Murphy says Mike McCarthy “is our coach,” but new G.M. could feel differently

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Every coach wants his own quarterback, and every G.M. wants his own coach.

The latter part of that reality needs to be remembered as the Packers embark on a search for a new General Manager. Especially with Packers CEO Mark Murphy explaining to reporters on Tuesday that the new G.M. will have the power to hire and fire the coach.

But Murphy also said, as to Mike McCarthy, “Mike is our man. He is our coach.”

Murphy confirmed that McCarthy received a one-year contract extension during the season, pushing his deal from 2018 through 2019. That gives McCarthy both time to properly mesh with the new G.M. and financial security in the event that it doesn’t happen.

Thompson and McCarthy were bound together for more than a decade. McCarthy is the only coach Thompson ever hired. Thompson fired Mike Sherman after only one year on the job.

The new General Manager may decide to do the same thing. He may not. Either way, it will be his decision.

And regardless of whether the new G.M. expresses an inclination to keep McCarthy as part of the interview process, the new G.M. may feel differently once the new G.M. has the job.

76 responses to “Murphy says Mike McCarthy “is our coach,” but new G.M. could feel differently

  1. I don’t think McCarthy is a very good coach. Of course he’s not the only one to blame for having Rogers and not putting a championship team together like Bellichick does every year. But he’s part of the problem

  2. You can rip McCarthy all you want, folks. But if GB releases him, he’ll be a HC for another NFL quicker than Rob Ryan thought he’d be unemployed.

  3. Rodgers will have a say in this, as he should. Whatever the outcome, it will either have the blessing of Rodgers or the axe.

  4. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    Rodgers will have a say in this, as he should. Whatever the outcome, it will either have the blessing of Rodgers or the axe.

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    Yeah right, he just is not that important to have a say in any operational decisions.

  5. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Rodgers will have a say in this, as he should. Whatever the outcome, it will either have the blessing of Rodgers or the axe.
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    You got that right. Everything the Packers do from now on will go through Rodgers first. If he doesn’t like the changes made, he’s out of there at his first opportunity. He’s not only the whole team, he’s the coach and the GM now.

  6. Might depend on who the new GM is. If it is someone inside the organization, like I think it will be, MM is probably safe for a year or two. If it is someone from the outside, maybe not.

  7. Rodgers will come back healthy, the Packers will win 11-12 games, and all of this McCarthy hate will be forgotten.

  8. Most overrated coach in the league. He doesn’t deserve Rodgers. Would’ve fired him after he blew the NFC championship game in Seattle. Terribly coached game by an overrated coach.

  9. It’s stupid not to make the move now. Next season, they could very easily win 10-12 games solely because they have the best QB in the game and nothing to do with McCarthy. If he does that, it’s a lot harder to get rid of him, especially in Green Bay where they don’t have an owner who can do whatever he wants.

  10. This isn’t bad yet. The worst is yet come & it’ll be for a long time. Sell your novelty stock now.

  11. savojah says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:45 pm
    Most overrated coach in the league. He doesn’t deserve Rodgers. Would’ve fired him after he blew the NFC championship game in Seattle. Terribly coached game by an overrated coach.
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    Right on. I have wanted MM gone ever since the NFC Championship game vs the seahawks.

  12. Wolf will be announced as the new GM soon. He wants McCarthy as head coach, so he will stay. The extension was run by Wolf and he was OK with it. Also, Thompson knew before the season started that he would step aside and let Wolf take over. Wolf wanted Capers gone and whoever else is gone. This isn’t some knee jerk reaction to the end of a disappointing season. This is Green Bay and they are calculated in deciding each step of the process. No news here at all.

  13. What scares the teams in the NFC North more than Green Bay as they are but a healthy Aaron Rodgers??.

    A healthy Aaron Rodgers who has a competent GM drafting talent, adefensive minded head coach who has a young innovative OC working under him

  14. Wonder why every troll in purple town is tearing up these comment sections? Could it be fear? Yup. It’s palpable.

    And ariani, if you invested half as much energy into being a good fan of the MN Vikings as you do trashing the Pack, you might have something. As it stands now you just sound like a scared, desperate little hater.

  15. GenXJ says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    This isn’t bad yet. The worst is yet come & it’ll be for a long time. Sell your novelty stock now.
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    Maybe you should concern yourselves with the likelihood of the Vikings adding to their all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances, instead of demonstrating your utter and insatiable fascination with all things Packer.

