Packers announce Brian Gutekunst as G.M., other changes to front office

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Sunday brought word that Brian Gutekunst is the new Packers General Manager and the team made it official on Monday.

In addition to announcing Gutekunst’s promotion to the top job in the personnel departement, the Packers also announced a couple of other changes. One is the promotion of Russ Ball, who was also up for the job, to executive vice president/director of football operations.

Gutekunst will have control over all roster decisions while Ball will continue to work as the team’s contract negotiator “while continuing to oversee several areas in football operations.” The Packers also announced that both men and coach Mike McCarthy will directly report to team president and CEO Mark Murphy in a change from the way the team has done business in the past.

“The process of identifying our next General Manager gave us the opportunity to analyze our entire football operation,” Murphy said in a statement. “While we have enjoyed a lot of success, we need to improve. With that in mind, the head coach, General Manager and executive vice president/director of football operations will report to me moving forward. While I understand this is a departure from the Packers’ current structure, it will serve to increase the breadth and frequency of communication and collaboration. Ultimately, it will make the Packers better.”

Eliot Wolf was not mentioned in the release and his title was director of football operations so there may be some more moves to come as the Packers reorganize their front office after Ted Thompson’s move out of the G.M. chair.

55 responses to “Packers announce Brian Gutekunst as G.M., other changes to front office

  1. so basically the Packers are making it look like there are “big changes” but really its the same old front office and the only new addition will be a DC. better be a really good DC to get that side of the ball rolling in the right direction!!

  2. Brian Gutekunst, Russ Ball, and Mike McCarthy will report to CEO Mark Murphy. You know what this sounds like?

    The triangle of authority from the Childress era. I hope it works out as well for the Packers as it did for the Vikings.

  3. I always thought there should be one person with whom the buck stops. That now appears to get the case. Good move.

  4. 345snarkavenue says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

    I can’t imagine what his nickname must be
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    We used to call his dad Gutie when he was the Gophers coach, but since his son is in Wisconsin, maybe they should call him Gouda.

  5. As long as MATTHEWS is still allowed to “swish” his hair around…while being the most overrated LB in the NFL….we are good to go….and I understand, that the new GM had to agree to those terms prior to accepting the position. That and allowing Rogers and MM to blame the refs for every and any loss EVER.

  6. We were hiring Gutey all along, but talked to some outside people to learn how much they thought they knew. Glad to say that outside candidates were light years behind this organization. From what I understand.

    #GoPackGo

  7. stellarperformance says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I always thought there should be one person with whom the buck stops. That now appears to get the case. Good move.
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    The problem I see is that Gouda has control over roster decisions but McCarthy doesn’t report to him. When there are disagreements, they’re both going to go to Murphy like two squabbling siblings crying to mom.

  8. Packers are scrambling to figure out their front office while the Vikings are preparing for a home divisional playoff game. Good times, good times indeed.

  9. hbudgess says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:41 am
    Is this new GM any relation to former Gophers coach John Gutekunst???
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    Yes, his son.

  10. “We will all continue to hope that’s Aaron Rodgers returns to form so that he can single handedly carry us again. Once he hangs them up, we will all abruptly retire so you don’t see how inept we really are… again.”

  11. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:05 pm
    stellarperformance says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:45 am

    I always thought there should be one person with whom the buck stops. That now appears to get the case. Good move.
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    The problem I see is that Gouda has control over roster decisions but McCarthy doesn’t report to him. When there are disagreements, they’re both going to go to Murphy like two squabbling siblings crying to mom.

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    A lot of good corporate structures are run this way. In some ways its better to not having the guy calling shots on personnel also being able to blame the coaching staff or the financial group not making competitive offers.

    It does force Mark Murphy to step up his game and recognize the problem between them and remedy it.

    I get the impression based on this move that upper management agreed with the notion that the DC and the GM were not on the same page for personnel. Well see how it turns out.

