"Yeah, a little bit," Thompson said from the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "Mike does a lot of thinking and he examines everything, even to the fine-tuned point of what he presents to the team, what he's going to say to them on Thursday, what he's going to say to them on Friday. He thinks all that through and he's thinking in the macro sense right now in terms of how best to use his time. Where he'd like to interject a little bit more of his own attitude into different parts of the team.
"I think that's probably the main thing, he wants to spread himself out a little bit more."
Thompson added that "most of that (play-calling decision)" was McCarthy's thinking. The coach bounced his reasoning off Thompson. Tom Clements will call plays for Aaron Rodgers in 2015.
"We'd like to re-sign all our free agents, so ... sure," he said.
Thompson didn't reveal much more when Cobb came up again in the hallway outside the press conference room.
"We say the same thing every year," he said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's no secret that we try to keep and maintain our own guys as much as possible."
Other Thompson nuggets ...
» We really wish reporters here would stop asking coaches and GMs about running backs being devalued on draft day. Thompson offered an appropriate response to the latest query: "I think it's just the way it goes. Whether it's this year or another year, it doesn't mean anything. It's cyclical." Let's move on, society!