Mark Murphy: “No truth” to report that I was directed to make change at G.M.

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Packers president Mark Murphy met with the media to explain the decision to transition G.M. Ted Thompson to a role other than General Manager. Murphy described it as a joint decision made by him and Thompson.

Murphy, who acknowledged on multiple occasions that Thompson had become a “lightning rod” among the fan base, also said there’s “no truth” to the report from Bob McGinn that the Board of Directors instructed Murphy to make the change. However, Murphy managed to avoid addressing the broader question of whether Thompson is having health issues that will keep him from performing the job at the appropriate level.

The process started a year ago, Murphy explained, with Murphy and Thompson discussing what Thompson eventually would like to do. Thompson, who was conspicuously absent from the press conference even though he’ll remain the G.M. until a new one is hired, told Murphy that he’s a scout at heart. The conversation continued more recently, resulting in the decision to make a change.

“Where we are now, it’s in the bests interest of the Packers and Ted to make this transition,” Murphy said.

Murphy added that he will hire the next G.M., and that the Packers have “several very strong internal candidates.” Murphy also said he won’t necessarily limit himself to the “tree” of executives that traces back to the structure Ron Wolf brought to Green Bay in 1992.

Murphy further explained that the next G.M. doesn’t need a scouting background, a comment that definitely bolster the case for early favorite Russ Ball, who doesn’t have that background.

The search will proceed with “all deliberate speed,” Murphy said, explaining that he’ll adhere to a concept of “fire quickly, hire slowly.”

Key factors, per Murphy, will include work ethic, humility, and knowledge of the game, along with an appreciation of the “unique culture” that they have in Green Bay.

54 responses to “Mark Murphy: “No truth” to report that I was directed to make change at G.M.

  1. Right now Browns fans are looking at Green Bay shaking their heads at their utter dysfunction and asking why they would want to keep such a terrible HC.

  2. Murphy just said: “Absolutely no truth that the BOD urged or made any sort of ultimatum to move on. This was Ted telling me 2x over the course of the past year that he is just a scout at heart.”

    That is a relief.

    The bit on “not necessarily limiting the search to a career scout. Russ Ball had to like that.

    And “I like Mike (McCarthy). We extended him through 2019 during the season. But the new GM will have the power to hire and fire the head coach after 2018.”

    So MM is back for 1 more year, but unless he performs, he’s out. And that should guarantee a competitive DC search too!

    Excellent. I really like what I’m hearing from Murphy. Viking trolls can say whatever they want. This is a GOOD change for the Packers. I expect them to be right back in it next year.

  3. zerotrophiessince1961 says:

    January 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Murphy just said: “Absolutely no truth that the BOD urged or made any sort of ultimatum to move on. This was Ted telling me 2x over the course of the past year that he is just a scout at heart.”

    That is a relief.

    The bit on “not necessarily limiting the search to a career scout. Russ Ball had to like that.

    And “I like Mike (McCarthy). We extended him through 2019 during the season. But the new GM will have the power to hire and fire the head coach after 2018.”

    So MM is back for 1 more year, but unless he performs, he’s out. And that should guarantee a competitive DC search too!

    Excellent. I really like what I’m hearing from Murphy. Viking trolls can say whatever they want. This is a GOOD change for the Packers. I expect them to be right back in it next year.

    and if Rodgers goes down again? then what? hundley?

  4. It is important for all Packers shareholders to come together and send a message to Mr. Murphy that he should commence an immediate search for a suitable replacement sideburn.

  5. Again. They’re a disaster.
    ——
    My God what a dumb comment. This disaster has been THE most successful team of the last twenty years outside of NE. But I guess if anyone knows a disaster it’s a fan of a team that has never won a championship and hasn’t been relevant in the post season since 09.

  6. I just realized in looking at the headlines of all the articles on pft, it is like a schoolgirls gossip column! if it wasn’t for some of the comments on here to give me a good laugh, I don’t think I could stomach this site much longer.

  7. All I have to say is no to Russ Ball as GM. When you look up his experience, 29 years in the NFL…but most of it with, “Salary Cap” and “contracts.” I don’t think it would be wise to hire someone who (at least from what we know of) has limited experience in choosing player personnel. Also, not to say age matters, but 58? Only six years younger than TT. Unless he is a true “Stop-gap” GM, I’d say that would be a terrible hire for the Packers (A great one for the rest of the NFC North.) Gutekunst and Wolf would be better, younger, and evaluate talent. Bucks and Brewers went younger with the GM, Packers may be wise to follow suit.

  8. The Packers are going to blow it and are going to hire a $ guy to be GM instead of a football/talent guy like they should. Hasn’t Cleveland taught us all?

