Are the Packers positioning Eliot Wolf to become the next G.M.?

AP

Eventually, the Packers will need to replace G.M. Ted Thompson. And a recent development unrelated to the 63-year-old General Manager is being viewed by some as a sign as to who his successor will be.

Pete Dougherty of PackersNews.com interprets the recent promotion of Eliot Wolf to director of football operations as a sign that Wolf will take over for Thompson, the man who eventually took over for Wolf’s father, Ron.

Dougherty notes that Packers CEO Mark Murphy has said that he’s not willing to put the promotion in writing — which may or may not circumvent the Rooney rule, the standard that requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for each head-coaching and G.M. vacancies. (As to coaching jobs, a clear commitment in writing to give the job to a successor has been recognized as an exception to the rule, a curious path to avoid the obligation.)

Murphy possibly prefers flexibility, given the possibility of bringing home Seahawks G.M. John Schneider, a Packers shareholder whose contract reportedly contains a clause allowing him to leave Seattle to become the G.M. of the Packers. Even if the Packers plan to promote Eliot Wolf, keeping Schneider in the running becomes a helpful piece of leverage for the contract negotiations with Wolf.

It’s still unclear when Thompson will step aside. Dougherty notes that Ron Wolf, who retired at 62, hit a wall at one point.

“It just took me longer to do things,” Ron Wolf recently told Dougherty. “If somehow somebody could have given me, instead of a 24-hour, a 36-hour clock I probably would have stayed.”

Eliot Wolf, now 34, may not necessarily stay. If the right opportunity comes along with another team, he could leave before Thompson does. And that could happen as soon as 2017, depending on which jobs open up after the coming season.

68 responses to “Are the Packers positioning Eliot Wolf to become the next G.M.?

  1. I really hope TT stays as long as possible or that this promotion happens. TT was never the sharpest GM before he hit the wall and there would be nothing better than having nepotism run the decision making over in cheesehead land.

  2. Theres only a few teams that it would make sense for Wolf to leave the Packers (Steelers, Pats, Ravens) and I don’t see those jobs opening up any time soon…and talk to DeCosta before you do anything.

  3. If (when) Ted steps down – it will be immediately after the draft (year unknown).

    Almost ALL GM/scout changes will typically happen after the draft – compared to other times of the year.

    Ted’s probably happiest as a regional college scout and it could be written as such that he’s moving down to such a position due to health/medical reasons. Elliot is moved up as “interim” and that title just never falls off until people don’t notice it…

  4. Hoping he gets promoted and Schneider doesn’t leave the Seattle Seahawks for many years…..He and Coach have really developed as a great team in the front office……

  5. Eliot Wolf will succeed where ever he goes. I hope Thompson is out after this year and Wolf is in. Another team will try to hire Wolf soon if the Packers don’t promote soon.

  6. No one wants the Packers job once Rodgers is considered a “has been”. The only thing that keeps the Packers in the hunt is their qb, once that’s out the window, it’s no longer a “dream job”.

  7. Eliot should become a good GM .. he has been scouting players since he was a teenager. I think he wrote his first scouting report at 14 years old. He’s also been groomed by some of the best in the business. I’d still tempted to go after Schneider … he’s proven to be a strong GM, where there will be that little bit of an unknown until Eliot actually does the job. It’s a good situation for the Packers. I’m confident they will land a strong successor to Thompson, one way or another.

  8. For all of novice arm chair GMs, what evidence do you have Eliot Wolf would make a good GM other than his last name is Wolf? It’s not quite a clear as coaching or with players where you can see the product on the field. In the world of GM and scouting work, TT has the final say in who they select or don’t select. Hard to know how much of GB success is clearly attributed to EW. Not he couldn’t succeed but just curious as to what the basis is for Packer fans wanting this guy in TT’s seat.

    Also with regards to John Schneider, he modus operandi to running a team is way different than TT so if you like what TT does, why would you want Schneider other than he’s a hometown product and worked in the Packers organization.

  9. The timing of this certainly is strange given Schneider’s contract situation with the Seahawks. He is up after 2016 and negotiating a new contract currently. Paul Allen may use this promotion to try and lock Schneider up for a long time with no “Packer’s out.” Still Green Bay has an emarassment of riches to choose from

  10. poolninjasd says:
    Apr 3, 2016 6:58 PM
    No one wants the Packers job once Rodgers is considered a “has been”. The only thing that keeps the Packers in the hunt is their qb, once that’s out the window, it’s no longer a “dream job”.

    LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

    I bet you said the same thing about Favre, didn’t you.

  11. This is the most important job in the organization on the most important team in football. The world will watch with breathless anticipation as if it were a papal conclave.

  12. gbbvan says:

    It’s the best GM gig in football!

    For the next 3-4 years while there’s still a franchise QB there. After that the GM will actually have to work. In fact, if a decent GM was in GB they would have been legit contenders the last 5 years or so.

