McCarthy concerned about new GM

Says it "must be a good fit"

Mike Clemens
January 04, 2018 - 2:39 pm

Sportsradio 105.7FM The FAN, Milwaukee

Green Bay, WI - Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says there are changes at the end of every NFL season. But these are massive. The search for a new offensive coodinator. A new defensive coordinator. In all McCarthy is parting ways with so far six assistant coaches. He did indicate Ron Zook will remain special team coordinator. 

But McCarthy, 54, says the biggest item on the agenda right now for him is who is going to be his next general manager, his supplier of players, his next boss?

"It has to fit," said McCarthy. "I have the best job in pro football, and no disrespect to the other 31 clubs. I love it here, I want to be here, but it has to fit for me, too. I’ve done this job long enough, I wouldn’t want the GM to hire me or partner with me if we don’t fit together. Because you’re on a path for, in the short term and long term, it’s going to be a lot difficult to get to where you’re going to go. It has to be a partnership. I go back to Ted’s opening press conference when I fortunate when he hired me and he talked about partnership, and those words have always rung true. We had a hell of a partnership for 12 years.”

McCarthy said he will have some input in the process on who President/CEO Mark Murphy will hire, and pointed out Murphy has to be comfortable with the candidate too. 

Some reports indicate that Russ Ball, 58, the Packers Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance since 2008, has the inside track to replace Ted Thompson as general manager. Ball worked for the Saints before that, when Mike McCarthy was the team's offensive coordinator in New Orleans. 

“I can still remember when I met Russ," recalled McCarthy. "We’ve known each other for a long time, 1993. He’s worn so many hats. Obviously look at his resume, he’s diverse, he’s done a lot of really good things. And really in fairness to all the guys internally, I think they’re all excellent candidates. But yes, Russ and I have a long relationship.”

Ball has been Thompson's right hand man the past several years, managing the team's salary cap, and dealing with agents to complete player contracts. The biggest difference about Ball's background is he did not begin in the NFL as a scout, like Thompson, or Ron Wolf. 

Mark Murphy is conducting interviews with internal candidates including Eliot Wolf and Ball this week. READ MORE





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