Report: Vikings deny Packers permission to interview George Paton

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Vikings Assistant General Manager George Paton has made the interview rounds for teams with General Manager openings in recent years, but he reportedly won’t be interviewing to fill one of this year’s vacancies.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings have denied a request from the Packers to interview Paton. The Packers announced this week that longtime General Manager Ted Thompson is moving to another role in the organization.

The Packers-Vikings rivalry makes for a compelling reason why the Vikings might have blocked the interview, but Paton has passed on other chances to interview for G.M. openings in the past. He declined interviews with the Dolphins and Jets after the 2014 season and did the same when the Chiefs were looking for John Dorsey’s replacement last June.

Paton joins Doug Whaley as potential outside candidates in Green Bay while Russ Ball, Brian Gutekunst and Eliot Wolf are internal candidates.

62 responses to “Report: Vikings deny Packers permission to interview George Paton

  1. The internal interviews must be going terribly. Let’s be serious, does the Packers think that we’ll let Paton go to them? C’MON Man!!
    Vikings are building a dynasty and the packers recognize it and want to copy the model.

  2. I thought you couldn’t deny someone if they’re going to be interviewing for a head coach position or a front office position that has control over personnel. Does the Green bay GM not have final say over the roster?

  3. LOLOLOLOL! A VIKINGS DYNASTY!!!

    Hey Purple fans: Win ONE playoff game first. Then win a super bowl. THEN talk about a dynasty. Of course, we know that you know that you’ll never win a super bowl. So I guess I understand it, even if it is a bit obnoxious.

  4. oetoronto says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:57 am
    That’s a bush league move by the Vikings.

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    You want to talk about Bush league? Take a look at the way the Packers and their fans treated Brett Farve when he indicated a desire to play for the Vikings.

  5. vikings28 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Vikings are building a dynasty and the packers recognize it and want to copy the model.

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    Dynasties usually win multiple superbowls in a short amount of time. Vikings have yet to even with a single playoff game.

  6. vikings28 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Vikings are building a dynasty and the packers recognize it and want to copy the model.
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    Hold on their dude. I’m a diehard fan. Let’s hold off on the dynasty talk until the Vikings actually win a Super Bowl.

  7. But Packer fans have continually reassured us all that Ted Thompson is a football wizard and the Vikings front office doesn’t know what they are doing. How could this be?

  8. teal379 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Dynasties usually win multiple superbowls in a short amount of time. Vikings have yet to even with a single playoff game.
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    Agreed on the dynasty talk. Your second sentence, however, will be obsolete in about nine days.

  9. No one of quality and integrity wants to manage Cleveland West. Looks like the Pack are admitting they are being outplayed, outcoached and outmanaged by the Vikings and are trying to steal away our immense talent at all levels to try to get back our of mediocrity..not gonna happen!

  10. zerotrophiessince1961 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:08 pm
    LOLOLOLOL! A VIKINGS DYNASTY!!!

    Hey Purple fans: Win ONE playoff game first. Then win a super bowl. THEN talk about a dynasty. Of course, we know that you know that you’ll never win a super bowl. So I guess I understand it, even if it is a bit obnoxious.

    ***

    Ladies and gentlemen, your routine Superbowl comparison comment in all its glory.

  11. teal379 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    vikings28 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Vikings are building a dynasty and the packers recognize it and want to copy the model.

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    Dynasties usually win multiple superbowls in a short amount of time. Vikings have yet to even with a single playoff game.
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    Have yet to even win a single playoff game? So how did they get to 4 SB’s without winning a single playoff game? In 2009 they were in the NFC Championship game, how did they get there without winning a playoff game? Shear ignorance gives you no voice in this thread.

  12. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    It’s called “due diligence.” It’s what successful people and organizations do.

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    Oh ok, I’ll be waiting on the reports of Packers due diligence of all assistant GM’s across the league.

  13. Vikes did George Paton a solid by making the rejection look like it came from the team.

    They spared him the embarrassment of trying to land the job without having to actually move & live there.

    Everybody saves face.

  14. vikings28 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    The internal interviews must be going terribly. Let’s be serious, does the Packers think that we’ll let Paton go to them? C’MON Man!!
    Vikings are building a dynasty and the packers recognize it and want to copy the model.

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    Don’t you have to win something at least once before you can start a dynasty?

  15. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    teal379 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Dynasties usually win multiple superbowls in a short amount of time. Vikings have yet to even with a single playoff game.
    ________

    Agreed on the dynasty talk. Your second sentence, however, will be obsolete in about nine days.

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    I’ll just hang on to this little nugget……

  16. packertruth says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Great way to create a little dissatisfaction at Vikings HQ. Ask for interview of guy you would not hire. That’s a chess move.
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    And risk the anger of the “shareholders”?
    Nope.
    The packers know they have nothing beyond Rodgers and are going where they can improve.