  13. TT is patient person, and I can understand that it can irk some people, but I like the way he operates, with draft developing, and waiting for the waves to settle down in the FA Pool before getting in, it wouldn’t surprise me, if he has a plan in place for when his time in GB is done.

  14. tjacks, come to Green Bay so you can see what a Lombardi trophy looks like. btw what QB are looking at in the 1st round this year? Ponder, baby hands, who next?

  15. It’s reassuring to see thoughtful succession planning. You come to expect such things from the best organization in football.

    Some hapless and tasteless teams just go dumpster diving in Miami – with hilariously incompetent results!

  16. TT building the best 10-6 early exit playoff teams in the history of the NFL.

    Someone NEEDS to take over free agency from TT before Rodgers career ends.

  17. Some of you act like you didn’t see Brett Hundley put up a 129. PR during his first pre-season. 7TD’s and 1 INT.

    Yeah yeah – pre-season but he was getting it done against scrubs and other’s (Bridgwater) weren’t.

    Packers found a good QB and can again. The franchise doesn’t fold once AR takes his bow.

  18. In fact, if a decent GM was in GB they would have been legit contenders the last 5 years or so.
    ————-
    In the last 5 years we have a sb win, 4 consecutive division titles, 7 playoff wins, and a 15-1 season. I know that might not be impressive to a fan of a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 09, but to most people that’s pretty damn competitive.

  19. golforepar says:

    tjacks, come to Green Bay so you can see what a Lombardi trophy looks like. btw what QB are looking at in the 1st round this year? Ponder, baby hands, who next?

    Always living in the past distant past… I’ll take the Vikings roster, GM, and coaching staff over the Packers one man band as evidenced by just last season and soon to be repeated..

  20. pkrlvr says:

    In the last 5 years we have a sb win, 4 consecutive division titles, 7 playoff wins, and a 15-1 season. I know that might not be impressive to a fan of a team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 09, but to most people that’s pretty damn competitive.

    But, perennial pretenders – which was my main point.

  21. tjacks, Go look up football futures. The Packers SB odds are 2nd Vikings 12th. 1 ok season makes Vikings fans dreamers. Good D and RB are (for now) hiding poor QB play!

  22. golforepar says:

    tjacks, Go look up football futures. The Packers SB odds are 2nd Vikings 12th. 1 ok season makes Vikings fans dreamers. Good D and RB are (for now) hiding poor QB play!

    NFL futures? Because those lines aren’t set 5 months before the season to take money away from the clueless hometown fans…

    Actually, a horrendous oline and an over-commitment to the run were the Vikings biggest obstacles last year. But Zimmer doesn’t play around and has addressed both of those issues. However, I am still hesitant that Norv wasn’t fired, hopefully Shurmer has bigger impact on the team. And I’m not convinced the oline is fixed but I think it’ll at least be respectable – which is a 100x improvement over last year. Teddy is the least of my concerns as long as he doesn’t get hit more than any QB in the league again.

  23. Eliot Wolf will be good one……..when Ted is ready to hang it up. Probably too late for Schneider.

  24. tjacks, now doubt the lines? smh Teddy check down is going to have a hard time facing 8 in the box every play, much less stay healthy. Poor QB play since Favre has Vikings fans thinking little Teddy is a star

  25. golforepar says:

    tjacks, now doubt the lines? smh Teddy check down is going to have a hard time facing 8 in the box every play, much less stay healthy. Poor QB play since Favre has Vikings fans thinking little Teddy is a star

    Actually, my ability to see Teddy would be a great NFL QB long predates him becoming a Viking. Just like my ability to see Ponder would be a bust long predated him being a Viking. Since I’m one of the few that don’t change their name every month, it’s well documented here that I thought Teddy would be great despite his pro day. And that Houston and Minnesota and everyone except the Packers and Colts (already had relatively young franchise QBs) would be sorry they missed out.

    Teddy does exactly what he’s asked. Protect the ball. Put the defense in good shape. Make plays when they’re there but take what the defense gives you. I don’t agree with it but hopefully he gets the offense handed to him this year. It’s hard to play QB when the defense knows your going to pass – because it’s always on 3rd and long or when the Vikings are in shotgun. But, yet he does it successfully.

    With that said – how is Teddy a “check down” QB when his average pass traveled further downfield than Rodgers? By that definition, Rodgers is a check down QB as well.

    And yes, always ignore the lines. They’re set to make Vegas money. The Vikings O/U was 7 games last year… Way off.

  26. It’s the Best Gig in all of Professional Sports.
    You have no owner looking over your shoulder. You da man !!!
    The team President is the front man for the business side of the team and has very little inter action with TT regarding roster and coaching staff decisions.

  27. If the Pack can get Schneider to take that job, I’d leave Wolf Jr in the basement with Milton, his stapler and his GM starter kit.

  28. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 3, 2016 7:59 PM
    golforepar says:

    tjacks, come to Green Bay so you can see what a Lombardi trophy looks like. btw what QB are looking at in the 1st round this year? Ponder, baby hands, who next?