  16. What scares the teams in the NFC North more than Green Bay as they are but a healthy Aaron Rodgers??.

    A healthy Aaron Rodgers who has a competent GM drafting talent, adefensive minded head coach who has a young innovative OC working under him
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    Hence all the hate from the West. You’d think that they’d be concentrating on their upcoming playoff game….Lord knows they haven’t played many recently, but nope, they’re still worried about the Packers. Even when our season has ended, we’re still in their purple stained little minds.

  17. KCFinfan says:

    January 2, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    McCarthy would be out of a job for like 4 hours.
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    and at KFC in 4.1 hours….

  18. Bill Bixby says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I don’t think McCarthy is a very good coach. Of course he’s not the only one to blame for having Rogers and not putting a championship team together like Bellichick does every year. But he’s part of the problem
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    Not at all impressed with the moves he made after Rodgers went down. Hit the buffet table fatso!

  19. flviqueen says:

    Yeah right, he just is not that important to have a say in any operational decisions

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    This is what’s commonly knows as denial.

  20. Just throwing this out there for the purple haters. Mike Zimmer has never won a playoff game as HC or coordinator. And no one on the entire Viking squad outside of T. Newman has ever won one either. So as you read all of these lame, hateful comments trashing a much more successful team and coach, keep those facts in mind. It helps understand why people behave the way they do.

  21. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Rodgers will have a say in this, as he should. Whatever the outcome, it will either have the blessing of Rodgers or the axe.
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    Just what they need…the tail wagging the dog! A coach should coach and a player should play…gimme a break – Rodgers can’t even get along with his own family!

  22. Rodgers can’t even get along with his own family!
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    A lot like that AP character you guys worshipped for a decade…with one major difference of course.

  23. Excited for Packers. He’s their greatest coach ever with 1 super bowl and 8 championship chokes. Wait, did I say 8 chokes? The most ever. Lol

  24. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    What scares the teams in the NFC North more than Green Bay as they are but a healthy Aaron Rodgers??.

    A healthy Aaron Rodgers who has a competent GM drafting talent, adefensive minded head coach who has a young innovative OC working under him
    ——
    Hence all the hate from the West. You’d think that they’d be concentrating on their upcoming playoff game….Lord knows they haven’t played many recently, but nope, they’re still worried about the Packers. Even when our season has ended, we’re still in their purple stained little minds

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    See this is what I don’t understand about pack fan, why would we be concentrating on an upcoming football game 2 weeks away? Does pack fan concentrate on upcoming packer games? Is this how you win games by concentrating on a game you have no part of? ROFL

  25. I could be wrong as I am not a paper stockholder of the Packers, but I think Rogers runs his own offense and the head coach is exposed at a time like now when Rogers isn’t calling the plays.

  26. Excited for Packers. He’s their greatest coach ever with 1 super bowl and 8 championship chokes. Wait, did I say 8 chokes? The most ever. Lol
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    You guys just don’t know the meaning of the word irony do you? Let me explain it to you. Irony is when a fan of a team that hasn’t won in the post season since 2009 talks trash about a team that has a super bowl win and 8 playoff appearances during that same amount of time. You actually even said it in your post, with no trace of understanding what you were saying at all. Quite impressive really.

  27. Part of the unique culture alluded to is the absence of a singular owner that pulls all the strings for the purpose of personal gain. Anyone that thinks Rodgers won’t be consulted or personally appraised of these difficult and important decisions cannot pretend to understand how and why this is a very unique and unprecedented franchise, as deeply entrenched in the history of the NFL as any, if not the most. This team has already provided more satisfying successes in its’ past than most teams can imagine in their dreams. All the hate in the world won’t change that. Get a life.

  28. why would we be concentrating on an upcoming football game 2 weeks away?
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    Well I just figured that playoff appearances are so few and far between for you guys that you’d be a little more jazzed about it instead of doing the same old troll schtick but I guess that’s just me.

  29. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    Just throwing this out there for the purple haters. Mike Zimmer has never won a playoff game as HC or coordinator. And no one on the entire Viking squad outside of T. Newman has ever won one either. So as you read all of these lame, hateful comments trashing a much more successful team and coach, keep those facts in mind. It helps understand why people behave the way they do.
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    Why are you wasting your time posting about the Vikings?
    Scared and jealousy.

