Packers say Ted Thompson’s the G.M. as long as he wants the job

Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy met with reporters on Wednesday for an annual review of the team’s finances and also fielded questions about General Manager Ted Thompson’s future with the club.

That’s been a popular topic in recent years. Thompson has moved into his second decade on the job amid occasional reports of friction with head coach Mike McCarthy and the team’s moves to hold onto potential successors Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst as other teams have spoken to them about jumping ship.

Murphy said Wednesday that Thompson and McCarthy have a “great relationship” and described the team’s relationship with Thompson the same way. He also said that the ball is in Thompson’s court when it comes to when they’ll be looking for their next G.M.

“As long as he wants to continue to work, and he’s still doing a good job — and I think he still does a great job for us — we want him to continue to be our general manager,” Murphy said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal. “At a point he decides he doesn’t want to do it anymore for whatever reason, then we would do a search.”

Potential Thompson replacements exist outside the organization and former Packer exec John Dorsey is available after being fired as the Chiefs General Manager last month. Murphy said he couldn’t answer whether Dorsey might rejoin the organization with a team spokesman making it clear that would be Thompson’s call along with everything else in the team’s football operations department.

40 responses to “Packers say Ted Thompson’s the G.M. as long as he wants the job

  1. allight59 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 5:29 PM
    Whew, what a relief. As a Viking fan, was worried they’d get someone competent….
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    2005 NFL Draft

    #7. Troy Williamson – MN Vikings
    #18. Erasmus James – MN Vikings
    #24. Aaron Rodgers

  2. Murphy is busy building the amusement park outside of Lambeau. He doesn’t know what the hell is going on. He wouldn’t have the smarts to get rid of either Ted Thompson or Mike McCarthy no matter what.

  3. Hooray! He lucked into a guy who was projected to be the #1 pick in 2005 and hasn’t felt the need to do anything since.

  4. He’s done his part, maintianing what Ron Wolf started in 1991. But he certainly hasn’t set himself apart, and one of his understudies has outshined him in Seattle.

  5. Hooray! He lucked into a guy who was projected to be the #1 pick in 2005 and hasn’t felt the need to do anything since.
    ====

    He’s tried to build a defense….

    6 years in a row he’s spent a #1 pick on defense
    4 2nd rounders.. They just don’t appear to be any good!

    .. or the coaching staff is so terrible, they don’t know what to do with them.

    2011 defense – 19th points, DEAD LAST yards
    2012 – 11th, 11th
    2013 – 24th, 25th
    2014 – 13th, 15th
    2015 – 12th, 15th
    2016 – 21st, 22nd

  6. allight59 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 5:29 PM

    Whew, what a relief. As a Viking fan, was worried they’d get someone competent….

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    Since 2010, the packers have absolutely owned the Vikings with a 11-3-1 record against. The average score of those games was 30-19 with a few of those being complete blowouts which should have skewed it further. Considering all the first round picks Spielman has had in that time, you would think he would make a dent in Thompson’s domination over him.

  7. “As long as he wants to continue to work, and he’s still doing a good job — and I think he still does a great job for us — we want him to continue to be our general manager,”
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    Doesn’t this apply to every GM on every team?

    However MM should seriously think about replacing TT because he and Mike McCarthy are having issues communicating and its starting to effect the team.

    Case in point, last Spring Mike McCarthy asked TT to “purchase a case of honey smacks” and TT went and drafted 3 running backs.

  8. The delusional comments would make one think a team besides the Packers has owned the division for the last twenty-five years. Jealousy rides a strange horse into battle.

  9. Only in a place like Minneapolis, which the hometown newspaper affectionately dubs Loserville, has mediocrity and buffoonery been so celebrated by their clueless fans.
    While one of the league’s most successful franchises is held up to ridicule and mockery.
    This is just one of the myriad of reasons, NFL fans from around the league literally laugh at your fan base.
    Trust me, it’s not just Packer fans.

  10. How refreshing — the GM runs football operations and not some meddlesome owner.

    (Why doesn’t every team do it that way?)

  11. You would have thought the Packers were 14-2 last year.
    They could only muster a 10-6 record everyone get over this team already. Thompson stinks as Lil Erin carries the team to barely a respectable record last year. Vikes won the division the year before embarrassing the Pack in Lamblow!
    As bad as the Vikes injuries were they got to 8-8. It’s on Cheeeeeeeeeesers. In Zim we trust! Can’t wait !

  12. Football is all we have in Green Bay and we’re stuck with Ted. Stuck in Green Bay.

  13. As an owner, I didn’t approve this succession plan. If I don’t have a say, id like a refund on the $250 I spent for my certificate and the $80 for the framed copy.

  14. smiller51 says:
    Jul 12, 2017 5:42 PM

    —————————-
    2005 NFL Draft

    #7. Troy Williamson – MN Vikings
    #18. Erasmus James – MN Vikings
    #24. Aaron Rodgers

    _______________________

    Aaron Rodgers was the first player to fall in the Green Room, he was the trend setter that started the phenomenon.

