Report: Board of Directors instructed Murphy to remove Thompson from G.M. job

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Now that the story is out, the story behind the story is emerging.

Veteran Packers reporter Bob McGinn, who left the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last year and started his own online publication, reports that the removal of Ted Thompson from the G.M. position in Green Bay happened at the behest of the team. Specifically, the 45-member Board of Directors instructed CEO Mark Murphy to remove Thompson from the job.

McGinn points to “public images” of Thompson and “some recent interaction” with team executives as the impetus for the move, listing various factors that contributed to the conclusion that Thompson’s health prevents him from continuing in the job.

McGinn’s article delves into specifics that, indeed, would make Thompson unfit to continue in such a demanding job. It’s unclear what the issue is, but the concern generally relates to his ability to properly focus.

Making the article even more intriguing is the manner in which it seems to hint in passing at the possibility of a new G.M. making a coaching change, primarily by pointing out that Thompson was never going to move on from Mike McCarthy. Now that the Packers are moving on from Thompson (as the G.M.), the question becomes whether the next G.M. will decide to stick with McCarthy.

43 responses to “Report: Board of Directors instructed Murphy to remove Thompson from G.M. job

  1. McGinn points to “public images” of Thompson
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    IE, the last time we saw him on tv, staring up at a monitor, mouth open, looking like absolutely no one was home.

  2. The Board of Directors…folks with stake in the game, but minimal knowledge and nobody to hold them accountable. Anybody who’s had to deal with a board knows they’re typically insufferable folks.

  3. Capers out, Thompson moved, and McCarthy possibly gone? Man, that’s terrible news for us fans of other NFC North teams. That trio was the only thing holding Rodgers and the Packers back.

  4. McGinn points to “public images” of Thompson and “some recent interaction” with team executives as the impetus for the move, listing various factors that contributed to the conclusion that Thompson’s health prevents him from continuing in the job.

    If only we could do the same with the Commander in Chief.

  5. I knew when during the telecast of the Packer/Vikings game the camera caught Ted drooling all over himself that the end was near.

    What amazes me is that pkrlvr now realized it too.

    Or did he just jump on the “getting rid of TT” bandwagon after the fact?

    I do remember him defending TT as the best GM in the NFL just last month…

  6. If I’m the new GM (which I won’t be because the league is colluding against me) I walk in and ask Rodgers about McCarthy. “Can you win the Super Bowl without Mike McCarthy?” If he says “Yes”, I go out and hire a Defensive minded head coach and ask Rodgers to help handpick an Offensive Coordinator. Rodgers will keep this team in Contention for the next few years while they build a strong D. If they’re lucky, the D will be dominate during Rodgers’ twilight years. That gets that Packers to another 6-8 postseasons.

  7. G.M.’s with HOF QB’s look like they’re doing a great job, but that QB is actually covering up a lot of mistakes. Then the QB goes down and the roster suddenly looks pretty bad. Ask Bill Polian about that. I realize half the job is being able to evaluate QB’s but G.M.’s are getting paid to do a lot more than that. When your backup QB is so bad, it makes you look clueless.

  8. I do remember him defending TT as the best GM in the NFL just last month…
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    You do? Not a chance. Unless pointing out how the current regime, as poor as they may have been, has still had much more success than the Vikings counts? But if you can find a post of me saying Ted is the best gm in the NFL, post it up and I’ll eat my words….heck I’ll even start rooting for the purples.

  9. I’d say the implosion has begun, but all of these moves were long overdue and will help the team. Nobody but Packer fans believed the “Packers have the best formula to win” garbage. Sure, drafting and developing sounds good when your HOF QB wins you games. But not so good when the truth comes out and you realize most of your team are backup talent, at best. These moves give that team a chance. I’m not happy about that.