  17. I don’t know about this dynasty talk. Let’s win next week and the week after and the SB and we can entertain the BEGINNING of those talks. However, on this topic I wouldn’t let him interview either. Why would you let him go to GB and make your chief rival better? Not talking smack or anything but our team has been built up over the last few years via the draft and some pretty good free gent pickups sprinkled in while GB has missed on pick after pick and the one free agent splash was a disaster. Why would we allow him to go there and make that team better? Smart business decision in my book.

  18. The only way they will get a quality GM is if they let someone telecommute. Cold winters are one thing… but cold winters in Green Bay is only something people that know nothing else can live with.

  19. Paton/the team has turned down similar requests in the past. Instead of making this a pissing match about one team vs. the other and who’s gaming who, why not take the available information to come to an appropriate conclusion… Paton doesn’t want to leave Minnesota or at least not for a team moving in a downward/rebuilding direction at the time (Teams Rebuffed: Green Bay, Miami, NYJ, Kansas City).

  20. bcdunkel says:
    January 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm
    You say “why not take the available information to come toan appropriate conclusion… Paton doesn’t want to leave Minnesota or at least not for a team moving in a downward/rebuilding direction at the time (Teams Rebuffed: Green Bay, Miami, NYJ, Kansas City).
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    Why is that appropriate? What is your source saying Paton is the one who doesn’t want these interviews? If HE turns them down, then you are correct. But if he isn’t allowed to interview, then your inference about Paton’s desire is unfounded.

  21. 13worldchampioinships says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:38 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:25 pm
    It’s called “due diligence.” It’s what successful people and organizations do.

    ***

    Oh ok, I’ll be waiting on the reports of Packers due diligence of all assistant GM’s across the league.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Knowing how close to the vest the Packers tend to play things, I suspect you’ll be waiting a long time for those reports. Beyond that, the key word in “due diligence” is “due.” I’m going to guess they’re not looking to interview candidates from teams that are in a shambles. You should be flattered that they think a member of your team’s front office is due consideration for one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports.

  22. pfffffffffffffffffffffffft says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    As a Packers fan all I can saw is “Thank GOD”

    One year wonders are not what the Packers need.
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    One year wonder? GMs and assistant GMs take years to build a team. The last four years, the Vikings and Packers have identical records (39-25). The difference is the Vikings went from 7 wins to 13 and the Packers went from 12 wins to 7.

  23. packertruth says:
    January 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    bcdunkel says:
    January 5, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    You say “why not take the available information to come toan appropriate conclusion… Paton doesn’t want to leave Minnesota or at least not for a team moving in a downward/rebuilding direction at the time (Teams Rebuffed: Green Bay, Miami, NYJ, Kansas City).
    ____________________
    Why is that appropriate? What is your source saying Paton is the one who doesn’t want these interviews? If HE turns them down, then you are correct. But if he isn’t allowed to interview, then your inference about Paton’s desire is unfounded.
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    I think his source is this article. The Vikings didn’t allow Paton to interview with the Packers, but the article clearly states that Paton declined interviews with the Dolphins, Jets, and Chiefs.

  24. ronskd says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:09 pm
    you viking fans are so ignorant!! Packers don’t want your trash, just a diversion!!

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    Another packer fan in denial

  25. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    You should be flattered that they think a member of your team’s front office is due consideration for one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports.
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    Sure are a lot of guys saying no thanks to “one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports”. Perhaps you’re too close to see the forest for the trees.

  26. packertruth says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:58 pm
    Great way to create a little dissatisfaction at Vikings HQ. Ask for interview of guy you would not hire. That’s a chess move.
    ///////////
    So, instead of actually looking for a guy that can improve your team, you’re suggesting the Packers are busying doing counter surveillance? Sounds more like tidally winks over there than chess.

  27. floridapackfan says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    vikings28 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    The internal interviews must be going terribly. Let’s be serious, does the Packers think that we’ll let Paton go to them? C’MON Man!!
    Vikings are building a dynasty and the packers recognize it and want to copy the model.

    ///////////////////

    Don’t you have to win something at least once before you can start a dynasty?
    //////////
    Well, I think you have to build it first, then when you win one, it’s the start, then when you win a few you’re in a full blown dynasty. You can’t have one without building it first. And he clearly said “building”.

  28. andrwken says:
    January 5, 2018 at 1:11 pm
    In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    teal379 says:
    January 5, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Dynasties usually win multiple superbowls in a short amount of time. Vikings have yet to even with a single playoff game.
    ________

    Agreed on the dynasty talk. Your second sentence, however, will be obsolete in about nine days.

    ——-

    I’ll just hang on to this little nugget……
    _________

    You do that.

  29. conormacleod says:
    January 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    The Almighty Cabbage says:
    January 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    You should be flattered that they think a member of your team’s front office is due consideration for one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports.
    /////////
    Sure are a lot of guys saying no thanks to “one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports”. Perhaps you’re too close to see the forest for the trees.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The only one I know of that declined an interview was Reggie McKenzie. The others have been blocked by their current teams. Obviously those teams feared those guys would take the Green Bay job if it was offered, otherwise they wouldn’t have blocked them. But you go ahead and purple it up however you need to. We’re used to it and it’s fun to watch.

