Packers announce Ted Thompson out as G.M., now a “senior advisor”

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The Packers have made it official: Ted Thompson has been pushed out as General Manager and kicked upstairs to another job within the organization.

Although the team’s official announcement called it a “transition to a role as senior advisor to football operations,” Thompson is reportedly being pushed out at the behest of the Packers’ board of directors.

“It’s been a great honor to serve as the Green Bay Packers’ general manager for the past 13 years,” Thompson said in a statement. “This is a special place and we’ve had some success along the way.”

The Packers are now in the process of searching for a new G.M., who will be hired by team President/CEO Mark Murphy.

46 responses to “Packers announce Ted Thompson out as G.M., now a “senior advisor”

  1. For years, Packer fans have been telling us that Ted Thompson is the best GM in the NFL, but now I’m not seeing any tears shed over him being relieved of his duties. It’s almost as if they didn’t really know what they were talking about.

  2. 1. Another Packer Bust in the first round!!!!!!
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years. In Turd Thompson you cheese trolls still trust??? You yellow headed bug eyed trolls!!!!!!!
    Sincerely,\
    2016- Kenny Clark- projected as a 5th round pick, originally told to be more interested in the WWE than living in Green Bay.
    2015- Damarious Randall- Projected as a nickel back only, 30 teams already passed on him in the draft……. ?????
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX ( Refuses to make plays on 2 pt. conversions)
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST (40 million dollar signing bonus!!)
    2011 – Derek Sherrod –BUST (Ted Thompson gave over 65 million up front)
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST (over 30 million at signing)
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST / Clay Matthews- So far so decent
    2008 – NO Pick (forgot to turn in draft card)
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST, (Ted is talking about bringing him back)
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST (Given or 80 million dollars from shareholders)
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST (rumored to still be on the practice squad)
    1999 – FORGOT TO ATTEND DRAFT!!!!! DAMM YOU TED!!!!!
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST (Ted Thompson wants him to un retire)
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST (Rumored to be trying a comeback per Ted Thompson)
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  3. In this case, change is good. I love stability, but clearly Ted has lost his edge, compared to the stacked rosters we have had in the past. We could have taken TJ. Watt, and instead hes over there having an incredible Rookie season in Pittsburgh.

  4. So they’ve made a cushy job for Thompson even though it’s a publicly held company, this is just wrong.

  5. Based on those opened-mouth pics of him during the Lions game, they could also use him as a part-time fly catcher.

  6. Thanks Ted, you did your job very well, but sometimes a change is needed for the sake of change. Good luck.

  7. Here is how the process works for those who arent aware…Mark Murphy needs to have moves such as this approved by the board of directors. Anyone saying Mark shouldnt have to go to the board doesnt understand the solid process green bay has in place.

  8. Congrats Pack fans!! This is what you have all been wanting, based on what I’ve been reading 🙂 Now, advise me on how I can get Jason Garrett out as our HC, but don’t say JJ should sell the team. He does usually listen to the fans!!!

  9. I really hope this shakeup has been planned for months or years. Murphy has always hinted that he knew what Ted’s plan was. Perhaps that got accelerated a bit by the awful year. If it was a straight up “get out” type of firing, I can’t see Ted staying with the FO in any capacity. Since he is, you still have to think this was at least somewhat planned and an inside candidate will be named very soon.

    In the 70/80s, the BOD was out of control. It took Bob Harlan guaranteeing Ron Wolf full control over all football activities with no outside interference, to get him to take the GB job in 1991. No one, except jealous NFCN division rivals, wants GB to go back to that dark place.

  10. Very interesting if you take a peek at the “expertise” of the board of directors – couple examples…

    Dexter E. McNabb.

    He played 2 years as a FB for the Packers, After his short NFL career was over, McNabb returned to Univ of Florida, and graduated with BS in sociology in 2003. In 2010, he worked as an associate principal at Pulaski High School in Pulaski, WI. McNabb previously worked as an administrator for at-risk students at West De Pere High School in West De Pere, WI, where he also served as an assistant football coach and Head girls’ track and field coach for the West De Pere Phantoms. From 2013-present, McNabb serves as the associate principal of Green Bay West High School.

