Report: Ted Thompson will “transition” to new role

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When pegging potential surprises for the early 2018 offseason, some had pointed to a possible coaching change in Green Bay. They were close.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Packers G.M. Ted Thompson is expected to “transition” to a new role. The move means the team will search for a new General Manager.

Thompson, who turns 65 later this month, became the General Manager in 2005. He worked for the Packers from 1992 forward, but for a five-season foray to the Seahawks, from 2000 through 2004.

Thompson had been the subject of periodic speculation in recent years regarding his possible departure from the job.

112 responses to “Report: Ted Thompson will “transition” to new role

  1. Not surprising, considering that some of their signings and drafts have been weak in recent years. This year we found out what we already all knew: that Rodgers has propped that team up all along. Perhaps a fresh set of eyes in the talent evaluation side is needed in Green Bay.

  2. Transition? Get him the Hell out of town.

    I CANNOT understand why GB didn’t go after John Dorsey.

    What a bunch of lunkheads!

  3. This is considered a down year in the NFL, people agree that nobody cares about this season. But we must be better fans, even though we are already the best. We will be back on top next year. Happy 2018 and keep watching for very exciting changes.

  4. Few other GMs put their teams in the playoffs 8 of the last 9 years. Problem was that he needed to occasionally make minor deviations to his strategy to fill holes. Also he seemed to be averse to taking best-available in the draft.

  5. I am surprised they have to look outside the organization for his replacement. No sucession planning?

  6. There was a false sense that everything was going in the right direction and then Aaron Rodgers’ injury exposed a lot of problems. It’s not like in Minnesota with Rick Spielman. His QB went down and he found another. Then that QB went down and they just continue to win. The most important position on the team is your starting QB. Your second most important is your backup QB. There’s no excuse to have a bad backup QB when there are super bowl caliber QB’s on the street.

  7. It was probably time given TTs age, lack of FA activity and middling recent drafts — Rodgers’ brilliance masked many roster mistakes.

  8. A shot of him in the booth during the Vikings game was telling. He looked like he wasn’t all there, mouth hanging open and staring off into space. Time to spend time with his family and let someone else take over.

  9. I am surprised they have to look outside the organization for his replacement. No sucession planning?

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    Who said they were looking outside?? They have three good candidates within the organization.

  10. Wow, But G.B. doesn’t really need much talent (and don’t have much) as long as they have the current #1 Q.B. in the N.F.L. Rodgers makes up for SO much… This from a Lions fan.

  11. Few other GMs have an all time great qb to bail them out every year.

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    roanboon says:
    January 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    Few other GMs put their teams in the playoffs 8 of the last 9 years.

  12. Wow. This has to be coming from Mark Murphy. I think he’s given Ted plenty of opportunities and sometimes you just need to make a change. Rodgers is still the key. Changes are good. The Pack will be fine.

    “I wish I knew how to quit you.”
    -Viking fans, to Packer fans.

  13. Well, this was not completely unexpected.
    This was The Packer’s 3rd losing season in the last 26 years.
    This is simply unacceptable in Green Bay.
    Though a 7-9 record, after losing a Hall of Fame QB for most of the season, might be the norm or commonplace elsewhere, it wasn’t going to be tolerated here.

    The Packers have maintained their culture of winning through their longstanding policy of rock solid stability.
    So it will be interesting the direction these changes will take us.
    Will the organization be handed over to Elliot Wolf, or will they go outside the walls of 1265 to look for a successor?

    As one of the most legendary and successful franchises in sports, with no meddling owner to exert undo influence, they should be able to have their choice of the best GM candidates available.
    Let’s just hope the next one has as much success as the previous one.

  14. .
    Ted Thompson would rather be devoured by a pack of wolves than sign a bargain basement free agent for the league minimum. His concept of depth always was, and always will be one of life’s mysteries
    .

  15. I guess the Aaron Rodgers injury finally woke them up to the reality that Ted Thompson is terrible at drafting and their roster is garbage without Rodgers.

  16. Some fans simply aren’t satisfied with making the playoffs eight years in a row. Some trolls are jealous of making the playoffs eight years in a row.

    Thanks TT, for building and maintaining a consistently winning team.

  17. This will be a very positive turn of events for Rodgers. A new GM may want a new HC. A new HC, anxious to do well and maximize Rodgers, may allow Rodgers to call some plays, which he covets and at which he excels. This could be very good.

