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Packers promote Eliot Wolf to director of football operations

CANTON, OH - AUGUST 8: Ron Wolf and his son Eliot pose with Wolf's bust during the NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 8, 2015 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Packers promoted Eliot Wolf from director of pro personnel to director of player personnel last year and they must have given him a good review in his first year on the job because Wolf’s been promoted again.

The team announced Monday that Wolf is now the director of football operations in Green Bay. Wolf has worked for the Packers since leaving college in 2004, steadily moving his way up the ladder in a front office that his father Ron once ran as General Manager during his Hall of Fame career.

The younger Wolf’s name has regularly come up when discussing openings for top personnel jobs around the league, although there’s never been much sign that he’s been close to leaving Green Bay. Staying put and continuing to get promotions has led to talk of Wolf succeeding Ted Thompson in the job once held by his father.

Thompson, who turned 63 this year, has been the G.M. in Green Bay since 2005 and signed a multi-year extension with the team a couple of years ago.

The Packers also announced that Brian Gutekunst has been promoted to director of player personnel after four years as the director of college scouting.

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  1. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 21, 2016 11:33 AM

    Oh, great. This assures the ineptitude of our FO continuing for years. I think I’ll watch Wisconsin’s NHL team for a change.

  2. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 21, 2016 11:37 AM

    He’s got that smug, brain-washed look down pat.

  3. seapoeschl says: Mar 21, 2016 11:42 AM

    You do realize that Elliot’s Dad made a lot of Free Agency moves. If Elliot takes over, I can see him following his father’s footsteps.

  4. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 21, 2016 11:47 AM

    This guy seems like a real up-and-comer. As a Viking fan, I hope Ted Thompson stays on the job for another couple of decades. Why would he retire? He drafted Rodgers 11 years ago and has been coasting ever since.

  5. whatjusthapped says: Mar 21, 2016 11:49 AM

    The Green Bay Packers have a succession plan in place. Ted will eventually step down and either retire outright or be a college regional scout which is really his passion anyway.

    Elliot will be promoted to GM and the Packers will continue to rule the NFC North, much to the dismay of the Championship-less poor sisters to the West who aren’t going anywhere without a franchise QB (and I’ll give you a warning, Teddy will never get to that level)

  6. seapoeschl says: Mar 21, 2016 11:56 AM

    Ted was able to build a team that won it all. Something that another team has been trying to do for 55 years.

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Mar 21, 2016 11:58 AM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Mar 21, 2016 11:47 AM
    This guy seems like a real up-and-comer. As a Viking fan, I hope Ted Thompson stays on the job for another couple of decades. Why would he retire? He drafted Rodgers 11 years ago and has been coasting ever since.

    ———-

    You do realize that Rick Speilman has just spent more $$$ than ever in history on an offensive line that was described in the local paper as “maybe approaching competent.” Although, even just approaching competence would be a huge upgrade.

    It’s going to be fun to watch AD run for negative yards on 1st down again this year.

  8. 6ball says: Mar 21, 2016 12:04 PM

    .
    Packers fans must look at the Patriots relatively inexpensive acquisitions of Martellus Bennett, Jonathan Cooper, Shea Mclellin, Chris Long, Donald Brown, and Chris Hogan with envy. While none of these individuals are game changers on their own, they add to the overall depth of the Patriots roster.
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  9. Grugenhagen says: Mar 21, 2016 12:04 PM

    Ahhh, nepotism…

  10. stellarperformance says: Mar 21, 2016 12:06 PM

    I have always been a big fan of personnel decisions involving young persons, such as this. These young guys have a much better finger-on-the-pulse than many of the “old veterans.” Good move. Great pedigree. Logical segue too.

  11. ariani1985 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:08 PM

    Obviously he isn’t judged by the horrible packers playoff record!

  12. footballcrazyguy says: Mar 21, 2016 12:10 PM

    John Schneider has a clause in his Hawks contract that he can leave Seattle (while he is under contract) for only one job – GM of the Packers. Wolf is a water boy when compared to Schneider in terms of skill. Not sure if Schneider will want it when Thompson retires but he is a Wisconsin boy and is far more qualified than Eliot Wolf who, without that last name, would have no chance at this job.

  13. djvh2 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:12 PM

    I hope Wolf gets promoted to GM soon. TT seems to like McCarthy. Maybe Wolf will get a real coach, someone who recognizes things in the year they occur, and Rodgers entire career won’t be wasted.

