Oh glorious day! The news we’ve been waiting — no, praying — to hear has finally arrived. Ted Thompson will remain the Green Bay Packers’ general manager, according to coach Mike McCarthy.
McCarthy: Ted (Thompson) is back. I don't know where some of these articles come from. I don't see any change in him as far as his vision.
The man who has so adeptly surrounded Aaron Rodgers with tons and tons of talent will continue to do so for another year!
Who’s ready for a free agency bonanza and a Super Bowl win?!?!?!
Seriously, there has been plenty of speculation about Thompson’s future in the past month. There have been rumors that he would step aside and take on a consulting role. The outside interest in director of football operations Eliot Wolf has prompted some to suggest the Packers should force Thompson out in order to keep and promote Wolf. There’s also been plenty of smoke surrounding the potential return of Kansas City GM John Dorsey.
But alas, the Green Bay Packers will do what they do best — status quo, baby!
We should get shirts with that slogan printed up…
Al Davis: Just Win, Baby!
Mark Murphy: Staus Quo, Baby!
This isn’t to suggest Big Ted isn’t a “highly successful GM” like McCarthy is a “highly successful coach.” By league standards, Thompson is successful. However, the fact remains that he has a generational talent at quarterback that he hasn’t been able to surround with enough talent to win more than one Super Bowl.
And why hasn’t he been able to do that? Because he almost exclusively acquires players through the draft and doesn’t effectively utilize other avenues.
Right now, that is part of Thompson’s legacy. He builds teams good enough to be in the playoffs every year, but without the talent level to always be a Super Bowl contender. People compare the Packers and the Patriots because of their playoff streaks, but New England actually manages to field a legit Super Bowl contender every year.
The Packers manage to field a playoff contender and probable NFC North champion.
There’s a difference.
Murphy would never fire Thompson, but it certainly could have been suggested that — for the long-term health of the franchise — we’d like you to become a consultant and turn the wheel over to someone else.