GREEN BAY, Wisc. (WBAY) Mark Murphy will have plenty of options as he searches for Ted Thompson's successor with a few of them coming from right inside 1265 Lombardi Avenue. This hiring decision will be the biggest of Murphy's ten-plus-year career with the Packers.
“We want to move quickly but we also want to make sure that we get the right person,” Packers President Mark Murphy said. “Ultimately the goal is to win championships.”
One in-house option is Director of Football Administration, Russ Ball, who unlike Thompson was never a scout.
“I think there's different examples across the league of GMs [general managers] that have had success with certain backgrounds, so I'm willing to look at a number of different types of candidates,” Murphy said.
If Murphy hires Ball or brings in someone from the outside, could that lead to the departures of the Packers Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf and the Packers Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst?
“You know, I’m going to get the best person for the job, and I really can't think about well what's going to happen if we hire this person you know you get the right person in place and this thing is going to hum and move forward.
As the search for the new general manager unfolds, players are reflecting on the one still in office at least for the time being.
“I got a lot of respect for Ted [Thompson],” Packers wide receiver Davante Adams. “He's one of the main reasons why I’m here and he believed in me and kept me here throughout some bumps in the road.”
“I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for him,” Packers guard Lane Taylor. “I’m definitely appreciative of what he's done you know taking a chance on me you know coming out as a free agent so it means a little more to me."
Two potential candidates for the Packers general manager job may be out of the mix. Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday he expects Seattle General Manager and De Pere native, John Schneider, to stay with team, and according to a report by the Green Bay Press Gazette, Packers Senior Personnel Executive, Alonzo Highsmith, is expected to join his former colleague John Dorsey's staff in Cleveland.