  30. That might be speculation, but I think that’s the only way for a team to “block” an interview with another team. Position not a promotion = the team can block. So, either the Packers wanted him for Assistant GM OR Paton declined the interview with the Packers.

  31. joetoronto says:
    January 5, 2018 at 11:57 am
    That’s a bush league move by the Vikings.

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    Ted Thompson and the Packers did the EXACT same thing to the Lions not too long ago when they wanted Eliot Wolf as their GM. They hired Bob Quinn instead.

  32. Hahahahaha…. folks, packer fans grasping for anything… something. All they can come up with is the same old line. Your team is a hot mess, a dumpster fire. Guarantee you that he wanted no part of that. Even Haha Clinton said there are guys who just want to collect a check and get out of there. This team won’t be relevant for years! Might as well trade Rodgers…
    Meanwhile the Vikings will dominate for years! It’s just the way it is. Get used to it.

  33. According guys like you, the Vikings have been “going to dominate the division” for at least 10 years now and you guys have been wrong every time. Every. Single. Time. I would think you guys would get tired of embarrassing yourselves but apparently being dead wrong is perfectly acceptable in the land of Lutefisk.

  34. The Almighty Cabbage says: “You should be flattered that they think a member of your team’s front office is due consideration for one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports.”

    ==========

    Trust me Cabbage… there isn’t a single Vikings fan alive who’d be flattered with interest by Green Bay at ANY aspect of our team… except for the Packers being on the losing end of the scoreboard that is; which seems to be the case since the outcome of the past 5 Vikings/Packers match ups is 4-1-0 in favor of the Vikings.

    Oh but please… do stop by any time you wish and and regale us with tales of accomplishments from the distant past. We Minnesotans have been raised to always show patted-head courtesy to those slow of wit and/or WELL past their prime.

  35. Almighty cabbage… you don’t know anything about me.
    You have to admit, if you’re being honest, this Viking team is built for a good run. I’ll be honest. The current GB team scares nobody… even with Aaron. They quit when he went down. Now it’s house cleaning time. Unless you sign some quality free agents, you’ll be lucky to get 9 maybe 10 wins.. good luck.

  36. The Almighty Crappage says:
    January 5, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Knowing how close to the vest the Packers tend to play things, I suspect you’ll be waiting a long time for those reports. Beyond that, the key word in “due diligence” is “due.” I’m going to guess they’re not looking to interview candidates from teams that are in a shambles. You should be flattered that they think a member of your team’s front office is due consideration for one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports.
    —————————————————

    I agree with you for once about it being one of the most coveted jobs in pro sports. Where else can you go and be that terrible at your job for 20 years, make a ton of cash, and have all the lemmings wanting you fitted for a gold jacket.

  37. harry hands says:
    January 5, 2018 at 8:55 pm
    Almighty cabbage… you don’t know anything about me.
    You have to admit, if you’re being honest, this Viking team is built for a good run. I’ll be honest. The current GB team scares nobody… even with Aaron. They quit when he went down. Now it’s house cleaning time. Unless you sign some quality free agents, you’ll be lucky to get 9 maybe 10 wins.. good luck.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~“

    This Viking team is indeed set for a good run. Years upon years of picking high in the draft is designed to make that happen. But if you’re being honest you’re worried they’ll find a way to blow it. Then you guys can blame “the curse” or “the refs” or somehow, even the Packers, if not Aaron Rodgers personally. That’s always fun, eh?

    If Rodgers went down without all the other injuries, I’d fear they had quit but they had more injuries this year than I’ve ever seen. 5 DBs on IR means they were starting guys off the practice squad and/or signing guys off the street. On offense, they ended up with 3rd string guards playing tackle, for goodness’ sake. And of course, the best player in the game was missing for most of the season. NO team wins with that happening. If they had quit, they wouldn’t have risked Rodgers coming back when he tried to.

    I’m glad Capers is gone, although it took me until this year to finally get on board with that. Opponents exploited the same holes in the same soft zone coverages time and time again and he never made a change or simple adjustment. He was one of the best when he was younger but I fear he just kind of went stale and let the game pass him by.

    My only real concern is Hundley. He looks great in practice, and he showed flashes of solid play, but far too few. It appeared to me he doesn’t have the “cool under pressure” needed by a legit starting quarterback and I don’t know if that can ever be ‘coached up.”

    The Pack looked strong before nearly half the roster went down to injury. Let’s see what they do with everyone back and a new D coordinator before we pronounce them dead.

  38. If we somehow don’t win it all… then we don’t. We have a good team, but good teams can lose.
    Injuries… you’re gonna go that route. Have to be prepared for injuries. Not being prepared for them means poor personnel, not having good depth. Usually poor drafting leads to this. Along with poor coaching. Coaching matters… good players can mask some bad coaching but only for so long. Offense and defense. McCarthy has gotten by with poor defensive coaching because of Rodgers.

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