Ted Thompson: I’m just getting started


Earlier this month, reports out of Green Bay indicated that the Packers are interested in extending coach Mike McCarthy’s contract before it expires after the 2015 season.

It was less clear whether they wanted to do the same with General Manager Ted Thompson’s deal, which ends after the 2016 draft. Thompson is 61 and there’s been some thought that might represent the end of his time in Green Bay. Thompson declined to discuss specifics about his plans for the future this weekend, but gave no indication that he’s thinking about pulling the curtain.

“I’m just getting started,” Thompson said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “No, I feel pretty good.”

Thompson has been on the job in Green Bay for nearly a decade and the team has experienced a lot of success during his tenure, which makes it hard to think that they’d want to break something that’s been working. If Thompson continues to feel the same way, there may not be a new man at the helm in Green Bay for a while yet.

49 responses to “Ted Thompson: I’m just getting started

  1. Promote Eliot Wolf. Ted Thompson is too stubborn with his “rules” on personnel acquisition for draft or free agency. Packers need someone more open minded on who to bring in to get over the hump.

    Let him remain as a draft day consultant for later round DBs (he’s still pretty good there!)

  2. A very smart GM. Manages the salary cap very well for a team without a deep pockets owner.

    Keeps the roster relatively young and competitive.

    Another decade, at least.

  3. When does John Schneider’s contract end? That might be your answer. Thompson likes his legacy too much to just hand it over to anyone. My guess would be that he goes when John’s contracts up or Elliot Wolf is ready.

  4. Hometown boy John Schneider is likely next in line, in which case most Packer fans aren’t dreading TT’s departure. He’s an above average GM but is too unwavering in his approach and has ridden one good draft pick to most of his success.

  5. Viking fans should view this a very good news. As long as Ted Thompson is drafting and developing NFL players, the Packers roster will continue to evolve and the players who don’t make the cut are then available to the Vikings on the waiver wire. And if past history is any indication, the Vikings can hardly resist.

  6. The best team doesn’t usually win the super bowl.
    To win the title, you need
    1) A competitive team and
    2) Luck (no, not Andrew)

    TT has consistently provided the former. Can’t really ask any more from him.

  7. I could be wrong, but I think Schneider could leave Seattle for Green Bay at any time because it would technically be a promotion since he doesn’t have final say in Seattle, Carroll does. The only thing standing in the way is Thompson.

  8. The Packers keep drafting defensive players and O Linemen yet their D and OL continue to stink. Not saying it’s completely TT’s fault and the Packers keep winning so it may not really matter… but something in their system up there appears to be broken

  9. Yes, Schneider could technically leave for Green Bay if he was named Executive VP of Football Operations. He or Eliot Wolf are the most logical successors.

  10. Ted’s a good GB – the reason fans keep adding for FA additions (while ignoring when he signs his own guys that’s technically a FA addition) is because the team is RARELY if EVER in cap trouble.

    Smallest market team in the league and he’s put a consistent playoff caliber team and a SB win on the field while he’s been here.

    Fans can crow about the mistakes and getting knocked out of the playoffs but those are fans of teams that are just happy to be in a playoff hunt come end of November, much less playing in January.

    There are quite a few teams that would love to have that kind of consistency and owners would love to have someone with that level of fiscal skill.

  11. TT is always lauded for his drafting ability. In my humble opinion he has made 1 EXCELLENT choice in Rodgers. Otherwise he has been average. The team was miserable without Rodgers (which is understandable). If TT was really doing that good of a job, they would have been a little more competitive after Rodgers injury. If losing 1 player (albeit the most important position in sports) causes that much problems than maybe the roster isn’t all that good. Just like the Colt’s when Peyton went down. Not saying TT is bad, just not as good as ESPN likes to make him seem

  12. Let’s get real. Thompson lucked-into drafting Rodgers and that, by far, is the main reason that the Packers have enjoyed success during his tenure. Just look at how mediocre the Packers were last season when Rodgers was injured. The rest of Thompson’s drafting has been so-so as he has had some major whiffs in selecting OL and DL/LBs especially. Plus, he all but ignores the free agent market. That makes him a slightly above-average GM, nothing more.

