New power structure puts coaching hire squarely on Mark Murphy’s desk

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When hiring the replacement to G.M. Ted Thompson, the Packers introduced an unexpected twist to the power structure of the organization. Moving forward, the head coach would report not to the General Manager, but to the CEO.

Which means that it was Mark Murphy who fired McCarthy. Said Murphy in the press release announcing the firing, “I made the difficult decision to relieve Mike McCarthy of his role as head coach.”

It also means that Mark Murphy will be hiring McCarthy’s replacement.

New G.M. Brian Gutekunst will surely have a voice in the process, but this one surely is Murphy’s call. He’s the closest thing the team has to an owner, and it will be Murphy, not Gutekunst, who will be meeting with the media on Monday.

For the 63-year-old Murphy, this will likely be a legacy hire. Given that he arrived as CEO in 2007, it likely will be Murphy’s only coaching hire.

47 responses to “New power structure puts coaching hire squarely on Mark Murphy’s desk

  1. Mark will do whatever Aaron tells him to do.

    That’s not how it should work with an NFL team, but this is the Green Bay Rodgers we’re talking about.

  2. He needs to hire a young guy that can provide a lot of high energy, accountability, and some creativity. Sick of seeing the hanging heads on the sideline. Just about the entire team (including the QB)looks like they’re on Valium.

  3. It’s only a matter of time before Rodgers demands a trade. It just looks like he wants out of that franchise, and is fed up with management just as much as MM.

  4. Matt Campbell? John Harbaugh? Lincoln Riley? There’s such a dearth of candidates this year, I have no idea where teams are going to get their next savior.

  5. I think Murphy knew from the beginning of the year that this would be McCarthy’s last year and didn’t want to put the piano on Gutekunst’s back to have to fire McCarthy. I think it will be a combination of Murphy and Gute’s decision to agree on the next HC. Gute will have to live with the decision longer than Murphy will. As far as Rodgers having a say in the matter, he’s not paid to do that, it’s not part of his job, and he should just shut the hell up and do what he’s being paid to do. I also think there was more going on at 1265 Lombardi Ave that a lot of us don’t know about but will be coming out shortly.

  6. Rodgers may have an elite arm but he has a pea brain. There is a reason sponsors limit Rodgers’ speaking parts in his commercials. Good luck leaning on this guy in the coach search.

  7. packmangamble says:
    December 2, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    I think Murphy knew from the beginning of the year that this would be McCarthy’s last year
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    What ???

    Then why did Murphy give us his rah rah speech on Thursday about having everything in front them for the season??

  8. Then why did Murphy give us his rah rah speech on Thursday about having everything in front them for the season??

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    What’s he suppose to say, “I can’t wait for the Packers to lose to the Cardinals so I can fire McCarthy’s azz”???

  9. I really like Murphy doing it now. Why wait until Black Monday. We know that a lot of the issues rest on Rogers being a little off this year. Perhaps it is Danica, perhaps it is the big contract or perhaps it is because Rogers and McCarthy have been together for too long and the offseason training was just not that good by AR. In any case doing it now is the right thing to do.

    Now a lot of this also falls on TT’s head – too many good guys were not resigned – Hyde etc and it left holes in the defence. Too many bad draft picks in the later years and sticking too long with Capers.

    My prediction is that the DC will stay, the Oline coach and Special teams Co-ordinators are gone.
    Now is the time to IR a few guys – including Bakhtari, Taylor Bulaga and get them ready for next year

  10. packmangamble says:
    December 2, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    Then why did Murphy give us his rah rah speech on Thursday about having everything in front them for the season??

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    What’s he suppose to say, “I can’t wait for the Packers to lose to the Cardinals so I can fire McCarthy’s azz”???
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    Your point was that Murphy knew at the START of year that McCarthy was done. ??? That’s nonsense.

    All we heard at the start of the year was how great things were in GB with Gute as the GM and the packers were the preseason Super Bowl winners for the year.

    Yet you say Murphy was secretly thinking “McCarthy is toast after the year”?