  30. flviking says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    See this is what I don’t understand about pack fan, why would we be concentrating on an upcoming football game 2 weeks away? Does pack fan concentrate on upcoming packer games? Is this how you win games by concentrating on a game you have no part of? ROFL
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    Haters like you have no self-respect. The only thing worse than a sore loser is a hater that takes the time to show the world he’s a sore winner.

    That’s why you don’t understand.

  31. Great news if your are a fan of the Vikings, bears, or lions. Packer fans can blame capers or Thompson all they want, the key to any football team is the head coach. Period. The packers are a poorly coached football team. Look at the cornerback Hayward that used to play for the packers and is now an all pro for the chargers. It’s all coaching, and it starts with the head coach.

  32. Murphy:
    “It’s gonna be great to go over and win the Super Bowl this year in Minneapolis”

  33. Why are you wasting your time posting about the Vikings?
    Scared and jealousy.
    ——
    Really? You’re a Viking fan in a Packer story that has NOTHING to do with your team, asking why Packer fans are defending their team from an onslaught of idiotic, juvenile remarks?

    And yes, I am jealous. As a budget conscious small business owner I can’t imagine how much you save each year not having to pay for anyone to clean your trophy cases.

  34. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    Rodgers will have a say in this, as he should. Whatever the outcome, it will either have the blessing of Rodgers or the axe.
    ————————
    Oh really. You Cheesers are under the assumption that Rodgers will come back full force, after 4 plates and 13 screws in a shattered collarbone in his throwing arm. Get realistic. With all the obvious damage that shoulder is prime for arthritis setting in. I mean he COULD throw well again, but on the flip side, he’ll could never be the same again too. I mean, after this horrible year, you’d think you guys would get off your one-trick pony and hope for a better team infrastructure instead.

  35. Someone said it right above, are there really better options out there than MM? Although I’m not sure Rodgers is all that thrilled with him, I see no problem giving him a shot with a competent defensive coordinator and a GM that actually adds depth via free agency.

    And cheesers, the reason Viking fans are commenting on Packer articles is because the Packer house-cleaning is generating Packer-related PFT articles at a 5 to 1 clip on the Vikes playoff bye week. There isn’t a cheeser troll on this site that wouldn’t be doing the same thing if the tables were turned — hell, 3 years ago I remember making the same type of defensive comments Stellar is now making every day. The funny thing is that it finally took an Aaron Rodgers injury for the 45-person Packer Board (yes 45 Board members) to see what has been plain as day to the rest of us dopes for the last couple years.

  36. To the post above. Do you know football? Zim has won super bowl with Dallas as coordinator. Check ur fact before posting
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    Sorry, wrong. Zimmer was a defensive backs coach not coordinator. You should know these things.

  37. The question becomes, can you get someone better? McCarthy is nothing special as a coach. He has a ring, he’d get another job within days, but so did Rex Ryan when the Jets canned him. If he and Rodgers get along, the team would have to be very careful about bringing someone else in.

  38. Mike McCarthy has a better winning percentage than Bud Grant.
    He also led his team to an NFL Championship.
    Something Grant failed to do.

    McCarthy had to deal with the revolving door of free agency, while Grant was able to stockpile numerous Hall of Fame defenders and a Hall of Fame QB for 7 seasons.

    Let that sink in as you wrack your brains thinking up some more of your “witty barbs”.

  39. If Rodgers wanted him gone, he’d be gone. He’s not the type to do that. McDaniels is the only realistic name out there who would be a likely upgrade and he might get a better offer (Colts).

  40. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Just throwing this out there for the purple haters. Mike Zimmer has never won a playoff game as HC or coordinator. And no one on the entire Viking squad outside of T. Newman has ever won one either. So as you read all of these lame, hateful comments trashing a much more successful team and coach, keep those facts in mind. It helps understand why people behave the way they do.
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    You don’t understand. The comments are not really hateful. We can see a more a more successful team over these later years with a franshise QB everyone assumes should be in the Super Bowl every year. What you should be considering is why your coach has choked over that time and not have more of your namesake Labrody Tropies…

  41. The funny thing is that it finally took an Aaron Rodgers injury for the 45-person Packer Board (yes 45 Board members) to see what has been plain as day to the rest of us dopes for the last couple years.
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    I agree with you actually, except this part. Many of us in Packerland have been longing to see TT and DC go for years. I know I have. I wouldn’t cry if MM left too but we can still win with him if we can build a strong D.