  13. The arrogance of Packers fans is so cute. John Schneider just put together a Super Bowl winning team, was just extended through the 2016 season, has a roster built to win for years, has a great working relationship with the coach, will get paid whatever he wants for years from a billionaire owner, and loves Seattle. But yeah, go ahead and think he will leave all that to go to the frozen tundra of Green Bay to deal with fans who think the Super Bowl is their birthright. lol.

  14. The rest of the NFL is lucky that TT has taken 2 large steps back over the last 2 seasons otherwise this team could have been a memorable dynasty. He blew it and as a Lions fan I say thanks for not capitalizing on the opportunity!!

  15. Those that talk about “one good draft pick” for Ted make a common mistake. You assume he’d never be able to chose a QB that would have won the SB or that the singular choice of AR is what won the SB.

    Matt Flynn hung 6 TD’s on the Lions. Say what you want about what he did other places but he’s been successful here with the staff Ted put together. If Flynn can do that here with the “garbage” that Ted’s put around AR – what makes you so certain he couldn’t find a good QB that’s not names Aaron to win a SB?

    Lots of love here for guys like Cutler, Flacco, or Rivers – do you really think that those same QB’s or QB’s like them in GB would be unsuccessful?

    People talk like the team was garbage without Aaron – yep, they didn’t win AS MUCH as they might have with AR in there but they STILL WON GAMES and made the playoffs.

    Show me other teams that can lose their best player and still make the playoffs. Not only lose their best player but a player at the most important position in the league. A player who has been a league and superbowl MVP. The team didn’t play well without him but they DID play better than many other teams like the Lions, Bears and Vikings. Megatron, Cutler and AP ON THEIR TEAMS weren’t good enough to beat that garbage you all claim Ted put out there other than his “lucky” taking of AR.

    He may have lucked into AR being there to take in the draft but he WASN’T dumb enough to pass on him like the teams before him did. THAT’S the intelligent thing.

  16. Anyone who knows anything about football knows that Ted Thompson is not a good GM. The Packers have had one of the worst defenses in franchise history and one of the worst O-lines. Aaron Rodgers is the only reason that team wins. Fact.

  17. Take away Mr. Rodgers and both Thompson & McCarthy would be long gone from the frozen tundra. —- Neither are exceptional as GM or HC, just lucky that they can collect a few NFL paychecks while riding on the back of Mr. Rodgers.

  18. This is NOT what Vikings fans wanted to hear. As long as TT continues to be Green Bay’s general manager the Packers will continue to dominate the wretched purple Vikings.

  19. Thompson’s only had one good pick? Are you serious? What about Mathews, Nelson, Cobb, Boykin, Hawk, Sitton, Bulaga, Finley, basically the whole 2010 SB team with a few exceptions. And the great thing is that most of those guys were steals.

  20. I love the “take away Aaron Rodgers and your no good” arguement! You could say the same thing about most teams! Take away CJ and the lions suck, take away CN and the panthers suck, take away DB and the saints suck, Manning, Brady, etc. Sad thing is even with their star player at 100% the vikes still manage to finish last over and over…

    Seems like the purple people have forgotten that we still won the division last year with Rodgers out a third of the season.

  21. McCarthy and Thompson doesn’t need to be a package deal, if they are promoting from within (Wolf) or are bringing back Schneider. As long as McCarthy wants to stay on and the team is being successful, I don’t see either one wanting to bring in their own guy until McCarthy leaves on his own or the team falters.

  22. Oh no, now the NFCN will have to face a team whose general manager is just getting started expertly stockpiling 5th, 6th and 7th round picks. As was evident last year, TT is a genius cause he got lucky and drafted the best QB in the NFL, for which he deserves ample credit. He also deserves equal blame, as was evident when Rodgers got hurt last year, because due to his other drafts and limited FA signings, the Pack is basically the Vikings when they don’t have Rodgers. Based on the Pack fan comments I’ve been reading this off-season, I apologize for such blasphemy.

  23. No the Packers are NOT the Vikings without Rodgers.

    Without Rodgers the Packers make the playoffs. The Vikings WITH AP and all their draft picks – they do not.

  24. Yeah, Pack fell apart when they lost Rodgers. One man team. Why didn’t they keep winning with Matthews, Cobb, Finley, Bulaga, and… oh wait a minute…

  25. Schneider doesn’t have final say in Seattle. Pete Carroll does. If the GM job opened up in Green Bay he’d take it in a heartbeat.

    But Ted’s doing just fine, no rush.

