Quot­ing Mark Mur­phy

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - Sports -

• “For us to be suc­cess­ful, the most im­por­tant thing is for (Brian Gutekunst) to re­ally be able to fo­cus on the draft, ac­quir­ing play­ers, the 90-man ros­ter, the 53-man ros­ter.”

• “As you look across the league, and you can say that’s a good thing or that’s a bad thing, but the re­al­ity is, it’s a big busi­ness and teams are struc­tured dif­fer­ently. Half or about half have a sit­u­a­tion where the head coach re­ports di­rectly to an owner.”

• “Some of the (league) con­tacts and re­la­tion­ships that I’ve been able to make help the or­ga­ni­za­tion; to be able to call a John Mara (owner of the New York Gi­ants) and some of the head coaches and GMs, or an Ozzie New­some (for­mer Bal­ti­more Ravens GM) to get ideas and thoughts about who are the bright young coaches, who are the good can­di­dates out there?”

• “I wanted to make sure as an or­ga­ni­za­tion we were re­ally fair to Mike (McCarthy). Look at the suc­cess he had. He’ll be in our Hall of Fame ... but some­times I think you have to make dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions. It’s dif­fi­cult, es­pe­cially if you get close.”

• “You re­ally find out a lot about a per­son when you fire them. Mike was very, very pro­fes­sional. I think he was ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed, sur­prised, but he was very pro­fes­sional and han­dled it with class.”

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