“Ted is back.”
Those were the first three words that Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy spoke on Thursday when responding to a question about the status of his team’s general manager, Ted Thompson.
A handful of media reports over the past few months have painted a cloudy picture in the Packers’ front office. One of the most illustrative of these was written by Greg Bedard of Sports Illustrated, who discussed it in December. McCarthy took those reports head-on today, saying “I don’t know where the heck some of these articles come from.”
“I don’t see any change in him as far as his vision,” McCarthy went on to say. “I know when we have business conversations, which we haven’t had in quite some time, there’s a commitment to the contract that the organization has given us.” That contract reportedly runs through 2018, and McCarthy backs up a report from Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who wrote last offseason about the expectations that Thompson fulfills his deal.
Sure, the Packers think highly of executives Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst. The two both received new contracts in the last few days, after both interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers. Wolf is even interviewing for a second time this month, this time with Jim Irsay and the Indianapolis Colts.
McCarthy does not see that as an excuse to push Thompson out the door, however: “I get career advancement, we’ve got a lot of talented people in the organization,” he said. Instead of thinking of a succession plan, though, McCarthy is focused on how it reflects on the team: “I think it’s a compliment when you see the personnel guys get interviews. That’s a credit to them as individuals, but that’s a credit to the organization.”
As for Thompson’s current whereabouts? He’s right there in his element, says McCarthy: “Ted’s at the Senior Bowl. He (was) probably down there Monday morning, (the) first guy interviewing players ... that’s where he’s comfortable at and that’s where he’s best at.”
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