Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst sticking with staff on hand for now

AP

The Packers have undergone a fairly seismic shift this offseason, and eventually they’re going to have to backfill their personnel department. But that’s not going to happen until after this year’s draft.

New General Manager Brian Gutekunst is overseeing his first big event of the offseason this week at the Senior Bowl, with a staff that’s short a few bodies. After former G.M. Ted Thompson was kicked upstairs and personnel men Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith left to go work for John Dorsey in Cleveland.

“I think there will be some additions I’m sure at some point, probably after the draft when most of that movement happens,” Gutekunst told Michael Cohen of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We’ve got plenty of hands on deck right now, so I’m not worried about it right now. But at some point I’m sure we’ll have some movement, you know?

“There will probably be some duties that change . . . and then obviously Ted being there, having that to lean on is huge, too. But I think right after everything happened, I think for me it was just, ‘OK, let me assess and make sure we’re covered.’ Then I realized we were fine and decided all right, we’ll wait until after the draft before we move into that next step.”

Gutekunst said Thompson will be on hand for the Scouting Combine, but isn’t with the team this week. Instead, he’s surrounded by his college and pro scouting staffs in Mobile, along with director of football operations Russ Ball. Without replacing Wolf or Highsmith at this time, he’ll lean more heavily on director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan for this year’s draft.

“It hasn’t been a lot different,” Gutekunst said. “Our process will continue to kind of stay the same. As college director and then director of pro personnel, it was my job to know all these players. That’s no different. I think there’s maybe some more distractions, but at the same time, once I get with these guys and stuff it’s just scouting.”

And once this year’s draft is over, he’ll likely add some help.

26 responses to “Packers G.M. Brian Gutekunst sticking with staff on hand for now

  1. Dear Packers front office,

    Please keep doing what you’ve been doing. We think its working out well.

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the NFC North

  2. ackattack22 says:
    January 24, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Dear Packers front office,

    Please keep doing what you’ve been doing. We think its working out well.

    Sincerely,

    The rest of the NFC North
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    Dear the rest of the NFC North’s front offices,

    Please keep doing what you’re doing, which is staring at the Packers’ 13 world titles, including four Super Bowls, while the Bears’ trophy collects more cobwebs and the Lions and Vikings … oh wait. Snap.

  3. Please keep doing what you’ve been doing. We think its working out well
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    Always interesting to see these posts considering the ownership of the north we’ve displayed over the last decade with what we’ve been doing. You know you guys can’t count on Rodgers getting hurt every year right?

  4. Unfortunately Packers still have the same head coach making the same decisions and game plans.
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    Since 2009 that coach has only had two seasons with less than 10 wins and both were due to AR being out. I’m not a big MM fan but who else could we bring in to do better?

  5. pkrlvr says:

    January 24, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Unfortunately Packers still have the same head coach making the same decisions and game plans.
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    Since 2009 that coach has only had two seasons with less than 10 wins and both were due to AR being out. I’m not a big MM fan but who else could we bring in to do better?

    This right here ^^

    Well I am a big MM fan and the guy has gotten our team to multiple division titles, won a Super Bowl, and got the team to the playoffs what 8 years in a row in the league? Just watch what happens if MM is given a functional defense mark my words.

  6. pkrlvr says:
    January 24, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Since 2009 that coach has only had two seasons with less than 10 wins and both were due to AR being out. I’m not a big MM fan but who else could we bring in to do better?
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    So as long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, McCarthy is a great coach. Got it.

  7. So as long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, McCarthy is a great coach. Got it.
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    Well I wouldn’t call him great, but yeah, most coaches have issues when they lose their star QB. BB is the only one I can think of that didn’t. And don’t give me the vikes as an example…they lost an average QB and replaced him with an above average QB. Kind of hard to do with AR…especially when it happens in week 6.

  8. pkrlvr says:
    January 24, 2018 at 11:47 am

    So as long as Aaron Rodgers is playing, McCarthy is a great coach. Got it.
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    Well I wouldn’t call him great, but yeah, most coaches have issues when they lose their star QB. BB is the only one I can think of that didn’t. And don’t give me the vikes as an example…they lost an average QB and replaced him with an above average QB. Kind of hard to do with AR…especially when it happens in week 6.
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    Ever think that Keenum was above average because of coaching? He was never anything special before. McCarthy had three years to develop Hundley and he was terrible.

  9. Ever think that Keenum was above average because of coaching? He was never anything special before. McCarthy had three years to develop Hundley and he was terrible.
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    You’re really trying to draw parallels between a 30 year old vet who’s been a starter on several teams to a kid who has never started an NFL game?

  10. pkrlvr says:
    January 24, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Ever think that Keenum was above average because of coaching? He was never anything special before. McCarthy had three years to develop Hundley and he was terrible.
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    You’re really trying to draw parallels between a 30 year old vet who’s been a starter on several teams to a kid who has never started an NFL game?
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    Uhhh…yes. They’re both backup quarterbacks and should be expected to perform to at least a minimum level when pressed into action. Keenum was a starter and wasn’t very good. Hundley never played but all we heard from you guys was how great he was and how you were going to trade him for a high draft pick. In three years, you should be able to develop a capable backup quarterback. If the coach didn’t think he could handle the job, he would have been gone after two years. Keenum succeeded this year because he had good coaching and solid players around him. Hundley failed this year because he had bad coaching and bad players around him.

  11. Keenum succeeded this year because he had good coaching and solid players around him. Hundley failed this year because he had bad coaching and bad players around him.
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    Well you simplified that without taking any other circumstance into consideration. Just answer me this. Where was that good coaching and those solid players in Philly? You seem to know everything else, what’s the answer to that? Thanks, in advance.

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