Doug Whaley was the only external candidate for Packers’ G.M. job

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The Packers had four candidates for the G.M. job that went to Brian Gutekunst. Three came from within the organization, one came from outside.

Via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the team interviewed former Bills G.M. Doug Whaley for the job. He was the only minority candidate Green Bay interviewed.

“Doug Whaley really did a job with the interview,” CEO Mark Murphy said. “I think it was not confirmed, but he was the fourth interview. I knew him a little bit, so I enjoyed having a chance to spend some time with him. I’m a Bills fan, so I follow the Bills a little more closely than some of the other teams.

“But he put together that roster, and it’s a playoff team without a great quarterback. It made the playoffs. They have a good roster. I think that was a tribute to him. Very interesting candidate. Fascinating background. Was a stockbroker for a year, about to be a pilot and done a lot of good things. And obviously served as a G.M. and his background with the Steelers was intriguing, too.”

Whaley, who served as G.M. in Buffalo from 2013 to 2017, also interviewed for the G.M. position in Cleveland.

Although both Dave Gettleman and John Dorsey landed new G.M. positions after being fired during the offseason from their prior G.M. jobs, it’s unusual for a former G.M. to land elsewhere in that same role. Most former General Managers end up either working in the media or getting personnel positions somewhere below the top spot in the football operation.

19 responses to “Doug Whaley was the only external candidate for Packers’ G.M. job

  1. Is it a crime to promote internally? Everyone else interviews Packers front office candidates. Now it appears it’s a way to appease the Rooney rule. Ridiculous.

  2. It’s really hard to get ‘outsiders’ to come to Green Bay. They’re not welcome. And no one wants to come here anyway. So we have to over pay or they have to be desperate.

  3. It’s so hard to know who is responsible for what in an NFL FO. You never know if the good or bad job was done by the scouts, GM, coaches or owner’s involvement. There is definitely a lot of talent that has been drafted by Bills on the D and especially the secondary. It seems that maybe some GMs are better at one side of the ball.

  4. captainwhodat says:
    January 11, 2018 at 2:41 pm
    possibly comes the closest to Grigson as being an inept GM…
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    Except that the Bills went to the playoffs and the Colts suck just to suck.

  5. jxt2521 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 2:56 pm
    It’s so hard to know who is responsible for what in an NFL FO. You never know if the good or bad job was done by the scouts, GM, coaches or owner’s involvement. There is definitely a lot of talent that has been drafted by Bills on the D and especially the secondary. It seems that maybe some GMs are better at one side of the ball.
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    Agreed. And to add another layer to it, the players that get drafted share the bulk of the blame. I’m sure it’s a distraction to become wealthy over night. How many guys lose their focus and drive once they start receiving 5 and 6 figure pay checks on a monthly basis? Most draft busts bust out not because they lack talent but instead lost their drive and focus. “I made it!” mentality.

  6. I’m surprised nobody commented on the below line. I don’t have an issue with it but it seems kind of odd for am employee of the Packers to admit that he IS (not WAS) a fan of the Bills.

    “I’m a Bills fan, so I follow the Bills a little more closely than some of the other teams.”

  7. Eric says:

    I’m surprised nobody commented on the below line. I don’t have an issue with it but it seems kind of odd for am employee of the Packers to admit that he IS (not WAS) a fan of the Bills.
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    Murphy is not an employee – he’s the CEO.

    But yes, it is odd that the Packers CEO is a Bills fan and admitted it publically.

    I’m surprised that the Packer faithful haven’t gone ballistic about that admission.

  8. And the Vikings blocked The Packers from interviewing one of their guys and another guy declined to interview.

  9. I remember my Vikings asking the packers to interview all three of those internal candidates when we were on the GM hunt. They denied us as we did to them. I wish guttekunst would have been our GM..we are about to be exposed for what we are this sunday. frauds. skol.

  10. Eric says:
    January 11, 2018 at 3:29 pm
    I’m surprised nobody commented on the below line. I don’t have an issue with it but it seems kind of odd for am employee of the Packers to admit that he IS (not WAS) a fan of the Bills.

    “I’m a Bills fan, so I follow the Bills a little more closely than some of the other teams.”

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    I don’t think it’s odd. I actually see a few Bills fans in Wisconsin. There are quite a few similarities between the two franchises.
    The Bills are another small market team, has a very blue collar fan base, they have had some great success and some terrible years.
    Once the Pack was done this year, I jumped on the Bills bandwagon (if only for a week).
    Now the Bills mafia….. well that’s a whole different comparison, LOL

  11. “lol the bills took that team apart as soon as Whaley left and made the playoffs.”

    Never mind statistically they were a better team the previous 3 years.

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