    “It’s not so funny when you’re the last one in the green room.” — Aaron Rodgers, draft day, 2005

  15. So many fans of a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in a decade talking smack. Talk all you want guys. Make fun of our 10-6 record when your team was 8-8 and missed the playoffs. Your little Queenie tears are always so delicious come November.

  16. 2005 NFL Draft

    #7. Troy Williamson – MN Vikings
    #18. Erasmus James – MN Vikings
    #24. Aaron Rodgers

    2004 QB stats

    Daunte Culpepper: 69.6% completion, 4,717 yards, 39 TDs, 11 INTs

    Yawn.

  17. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jul 12, 2017 8:22 PM

    As an owner, I didn’t approve this succession plan. If I don’t have a say, id like a refund on the $250 I spent for my certificate and the $80 for the framed copy.
    ____

    Faking Packers ownership by a Steelers fan is a compliment. The rest of your fan base must be proud of you for your candor…

  18. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Jul 12, 2017 8:19 PM
    Football is all we have in Green Bay and we’re stuck with Ted. Stuck in Green Bay.
    ///////////////////////////////

    So leave.

  19. I don’t think Thompson is as bad as some people want to believe. But I think Aaron Rodgers has a lot to do with Thompson’s longevity with the Packers. He’s ordinary. Some good picks, some bad picks. Nothing setd him apart, except Rodgers helping keep the team competitive to essentially cover for the bad picks.

  20. crownofthehelmet says:
    Jul 12, 2017 8:22 PM
    As an owner, I didn’t approve this succession plan. If I don’t have a say, id like a refund on the $250 I spent for my certificate and the $80 for the framed copy.
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    I’ll buy it. The frame too. Fake News is pretty hard to substantiate.

    Still bitter over XLV. Get over it. You’d think the Packers partied at your mom’s house after spanking the Steelers.

  21. Somehow, Someway, John Dorsey will be hired by Ted as a special consultant or something like that. And I know he would be willing to wait for Ted to step aside. He knows it’s the best job in the NFL after the K.C. sham.
    Eliot has itchy feet. He wants to have a GM job. I think he leaves if given the chance.

  22. pkrlvr says:

    So many fans of a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in a decade talking smack.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Just a point of reference and a friendly reminder…

    January 17, 2010 – the Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys at the Metrodome by a score of 34 – 3 to earn the right to go to the NFC Championship game.

    And the friendly reminder – Your Packers went 25 consecutive full regulations seasons without even scoring a single TD in the playoffs.

    The only team in the NFL to ever accomplish this feat!

    If you are going to try and talk smack – you need to know your facts.

  23. A whole lot of defensiveness in this thread. Packer fans immediately rushing to the defense of Thompson by pointing the finger at another team. But in your heart of hearts, you know that Thompson deserves plenty of blame.

    On draft day, it was no secret that AR was an immensely talented QB. The problem was his personality and other GM’s didn’t want him in their locker room. To Thompson’s credit, he rolled the dice. He won. But beyond having the risk tolerance to draft the 2nd best QB in the game, what else has he done? Sure, he’s found some good players over the years. But he’s struggled mightily to evaluate defensive talent. But worst of all, the same tolerance for risk that he showed in drafting AR doesn’t seem to extend to anything else. His stubborn refusal to supplement the team’s depth with veteran free agents alone has likely cost the Packer’s at least one title.

    If you’re happy with TT, then great. But any G.M. with AR at QB can field a team that gets into the playoffs most years. The good GM’s get a team with an elite QB over the hump for multiple titles. Dare I say, the packers remind me a lot of the Payton Manning-led Colts.

  24. gtodriver says:
    Jul 13, 2017 7:50 AM
    Your Packers went 25 consecutive full regulations seasons without even scoring a single TD in the playoffs.
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    Fake News. Not consecutive. And not close to the most futile postseason reputation in the league.

    That title belongs to the Vikings. They have more postseason losses than any team, including all pre-merger teams. They also have more one-and-done postseason appearances than any other team.

    You’re still trying to make a point out of something that is only important to you. It’s not relevant to anything.

  25. Ted has been there to long.

    I’s so tired of the him and Mike.

    Its time for a change.

    Ted is to conservative and Mike said “I’m a successful coach.” to defend himself but without A-Rod the Packer’s offense wasn’t great.

    With Mark’s comment, I think all three need to be replaced.

    Go Pack GO!

  26. Yes, the 2005 draft was a setback for the Vikings, but how can they, with their vaunted defense and genius defensive coach, keep getting beat by one guy? This isn’t tennis or golf.

  27. chris1cat says:
    Jul 12, 2017 8:14 PM
    You would have thought the Packers were 14-2 last year.
    They could only muster a 10-6 record everyone get over this team already.
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    So if winning the division with a 10-6 record is so bad, Tell me again why no other team in the division could post a better record to win it? And for your FYI – the Vikings were not the only team in the division dealing with injuries. Every team was – including the Packers. But the Vikings did let it literally sink their ship.

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