  18. Wahoo! One clean hit by Anthony Barr might have saved us from ourselves. New GM will have a lot of work to do thanks to Ted’s total ineptness over the last decade or so. But, maybe we can make one more run in a few years before Rodgers hangs them up? Assuming Rodgers can throw the ball with zip or accuracy again.

  19. @stellarperformance – AR essentially calls most of the plays already. Every call from MM has multiple options from which AR chooses depending on the defense.

    A new HC would mean different schemes from which to choose. That could be good or bad.

  20. McM will NOT be fired, new GM or not. He’ll get 2 more years to be in the SB. If not, at that point the political winds in the organization would allow a firing but not yet. Not when the finally cleaned out the Defensive coaches’ room.

  21. Two HOF QB’s back to back has allowed the Pacurs to neglect their coaches and players and now the chickens are coming home to roost .

  22. The transition they are talking about is probably to the scouting department. There was a report from over a year ago that said when Ted stepped down he didn’t want to retire, he wanted to return to what he loved, scouting.

    From one grateful fan, thank you Ted for a Hall of Fame QB, years of playoff appearances and another NFL Championship!

  23. As a Viking fan, I was genuinely surprised at how far the Packers fell without Rodgers. Poor quarterbacking was only part of the story. This move is an acknowledgment that changes are needed.

    The biggest difference in Minnesota has been (with Zimmer) the coaching staff’s proficiency in coaching up their players and getting the most out of them. I had thought McCarthy was that kind of a coach, but this season didn’t prove that out.

  24. abcisezas123 says:

    Dorsey ought to call and ask them to rescue him from the Haslam ongoing in Cleveland.

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    Good idea. Maybe he can petition the NFL on the basis that he thought he was signing with “the other Cleveland”?

  25. taintedsaints2009 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I still think Rodgers will force his way out of Green Bay.
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    I HOPE Rodgers forces his way out of GB. GB, through that incompetent oaf, Ted Thompson, has squandered away his prime years. As a GB shareholder, I love the team. BUT, the squanderers do not deserve him and I hope he gets a couple of rings elsewhere.

    Denver, perhaps?

  26. Packers have a couple guys who are more than ready to replace Thompson already on staff. They will be just fine.

  27. Thompson has been given way too much credit for drafting Rodgers. He didn’t even have Rodgers in his sights until he fell in his lap on draft day. Orherwise, his drafts have been mediocre at best.

  28. 2018 is going to be great year for Packer fans. Give Thompson figurehead title or scouting position to thank him for his years of service and keep him in the organization. Let’s hope Murphy and Green Bay Board of Directors don’t screw this up. They are familiar with the top candidates Schneider, Dorsey, Wolf, etc, Make the best choice and get back to winning titles.

  29. To everyone who missed it, this was already discussed before the season started. This will most likely be Elliot Wolf’s position, as that is the main reason they were discussing this as a likely move. They don’t want to lose EW to another team, and he is more than ready to be a GM.

  30. We are just one “highly successful NFL head coach” away from being done with the whacking

  31. He is a good guy who’s done a good job and is now 65. Let him retire to the advisor booth with our thanks.

  32. Yes, the supporting talent around Rodgers has been exposed. However, the NFL is structured to penalize continued success. We have always been drafting from among your opponents leftovers (we have had the fewest top 20 picks – one – in the NFL over the past 10 years, and none in the last 8 years). No matter how good you are as a GM, being consistently successful on the field will catch up to you.
    Free agency is not free – and a blind desire for it would have led us to pick Jariuos Byrd a few years ago – which wasn’t the answer we needed, and would have cost us a compensatory pick, and hurt our salary cap and made it more difficult to keep deserving Packers. Look at the pattern across the league – not just a few success stories- and you’ll see the overall pattern is that free agency is not successful.
    So, yes our roster needs an upgrade – and it is the fault of Ted and Mike – if only they hadn’t been so consistently successful over the past 10 years!

  33. Sometimes you don’t know what you got till its gone. Hope packers fans realize and appreciate the difficulty of building a perennial playoff team in a league and commissioner that have often overstepped their bounds in the blind persuit of “creating” parity.

