Packers Strip Ted Thompson Of GM Duties, Fire A Few Coaches


That could include former Packers scouts Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider. It appears the Packers wanted to keep the deal under wraps until the offseason.

Thompson fired Sherman at the end of 2005 and hired Mike McCarthy.

More importantly, the one-year extension ensures McCarthy won't go into next season as a lame duck coach.

Packers president Mark Murphy is expected to address the GM situation on Tuesday.

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However, Thompson's last few years drafting have not been great and he has not given Rodgers the help on either side of the ball that he needs to win more championships. His forthcoming firing seemed certain yesterday after head coach Mike McCarthy refused to talk about Capers's future with the team shortly after letting the Lions score 35.

Thompson, 64, has been in charge of the Packers' football operation since 2005. Together, they won Super Bowl XLV, the Packers' first title since Super Bowl XXXI. Both have interviewed for several GM openings around the league in recent years. Because the publicly owned Packers don't have a traditional owner, Murphy is head of the seven-member executive committee.

Things could get awkward depending on how the GM search plays out, although it's widely believed an internal candidate will eventually fill the role, with either Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutenkunst emerging as likely in-house replacements for Thompson.

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