  12. I’m not sure why this is really big or surprising news, as for years we’ve all been hearing about Gutekunst or Wolf stepping in for TT. I bet they now actually explore free agency for a change. TT’s a great scout, let him ride off into the sunset doing that.

  13. diveleft says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:07 pm
    Packers are scrambling to figure out their front office while the Vikings are preparing for a home divisional playoff game. Good times, good times indeed.

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    Definitely a change for both teams. I guess its good for you guys to have some feel good too! Maybe it will relieve some internet bitterness.

  14. Carl Gerbschmidt says:

    January 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    We were hiring Gutey all along, but talked to some outside people to learn how much they thought they knew. Glad to say that outside candidates were light years behind this organization. From what I understand.

    #GoPackGo
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    “From what I understand”. Yep. That’s about right…

  15. Wolf will get a GM job. There’s no question about that.

    Ball – that’s basically a parachute and a hedge in case Gutekunst doesn’t work out. I think Rick Smith was looking for this in Houston when he took his leave but clearly they are not going in his direction.

  16. packerfansarechunkyandsmelly says:
    January 8, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    As long as MATTHEWS is still allowed to “swish” his hair around…while being the most overrated LB in the NFL….we are good to go….and I understand, that the new GM had to agree to those terms prior to accepting the position. That and allowing Rogers and MM to blame the refs for every and any loss EVER.

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    you got that wrong Smelly-It is the fans of the other teams that lose to the Packers that blame the refs for their loss. See, the Packers never beat anyone according to the masses. It is the refs cheating and the NFL conspiracy that allows that to happen.

  17. I was more concerned they would go outside the organization and hire somebody that would fire MM. Glad he’s back to bumble a few games per season. If AR stays healthy I suspect they’ll be about 10-6 each season and in line for a wildcard. Not much else though.

  18. The panic is real…and amusing to watch….
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    I agree….assuming you mean the purple panic….as demonstrated by the high percentage of triggered Viking fans posting.

  19. Packers are scrambling to figure out their front office while the Vikings are preparing for a home divisional playoff game. Good times, good times indeed.
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    It is nice isn’t it? That’s how we feel pretty much every year. Regardless, congrats on a good season….and on handling it with all the class and good sportsmanship we’ve become accustomed to from the West.

  20. I’m hoping Elliot Wolf stays on and has another shot at the job down the road. If he does stay on, I’d like to think it means they have plans for his future and only his youth held him back this time. That is of course pure conjecture on my part with a healthy dose of wishful thinking mixed in.

    Going back to Wolf’s youth possibly holding him back, we all know the NFL has been a gigantic “old boys club” for a very long time with many of the same old retreads getting undeserved job after undeserved job. Hopefully the wave of younger head coaches coming in of late, and being successful, is a harbinger of change for the future.

    I like the idea of the top guys reporting directly to Murphy. While I find it funny that the purples are howling about this making the Packers more like the worst idea there ever was (the triangle of authority that they loved so very much while it was in play) it actually puts Murphy firmly in charge, much like a traditional owner. I certainly don’t see him as one to meddle, but only time will tell that tale.

  21. hbudgess says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Is this new GM any relation to former Gophers coach John Gutekunst???

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    His son.

  22. bondlake says:
    January 8, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Will this be enough to convince Rodgers to stay?

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    Rodgers had no plan to leave.

  23. The problem I see is that Gouda has control over roster decisions but McCarthy doesn’t report to him. When there are disagreements, they’re both going to go to Murphy like two squabbling siblings crying to mom.
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    Maybe you could script up some dialogue to further illustrate your perceived point.

  24. One thing is for sure, this year’s free agency and draft are going to be much more interesting than usual!

  25. packertruth says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:23 pm
    The problem I see is that Gouda has control over roster decisions but McCarthy doesn’t report to him. When there are disagreements, they’re both going to go to Murphy like two squabbling siblings crying to mom.
    _________________
    Maybe you could script up some dialogue to further illustrate your perceived point.