  9. Look at the vike fans, all ramped up.

    You’d think they’d be a little more focused on their own team. Situation is perfect for them this year, all the QBs from the good teams are out, leaving a big hole for them to fill. Let’s see if they can do it. In their home stadium no less. Anything less than a Super Bowl championship will set this team back 15 years. Of course, that’s just a drop in the bucket to a team with almost a 60 year history of no championships.

  10. Key factors, per Murphy, will include work ethic, humility, and knowledge of the game, along with an appreciation of the “unique culture” that they have in Green Bay.
    _________

    That leaves out all Packer fans. They have no humility and have proven themselves to have very little knowledge of the game. Work ethic tends to be good as long as work doesn’t get in the way of drinking. They do have an appreciation for Green Bay’s “unique culture,” though.

  11. Even on the verge of winning a SuperBowl, the Viking trolls remain more fascinated and interested in the Packers than their own team. Mind-boggling.

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

  12. This should be fascinating to watch. The G.M. of the packers is literally the most plum G.M. job in the league. You already have a franchise quarter back, but best of all, there’s 360k owners and every single one of them is completely powerless. Every ex-G.M. on the planet is going to be calling to offer their services for what is essentially a government job.

    There’s zero pressure to perform, just have to make sure that there’s just enough team on the field that rodgers can carry them to the playoffs for the inevitable 1st or 2nd round loss. Hopefully they go the safe route and hire within so that the proud tradition of defensive scouting ineptitude continues.

  13. Murphy described it as a joint decision made by him and Thompson.
    _______

    Thompson: I want to let you know you’re looking at a new man. A man who’s happy to be here.
    Murphy: Right, but I’m going to have to move you to a new position where you can’t do any harm.
    Thompson: Gladly… Although, you know, I thought maybe I could still run the draft?
    Murphy: [silence]
    Thompson: How about I sit in the draft room and make suggestions?
    Murphy: [silence]
    Thompson: How about I just stay in my office and keep out of everyone’s way?
    Murphy: That’s perfect, yes.
    Thompson: Great.
    Murphy: Okay.
    Thompson: Okay, a mutual decision then.
    Murphy: Made by me.
    Thompson: Right, and I sign off on it, so…
    Murphy: Whatever. Tell yourself what you want to know.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Situation is perfect for them this year, all the QBs from the good teams are out, leaving a big hole for them to fill.
    _____

    I’d be interested in hearing what you consider the “good teams” to be. From what I can see, the only playoff teams that lost their starting quarterback are Philadelphia and Minnesota. Seems to me that a team that can succeed despite losing their starting quarterback is overcoming a lot. And teams that can’t do that fire their GMs and most of their coaching staffs.

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    That leaves out all Packer fans. They have no humility and have proven themselves to have very little knowledge of the game. Work ethic tends to be good as long as work doesn’t get in the way of drinking. They do have an appreciation for Green Bay’s “unique culture,” though.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Murphys’s comments not only include all Packer fans, they were directed specifically towards them. It was no accident a poll by active NFL players a few years ago determined Packer fans to be most knowledgeable of the game. The culture he alludes to is light years beyond the petty fight-picking mentality of your typical Viking fan. The simple fact you feel a need to comment at all is proof-positive. The Vikings are within a stone’s throw of a momentous SuperBowl, but what’s most important to you? Right now? The Packers.

  16. No real news here… Ted’s contract was up the day after the 2018 draft. He has told many people he wants to live in Dallas and scout the Texas region for the Packers… His kids all live in the area. The only question was how much time the new GM was going to have with Ted setting up this years draft. Looks like it will be about 4 months now.

  17. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Of course, that’s just a drop in the bucket to a team with almost a 60 year history of no championships
    ———————-
    So if by some miracle the Vikings luck out and win a Super Bowl, will you stop this no championship packer fan requirement?

  18. Remember when news stories came out once a day, and reporters actually took time to investigate what was said to see if it was in fact true and then would follow up on that report the next day? That was a better way of news gathering than just lazily posting stuff to capitalize on the purple clicking frenzy.

  19. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    That leaves out all Packer fans. They have no humility and have proven themselves to have very little knowledge of the game. Work ethic tends to be good as long as work doesn’t get in the way of drinking. They do have an appreciation for Green Bay’s “unique culture,” though.
    _________________________________________

    If you substitute trolling for drinking you just summed up purples perfectly. I’m a fan of an AFC team but even I laugh at the purples endlessly displaying their inferiority complex and jealousy of their big brothers the Packers.

