Mike McCarthy Might Dictate Who New GM Is
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is involved in the team’s search for a new general manager. How involved is the question.
McCarthy talked about finding the right fit on Thursday, i.e. someone he is comfortable working with.
“My preference really goes back to what I said earlier. It has to fit. I have the best job in pro football, and no disrespect to the other 31 clubs. I love it here, I want to be here, but it has to fit for me, too. I’ve done this job long enough, I wouldn’t want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don’t fit together. Because you’re on a path for, in the short term and long term, it’s going to be a lot difficult to get to where you’re going to go. It has to be a partnership. I go back to Ted’s opening press conference when I fortunate when he hired me and he talked about partnership, and those words have always rung true. We had a hell of a partnership for 12 years.”
That’s an interesting statement and you can look at it a couple different ways.
First, if the Packers were to hire a general manager McCarthy doesn’t like, he could leave. We all know that’s not going to happen, though.
The other way to look at it is that the new GM will be someone McCarthy is familiar with. Team president Mark Murphy has already said McCarthy will be the coach going forward.
That points to an internal candidate getting the job. The money is on director of player finance Russ Ball, who McCarthy has known since the early 90s.
Director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst and director of football operations Eliot Wolf are also getting interviews, but they don’t have the long-standing relationship with McCarthy.
So it would seem we’re back to where we were yesterday. Assume that Russ Ball will be the Packers’ next general manager.