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Murphy: Thompson 'has my full support'

Feb. 6, 2014
 
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, left, has the "full support" of team president and CEO Mark Murphy, right. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson, left, has the "full support" of team president and CEO Mark Murphy, right. File/Press-Gazette Media

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy’s faith in general manager Ted Thompson remains as strong as ever. “I have tremendous respect for Ted and he has my full support,” Murphy said during a telephone interview on Thursday.

Murphy said that although the Packers fell short of their Super Bowl goal, he saw a lot of good things on the field in 2013, and points to the team's five straight playoff berths and three consecutive division titles.

“I was really proud of our team,” he said. “They fought through a lot of adversity. I think when a lot of teams could have given up on the season, I think we salvaged the season and obviously whether it’s (viewed as) a success or not, I felt very good about the team. We made the playoffs, won the division …

“I think the fact we lost to San Francisco again (in the playoffs) was kind of frustrating for everybody, but it certainly serves as motivation.”

The broken collarbone sustained by quarterback Aaron Rodgers presented a major challenge, on and off the field. Rodgers was held out of seven full games before getting clearance to play.

“I was very pleased and proud the way we handled a delicate situation,” Murphy said. “For the long term, we did what was right for Aaron and for the team.”

Murphy favors taking a closer look at the Packers' rash of injuries.

“The injuries have a huge impact on every team but I think for us over the last few years, they’ve been pretty significant,” he said. “Whether it’s been luck of the draw or if there’s some things we can do differently to minimize injuries, I think that would beneifit everybody.”

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