  20. Stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    ….no accident a poll by active NFL players a few years ago determined Packer fans to be most knowledgeable of the game…..
    ————-
    LOL.
    Does this include the cheating breaking the IR rules?

  21. A bit of Sriracha sauce is needed. Some younger voices like Elliot Wolf or Brian Gutekunst willing to take some calculated chances in assembling a team. New energy from a youthful and gifted team along with the power and ability to make decisions will be beneficial. TT can bow out gracefully and the team can begin putting it’s foot on the gas pedal again. Good start to the New Year.

  22. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:39 pm
    Look at the vike fans, all ramped up.

    You’d think they’d be a little more focused on their own team. Situation is perfect for them this year, all the QBs from the good teams are out, leaving a big hole for them to fill. Let’s see if they can do it. In their home stadium no less. Anything less than a Super Bowl championship will set this team back 15 years. Of course, that’s just a drop in the bucket to a team with almost a 60 year history of no championships

    /////////////////////

    Let me explain it to you. When you are the second seed 13-3, you get a week off. So we get to play with the 7-9 packer fan heads. Focus on our team is not needed, what is needed is us messing with your heads. Not worried SKOL

  23. Vikings fans nervous now that GB is likely to get a GM that dips into the free agency pool a bit more often. Plus how long has it been since GB has had a draft pick higher than MIN? By my count it’s been 9 years.

    And, at least GB has a QB under contract for next year. So does CHI and DET. Not MIN though.

  24. Some people seem to be clueless of what a GM does. The director of college scouting and your scouts are the ones who do the leg work on players, not your GM. It’s kind of like when HCs go from coordinator. Now, our GM probably needs to know something about players, but at the end of the day, he’s going to be making the calls on what other people bring to him. For that reason, you kind of understand why Elliot Wolf and others who are lauded as something special really might not be and why Murphy is expanding the search outside of the building since those front office people have been collectively doing a lot of bad drafting for years, not just Thompson.

  25. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    The Vikings are within a stone’s throw of a momentous SuperBowl, but what’s most important to you? Right now? The Packers.
    ________

    That’s because there are no Viking stories right now. They have a bye.

  26. “Ted is going to go up north to a wonderful farm where he can jump and play and run around all day long.” -Mark Murphy, right before he takes Ted to the veterinarian.

  27. All this hand-wringing from Vikings fans over these recent Packer coaching and management changes. I for one am stoked to see how this all plays out. Change was needed and it’s happening. The haters would love to see GB stand pat – glad that’s not happening!

  28. Wasn’t it said that the Vikings are the ones with all the offseason upheaval, and the Packers are a model of stability?

  29. 3 losing seasons in almost 3 decades and the team is a disaster?

    What does that make the rest of the teams in the North look like?

  30. Rodgers will fix everything next year, huh?
    Thompson created a mess that at least take 3-4 years to repair before you can seriously think you’re a championship caliber team.

    And pkrlvr, Carl, Stella… your purple obsession is showing.

  31. LOL.
    Does this include the cheating breaking the IR rules?
    ________________________________________________________

    I guess someone does not know that all IR transactions must be approved by the NFL prior. Hence, the NFL approved Rodgers second trip to IR… But go ahead and keep reading all that fake news.

  32. And yet, the Packers have utterly owned this division for the better part of 2 decades. They missed the playoffs for the first time in 9 years due to a decimated O-line, decimated backfield, and a 10.5 week injury to the best player in the game. it took ALL of that for them to miss the playoffs. But yeah, sure, they’re a “disaster.”

    You still can’t make us love you.

  33. Speaking as a lifelong Packer fan, it is hard to sort all of the unfolding details coming out of Green Bay.
    I have to wonder if Murphy has everything under control.
    I think it was time for Thompson to be replaced….I am not sure if Murphy recognized this or if he was indeed forced to make this move by the Packers Board of Directors
    If he goes with Ball as the GM it is a mistake…..it is time Murphy becomes a true football man and divorce friendship from ability to guide the Packers.
    The Packers need to be bold and get in step with all the recent changes made in the salary cap. They have become stale and entrenched with philosophies that may have faded into oblivion.

  34. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    And yet, the Packers have utterly owned this division for the better part of 2 decades.
    ———-
    So what?
    Why cherry pick 20 years?

    The Vikings have more division titles than the packers since the start of the central/north.
    That’s dominant.

  35. Mark as an owner of the most storied franchise in team sports are you saying that you’re denying we had a conversation????
    We can keep it between ourselves, but you know damn well what we talked about!

  36. A yawning Capers. A gapemouthed TT staring into space. Both images captured on camera. Both are gone.
    Reliable or not it’s interesting that the “public images” of TT angle is leaked with the story of Packers board of directors forcimg Murphy’s hand.

