Report: Thompson says ultimately responsibility is his

Packers team president Mark Murphy came out earlier in the week and said he expected better from the team after it lost to the previously winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday.

They were rare comments of dissatisfaction from the man at the top of the organization, although he also expressed full confidence in general manager Ted Thompson with Green Bay at 4-4, the same record it had at the midway point of last season.

“We need to play better and play the way we’re capable of playing,” Thompson said, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Mark’s been around the game, so he understands that. He’s seen this team, and I think we’re better than what we’ve shown so far.”

Thompson shared his confidence in coach Mike McCarthy and the staff and said he has “faith” things will improve in the second half of the season.

“I think we have good enough players,” Thompson said. “Ultimately, the responsibility is mine. So this is my responsibility when things go bad, but I think we’re a better team. I think our players would say we’re a better team, and I think our coaching staff would say that we’re a better team than how we’ve been functioning the last couple of weeks.

“I think there’s an evolution of teams as you go along. I think we can get better in a number of ways. I think we’re capable of playing a lot better, and I think everybody’s of that opinion. So it’s just important for us to put together a good game and play the way we can.”

The Packers host Dallas on Sunday in an important game. They can’t afford to lose much more ground in the NFC as they eye a potential run at a wild-card berth in the playoffs. Having been swept by Minnesota virtually rules out a run at the NFC North title.

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