Mike McCarthy Reportedly 'Fed Up' with GM Ted Thompson's Free-Agency Approach

Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2016

Jan 10, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy looks on from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during the second half in a NFC Wild Card playoff football game at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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The Green Bay Packers have been one of the top teams in the NFL the past decade, qualifying for the playoffs eight times and winning Super Bowl XLV.

Mike McCarthy has been the head coach for those 10 seasons, and despite the success, he is reportedly not happy with how Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has been handling free agency, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"According to several sources, McCarthy is fed up with his boss' unwillingness to take a chance and reinforce the roster with veteran players that might be unknown to the Packers but have the talent to contribute," McGinn wrote.  

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk dove deeper into the issue. "Thompson and his predecessor, Ron Wolf, rarely rolled the dice on free agents with recognizable names. Beyond Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Julius Peppers, the Packers have resisted the pursuit of established veterans since free agency arrived 23 years ago."   

Going after high-priced veterans late in their careers is sometimes a risk (just ask Washington owner Daniel Snyder), but the right signing also can be the final piece of the puzzle for a contending team. One of the few Green Bay did sign, defensive back Charles Woodson in 2006, was a Pro Bowler on the Super Bowl XLV-winning team.

McGinn also pointed out Thompson doesn't have to "answer" to a traditional owner in Green Bay, allowing him to continue to make his own decisions, something that certainly adds to McCarthy's frustration. 

The Packers have done well in the draft, selecting quarterback Aaron Rodgers, wide receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson and linebacker Clay Matthews—all top contributors on the team. However, all the success over the past 10 years has led to just one Super Bowl appearance with one of the best quarterbacks in the game.

Green Bay Packers Under Mike McCarthy
YearRecordResult
20068-8No postseason
200713-3Lost in Conference Championship
20086-10No postseason
200911-5Lost in Wild Card Round
201010-6Won Super Bowl
201115-1Lost in Divisional Round
201211-5Lost in Divisional Round
20138-7-1Lost in Wild Card Round
201412-4Lost in Conference Championship
201510-6Lost in Divisional Round
Pro-Football-Reference.com

It's never great when internal business is aired publicly, but the Packers should still compete next year. They will bring back their core contributors, and Nelson will be healthy after missing the entire 2015 season.

If Thompson changes his ways and McCarthy gets his, maybe that one game-changing free agent will put Green Bay over the top.