Vikings can delay, but not prevent, Green Bay interview of George Paton

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Some have expressed confusion regarding the ability of the Vikings to deny Green Bay’s request to interview assistant G.M. George Paton. Assistant coaches can be interviewed for head-coaching jobs during the bye week; why not potential General Managers?

The answer is simple — the rules allow a team to deny requests for permission to interview front-office employees for General Manager jobs until the team’s season ends. That same provision does not apply to vacant head-coaching positions.

Once the season ends, the Vikings no longer can block Paton from interviewing for the Green Bay job, or for any other G.M. job. Until their season ends, the Vikings now must deny any other requests to interview Paton, since the power to deny interview requests can’t be used selectively. (There’s currently only one G.M. job available, in Houston.)

It’s entirely possible that Paton simply doesn’t want to interview for the Green Bay job, and that instead of turning the Packers down he asked the Vikings to deny permission. That’s not an unprecedented approach.

For example, Paton may not want to leave. Likewise, he may believe that the Packers eventually are going to promote from within, making him less inclined to enter a contest he doesn’t believe he’ll win.

Whatever the case may be, the Packers can submit another request to talk to Paton when the Vikings’ postseason run ends. If. of course, the Packers haven’t filled the vacancy yet.

24 responses to “Vikings can delay, but not prevent, Green Bay interview of George Paton

  1. He has turned down other jobs, he doesn’t want anything to do with GB. I’m sure he turned it down, that’s why the Vikes said no.

  2. It’s just Murphy doing his due diligence … Paton probably never stood a chance anyway .. the Packers have better candidates in-house.

  3. “It’s entirely possible that Paton simply doesn’t want to interview for the Green Bay job, and that instead of turning the Packers down he asked the Vikings to deny permission. That’s not an unprecedented approach.”

    It isn’t only unprecedented, it’s common sense. When he looks east while standing on the top of U.S. Bank stadium, Paton can see a smoky haze beyond the Apple River.

  4. symxfan says:
    January 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm
    It’s just Murphy doing his due diligence … Paton probably never stood a chance anyway .. the Packers have better candidates in-house.
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    Really? Name one? If they were better, then how come they aren’t hired? Even McKenzie refused to interview and he was there for how many years? It’s because people around the league knows GB is a dumpster fire. They have no owners, their front office is scared to go against the QB, and the QB is a diva that throws his teammates under the bus. You have a crap defense, and everyone saw what happens when you lost 1 player, 1 player. The Vikes lost half of their starting team last year and still finished with a better record than GB did this year. Proof is right in front of you GB fans, but you all are to ignorant to see it.

  5. bubbasmithguy says:
    January 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm
    Why would Paton want to set foot on a sinking ship?
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    He doesn’t, that’s why he isn’t interviewing. 👊🏻

  6. Not sure why the Packers would even want anyone from that dumpster fire of an organization over in Minnesota. It was probably just a courtesy request to make it look like an outsider actually had a chance, with someone from the vikings being the ultimate outsider.

    And if they really want to interview him, all they have to do is wait another week until after the vikings lose in the first round to extend their all-time NFL record of the most one-and-done playoff appearances.

  7. Most likely this is just GB trying to meas up Minny’s post season – there is NO WAY someone can do their job & properly prepare to interview for something this high profile at the same time. NFL needs to change the interview rule to after the postseason rather than penalizing teams that make the postseason.

  8. So let me get this straight. Paton told at least 3 teams he didn’t want to interview for the GM when asked, but now he can’t be so forthcoming and needs to hide behind the team even though he has no interest? Suuuuuuuuure…. but I’ll wait until Paton confirms it.

  9. Mind games. The Packers know by word-of-mouth he’d do anything to join the Packers. The Packers put stargazing thoughts in his head with no intention to take him seriously, just to mess with his head.

    Funny stuff

  10. Never heard of him. If he’s learned the ropes under Spielman, I’d say “pass” anyway. Nothing personal. I’m sure his family loves him and all that.

    Look, the Vikings have drafted so long in the upper third of the draft and the Packers in the bottom 5 that well, even a blind squirrel finds an acorn from time to time.

  11. bordner says:
    January 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    Not sure why the Packers would even want anyone from that dumpster fire of an organization over in Minnesota. ….. until after the vikings lose in the first round to extend their all-time NFL record of the most one-and-done playoff appearances.
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    As opposed to not even qualifying for the playoffs?
    Do packer fans not want to qualify for the playoffs because it’s better than being one and done?
    A delusional fan base.

  12. The Packers are just trying to stir division within Minnesota. Green Bay already has in-house candidates that are more qualified for the position.

  13. It’s obvious the packers have a problem. NE and PIT have been more successful on the field than GB, but have assembled teams that aren’t singularly dependent on one player, even while drafting later than GB.

  14. stellarperformance says:
    January 6, 2018 at 12:51 am
    Mind games. The Packers know by word-of-mouth he’d do anything to join the Packers. The Packers put stargazing thoughts in his head with no intention to take him seriously, just to mess with his head.

    Funny stuff

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    Yes, that’s it. GB needs no help. I truly hope the packers make no changes.

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