  14. f1restarter says: Mar 21, 2016 12:16 PM

    The Green Bay Packers are successful because they have a system which sets their people up for success. Eliot Wolf will become the latest example of how the Packers do it right.

    A top notch stadium (without a leaky roof), top notch practice facilities, personnel and coaches who understand football, and of course a fanatically loyal and knowledgeable fan base have all contributed to the Packers’ unparalleled 13 world titles (soon to be 14).

    These are all things the Minnesota Vikings can only dream of, as the oldest NFL team to have never won a world championship.

    It also explains the neurotic and somewhat creepy obsession that Viking fans have towards their neighbors to the east.

  15. tritz32 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:17 PM

    First Teddy doesn’t think Randy Moss was worth a 6th rounder when the Pats STOLE him.

    Now he doesn’t think Martellus Bennett was worth a 4th rounder while getting back a 6th and the Pats STOLE him.

    Richard Rogers does not belong on an NFL practice squad let alone game day roster. Can’t block, can’t run. Seems to me he’s putting too much faith in a 30 year old WR returning from an ACL tear. Hope I’m wrong.

    I’m just so sick of Ted’s smug face. 1 SB appearance in 10 years with two 1st ballot HOF QB’s is not good. If they don’t get another ring we will look back at this 20+ year run with disappointment. No other way around it.

    WITH THAT BEING SAID:
    Packers own the Vikings
    Badger football/basketball own the Gophers
    Bucks > Wolves

    Twins did get a couple rings with Kirby so props to that!

    At least that JV state has Gopher hockey and the WNBA to hang their hats on. LOL!!!!

  16. filthymcnasty3 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:32 PM

    The seamless transition from Ted Thompson > Elliot Wolf will without doubt be as successful as the transition from Brett Favre > Aaron Rodgers.

    Sans the drama.

  17. shepwp1 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:33 PM

    Oooooo, I forgot about John Schneider. Hmmm, I wonder how this is going to pan out? John has the experience in terms of the GB way, where as Eliot has the pedigree and youth in his favor. Also, I wouldn’t think TT is in any hurry to leave, but time will tell.

  18. h0metownzero says: Mar 21, 2016 12:37 PM

    This is why the Packer are the best in the business. You don’t win a NFL record 13 World Championships by accident.

    It’s better football.

    For better people.

  19. dubzito says: Mar 21, 2016 12:39 PM

    I hope the transition to GM happens sooner rather than later.

    Everyone has an opinion about TT, whether good or bad the facts can’t be argued. The guy grades his own players on a curve, and as a result, almost never views players from other teams as an upgrade over his hand picked guys.

    He is reluctant to sign guys like Jared Cook, but yet, if Cook was drafted by Green Bay in ’09 I GUARANTEE he’d still be here.

    I would welcome a new approach to the offseason, and I have a feeling Wolf would bring that.

  20. cribbage12 says: Mar 21, 2016 12:40 PM

    Elll-leee-uttt!

  21. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Mar 21, 2016 12:44 PM

    Yes, my Packers are disappointing more and more Wisconsinites every year they are wasting good QBs that want to play for other, better organizations. And I hate all those Minneapolis Laker championships, too.

  22. bobnelsonjr says: Mar 21, 2016 1:00 PM

    Good people are rare. Yet many of these top people were trained by other top people during their stops in Green Bay and Seattle.

    I seems that the Packers have stable management always looking out for the long term good of the franchise. Seattle’s owner likes to hire good people and let them work.

    Your poorly run franchises are under new management every 2-3 years with some goofy flavor of the month plan.

  23. leroysbutler says: Mar 21, 2016 1:26 PM

    It’s going to be fun to watch AD run for negative yards on 1st down again this year.
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    And fumble when the game is on the line.

  24. leroysbutler says: Mar 21, 2016 1:28 PM

    First Teddy doesn’t think Randy Moss was worth a 6th rounder when the Pats STOLE him.
    ————————————————————–

    Get your facts straight. It was a 3rd round draft pick.

  25. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 21, 2016 2:00 PM

    I don’t understand how the Packers are to operate as a non profit organization.

  26. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 21, 2016 2:02 PM

    Aron Rogers is not HOF

  27. lindacaseauthor says: Mar 21, 2016 2:08 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Mar 21, 2016 11:49 AM
    The Green Bay Packers have a succession plan in place. Ted will eventually step down and either retire outright or be a college regional scout which is really his passion anyway.

