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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.

Joseph Bonham

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  1. M. Supernaw January 4, 2018

    McCarthy’s ego is just absolutely insane. “It has to fit for me too.” Is that a threat Fat Mike? Because I’m pretty sure it’ll be really easy to find a coach willing to work with Aaron Rodgers and a new GM if your guy Russ Ball doesn’t get handed the job. And I pray with all my heart it’s not Ball. There’s a reason pretty much every other executive the packers employ have all gotten considered for GM jobs in the past except for Ball. But hey, if you suck off the right guys I guess you can do whatever you want on Mark Murphy’s packers! I was really excited for all of the changes when they were first announced. But this is just getting depressing now.

    1. Cheese January 4, 2018

      Spot on.

      1. PF4L January 4, 2018

        Great post Supernaw.

        I listened to some of of McCarthys presser, until i couldn’t.

        Here’s what i took away from it….He is now demanding better drafts, a better defense, better personnel.

        Why now Mike….why didn’t you demand a better defense in the past? Capers has had worse defenses than the 17 season, and all you did was praise him.

        Fuck you and your new “demands”.

        lol…Fat Mike…still a fucking clown.

        Pssttt Aaron…get the fuck out!

  2. Howard January 4, 2018

    The truth is the decision has been made, and was made before the Lions game or earlier. I think Ball and MM were working for the Chiefs and Saints during the same time period years back.

    1. Howard January 4, 2018

      If MM is trying to hire a quality DC from outside the team it is one damn stupid thing to imply is the GM does not fit MM is gone. MM either knows something or is stupid as shit to make that comment. Have fun bringing in someone outside the team for DC until the new GM is on board and bows to the feet of MM in public.

      This whole process has been conducted very haphazard or someone is very cunning. I have my money on door #1.

  3. Bob January 4, 2018

    The more things change the more they stay the same. No new people coming in from the outside in this good old boys club. What bullshit.

  4. PackerQuacker January 4, 2018

    Dilly Dilly!

  5. Nick January 4, 2018

    Same old run around with this regime. The more things change the more they stay the same. I cannot believe this nonsense is allowed to go on with a publicly owned business.

    1. M. Supernaw January 4, 2018

      It’s because the packers are publicly owned that this type of thing is allowed to happen. If this team had a traditional owner then most of these clowns would’ve been gone years ago. But, as has been pointed out on this site before, we have a “president” who runs the team like a business rather than an NFL franchise. And it sucks because as Packer fans, we’re loyal to this team to a fault. Only way we’d see true sweeping change at this point is if fans stop attending games and buying merchandise. But since that’ll never happen we’re stuck with ol’ Ginger Gap Tooth for awhile.

  6. Cheese January 4, 2018

    “I wouldn’t want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don’t fit together” Exactly, that’s why you hire the best GM for the job and if he doesn’t fit with the head coach, you find a new coach. Since when does the head coach get to pick and choose who he wants to be his boss? This situation is so fucked up. I couldn’t get over how in that press conference when someone asked McCarthy about his job security how completely comfortable and smug he was that he wasn’t going anywhere. “I’m fit. I’m very comfortable where I am.” Well, you shouldn’t be. Shut out at home twice, 27-3 against the Lions in the 4th qtr, playcalling is stale, no GB TD passes at Lambeau since September. Right, but yet let’s let you pick who the next GM is going to be. What’s that? You didn’t have Aaron Rodgers? Oh I’m sorry, I forgot you need #12 to hold your hand in order for you to be highly successful. If you need the best QB in the NFL just to squeak into the playoffs you should probably find another job. By the way, more great news, McCarthy won’t be giving up playcalling! Aren’t you excited for all this “change.”

    And how about all that double speak. Multiple times I caught myself saying WTF is he talking about. One question he answered with “well I see it as 2+2, blah blah blah, nonsense nonsense nonsense, that’s my schematic opinion, blah blah” Or how about when a reporter mentioned Damarious Randalls comments on accountability. “Damarious needs to worry about himself. He needs to clean his own house. Rabble rabble rabble.” So you’re not denying there was a lack of accountability?? It was like listening to an arrogant porky pig.

    1. PF4L January 4, 2018

      I think you made it through Mikes presser longer than i did cheese.

      Let me ……(cough)….speak for Fat Mike on this.