  34. The packers will attempt to replicate Cleveland’s perfect season.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<
    No dude, that ship has sailed. What you just witnessed this year,
    is the closest the Pack will ever come to that reality. Onward, with
    a renewed sense of great things to come under
    this redesign of the front office/coaching staff. Go Pack!

  35. Best news Packers fans have heard all day. Thompson’s legacy will be that he had two Hall Of Fame QB’s and won just won Super Bowl.
    His stubborn refusal to bring in top free agents has handcuffed the Packers for years. Let’s hope the next GM is more in tune with the modern era of football where you use all avenues to improve your team.

  36. Free agency is successful?

    Every team except the packers uses free agency….and they’ve won 1 SB with Rodgers.

    Obviously you’re way off target because literally every other team winning super bowls used free agency.

  37. For Vikings fan trash talkers, in 52 years and counting the Vikings have yet to win an NFL Championship. New rule – If your team has yet to win a SB, and you’re talking trash, you only display your ignorance.

  38. Ted had a thing for drafting one player from Wisconsin most years. All the Pack fans screeched with glee when their 4th favorite Badger became their 7th favorite Packer.

    And then you never heard from them again.

    Personally, I’m glad that will no longer be a thing

  39. IMO, I think the mentality behind this move is the fact Ted would be retiring soon, his contract had 1 more year. Murphy says lets protect the protege before he catches on somewhere else. Eliot Wolf will take the GM job and Gutekunst will be his right hand man.
    Give Ball a raise and a new title, Highsmith is the Rooney Rule interview, he gets a promotion and raise. Issue settled.

  40. pftpoettwo
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    Draft position is a losers excuse. Harrison Smith pick 29, Xavier Rhodes pick 25, Kendricks 2nd round, Joseph 2nd round, Hunter 3rd round, Griffen 4th round, Sendejo UDFA, Diggs 5th round, Theilen UDFA, Elflein 3rd round, Cook 2nd round, Rudolph 2nd round.

    All of those players would be immediate upgrades over any 1st round player the Packers have taken in several years. Packers passed on all of them (some a few times) for inferior alternatives.

    McCarthy and Thompson have not been successful…. Rodgers has and brought those buffoons along for the ride.

  41. PFT realizes that, even in a down year for Green bay, most fans would rather read about the Packers than the Vikings in one of their best years. This is especially true for fans of Green Bay and Minnesota. That’s why they post more Packer stories, even now.

  42. What sort of role do you transition to at age 65? This is probably a nice way of shoving him out by handing him a position on the board or something like that.

  43. It is definitely time Ted.
    Thanks for the 13 years, but your game plan, strategy, and philosophy were becoming stale.
    The Pack needs new direction, a sense of boldness, and new sense of purpose.
    The clock is ticking on Aaron—he has maybe 5 good years left, and to waste them on the course the Packers are now charting is futile.
    This is coming from a life long Pack fan…..change is coming to the tundra.

  44. Packers fans: be careful for what you ask. Change doesn’t always mean ‘better’. Ask the Bears, the Texans, and last but not least, the Browns.

  45. THANK GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Bye bye Teddy, I wont miss your pathetic 1970’s mentality in running a team
    Can we get a damn GM that knows how to build a defense pls, we wasted Favre and are trying to waste AR’s last years as well.
    BYE BYE TEDDY!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Finally. Two of my three new years wishes have come true. Capers and Thompson gone. My third will come to fruition in a couple weeks when the Vikings lose in the playoffs and fail to make it to the Super Bowl once again. Gotta love 2018.

  47. wjl7727 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm
    I am surprised they have to look outside the organization for his replacement. No sucession planning?

    30 69 Rate This

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    Every indication is that this will be an internal hire. Eliot Wolf has been mentioned, Russ Ball is another name that’s being mentioned and there’s a lot of people inside the organization high on Brian Gutenkunst.

  48. Gotta love all the Vikings trolls who don’t know how to enjoy their teams success. GBP have to be suffering or they’re not truly happy. All those years of success in Green Bay while year after year MN craps the bed I barely give the queens a second thought. I don’t hate Vikings fans, I feel sorry for them. Try enjoying your great season, I truly hope they don’t choke.