  11. The only thing Murphy needs to decide is if he is going after a coach he knows will take the job (Bruce Arians), or gamble that he can get Josh McDaniels without him pulling out on at the last second.

  12. Murphy’s a chief ribbon-cutter. He acts like a CMO, not head of a football team. He aspires to be on Park Avenue. He should have fired Ted Thompson 2-3 years ago. Thompson ruined this team with his drafts from 2015-17. And he’s still on payroll.

    McCarthy’s incompetence was on full display at Seattle title game meltdown in 2014. He should have been canned that week.

    The roster is brutal. It’s full rebuild mode, thanks to sheer incompetence of Murphy, Thompson and McCarthy.

  13. 4sacroc says:
    December 2, 2018 at 10:11 pm

    Thompson ruined this team with his drafts from 2015-17.

    ++++++

    The 2016 draft provided Kenny Clark, Blake Martinez, Dean Lowry and Kyle Fackrell.

    Please imagine how bad the defense would be without that draft class, and stop blindly lumping it in with the others.

  14. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 2, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    packmangamble says:
    December 2, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    Then why did Murphy give us his rah rah speech on Thursday about having everything in front them for the season??

    ——————————————————–

    What’s he suppose to say, “I can’t wait for the Packers to lose to the Cardinals so I can fire McCarthy’s azz”???
    ———————-
    Your point was that Murphy knew at the START of year that McCarthy was done. ??? That’s nonsense.

    All we heard at the start of the year was how great things were in GB with Gute as the GM and the packers were the preseason Super Bowl winners for the year.

    Yet you say Murphy was secretly thinking “McCarthy is toast after the year

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    I didn’t say anything about him saying McCarthy was toast after a year. You’re the one making the accusation. Hyperbole much??

  15. Hear that, bandwagon! Your novelty “owner” stocks do not hold water & your voice falls on deaf ears. You’re self-entitled pride has no impact on the successful outcome of that “team” & it’s future. Just like aaron’s entitlement (contract).

  16. Sounds like, and appears as if, the Packers are mirrors of the Cleveland Browns – or vice versa – except for one fact: the Cleveland Browns are not controlled by a QB.

  17. Mark Murphy can’t even pick out his lunch properly, so now he is making this decision. Grab your popcorn and soda, this is gonna be fun.

  18. While you can assume Murphy will hire the next head coach, nothing is guaranteed at this point. Murphy could announce he is going back to the old system and promote Gute to be a real GM, in charge of hiring the next head coach. It could happen.

    As for McCarthy, he was a big part of the problem (not all of it) and he should have been fired after the playoff loss to Seattle, and his complete misfire on Hundley should have been the end. But it finally happened, the Packers will get better in a hurry, that much is certain.

  19. Can Mccarthy win in Cleveland or any other place without a QB of Rodgers skill set? was it MM or AR that made the Packers a virtual playoff team every year? will AR accept and work well with a new young coach and the new system he brings with him? will AR still have great input in the offensive schemes like he did under MM? its was obvious AR and MM were like vinegar and water for the last few years,will the future mean more honey and sugar and team success? its going to be a new,exciting future for the GBP.

  20. Mental Mike as I call him, should have been canned in 2015 after the Seattle fiasco. Worst coached game in Pack history. Best QB in the game, ball on the 7, you run three times get nada, and settle for three. Did not let the best QB throw once into the end zone.
    Problem is Mike did this twice in the game.
    Good riddance. I thought he was a terrible play caller. Not to mention he ran the defense too.
    When asked about Capers moving Mathews to ILB Mike said, no he will be on the outside as a pass rusher. Guess ya dont need a D coach either?

  21. Ted T cost mike his job. Ted’s drafts were horrid. Instead of building the team, Ted picked guys who were stiffs and tried to build a team around late round picks and un drafteds and passed often on decent free agents who wanted to be paid money to play.
    It will be years to turn this team around, there is a lot of deadwood, older guys who cant cut it playing first string.