  10. pkrlvr says:
    January 2, 2018 at 10:49 am
    I do remember him defending TT as the best GM in the NFL just last month…
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    You do? Not a chance. Unless pointing out how the current regime, as poor as they may have been, has still had much more success than the Vikings counts?
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    Aaron Rodgers. Say it. Say it!! That is the only reason your team has been successful. No, you don’t have to apologize for winning. That would be silly. But you have to acknowledge the fact that the rest of your team is garbage.

  11. 45 member board? No wonder it took this long for them to realize their GM and Head Coach were holding the team back. 45?! Half of those guys are probably on the fake season ticket waiting list.

  12. Thompson seemed half out of it, when he was given the Lombardi trophy, and that was seven years ago. He was incoherent, etc. There’s something clearly wrong with him, and I think the team has been hiding this the whole time.

  13. Don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I’m really excited for next season. As much as it sucks that we are out of it this year, it may be preferable to what we’ve been doing, which was just enough to keep TT and DC employed.

  14. .
    The Patriots and Packers are similar in many ways. Both teams revolve around high powered offenses led by certain Hall of Fame QBs. Their defenses are usually of the bend but don’t break scheme, designed to do just enough to allow Brady or Rogers to win the game.

    Where Green Bay and New England differ is in roster makeup. Whereas Thompson usually puts together a squad of just veterans and rookies. Belichick believes in creating a squad with a middle class. This middle class consists of young veterans, bargain basement free agents, special team’s mavens and misfits acquired from other teams.

    It’s never just pure luck when a Patriots reserve player is thrust into the starting lineup and performs at a high level.
    .

  15. I have attended a number of GB shareholder meetings. Mark Murphy has always been charismatic, upbeat and articulate. TT, on the other hand, has been as inspiring as a wet dishrag. He lulled me to sleep.

    He had his day in the sun.

    At long last, the nightmare is over.

  16. Aaron Rodgers. Say it. Say it!! That is the only reason your team has been successful. No, you don’t have to apologize for winning. That would be silly. But you have to acknowledge the fact that the rest of your team is garbage.
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    Of course quality qb play has been the foundation for our long run of success…absolutely. I don’t acknowledge your last statement though. Adams, Nelson and Cobb can all play and certainly aren’t garbage. The new rb’s are looking good too. Daniels and Martinez are really the only standouts on D though. I admit we aren’t as stacked as the Vikes, that’s for sure, but the entire roster garbage? Nope.

  17. ^^^^^ There must be at least one genius above who will qualify for an interview to be the new Packers GM. We’ve been hearing what’s wrong with the team for thew same folks for years and years.

    Under the Rooney Rule, don’t you have to interview at least one know-it-all?

  18. This is a despicable hit piece by McGinn. Now that McGinn is on his own, he is free to fully pursue his multi-year vendetta against TT. Going after a person’s health is lowest form of criticism.

  19. I’m confused. Packer fans have been telling us for years that the Packers have the best organization in sports. Now one guy misses half the season and the whole thing falls apart? The entire thing was held together with baling wire and chewing gum? Huh. I guess Viking fans have been right about this team all along.

  20. I guess Viking fans have been right about this team all along.
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    Kinda reaching (or hoping) there aren’t you? It’s simple, our old gm got bit by a zombie awhile back so now we are promoting someone to take his spot….not really the “sky is falling” scenario you’re trying to paint.

  21. To all you Packer fans wanting Reggie Mackenzie..please take him. Dude drafted 4 good players and they literally fell into his lap. The rest have been busts or injury prone. Most of his free agent signings have busted too except for maybe two. In 6 years the guy brought in maybe 8 good players total through draft and FA. Yeah he helped transition the team from GM AL Davis to him but his time is up.

  22. Of all the interesting info in this article, the most fascinating thing to me was that the Packers have a 45-person Board of Directors. How the hell do any major decisions get made and efficiently implemented with a Board of Directors 40 people larger than the typical Board? No wonder TT lingered around 3 years longer than he should have.