  49. No matter how good you are as a GM, being consistently successful on the field will catch up to you.

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    Not necessarily. Look at how some of the more successful teams over the last several years, New England and Seattle, have used their draft capital in different ways to sustain success. They are just as likely to trade it for veterans than use it on draft picks. Draft and develop worked when there were more offseason practices, but it’s not as effective anymore. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box, but TT locked himself inside of it and double reinforced it. Even when the Pack did develop a player, TT would let him go after 4 years just to get an extra 3rd or 4th round pick. It may take a year for the new GM to establish his vision, but I Look forward to seeing a competitive Packers team challenging the Vikings again.

  50. bondlake says:

    January 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    taintedsaints2009 says:
    January 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    I still think Rodgers will force his way out of Green Bay.
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    I HOPE Rodgers forces his way out of GB. GB, through that incompetent oaf, Ted Thompson, has squandered away his prime years. As a GB shareholder, I love the team. BUT, the squanderers do not deserve him and I hope he gets a couple of rings elsewhere.

    Denver, perhaps?

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    If I was Rodgers I would go to Jacksonville. No doubt the Jaguars will let Bortles go after this season. Especially if he is the reason they lose in the playoffs.

    If Rodgers plays for the Jaguars he would have a top defense (Ranked #2 currently), good receivers, a stud running back and a decent offensive line. Also in Florida you don’t have to freeze your but off, and you don’t pay income tax.

  51. Ted always spoke of being an area scout in Texas (his home state) as his dream job in retirement and he just got his wish. For all the ignorant chatter about the Packers being a one person team, the real personnel mistake the Packers made was thinking Brent Hundley was a NFL QB, he wasn’t even close and that cost the Packers multiple games this season and that assessment mistake just cost TT his job and if the Packers were smart, they would fire MM too.

    But the Packers do things the right way so they will fill the GM position first and it will be the GM’s decision whether to keep MM. If MM stays, it will be for one season, Superbowl or bust.

  52. To the Vikings fans who are all giddy that GB has had a shakeup after (for them) a poor season: Focus on your team because you have all the cards stacked in your favor heading into the playoffs. The Eagles were the team to beat until Wentz went down. Now they are struggling to even score points. The other teams in the playoffs all have weaknesses, and on paper, the Vikings are better than they are. I think the key for the Vikings is their QB — Case Keenum. The guy has had a great year, given that he was an unheralded journeyman who stepped in because Bradford was hurt (as usual) and Bridgewater was recovering from his horrific injury last year. Keenum has played very well, but can he continue to do that in the playoffs, or will he spit the bit and suddenly realize he isn’t Johnny Unitas? If he does, the Vikings have a very good shot to make it to the Super Bowl.
    Until they do, however, there is still a long road to travel and you Vikings fans have had your hearts broken so many times before.
    So — enjoy your success and the Packers bad year, but you know that the Packers will bounce back next year with Aaron Rodgers at the helm.

  53. You can’t count on thumb-rubs and other gifts to get you into the playoffs every year. The day of reckoning has arrived. Green Bay will not bounce back quickly.

  54. charliecharger says:
    January 1, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    There was a false sense that everything was going in the right direction and then Aaron Rodgers’ injury exposed a lot of problems. It’s not like in Minnesota with Rick Spielman. His QB went down and he found another. Then that QB went down and they just continue to win. The most important position on the team is your starting QB. Your second most important is your backup QB. There’s no excuse to have a bad backup QB when there are super bowl caliber QB’s on the street.

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    Rick did a good job of having a backup plan, but he might have made a huge mistake by not extending any of them during the season.

  55. The packers/vikings threads are hilarious.

    Is this what you guys do in between shoveling snow sessions?

    Packers sucked, vikings are killing it- what’s the great debate?

    Though, Packers fans do need to relax- nobody likes a donkey on a high horse.

  56. ariani1985 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 11:31 am
    after being not even competitive in their last 5 games change is needed for my Pack!

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    Sad part is that as a Vikings fan, you actually wanted to Packers to make the wild card. They would have probably lost in the first round, and then wouldn’t have changed anything. Not reall changes are happening.

  57. skawh says:
    January 1, 2018 at 10:08 pm
    For Vikings fan trash talkers, in 52 years and counting the Vikings have yet to win an NFL Championship. New rule – If your team has yet to win a SB, and you’re talking trash, you only display your ignorance.

    20 7 Rate This
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    Old rule – no fan, regardless of how devoted, has nothing to do with a team’s wins or losses. You claiming intelleigence based on the jersey you follow only displays your ignorance.

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