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Packers shake-up continues

Thompson steps aside after 13 seasons as the teams general manager.

Green Bay (AP)- Ted Thompson is out as general manager of the Green Bay Packers, but will remain as senior adviser of football operations.

It's a big change after one of the league's most successful teams missed the playoffs and finished with a losing record for the first time since 2008.

The Packers (7-9) announced the move on Tuesday.

Green Bay lost its season finale 35-11 on Sunday to the Detroit Lions. Several players spoke about the transition as they cleaned out their lockers on Tuesday.

Kicker Mason Crosby, one of the longest-tenured players, says he "hoped the new guy likes what he sees."

Veteran safety Morgan Burnett says he respected Thompson and what he did to build the team and wished him the best.

The Packers' Super Bowl victory in 2010 marked the highlight of Thompson's 13-year tenure.

Team president Mark Murphy said they've hired a consultant to help find the next general manager, and he thinks the team is in position to win now.

"There's an old saying in law: We'll move forward with all deliberate speed. We want to move quickly, but we also want to make sure we get the right person," Murphy said Tuesday. "Ultimately the goal is to win championships. I'm very confident. I think with our organization, the success we've had in the past, I think very realistically we can win Super Bowls in the near future."

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