  42. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm
    flviking says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm
    See this is what I don’t understand about pack fan, why would we be concentrating on an upcoming football game 2 weeks away? Does pack fan concentrate on upcoming packer games? Is this how you win games by concentrating on a game you have no part of? ROFL
    /////////////////////////////////////////

    Haters like you have no self-respect. The only thing worse than a sore loser is a hater that takes the time to show the world he’s a sore winner.

    That’s why you don’t understand

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    Ouch, that cut deep, I thought we were just having some fun. You sure can tell when the pack is bad. I was only responding to a pack fan post, that in your own words “takes the time to show the world he’s a sore winner” but you somehow only copied my response. R.E.L.A.X. 😀

  43. What you should be considering is why your coach has choked over that time and not have more of your namesake Labrody Tropies…
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    Honestly I don’t think our string of playoff appearances is choking…but I get your point. To that I’ll just say that MM doesnt coach defense and defense is what has prevented those SB wins. The year we had it, we won it all.

  44. The question becomes, can you get someone better? McCarthy is nothing special as a coach. He has a ring, he’d get another job within days, but so did Rex Ryan when the Jets canned him. If he and Rodgers get along, the team would have to be very careful about bringing someone else in.
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    Winner winner chicken dinner.

  45. flviking says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    See this is what I don’t understand about pack fan, why would we be concentrating on an upcoming football game 2 weeks away?

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    Shouldn’t you be practicing that lazy jumping jack thing you guys do in the stands?
    I mean it’s great that you’re trying to squeeze in a workout while you watch the game (It’s obviously needed) but, it looks downright stupid.

    Also, keep in mind that your team is in the playoffs with all the big boys now.
    This is not amateur hour.
    You’ll be playing at least one home game and I’d hate to see the embarrassment of your own players having to call you out again for being so ignorant about attending a game.

    Quiet: when your offense has the football so your QB can call audibles.

    Make Noise: when your team is playing defense.
    Seriously, act like you’ve been there before.

  46. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    What scares the teams in the NFC North more than Green Bay as they are but a healthy Aaron Rodgers??.

    A healthy Aaron Rodgers who has a competent GM drafting talent, adefensive minded head coach who has a young innovative OC working under him
    ——
    Hence all the hate from the West. You’d think that they’d be concentrating on their upcoming playoff game….Lord knows they haven’t played many recently, but nope, they’re still worried about the Packers. Even when our season has ended, we’re still in their purple stained little minds.
    ***********************************

    Well to be fair, we have a bye this week. You know, because the team is actually good. Cant even imagine the dynasty we’d have at this point with 25+ years of Hall of fame QB play. Packers were only able to turn that into 2 superbowls.

  47. So glad my team isnt going through all this turmoil and distraction
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    Hey, at least we wait until the offseason as opposed to week 6 of a 5-0 season.

  48. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    Just throwing this out there for the purple haters. Mike Zimmer has never won a playoff game as HC or coordinator. And no one on the entire Viking squad outside of T. Newman has ever won one either. So as you read all of these lame, hateful comments trashing a much more successful team and coach, keep those facts in mind. It helps understand why people behave the way they do.
    ________

    When you use the word “facts,” please use quotation marks so people don’t think what you’re saying is actually true. Off the top of my head, I can think of Brian Robison, Lynval Joseph, Mike Remmers, and Michael Floyd as Vikings who have won playoff games. And I’ll be able to name a lot more in 12 days.

  49. wafflestomp says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    flviking says:
    January 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    See this is what I don’t understand about pack fan, why would we be concentrating on an upcoming football game 2 weeks away?

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    Shouldn’t you be practicing that lazy jumping jack thing you guys do in the stands?
    I mean it’s great that you’re trying to squeeze in a workout while you watch the game (It’s obviously needed) but, it looks downright stupid.

    Also, keep in mind that your team is in the playoffs with all the big boys now.
    This is not amateur hour.
    You’ll be playing at least one home game and I’d hate to see the embarrassment of your own players having to call you out again for being so ignorant about attending a game.

    Quiet: when your offense has the football so your QB can call audibles.

    Make Noise: when your team is playing defense.
    Seriously, act like you’ve been there before

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    Thanks waffle, but maybe you don’t understand what flviking could possibly mean. How about Florida Viking. You see I live in Florida and do not attend games. It’s what -30 degrees with wind chill up there. Thanks but no thanks I’ll stay in the sunshine state. And thanks for being a typical condescending pack fan.