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    I see what you did there, LOL!

  26. My take is this is a hat tip to his years of service/success in his role and that should McCarthy be shown the door at the end of next season, the next HC will report directly to Gutey. If the hammer comes down it won’t be from a rookie GM.

    Ball’s responsibilities are different enough that it makes sense to be in a different silo.

  27. Over the years, I’ve read many comments from Packer fans that Murphy isn’t very knowledgeable about football.

    So now, he’s put himself in the position where the GM and HC report to him.

    Why is this suddenly a good idea?

  28. pkrlvr says:

    That’s how we feel pretty much every year.
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    That’s a pretty odd statement to make, as the Packers have had to look up in the standings most years to see the Vikings.

    The Packers would have to win the next five in a row just to tie the Vikings.

    Did you know that the Packers have never won five in a row?

    This year makes our division leading 20th championship.

  29. gtodriver says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:41 pm
    Over the years, I’ve read many comments from Packer fans that Murphy isn’t very knowledgeable about football.

    So now, he’s put himself in the position where the GM and HC report to him.

    Why is this suddenly a good idea?

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    Whike i dont agree that was a common thread amongst Packer fans, I will humor you with an answer.

    A good CEO does not have to be an expert in the dealings of his leadership group. He needs to steer the ship and make necessary adjustments when they are needed. He is typically not a jack of all trades, but at one time an expert in one of those fields his group now maintains.

    The jury is out on Murphy at this point, but he is now the guy pulling all the strings.

  30. The Packers would have to win the next five in a row just to tie the Vikings.

    Did you know that the Packers have never won five in a row?

    This year makes our division leading 20th championship.

    Not a Packers fan by any means, however, isn’t the goal to win the Super Bowl, or before that the NFL championship? How many of either of those do the Vikings have?

  31. Was this not the guy Rogers and McCarthy actively and publicly lobbied against getting the job?

    They are either going “reboot” or there will be some god awful teamwork and execution in the leadership of this team.

  32. Was this not the guy Rogers and McCarthy actively and publicly lobbied against getting the job?
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    That is correct. Whomever you think Rodgers and McCarthy lobbied against, this was not him.

  33. i love how everyone says the packers are horrible without Rodgers… they said the same thing about Favre when Rodgers took over. Rodgers was supposed to tailspin us into the 80’s again because he was a horrid player who couldn’t throw. Nice to see that people (vikings fans) have changed their minds. Rodgers is a huge part of the team, but the fact of the matter is that we were decimated by injuries on both sides of the ball. We had no corners left at the end of the season and management did not have Hundley ready! Defense has been a glaring issue for a decade and Im glad they are finally addressing it.

  34. My two cents says they can make all the darn changes they want its what happens on the field that matters and the Vikings arent going away, the Bears cant get any worse and the Lions will be competive too.
    So if all the bull from the front office means more cheap ball, no free agents, run the team on a purse string and let three more good players go to make the pro bowl then they are screwed.

  35. gtodriver says:
    January 8, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    That’s a pretty odd statement to make, as the Packers have had to look up in the standings most years to see the Vikings. The Packers would have to win the next five in a row just to tie the Vikings. Did you know that the Packers have never won five in a row. This year makes our division leading 20th championship.

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    How else could they own the all-time NFL record for postseason losses AND their infamous all-time NFL record for one-and-done postseason appearances. You gotta participate to set records like that.

  36. This is an even worse setup than Sherman in 2005.

    Move on from McCarthy! NOW! Its clear he’s not a guy capable of solving the ills of this team.

  37. “conormacleod says:

    I was more concerned they would go outside the organization and hire somebody that would fire MM. Glad he’s back to bumble a few games per season. If AR stays healthy I suspect they’ll be about 10-6 each season and in line for a wildcard. Not much else though.”

    McCarthy is 16-8-1 career against the Vikings.

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