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Cheese Curds, 2/2: Mark Murphy on Thompson's succession plan & Super Bowl previews

If Ted does call it quits after his contract is up, we don't know who or will replace him - or even exactly when that contract is finished.

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The Green Bay Packers have constantly had questions swirling around the organization lately, particularly around the status and future of general manager Ted Thompson. All the cards are held by Thompson and Packers president Mark Murphy, and we finally get to hear from the boss this week.

And the message from Murphy? There is no message. In fact, although he still maintains that he has plans for succeeding Thompson, he says the plans are fluid and are subject to change. One of those changes could have come this year, as both Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst were up for GM jobs elsewhere, but chose to return to Green Bay for another year.

Meanwhile, with just three days until Super Bowl LI, we look ahead to Sunday's big game and find some previews of how the Falcons and Patriots will try to attack each other.

Morgan Burnett tested his limits in 2016 |
The Packers' strong safety-turned-slot cornerback-turned-inside linebacker did it all for the defense this year, and had a marvelous season, all things considered.

Who'll be Green Bay Packers' next GM? Mark Murphy isn't ready to say - ESPN
Ted Thompson does not appear to be near the end of his run as Packers GM but team president Mark Murphy says he'll be prepared when the time comes. He also does not confirm whether Thompson's contract expires after the 2018 season or if it runs through the 2019 draft.

Little running backs making big impact |
The Packers have made do with bigger backs in the last several years, but both the Falcons and Patriots feature contributors who are under 5'10".

What about the defense? Falcons have big task ahead -
Here's a lengthy look at what the Atlanta defense needs to do to slow down Tom Brady and company.

How the Falcons made the tight end the key to their offense -
Kyle Shanahan is a tight end's best friend, as the Falcons have made great strides with Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo, and company.

Top 10 players likely to hit free agency | PFF
Ready for a list of 10 players who probably will not be Packers next season? Here you go!