  50. Packer fans: “Aaron will come back and we will run the table all the way to the super bowl”
    “new gm and dc and we will be going to the super bowl”

    #delusional #neverlearn

  51. Mike Zimmer has his starting QB’s knee (teddy) blow up 2 weeks before season opener last year and then had that QBs backup (Sam) knee blow up after the 1st game this season. He then lost his starting rookie sensation with another knee injury not to mention a group of linemen who really havent played together and gelled as a unit. Throw in a 3rd string QB named Case Keenum and Coach Zimmer coached his way into the playoffs as a SB contender.

    Mike McCarthy loses Aaron Rodgers and the whole season goes down the tank in just 6 weeks. He went so all in with Rodgers that he failed to train “future hall of famer” Brett Hundley. McCarthy is an overrated joke who, along with Ted Thompson, road the arm of Rodgers until it busted.

    Packer fans can not defend how inept their teams coaching and front office has been to allow this season to flounder so instead they will break out the dusty history books to talk about year past.

  52. contra74 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 7:27 p.m.

    Mike McCarthy loses Aaron Rodgers and the whole season goes down the tank in just 6 weeks. He went so all in with Rodgers that he failed to train “future hall of famer” Brett Hundley. McCarthy is an overrated joke who, along with Ted Thompson, road the arm of Rodgers until it busted.
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    Taking everything you’ve said into consideration, I guess you’d have to admit that Bud Grant was a complete joke as a head coach.

    I mean, he had no salary cap or free agency to deal with.
    He was able to stockpile defensive Hall of Famers like Carl Eller, Allen Page and Paul Krause, along with Pro Bowlers Jim Marshall and Gary Larsen.
    Hall of Fame QB Fran Tarkington leading the team’s offense, but Grant couldn’t even muster a single NFL Championship.
    Not one.
    Heck, he couldn’t even garner a better winning percentage than Mike McCarthy.
    Wow!

  53. tqaztec says:
    January 2, 2018 at 8:00 pm
    Such a big play sheet for roll left,right hail mary.
    —-
    Jokes on you.

    Thats not a play sheet, thats the menu at the local Applebees.

  54. stellarperformance says:
    January 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm
    Rodgers will have a say in this, as he should. Whatever the outcome, it will either have the blessing of Rodgers or the axe.

    51 37 Rate This
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    That is a sad statement.

  55. Ponytail Girl says:
    January 2, 2018 at 5:14 pm
    Oh really. You Cheesers are under the assumption that Rodgers will come back full force, after 4 plates and 13 screws in a shattered collarbone in his throwing arm
    ____________________________
    Well I was under the assumption that he would continue to throw passes right-handed, but since you all-knowing Viking fans are here to tell me what’s what I guess he’s going southpaw. Author.

  56. Ted and Mike have done an outstanding job in Green Bay. They took their time developing Aaron, he was downright awful in the first couple preseasons and he owes a ton of his success to McCarthy’s coaching. There have been a ton of great draft picks by Ted, and even some great free agent pickups. No one knew who Nick Collins was and Ted took him in the second round, and there are tons of examples like that. Signing Charles Woodson? Everyone thought his career was pretty much over, but it turned out his best years were ahead of him. There really hasn’t been any major character flaws on the players they have brought in except for a few minor incidents. What they built together was exceptional, and it is a joke to say otherwise. Rodgers would have been a bust if not for those guys. They’ve been patient with their players, and they’ve been rewarded for that man times. I agree that they’ve lost their edge a little, but thats just the way it goes when you’ve had the same job for 12 years

  57. Said this a few weeks ago in another thread and I don’t have a rooting interest in either team by far and quite frankly am sick of hearing Joe Buck stroke off Rodgers but good lord…the Viking fans as a whole are acting like they’ve EVER won ANYTHING already!! Damn! You’ve been a nothing franchise FOREVER and one promising season which is far from over hasn’t proven anything!!! I used to quietly root for you but Jesus cripes please tone it down!! You are not a dynasty yet!!! You do not have the 85 Bears defense or the Curt Warner – Rams greatest show on turf offense!!! Worry about winning even ONE PLAYOFF GAME!!! Your obsession with the Packers is pathetic!!

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