    Elliot will be promoted to GM and the Packers will continue to rule the NFC North, much to the dismay of the Championship-less poor sisters to the West who aren’t going anywhere without a franchise QB (and I’ll give you a warning, Teddy will never get to that level)
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    Nice try with the fairy tale. Too bad you didn’t succeed.

  28. teal379 says: Mar 21, 2016 2:19 PM

    People need to get their facts straight on Ted/Moss.

    Ted went after Moss – Moss said there’s no way he’s playing in GB. Not with Favre, not anyone.

    Favre let the narrative play as it worked for him trying to get out of GB but Ted went after Moss and Moss wasn’t having it.

    Ted has faults and I’d rather he not be here but Ted/Moss isn’t one of them. Let him be roasted for the real ones, not imagined.

  29. seapoeschl says: Mar 21, 2016 2:39 PM

    Do you honestly believe that the Vikings would trade Moss to the Packers?

    Look what the Bears did with Bennett. The Packers were waiting for him to be cut and the Bears didn’t want him to go to them. They decided to trade him to the Patriots instead. The Packers did the same thing when they traded Favre to the Jets.

  30. seapoeschl says: Mar 21, 2016 2:40 PM

    Whoops I totally forgot that Moss was a Raider in between the Vikings and the Patriots. Ignore my last comment about that.

  31. shaggytoodle says: Mar 21, 2016 2:52 PM

    TT hasn’t been coasting ever since…. he has drafted and acquired multiple Pro bowlers. Been to kut lie NFC title games and won a SB. SURE having one of the best QBS in the NFL helps, but he doesn’t do that all on his own.

    Don’t be too salty Vikings fans your jealousy is showing.

  32. In Teddy We Trust says: Mar 21, 2016 3:03 PM

    leroysbutler says:
    Mar 21, 2016 1:28 PM

    First Teddy doesn’t think Randy Moss was worth a 6th rounder when the Pats STOLE him.
    ————————————————————–

    Get your facts straight. It was a 3rd round draft pick.
    _________

    The Patriots traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Raiders for Moss. I think people are getting confused with all the times he was traded.

  33. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 21, 2016 3:25 PM

    Was he the one responsible for drafting a future O-lineman as their top RB a few years ago. Brilliant.

  34. stellarperformance says: Mar 21, 2016 3:51 PM

    Moss was very interested in playing with Favre at Green Bay and the feeling was mutual. Moss expressed his preference for a one-year deal. Green Bay insisted on a two-year deal. He signed a one-year deal with New England after restructuring his incoming contract.

    That’s it. No drama. Sorry haters.

    Oh….for the record…I never liked the guy. I’m glad he was denied a ring.

  35. teal379 says: Mar 21, 2016 3:57 PM

    Cold Hard Football Facts (before the went down hill) was the one that reported that Moss wanted nothing to do with GB/Favre.

  36. deltaoracle says: Mar 21, 2016 4:24 PM

    Anyway… lots of good, qualified people are anxious to be part of Packer Planet. And that’s a good thing.

  37. conormacleod says: Mar 22, 2016 2:36 PM

    Is being the Packer GM a full time job? Seems like volunteering for your local church would take more commitment.

  38. skolkr says: Mar 23, 2016 2:23 PM

    Nepotism is alive and well in Green Bay. Can’t the “owners” of this team do something about that??

  39. frank booth says: Mar 23, 2016 5:29 PM

    Big NFL fan? Nepotism is and has been all over the NFL for years, from ownership to coaching. What sport have you been watching?

  40. skolkr says: Mar 24, 2016 4:17 PM

    As an owner, which I’m sure you pretend to be, you should really do something about this, Frank.

  41. frank booth says: Mar 24, 2016 4:58 PM

    Not an owner and not even a Packer fan.

    But if you don’t like nepotism on your team, then the Vikings should fire their linebackers coach, Adam Zimmer, Mike Zimmer’s son.

  42. travis1980 says: Mar 25, 2016 11:14 AM

    Do you honestly believe that the Vikings would trade Moss to the Packers?

    Look what the Bears did with Bennett. The Packers were waiting for him to be cut and the Bears didn’t want him to go to them. They decided to trade him to the Patriots instead. The Packers did the same thing when they traded Favre to the Jets
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    He was traded from the Raiders to the Patriots. Wow, 14 positive comments and no negatives. The facts aren’t even right. Of course the Viking wouldn’t trade Moss to the Packers.

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