    Dr Elizabeth Trowbridge.
    MD, Division Chief General Internal Medicine, Associate Vice Chair Primary Care Department of Medicine UWSMPH UWHealth

    Mark D Skogen.
    CEO of Festival Foods grocery store chain

    So three people that I would say are successful individuals. None that have any previous experience in being in charge of running a professional sports franchise.

    Very interesting. Hard to necessarily argue with results of the Packers franchise over the years.

  11. Essentially, they’re going to ask Ted Thompson if the move they’re considering is something Ted would do. If it’s a move Ted would do, they won’t do it. If it’s a move Ted wouldn’t do, they’ll do it. Very smart.

  12. Ted Thompson is out. When is Murphy and McCarthy out?

    Funny as it is, this all falls on the ‘shareholders’ for ‘voting in’ that management.

    Looking at Packer fans its no wonder their ship is a mess.

  13. Hey Ariana, that was your team that forgot to turn in a draft card, we traded down and picked Jordy.
    Also, how is it that all of our players are busts yet we have 4 Lombardi’s and you have none?
    Looking forward to you losing the Super Bowl (your 5th loss, but who’s counting) at home in a few weeks!
    Might be the most spectacular thing I’ve seen since Pevre threw the pick and crushed your dreams again!

  14. contra74 says:
    Funny as it is, this all falls on the ‘shareholders’ for ‘voting in’ that management.
    _________________________________

    Please clarify your comment. Did you just make this up? There has never been a vote for anyone in by the shareholders for a management position.

  15. cabosan1978 says:
    January 2, 2018 at 12:21 pm
    There has never been a vote for anyone in by the shareholders for a management position.
    ————
    That is true. And it’s true because it’s fake stock that gives “shareholders” no say at all.
    It’s nothing more than a Sams Club or BJs membership that gives you access to buy products available to its members.

  16. It’s hilarious to see Viking trolls bash Ted Thompson. During Thompson’s 13-year run as general manager, Green Bay made nine playoff appearances (with a 10-8 playoff game record), won six NFC North titles, appeared in four NFC championship games and won Super Bowl XLV. He was also responsible for drafting Aaron Rodgers.

    What have the Vikings done over that time span?

    Five playoff appearances, including this year (the year’s record TBD, with a 1-4 playoff record in prior years), four NFC North titles, appeared in one NFC championship game, and won zero Superbowls.

    Feel free to go back further in history. You can’t argue with success.

    It’s going to be sweet to watch the Vikings squander another chance in the playoffs and go 57 straight seasons with zero championships. Loserville indeed!

  17. So the Viking narrative for years has been that we would never find success with TT,DC, or MM. Now that we’ve gotten rid of those holding us back, the new narrative is that we are a sinking ship/dumpster fire. Interesting. Seems certain people just have to say something negative regardless of the situation. I’d say those people are either scared or jealous. After all, they support a team that has won nothing in 50+ years, so how could they actually know what they are talking about?

  18. That is true. And it’s true because it’s fake stock that gives “shareholders” no say at all.
    It’s nothing more than a Sams Club or BJs membership that gives you access to buy products available to its members.
    ——
    Did you figure this out all by yourself? Do you think that anyone actually believes it’s real stock? Please drop some more of your great knowledge on us poor, stupid packer fans.

  19. The Packers organization is too arrogant to tell people he’s been fired. So instead they’ve relegated him to a meaningless position where he will do nothing whatsoever. This is typical Packer bull crap press release material.

    Thompson has had that deer-in-the-headlights, open-mouthed stare since he came in and decided to disenfranchise one of the greatest QBs that the league has ever seen. He was so arrogant and stupid back then that he needed to hire Ari Fleischer to do some trash talking to make himself look smart.

    What goes around, comes around.

  20. Funny as it is, this all falls on the ‘shareholders’ for ‘voting in’ that management.
    ——
    Perhaps when one doesn’t know what he’s talking about, one shouldn’t speak?

  21. Isn’t this the job Eliot Wolf supposedly has been groomed for almost literally from birth? Surprised this is even such a big topic of debate.

