Packers President Doesn’t Believe Firing People is the Answer


We’re past the midway point of the season and the Green Bay Packers are below .500 at (4-6). Over the years, Packers fans have been spoiled with great success, so while (4-6) may seem decent to some, for the Packers its rock bottom.

Fans have been calling for general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy to be fired, but that’s not in the cards for president Mark Murphy.

“I do hear from a lot of fans. And I tell fans: Like them, I’m disappointed,” Murphy stated. “Certainly, the season hasn’t gone the way we had all hoped, but there’s a lot of football left to be played. And the other thing I tell people is, you’ve got to look at Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy’s track record.”

“We’ve been through difficult stretches before,” Murphy said. “We’ve had consistent success, and it’s hard to achieve that in the NFL, but I do sympathize with our fans. They want us to win, they want us to play better, and we’ve just got to work through a difficult patch. I’m optimistic and I’m hopeful. We’ve done it in the past and, hopefully, we can do it again.”

When looking at other teams who’ve gone on fire sales in the past, you’ll find many examples of them never fully recovering.

“The [public perception] of that is, the Packers are really harmed because they don’t have an individual owner who can go in and fire somebody,” Murphy said. “Well, if you look across the league, when those individual owners do things like that, it usually doesn’t turn out very well. The answer isn’t just to fire people midseason, especially, [given that] we’ve had a run of success.

“Our coaches and personnel people and Ted and Mike have shown in the past they can turn things around. I think that taking that approach certainly makes more sense than just firing people to fire people.”

Green Bay will travel to Philly to take on the Eagles this upcoming Monday night.

Source: ESPN

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