Packers announce coaching changes on defense

Tom Oates: GM hire holds key to Mike McCarthy's future in Green Bay

Green Bay Overhauling Coaching Staff

Mike McCarthy smiled at the memory.

Green Bay's former general manager, Ted Thompson, was with the organization for 12 years.

Those were two significant points McCarthy made regarding the coaching staff in his season-ending news conference on Thursday, which covered a wide range of topics and lasted more than half an hour. "Because I mean, this doesn't just stop at 5 o'clock".

"I want to thank each of these men and their families for all that they gave to the Packers during their time here", McCarthy added. Either of those spots could present the ideal fit for McAdoo after he was sacked by the Giants 12 games into his second season as head coach. Long-time defensive coordinator Dom Capers is gone. If no deal can be made, I hate to say it but Green Bay must look at cutting two of them to pursue free agents this offseason. Second, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett is transitioning into a new role.

Bennett coached running back and receivers until he was elevated to offensive coordinator.

A contract extension through the 2019 season should make McCarthy more comfortable. Multiple times Thursday, he spoke of how the next GM, whoever it is, must "fit" with him as much as the other way around. "I'm more focused on the fit of the GM", McCarthy said.

McCarthy's declaration that fit is "a two-way street" could be construed in several ways. It has to fit together.

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

McCarthy, who is fiercely loyal to his assistant coaches, doesn't often make wholesale changes to the staff.

If any of the three internal candidates - Russ Ball, Brian Gutekunst or Eliot Wolf - gets the job, there's no telling what might happen with McCarthy.

"Continuing success is the hardest thing in this league and the hardest thing in life", the coach said.

The Green Bay Packers are making even more changes according to a report from ESPN's Rob Demovsky. On a personal note, Ted's work ethic, humility and loyalty are almost unparalleled, and it has been one of the great honors of my life to work beside him.

And, he insisted, numerous changes would have happened even if Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr hadn't fractured Rodgers' right collarbone on October 15 in Minneapolis, sending a once-promising 4-1 season into a tailspin.

But Green Bay lost its season finale 35-11 on Sunday to the Detroit Lions, slipping below.500 in a season in which Rodgers missed nine games with the collarbone injury. They also could consider Giants coach Ben McAdoo, who was on McCarthy's staff in Green Bay from 2006-13. Or are we doing everything we need to do to win a championship?

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