  26. This is the difference between Thompson and any other GM in the division. He owns the division, he’s won a Super Bowl, and he’s just starting.

    All the rest keep trying to emulate him, and realize that they’re done.

  27. uncommon1 says:
    May 18, 2014 11:29 AM
    TT is always lauded for his drafting ability. In my humble opinion he has made 1 EXCELLENT choice in Rodgers. Otherwise he has been average. The team was miserable without Rodgers (which is understandable). If TT was really doing that good of a job, they would have been a little more competitive after Rodgers injury. If losing 1 player (albeit the most important position in sports) causes that much problems than maybe the roster isn’t all that good.
    Nick Collins, Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Josh Sitton, TJ Lang, Bryan Bulaga, David Bahktiari, Jermichael Finley, Casey Hayward, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Clay Matthews, Johnny Jolly, BJ Raji, Mike Daniels, etc.

    God, if only Ted could find more than 1 exceptional player.

  28. woodyg says:
    May 18, 2014 12:33 PM
    Take away Mr. Rodgers and both Thompson & McCarthy would be long gone from the frozen tundra. —- Neither are exceptional as GM or HC, just lucky that they can collect a few NFL paychecks while riding on the back of Mr. Rodgers.
    Cause Ted Thompson wasn’t part of the 90s Packer’s staff or the early 2000s Seahawk’s staff when those teams became competitive and went to Superbowls. Cause McCarthy never made Aaron Brooks or Matt Flynn look like pro bowlers or helped correct Rodger’s mechanics or reel in Favre and get him to protect the football a lot better. Total garbage GM and Coach, Ka-Durrh?!

  29. Okay everybody calm down for a sec. Thompson is a “Okay” GM, but lets not forget that McCarthy is the one who draws up the plays.

    Last yr when the Packers were decimated with injuries midseason, Thompson did nothing to help the team. Losing Charles Woodson was huge for the Packers Def. And that was just on the leadership Woodson brought to the Def, not to mention playing pretty damn good for a man his age. But again Thompson did nothing to fill that void.

    So now all the sudden the light bulb must have went off for Thompson, and he realizes that VETERENS win championships, not rookies or young guys, so he goes out and gets Peppers. I still can’t figure that move out.

    Oh well only time will tell us if Thompson was a genuis or a dud GM. God I hope it isn’t the latter..

  30. 1. Another Packer Bust in the first round.
    Let’s take a look at their brilliance over the years.
    2014- HE HE TIX TOX
    2013 – Dantone Jones -BUST
    2012 – Nick Perry – BUST
    2011 – Derek Sherrod -BUST
    2010 – Brian Bulaga – BUST
    2009 – BJ Raji – BUST
    2008 – NO Pick
    2007 – Justin Harrell – BUST
    2006 – AJ HAWK – BUST
    2005 – Ahmad Carroll – BUST
    2001 – Jamal Reynolds – BUST
    2000 – Bubba Franks – BUST
    1999 – Antuan Edwards -BUST
    1997 – Ross Verba – BUST
    1996 – John Michels – EPIC BUST
    1995 – Aaron Taylor – BUST
    1992 – Terrell Buckley – EPIC BUST
    1991 – Vinnie Clark – BUST
    1990 – Tony Bennett – BUST
    1989 – Tony Mandarich – BIGGEST BUST IN NFL HISTORY!

  31. Let’s take a look at the Vikings’ brilliance over the years.

    Entire 53 year franchise history: zero world championships.

    The End.

    (mic drop)

  32. It is time for both of them to go. They have done great jobs, even though mumbles Thompson needs a interpreter. Coach McCarthy is to arrogant even after the draft. Just think how bad he will be during training and the season. New blood sure would be good.

  33. Just getting started? How many more QB’s do you think will fall in your lap? And don’t forget, the league is more strict on things like pain-killers and HGH. Take those 2 things out of your history and you’re still stuck on 2 SB’s.

  34. Well, the McCarthy/Thompson combo may not be the best there is or ever was, but it must be pretty darn good. One example would be the completeness with which the Packers own the Vikings. Say what you will about bad D, bad O-line, poor rank-and-file support, etc., etc….the fact remains the Packers are superior to the Vikings in all manner of speaking. To me, that alone is worth extended contracts for both of these guys.

  35. at ruining the packers without rodgers? no, you’ve been doing that for a while thompson

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