With the Green Bay Packers mired in a four-game losing streak, public pressure has come on the organization to make sweeping changes to its front office and coaching staff. Packers president Mark Murphy hears those calls, but he believes such moves tend to create more problems than they resolve.
"I do hear from a lot of fans. And I tell fans: Like them, I'm disappointed," Murphy told WTMJ radio in Milwaukee. "Certainly, the season hasn't gone the way we had all hoped, but there's a lot of football left to be played. And the other thing I tell people is, you've got to look at Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy's track record."
Murphy also took aim at those claiming the lack of an empowered single owner allows Green Bay to fall into disarray.
"The [public perception] of that is, the Packers are really harmed because they don't have an individual owner who can go in and fire somebody," Murphy stated. "Well, if you look across the league, when those individual owners do things like that, it usually doesn't work out very well. The answer isn't just to fire people midseason, especially, [given that] we've had a run of success.
"Our coaches and personnel people and Ted and Mike have shown in the past they can turn things around. I think that taking that approach certainly makes more sense than just firing people to fire people."
Even the most ardent McCarthy or Thompson critic has to admit Murphy makes some strong points. Teams like the Cleveland Browns have operated like a rotating door in regards to their front office and coaching staff with nothing to show for it.
At the same time, that doesn't mean the Packers hand out lifetime appointments to their general manager and head coach. More likely, Murphy aims to indicate that the organization doesn't plan to make any final decision during the season.