Packers Add Offensive Changes; Bennett and Van Pelt Reported Out

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We haven't seen such dramatic changes in Green Bay for some time. Additionally, long-time GM Ted Thompson is transitioning into a new role. But that could change if team president Mark Murphy elects to hire someone from outside of the organization.

This should be an attractive opening since the Packers aren't far off from returning to contender status.

I hope for the sake of the Packers and for the sake of Aaron Rodgers' legacy, that Thompson doesn't have any say in the Packers future going forward.

Ben McAdoo once said if the Packers "put a lifetime contract in front of me, I'd probably sign it". "It's my responsibility to make sure we get better and get back to that".

The Packers have several in-house candidates. "We have all the confidence in the world in Mike", Murphy said. They entered the 2017 season among the favorites to win not only the NFC North division, but the Super Bowl. The Packers abided by a "draft-and-develop" philosophy on Thompson's watch. What are your thoughts on the Packer's hunt for a new general manager?

"When you say you have a standard at the Green Bay Packers, it stops right there".

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"It was a decision we made jointly", Murphy said.

"As I've stated before, continuing success is the hardest thing in this business". I love it here, I want to be here, but it has to fit for me, too. All aspects of football operations will be evaluated once the coaching staff is set. McCarthy said hiring two new coordinators would be a priority because it's "important for coordinators to be involved in the hiring of every assistant coach".

A contract extension through the 2019 season should make McCarthy more comfortable. "I remember just laughing at ourselves". The Packers are the only publicly owned team in the NFL and play in the league's smallest market, about a two-hour drive north of Milwaukee. Green Bay lacked a consistent pass rush and didn't force a turnover over the season's final three weeks.

Associate head coach Winston Moss, cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., and safeties coach Darren Perry are three internal candidates to replace Dom Capers as defensive coordinator.

"Mike has that authority", Murphy said when asked about the coordinator search. They obviously didn't, thinking they could get a better pick this year.

Striking the right balance will be up to the new GM and McCarthy together to get the Packers back into championship contention after the most disappointing season in Green Bay in almost a decade. The Packers were 15th in defense in both 2014 and 2015.