Mark Murphy will hire next Packers coach, with active involvement from G.M.

AP

In his first year as having direct responsibility for the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, CEO Mark Murphy fired Mike McCarthy. Now, Murphy will hire his replacement.

Monday’s press conference explaining the decision to make a change made it clear that Murphy will be making the decision. However, he’ll do it with active involvement from G.M. Brian Gutekunst, and Murphy insisted that he won’t hire a coach with whom Murphy isn’t comfortable.

The duo met with the media, making it clear that they will set no parameters on the search, hoping to find the best candidate for the job wherever and whoever he may be.

“We’re gonna find the right head coach for the Packers,” Murphy said.

Murphy faced questions regarding his credentials to make the hire, given that he’s the chief executive and not a “football guy” per se.

“I don’t want to brag about myself,” Murphy said (before sort of doing just that(. He said that he’s been around football his entire adult life, as a player and in other roles. He explained that he spent 17 years as an Athletic Director at the college level, hiring many coaches.

“I’m a football person even though I’m in a position of president,” Murphy said. “This give the Packers the best chance to have success.”

Murphy emphasized that he’ll work directly with Gutekunst, and Murphy express confidence that they will find “an excellent coach.”

“This is crucial for the organization,” Murphy said.

Indeed it is. The Packers followed 25 years of struggles with 25 years of consistent contention. Fifty years after the Lombardi era, it feels like things are in danger of slipping back in the wrong direction.

7 responses to “Mark Murphy will hire next Packers coach, with active involvement from G.M.

  1. “…..and Murphy insisted that he won’t hire a coach with whom Murphy isn’t comfortable.”

    I would think that would be expected….

  2. IMO no team should ever hire a defensive coach for HC candidate in todays NFL. It is so so important to maintain that offensive continuity. The NFL is making all the rules to benefit the offense. The Rams with a loaded roster of defensive stars and a stud DC are ranked 19th in total defense. Only 4 of the top 10 defenses leads their division. 3 of the top 10 defense this year are 3rd or 4th place in their division. Not saying the defense isn’t important, but the rules being made necessitate that there be offensive continuity for there to be ongoing success.

  3. Dirty Ol Man says:
    December 3, 2018 at 5:09 pm
    IMO no team should ever hire a defensive coach for HC candidate in todays NFL. It is so so important to maintain that offensive continuity. The NFL is making all the rules to benefit the offense.

    >>> I agree and to take it a step further all one has to do is go back a few years and look at the success rate of offensive HCs compared to the defensive HCs, it’s not even close! Offensive HC fare better about 3/4 of the time.

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