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Cheese Curds 1/3: Packers begin search for their new general manager

Also: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix isn’t in a laughing mood

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The past 48 hours have been some of the craziest for the Green Bay Packers in recent memory.

Their defensive coordinator? Fired. Their general manager? Reassigned.

The Packers also announced they extended head coach Mike McCarthy’s contract by a year during the season, but only announced it yesterday.

Now that the dust has settled, McCarthy can begin his search for a new defensive coordinator and team president Mark Murphy can look for the next general manager.

Meanwhile, the players cleaned out their lockers yesterday and gave their final interviews to the media.

It will be the most wild offseason in a long time in Titletown and it’s just getting underway.

Read up on the GM search and more in today’s cheese curds.

Don’t dismiss Reggie McKenzie as Packers GM candidate—

With Jon Gruden’s return to Oakland imminent, don’t rule out the idea that McKenzie could get out of his contract is Gruden is given some or total control over the roster.

He gave me a shot when nobody else would’—

Players paid tribute to the outgoing general manager when they spoke to the media during locker cleanout. Many praised Thompson for giving them a chance.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix defends Capers, rips ‘different individuals’ on Packers D—

Moving on from Dom Capers was long overdue in the eyes of many, but not to the Packers’ safety. He also ripped the locker room for worrying about things they can’t control and also panned the constant turnover on the roster.

Strong words for an underperforming safety entering a contract year.

Packers gave coach Mike McCarthy a one year extension during the season—

Buried in this piece is an interesting nugget. With Luke Getsy leaving for Mississippi State, Edgar Bennett could be asked to move back to his old position as receivers coach. No word if he’d have to give up the offensive coordinator role, but it sure sounds like a demotion.

In search for new GM, Packers should stick with what works—Wisconsin State Journal

Tom Oates makes the case for an internal candidate for the next general manager, saying that Thompson’s protégés have taken nowhere near as conservative approach to roster building as the soon-to-be former Packers GM.