  37. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    And yet, the Packers have utterly owned this division for the better part of 2 decades. They missed the playoffs for the first time in 9 years due to a decimated O-line, decimated backfield, and a 10.5 week injury to the best player in the game. it took ALL of that for them to miss the playoffs. But yeah, sure, they’re a “disaster.”
    ________

    They would have had to finish 11-5 to make the playoffs and they finished 7-9. You’re just assuming what their record would have been if all those injuries hadn’t happened. Last year, the Vikings suffered a crazy number of injuries and finished 8-8, but all we heard from you was what a dumpster fire the Vikings were. You didn’t hear Viking fans saying, “if only we wouldn’t have had all these injuries, we would have been in the playoffs.”

  38. In Teddy We Trust says:

    January 2, 2018 at 6:47 pm You didn’t hear Viking fans saying, “if only we wouldn’t have had all these injuries, we would have been in the playoffs.”
    _____________________________
    I recall people saying that a lot. They said “we lost our starting quarterback” and they meant Bridgewater, who wasn’t any good to begin with. They mentioned injuries to a horrific O-Line, saying “no quarterback could do well behind that offensive line” in defense of Bradford. You probably missed most of that, as you disappeared from the site around week 12 after you had proclaimed the Vikings “were serious super bowl contenders” after week 5. But they said it. A lot.

  39. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    And yet, the Packers have utterly owned this division for the better part of 2 decades.
    ———-
    So what?
    Why cherry pick 20 years?

    The Vikings have more division titles than the packers since the start of the central/north.
    That’s dominant.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Pointing out that the Packers have owned your Vikings for twenty years isn’t cherry picking, it’s simply providing perspective. It’s plain to see, if the Packers are “a disaster,” your Vikings have a long, uphill climb just to reach “disaster” status. One little step is just that; one… little… step. Let’s see how far they go and if they can sustain any success.

    If it makes you feel better, let’s look at both teams’ entire bodies of work since the day your Vikings came into existence. We won’t discuss any of the Packer accomplishments before that. Nothing could possibly be more fair than that, could it? During that time, the Packers have won 7 World Championships, including 4 Super Bowls, while your Vikings have won Nada. Zip. Zilch. Zero.

    But hey, if you’re happy with never having won anything of real substance, by all means, hang your “Also Ran” banners from the highest not-yet-collapsed panel in the McStadium and salute them with great vim and vigor!

    The facts are what the facts are.

  40. Nothing like trying to add drama. Thompson had told of his intent to retire. Elliot Wolf is the replacement and Wolf had been involved with managing the team for a year. That is how McCarthy got extended and how Ted is going to work for the team in a different capacity. It is good fodder for the Viking fan trolls, but that is about it.

  41. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Murphy described it as a joint decision made by him and Thompson.
    _______

    Thompson: I want to let you know you’re looking at a new man. A man who’s happy to be here.
    Murphy: Right, but I’m going to have to move you to a new position where you can’t do any harm.
    Thompson: Gladly… Although, you know, I thought maybe I could still run the draft?
    Murphy: [silence]
    Thompson: How about I sit in the draft room and make suggestions?
    Murphy: [silence]
    Thompson: How about I just stay in my office and keep out of everyone’s way?
    Murphy: That’s perfect, yes.
    Thompson: Great.
    Murphy: Okay.
    Thompson: Okay, a mutual decision then.
    Murphy: Made by me.
    Thompson: Right, and I sign off on it, so…
    Murphy: Whatever. Tell yourself what you want to know.
    >>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<

    Who goes to the trouble of scripting out a dialogue on a football forum?
    I wouldn't want to live in your head ITWT.

  42. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:23 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    The Vikings are within a stone’s throw of a momentous SuperBowl, but what’s most important to you? Right now? The Packers.
    ________

    That’s because there are no Viking stories right now. They have a bye.

    ————

    Then whats your excuse every other day?

  43. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:04 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    And yet, the Packers have utterly owned this division for the better part of 2 decades.
    ———-
    So what?
    Why cherry pick 20 years?

    The Vikings have more division titles than the packers since the start of the central/north.
    That’s dominant.

    ———

    History is only allowed when it’s beneficial to your cause. guys like you and GTO love to spew history as long as we don’t start in the 60’s, when you were a bad expansion team, or in the last 20 when the packers have been predominantly better.

    Overall,

    The Packers have more championships, more Superbowl victories, and a better head to head record against the Vikings overall.

    I would think that would take care of it for most people, but the vikings faithful are so good at coming up with obscure facts that they can’t accept those realities.

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