By Shereen Siewert
Ted Thompson will transition to a new role and the Packers will now search for a new general manager, according to multiple media reports.
Thompson has been with the team since 2005.
Also on Monday, the Packers parted ways with defensive coordinator Dom Capers. Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac and inside linebackers coach Scott McCurley were also fired.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that the entire front office will be reorganized. Mortensen added that the Packers could replace Thompson with a current employee of the team, and Tweeted that an “obvious choice” already exists.
Thompson has often been reluctant to sign top-caliber free agents and he just hasn’t drafted well enough to give quarterback Aaron Rodgers a supporting staff.
Ted Thompson was the architect of the Packers’ Super Bowl title in the 2010-11 season, and will always deserve a lot of credit for making the decision with Mike McCarthy to draft and develop Aaron Rodgers, and ultimately tell Brett Favre ‘no thanks’ when the legendary QB unretired.
Nevertheless, Thompson’s last few drafts have failed to pan out with impact players on defense. He has let players leave — Casey Hayward, Micah Hyde, Julius Peppers — who have excelled elsewhere. There has not been a discernible pass rush for the Packers, nor a player who can really force turnovers, a point that Capers bears a lot of the brunt for as well.
The Packers defense finished 22nd in the NFL this season. The defense hasn’t finished among the top 10 teams since the 2010 Super Bowl season.