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Mark Murphy Bothered By Fan Perception

Mark Murphy

We know someone who would just love this. Someone who has referred to Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy as both Ginger Gap Tooth and Mr. Status Quo.

This one definitely falls into the latter category.

Murphy admitted that he’s bothered by fan perception that the Packers only build their team through the draft. He then denied that to be the case and said he wasn’t going to do anything about it all in the same breath.

“At the end of the day, Ted (Thompson) oversees all of football, so he’s got to make decisions that he’s comfortable with,” Murphy said. “Sometimes it does bother me that there’s this perception that all we care about is the draft. Look at Julius Peppers, look at the difference he’s made, and obviously Charles Woodson. So we’ve done things — not to the degree other teams have done — but there are a lot of examples across the league where it hasn’t worked out.”

Welcome back, Mr. Status Quo!

Firstly, it’s amusing that Murphy can only cite two free agent acquisitions as evidence that the Packers participate in free agency. Thompson has been the Packers general manager through 11 seasons, so he clearly doesn’t participate in free agency more often than he does.

Secondly, that makes it much more than a perception. The Packers participate in free agency much less often than the rest of the league does. Some might say that puts them at a competitive disadvantage. It’s as if Murphy refuses to accept that and as a reaction, must blame fans for their “ill-informed” perception.

It’s unaccountable nonsense, of course.

We’re not suggesting Murphy would or should fire Thompson, although there are surely those who wouldn’t be disappointed to see him go.

Guys should do their jobs with all the tools at their disposal and should be held accountable when they don’t. In Green Bay, the job is to win championships.

Unfortunately, for the leadership at the top, making the playoffs is good enough.

“You’re in the tournament, and you have a chance,” Murphy said. “Obviously we’d rather have won a few more Super Bowls, but, yeah, it’s hard to achieve across the league. It’s the Patriots and us. But I know the expectations are high, and there’s disappointment, but I think realistically the league is designed so you can’t have consistent success.”

Both the Packers and Patriots have made the playoffs the past seven seasons. They’re the only teams to be in that position.

And if we were fans of the Minnesota Vikings or Detroit Lions, we might be real fired up about something like that.

But we’re not.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Mel gm in the wings March 1, 2016

    Well guys the truth is Mark Murphy should go if we cannot advance further in the playoffs next year . The executive board has such power.

  2. MMTTDCSUCK March 1, 2016

    I particularly get a kick out of this statement: “but I think realistically the league is designed so you can’t have consistent success.” Well, that strikes me as a winning statement! So they are not even going to attempt to buck the system? to get success? and just accept the status quo? Now that is a brain trust that you can be confident about, and hang your hat on, knowing that they are doing every fucking thing that they can to win championships, and not just accept their fate as they perceive it . . . NOT a winning attitude IMHO.

  3. Skinny March 1, 2016

    Yea and this is my problem with the Packers. In early to mid January after another meltdown, the urgency is there, its we gotta get player type x, we cant let this happen again, things are going to change around here. Then shit calms down by mid to late February and we start to talk about bringing Kuhn back, you know what im saying here. There’s no fucking sticking to that earlier sense of urgency, all of the sudden Ted is like, “you know this roster doesn’t look too bad.”

  4. Cheese March 1, 2016

    Fuck this guy. The league is designed so you can’t have consistent success?? What kind of bullshit excuse is that? Apparently you and Thompson have designed the Packers to consistently take a shit in the playoffs every year and are perfectly fine with it. Wow, you can name two notable free agents your GM has signed in the past 10 years. If that was Ron Wolfs strategy we wouldn’t even be talking about the Packers today.

  5. Howard March 1, 2016

    Have the same sentiment as above regarding Murphy, and could add some Lombardi quotes to boot. In this instance I have the feeling that Murphy has legitimately told TT to dip his toes into free agency. Murphy is just trying to make it look like it is TT’s decision ( and it may be) so that when it happens this year it does not appear that TT has been directed from Mark or Mike.

    1. PF4L March 2, 2016

      If TT needs to be told how to do his job, he’s not qualified to hold the job.

  6. Kato March 1, 2016

    Well, now that Mario Williams got cut, I wonder if there is any chance he will be pursued since he won’t count against their compensary picks. Although I think he may be a bit of a malcontent.

  7. PF4L March 2, 2016

    These statements from Murphy makes me want to bring out five thoughts.

    1) Either he has no clue what this football team is about.

    2) Or, he honestly believes just getting into the playoffs (in the NFC North) and with Rodgers, is his idea of success.

    3) He definitely does not have any problem insulting the intelligence of Packer Nation.

    4) I don’t think that Ron Wolf would associate Mark Murphy with the Philosophies of “The Packer Way”.

    5) Mark Murphy can go disappear in the same cave that TT hides himself in most of the year. As a Packer fan, i don’t need to hear this fuck talking down to Packer fans. Fuck him and Goodells dick that he rode in on.

  8. PF4L March 2, 2016

    “You’re in the tournament, and you have a chance,” Murphy said.

    Then so did the Redskins….sound logic.

    Let me see, if i buy a powerball ticket, i have a chance.


  9. ItsATeamGame March 2, 2016

    I think people are too caught up in Free Agency. Most Free Agents end up being a bad team for the team. It’s a competitive ADVANTAGE to not make those mistakes. It’s not that they don’t do Free Agency, it’s that they try to avoid MISTAKES in Free Agency… which makes for slim pickings. It also appears that TT tries hard to take an advantage in the compensatory formula. They are NOT accepting the status quo. They are instead making a team that IS competitive EVERY year. Be careful what you wish for. The heavy free agent teams do not have a good track record.

    1. PF4L March 3, 2016

      Wake up.

    2. PF4L March 3, 2016

      If were competitive every year, why are we always getting bounced since 2011?

      Maybe you meant being competitive in the NFC North. Where every team beat us at home, and we finished 2nd.