  22. For his sake I hope he omits on future job applications his draft record and nfccg embarrassments (multiple).

  23. Thank you Ted Thompson for all the hard work you did. As reasonable people are aware, Super Bowl teams are difficult to construct and I am grateful to have the memories from the team you helped build. You always put the organization first and in this day and age, that trait seems to be disappearing. quickly. Best wishes to you Sir, you have my gratitude.

  24. a senior advisor?? FOR WHAT????
    Here’s how you miss on draft picks? Here’s how you don’t sign a free agent? Here’s how you alienate the man that brought greatness back to green bay? Here’s how you do nothing to have a franchise quarterback fall in your lap?

    45 board members is funny though, because 44 was not enough.

  25. expertatnfl says:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    What goes around, comes around
    ___________________
    You mean even in the NFL somebody who reassigns someone can, in the future, also be reassigned? You don’t say. In your expert opinion then, Thompson made the wrong move in going to Rodgers after Brett’s third straight year of retirement crap……followed by, you know, him retiring? Let’s see….Rodgers has another 3-4 years left in him and Farve is making commercials for wrangler and razor blades. Say, where did you do your studies anyhow?

  26. I remember at work they used to say they will be in charge of special projects. Then a short time later there would be an extra parking spot.

  27. Yes, replacing a QB that went 13-3 and took your division rival to the NFC championship team is stupid. Especially considering that you went 6-10 with that same 13-3 team.

  28. crownofthehelmet says:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:15 pm
    For his sake I hope he omits on future job applications his draft record and nfccg embarrassments (multiple).
    //////////////////////////

  29. screamingyellowzonkers said:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    And the Vikings have more nfc north/ central titles than the packers. That’s not 50+ years of nothing.

    It’s a good accomplishment actually.

    ——————————————————————————-

    When you can’t win it all, I guess you have to find something to celebrate. I’m sure all those division championship banners look really pretty next to the empty trophy case.

  30. And the Vikings have more nfc north/ central titles than the packers.
    That’s not 50+ years of nothing.

    It’s a good accomplishment actually.
    ——
    I agree, it is quite an accomplishment to win that many division titles and never even make it to the big game.

  31. I think it is indicative of the overall direction the team has been going. TT, even though he has hit on several of his picks, has not done enough in the draft room or FA to help this team win more than AR does. Martellus was a bust for the most part, but the reason he never got off the line to run his routes was mostly because he had to block for our shoddy offensive line. I may or may not like him as a person, but it wasn’t that he simply didn’t try. I think it was more a product of the situation and his attitude. We let guys walk, draft injured guys and have minimal depth at every position. We have talent, but they didn’t really fit into DC scheme. The numbers pretty much spell it out.

    I have heard TT was looking to bow out anyway, but the dreadful season may have accelerated the plans. Capers had to go for sure. He had to go 3 years ago. I do not buy he just didn’t have the talent. Take Heyward and Hyde as examples. They were nothing amazing under DC, yet they are excelling under different schemes on other teams and are pro bowlers. Defense is about adapting and playing to your team strengths. Capers showed for a number of years he couldn’t do that.

  32. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    And the Vikings have more nfc north/ central titles than the packers.
    That’s not 50+ years of nothing.

    It’s a good accomplishment actually.
    ——
    I agree, it is quite an accomplishment to win that many division titles and never even make it to the big game.
    ————
    Why do you and other packer fans just make up your own facts?
    The Vikings have been to the big game 4 times.

  33. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    And the Vikings have more nfc north/ central titles than the packers.
    That’s not 50+ years of nothing.

    It’s a good accomplishment actually.
    ——
    I agree, it is quite an accomplishment to win that many division titles and never even make it to the big game.
    ————
    Why do you and other packer fans just make up your own facts?
    The Vikings have been to the big game 4 times.

    and lost all 4

  34. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    And the Vikings have more nfc north/ central titles than the packers.
    That’s not 50+ years of nothing.

    It’s a good accomplishment actually.
    ———————

    That sounds like the sort of thing that the Colts hang banners for.

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