Mark Murphy

We know Green Bay Packers president and CEO Mark Muprhy is a company man. Always toeing the company line. Always on message. One of the those messages — GM Ted Thompson is the man! — got delivered to the Racine Journal Times late last week.

That isn’t particularly surprising. What is, is Murphy saying there isn’t a talent gap between the Packers and the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to whooping the Packers’ asses twice last season, the 49ers have seemingly improved by adding guys like Anquan Boldin and Nnamdi Asomugha.

“We played them two times last year, the first game of the year and the last game of the year, and they beat us pretty soundly both times. But I’ve been around the league long enough to know that can change pretty quickly. And I think we’ll be better this year. I think getting back a number of injured players will make a huge difference. I think in the draft, we’ll be able to address some areas of concern and we have a great core of young players who are only going to get better.”

So that’s good. All of our hopes for 2013 are pinned on guys staying healthy, which we know never happens in Green Bay, young guys improving and mining some gems in the draft. If last year is any indication, we should be expecting to get about one good player from the draft.

The Packers obviously have no taste for free agency and Murphy threw his unabashed support behind Thompson and his philosophies several times during the interview. And too bad if you don’t agree with those philosophies because Big Ted ain’t going anywhere for a while.

When asked if he thought Thompson was getting near retirement, Murphy had this to say.

“I hope not. I want Ted to continue as general manager for as long as he wants.”

Lucky us?