan 25, 2016 4:03 PM

    I’ve been saying it for years — Ted Thompson is a decent GM, but certainly nothing to write home about, for the following reasons: (1) If the Packers didn’t have Rodgers, they’d consistently be 8-8, 7-9 or worse. (2) Thompson selected Rodgers in the 2005 because Favre was in his mid-30s and the Packers had to find Favre’s eventual replacement. In other words, Rodgers fell into Thompson’s lap when the Packers were QB-needy. (If you doubt that, consider this — if Thompson knew how great Rodgers would be, do you think he’d have sat around until the 24th pick to get Rodgers?) (3) Thompson should have been much more active in the free-agency market, to fill holes in the roster, to maximize the returns from having arguably the best QB in the NFL on the Packers’ roster. (4) Thompson’s drafting record (excluding Rodgers) is not impressive, as he’s has had more than his share of whiffs in the draft.

  138. packerbackersince2k10 says: Jan 25, 2016 6:00 PM

    As a shareholder/owner of this club, I will be calling a meeting between Mike, Ted, and myself. This will be one of the topics we’ll be talking about. You guys need to R-E-L-A-X..

  139. liondoc says: Jan 25, 2016 6:28 PM

    “I don’t agree that GB is running out of chances with Rodgers. He just turned 32 and has the mileage of a 29 year old. Hell, Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan have attempted more passes” at women.

  140. viking1961 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:10 AM

    IRRATIONAL BS coming from “MALARKEY ” & company …..trying to blame EVERYONE ELSE …..look in the mirror .!
    20 more years of mediocrity for the sad franchise.

  141. viking1961 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:47 AM

    MM also stands for MICKEY MOUSE …..there you have it…..!

  142. twobluegills says: Jan 28, 2016 9:21 AM

    I wish that I could have a lively football discussion where 1/2 people are not 3rd graders in here just trolling. Seems like mostly Minnesota fans for some reason.

  143. unmercifulone says: Jan 29, 2016 8:01 AM

    I love how you cheeseheads always brag about how young the Packers are…

    The ONLY problem with that, however, is your 4 best players: Rodgers, Nelson, Matthews, and Peppers are all 30+.

    Gil Brandt over at NFL.com has put together a list of the six teams that he feels have the best chance to compete for a Super Bowl title in the next three to five years. . . and wouldn’t you know it, the Minnesota Vikings show up at #5 on his list. Green Bay??? And I quote…

    “It looks like the Packers are a bit of a descending team, while Minnesota is simply trending in the right direction for long-term success.”

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

  144. breadmeatcheese says: Jan 29, 2016 11:29 AM

    Worst ownership in the league bar none.

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