      Maybe some of you haven’t been paying attention, so let me state some facts. I’m a highly successful coach in this league.

      I don’t need Rodgers to hold my hand, or to be highly successful, all i needed was Brett Hundley, i believe in Brett, Brett is very talented. I believe in our QB room, the problem was……Brett wasn’t prepared enough, and that wasn’t my fault, and it wasn’t Brett’s fault. That’s why i had to terminate Alex Van Pelt. Brett is a future Hall of Famer in this league, I think that, and Brett thinks that, hell, even his family thinks that.

      “Listen….i don’t know why i always have to come in here and………..”

      1. Savage57 January 5, 2018

        “I like where our quarterback room is”, said the highly successful professional football coach.

  7. ay hombre January 4, 2018

    Spot on everyone. I want to be sick. I’ve felt like throwing up all day since I watched the press conference. I just seriously couldn’t believe my fucking ears.

    The people of Green Bay and the state of Wisconsin deserve better than this bullshit.

    I’m cheering for Tampa Bay next year. Fuck it. They’re a team on the rise. This team is going straight down the shithole if McCarthy is dictating who the GM is.

    Fuck. This. Team.

  8. Empacador January 4, 2018

    For some reason, I keep hearing “The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” playing over and over in my head. Specifically the “Fellas, it’s been good to know ya.” line…

  9. Big B January 4, 2018

    The euphoria of TT’s firing, er, reassignment has died away as I realize I fell for the GBP con game. No real change: Ball at the helm with TT whispering sweet nothing draft choices in his ear while McCarthy struts around as the Emperor with no clothes. Am now looking for a Prozac prescription.

    1. PF4L January 4, 2018

      Yep….It died in hurry Big B……didn’t even last an entire day.

      01/02/2018 at 3:34 pm

      I felt good about this move, until Murphy opened his co** holder. Then you start to read between the lines….and holy shit, this is a complete smoke and mirror con job.

  10. PF4L January 4, 2018

    We all felt pretty damn good when we heard that TT was no longer going to be GM. Then Murphy took to the podium, talk about a 180. I’m thinking Murphy is in no way…in any hurry to get back in front of camera’s and reporters. What a shit show he put on. Whens the next circus act going to happen? Wait….that was McCarthy today….nevermind.

    Like i said in another post, if Murphy thinks Ted was a lightning rod for negativity on social media and hate mail to 1265 Lombardi Ave. I’m pretty damn sure that Murphy is now a longer lightning rod.

  11. Howard January 4, 2018

    I’m probably going to take some shit for this, but if you watched both Murphy’s and McCarthy’s press conferences Murphy makes McCarthy look like the genius of the two and the one most dedicated to the Packers. I know that brings little hope.

    1. PF4L January 4, 2018

      McCarthy has a stronger personality than probably anyone in the building and at least shows some passion. Ted was always very meek. When Murphy tried talking tough about how it was his “decision” and that the Packers pay him to make decisions, i almost started laughing.

      Funny how many times they talk about the standard, and the goal of the Packers are to win Super Bowls/Championships in the last 3 days. But in the past, they talk about continuous playoff success, how it isn’t easy to win, etc.

      Now….there getting serious!!!….lol Like i said, they are determining their own negative Legacy


    2. Empacador January 4, 2018

      Anybody else miss Dom Capers yet? That shit seems almost innocent compared to what has transpired since. I’m starting to think the least of the Packers problems were Dom and the defense.

  12. Bob January 4, 2018

    Big Fat Mike has to approve the next GM. Is this because Big Fat Mike doesn’t want to lose his job. If I was the GM the first one on the chopping block would be the head coach. After this years cluster fuck with Hundley how can he be taken seriously. Lame play calling the last few years. Its bad when the opposing team knows the play before it is run. Receivers who can’t get open , never sticks to a game plan, like running the damn ball more than a dozen times a game .How many more reasons do they need.

  13. M. Supernaw January 5, 2018


    Now this comes out? Does anybody even have a clue whats going on in Green Bay anymore? I’d love nothing more than just a little bit of clarity as to what’s going on in this whole process, but the packers would rather look like an organization in complete chaos than allow their fans to see just a little of what happens behind the scenes. Either that, or they just are in complete chaos. Not sure which is worse at this point.