  22. Be interesting to see how many potential coaching candidates might think twice about coaching Aaron Rodgers. Sure, he is a good QB but on the downhill slide of his career. Always having Aaron complaining about this or that when you make a mistake. I do not think Any coach worth anything would want that annoyance. I predict they hire within since all the other coaches that are left were just hired last year. One and done for them all? Not going to pay all those coaches to not coach. A new coach will want his own hires. I smell more than just cheese coming from Green Bay. I smell dysfunction. Funny how the Packers are in panic mode now that the Bears are legit again.

  23. gtodriver says:
    December 2, 2018 at 9:00 pm
    Mark will do whatever Aaron tells him to do.

    That’s not how it should work with an NFL team, but this is the Green Bay Rodgers we’re talking about.

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    I’ll tak an arrogant qb that wants to win over a 84 million dollar complacent Kurt.

    Nice guy, if that’s all you want out of your QB….

    In two years he will sign with the next great defense needing a qb to get over the hump.

  24. Gute and Murphy will make the call.

    Let’s not argue over the semantics of who gets to introduce him on the podium for the love of God.

  25. I don’t like the way this is structured.

    What if Gutey and the new coach have different philosophies, and want different types of players?

    Murphy should stick to cutting ribbons and counting the coffers.

  26. Ted T cost mike his job. Ted’s drafts were horrid. Instead of building the team, Ted picked guys who were stiffs and tried to build a team around late round picks and un drafteds and passed often on decent free agents who wanted to be paid money to play.
    It will be years to turn this team around, there is a lot of deadwood, older guys who cant cut it playing first string.
    ======

    Name a player McCarthy developed? A single one?

    Either the guys Thompson drafted and brought in were players, immediately, or they washed out.

    I can’t think of a exception to that rule. None.

    If I’m wrong, please correct me.

  27. First I’ll say I am not a Packer fan. It seems the Packers have been on the slide for a few years now. Basically the Packs been living of the arm of Rodgers and his ability to improvise. For whatever reason, draft choices in the last several years haven’t had am huge impact on the team. Same for free agent signings. It’s no secret that Rodgers and McCarthy haven’t seen eye to eye about the offense. McCarthy want to run the normal offense and Rodger think is ability to improvise is way to go. I won’t take sides, but this year Rodgers has been the offense.

    The NFL needs a strong, competitive team in some areas of the country. They need a strong team in New York / New England market, the Chicago / Wisconsin market, Dallas, Pittsburgh, and the California market. The NFL fan base loves heroes and villains. and teams need to be able to compare how they stack up to these teams. It’s the way the NFL has been run for years, and years. I’m certainly not saying other teams stand no chance of being a powerhouse. The NFL needs other powerhouses to step up. But the league needs strong teams in these areas of the country.

    Dallas and New England are late comers to the NFL party. Where New York, Chicago, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, the ’49ers, and the Rams are storied franchises.

    And yes, with Chicago on the rise, I believe GB is panicking.

  28. And yes, with Chicago on the rise, I believe GB is panicking.
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    An argument can be made the Packers are the worst team in the division.

    We haven’t said that about the team since the early 1990s.

  29. Derty Ernesto says: “Mental Mike as I call him, should have been canned in 2015 after the Seattle fiasco. Worst coached game in Pack history. Best QB in the game, ball on the 7, you run three times get nada, and settle for three. Did not let the best QB throw once into the end zone.”
    =====================================

    As a 10-year veteran quarterback, Aaron Rodgers has the authority to audible out of any plays he doesn’t like or if he sees something in the defensive alignment to his advantage. For all we know, those were pass plays called in from the sidelines that Rodgers bailed out of.

  30. aarons444 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Name a player McCarthy developed? A single one?

    /////

    Rodgers.

    Change his whole delivery.

    Tell me who Holmgren developed except the QBs

  31. aarons444 says:
    December 3, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    I don’t like the way this is structured.

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    No different than any other team in the NFL with an owner.

    They put their stamp on anyone who catches a check.

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