  23. Just to make sure that we know who stands where. Those who support McGinn believe that it is acceptable to publicly question whether a 65 year old man is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or some other debilitating disease, solely on the observations of other people. They believe it is not necessary for a reporter to obtain medical data or a physician statement prior to questioning a person’s mental state.

  24. The issue with Thompson is that he’s always valued quantity over quality. He consistently trades down in the draft to acquire more picks rather than up for a quality player to fill a need. It’s like he throws everything at the wall to see what sticks. And since he avoids free agency like the plague, he’s overly dependent on this approach for success. Every year it’s a few veterans and next man up everywhere else. Great teams are formed by having above average or better players in key positions and as many average to above average players as you can find elsewhere. It’s not done by having one elite player, two to three above average players, and mediocre to garbage players everywhere else. This is long overdue. My hope is that McCarthy’s job isn’t necessarily safe either. It seems silly to me to have an offensive minded head coach when you have Aaron Rodgers at the helm, especially when the offense he has in mind has become stale and predictable.

  25. Ted did bring in some good talent that went onto play decent elsewhere – Casey, Michah, Zombo etc.

    Played better than they did in GB and IMO – that’s because of Dom. He wasn’t a good coach. All Ted had to make the decision on was the tape the players put down in Dom’s system/coaching. Made the decision they weren’t the best and let them go, only to see them flourish elsewhere. I think both Casey and Micah doing great pushed McCarthy to pull the plug on Dom.

  26. I’ll never understand those moves with our secondary. Our philosophy is draft and develop, not draft and let walk away in their prime.

  27. Packer fans fear. The last time the Executive Committee ‘didn’t like someone’ was Mike Holmgren. If it wasn’t for them he’d still be there. Careful what you wish for.

  28. Florio didn’t you say in a post yesterday that TT doesn’t answer to an owner? Well not a traditional owner, but the Board of Directors and the Smaller Executive Committee act like an owner. Mark Murphy is the guy that represents that board in Owner type situations.

  29. No on Holmgren. They liked him fine as a coach, not as GM. Seattle gave him both. We see how that went. Same when he was an exec with Cleveland.

    Great offensive coach – horrible GM and that’s why Mike was allowed to go.

  30. The Vikings fans are hilarious, the Vikings only goal is to have a better record than the Packers since they never won there last post season game of the year! lmao!

  31. Just to make sure that we know who stands where. Those who support McGinn believe that it is acceptable to publicly question whether a 65 year old man is suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, or some other debilitating disease, solely on the observations of other people. They believe it is not necessary for a reporter to obtain medical data or a physician statement prior to questioning a person’s mental state.
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    I don’t have medical data or a physician statement and I question your mental state every time I read one of your comments. Like the ones on the article for example. You’re basically having a conversation with yourself about whether or not it is proper for McGinn to speak about TT’s health. No one has said anything to the contrary yet you feel the need to continue posting about it.

  32. Mccarthy is a decent head coach, I wouldn’t say hes excellent. It did take him 3 years too long to fire his DC. It is pretty much known he has ridden the success of AR for most of his tenure. It isn’t necessarily his fault, he just got a perfect situation. Take a look at Phil Jackson in the NBA. Lucked into Jordan and Kobe.

    I will say MM usually makes good decisions on challenges, ect. Mccarthy isn’t the biggest problem GB had, Capers was. TT made some drafting errors and his FA refusal sort of highlighted his failures in the lack of talent that GB has outside of AR. When you lose 1 player and go from a top 5 team to a bottom 5 team, someone has made some glaring errors in team makeup. It is all about adjustments, and scheming around the players you have.

    Defenses win championships. GB needs to lay a groundwork for a serviceable defense and then the fun starts.

  33. It’s funny, but just a couple of days before Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone I was having a conversation with a neighbor just up the street who’s a Packer fan, and the topic of discussion centered around how Rodgers was one big hit from disaster – which he roundly agreed with.

    The reality is that the Packers are an aging team – both in the front office and on the playing field – and replacing a general manager and defensive coordinator has all the feel of rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

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