Morning Buzz: Packers enter uncertain times
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers. There’s a lot of it.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty writing on the stunning news that broke Monday regarding the Packers looking for a new general manager, with Ted Thompson transitioning into a new role within the organization.
Big change hit, and it hit hard.
Barely more than 24 hours after the Green Bay Packers finished their 2017 season, they’re looking for a new general manager and new defensive coordinator.
The Packers needed this shock, though alone it won’t go very far. In the end it’s about finding people of competence and substance to run the team, and putting good players on the field. But at minimum any complacency that had drifted into the organization the last few years should be gone.
Now starts what should be a newsy week or two as the franchise goes about filling not one but two of its important posts.
Finding Thompson’s successor falls on Mark Murphy, the Packers’ president/CEO. This is by far the most important hire of his 10-year tenure.
The Packers don’t have an owner pocketing profits, so all their resources go toward winning games and ensuring the franchise has a viable financial future. Everything revolves around putting the best possible team on the field.
And the person responsible for that is the GM, who as the Packers’ football czar has final say over all football decisions. So this is a decision Murphy has to get right.
The other big news from Monday was Mike McCarthy’s dismissal of his long-time defensive coordinator Dom Capers.
Tom Silverstein gives a list of possible Capers replacements:
Turns out Capers isn’t the only one being let go on the defensive side of the ball:
Pete has four additional observations from Sunday’s game for his last 4 Downs of the season:
Ty Montgomery wrapped up the year on Clubhouse Live:
I chatted with readers about the Thompson news:
And the move at defensive coordinator:
Elsewhere, Rob Demovsky writes on the attractiveness of the GM job in Green Bay:
NFL Network had a quick overview of the Thompson news:
The Packer' final numbers on defense in 2017 weren’t pretty:
Could Brian Gutekunst emerge as the top candidate at general manager?
The Packers Wire looks at some of the possibilities:
Cory Jennerjohn writes that the recent moves in Green Bay have put Mike McCarthy on notice:
Mike Daniels thanked one young fan who represented in Detroit:
For reasons that remain unclear, someone made a video of the team arriving back in Green Bay after the Lions game.