    Always living in the past distant past… I’ll take the Vikings roster, GM, and coaching staff over the Packers one man band as evidenced by just last season and soon to be repeated.
    ………………………………………….

    You mean the same staff and roster that’s notched just 3 wins in 15 attempts when facing a .500 record or better team.
    That means every single time your Minnesota Child Abusers line up against an average/good team they generally end up losing.

    skoLOL! Thanks for the humor.
    It’s nice to know that you set your sights so low.

  29. Best job in the league. When Thompson does retire, Schneider, Wolf, and others will covet that job. Packers management will be in an envious position with many choices. Other franchises are jealous.

  30. tjacks, don’t even think about comparing little Teddy to Rodgers! Look up career #s Rodgers #1 passer rating EVER oh wait thats the past, kind of sore spot (the past) for Vikings fans. Last SB loss now has been 40 years!

  31. golforepar says:
    Apr 3, 2016 9:17 PM
    tjacks, don’t even think about comparing little Teddy to Rodgers! Look up career #s Rodgers #1 passer rating EVER oh wait thats the past, kind of sore spot (the past) for Vikings fans. Last SB loss now has been 40 years!

    Not comparing the two at all. As Teddy is obviously leaps and bounds ahead of where Rodgers was in year 3 – just starting to get unglued from the bench.

    But stats don’t lie – if Teddy is a “check down” QB, Rodgers is a “check down” QB. Nothing wrong with it since the results are what matters. Any good QB will get the ball to the open man and to their playmakers…

    I know it’s hard to look ahead when the future is so obviously going to be downhill but at least we’re getting close to the 100 year anniversary of the Packers 1917 World Championship Round Robin Invitational. Big plans?

  32. You mean the same staff and roster that’s notched just 3 wins in 15 attempts when facing a .500 record or better team.
    That means every single time your Minnesota Child Abusers line up against an average/good team they generally end up losing.

    skoLOL! Thanks for the humor.
    It’s nice to know that you set your sights so low.

    But who wins the game when it’s for “all the marbles”? LOL!

  33. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 3, 2016 9:30 PM
    You mean the same staff and roster that’s notched just 3 wins in 15 attempts when facing a .500 record or better team.
    That means every single time your Minnesota Child Abusers line up against an average/good team they generally end up losing.

    skoLOL! Thanks for the humor.
    It’s nice to know that you set your sights so low.

    But who wins the game when it’s for “all the marbles”? LOL!
    ………………………………………

    Green Bay did it last back in February 2011, among many others.

    The Purple Barneys have never won anything when it’s been for “all the marbles”.
    I believe it’s been 54 years and counting.
    But, as I said before, sights low and all that.

  34. tjacks, 13 x Champions its hard to remember all those years. Are you proud to know that the Vikings didn’t waste any money building a trophy cabinet!? How was your parade for winning the division?
    The Vikings won the division so its ok now that your face of the franchise is child beater of a 4 year old? But as long as you won the division who cares about the kid right?

  35. The biggest reason for Wolf’s promotion is to keep him from interviewing for other jobs. It’s well know that the Vikings would snap him up in a second and replace their dumb GM with an NFL caliber one. But Wilf needs to watch Spielman fail one more year before making a move.

    Giving the child beater a raise when he was already overpaid in the final years of his contract because he felt “disrespected” had to be the dumbest move the NFL has ever seen considering. There were reports that they were going to cut him because his cap hits were too high and instead they gave him a raise.

  36. Actually, my ability to see Teddy would be a great NFL QB long predates him becoming a Viking.
    ———————

    SKOLOLOLOLOL!! The only thing different between Teddy and Ponder is that Teddy looks more poised while sucking. Both have the same noodle arm and inaccuracy beyond 5-7 yards. But Teddy has a better defense than Ponder did. That’s really the only difference. Teddy will likely be a backup for the Seahawks in 2 years. Book it.

  37. tjacks7 says:
    Apr 3, 2016 8:49 PM

    With that said – how is Teddy a “check down” QB when his average pass traveled further downfield than Rodgers? By that definition, Rodgers is a check down QB as well.
    ————————————————

    I’m curious as to whether you are using one single season out of an entire body of work, or are you using the entire body of work for your comparison?

    I think I know the answer, but I’m giving you the benefit of a doubt. I mean if you were just comparing one single season, it’d be the worst case of cherry picking I’ve ever seen, and be be the lamest argument ever. But maybe you are just using a bad source. So, please enlighten us.

  38. Ted Thompson has been the most overrated GM in professional sports for years. Every talking head gushes over how they draft so well and build from within. Puh-lease. There are two reasons that team wins anything. 1) their all-world lottery ticket Aaron Rodgers. 2) Jordy Nelson. Beyond that, this team has been average AT BEST. Those two can’t do it on their own every year, but here they are, wasting away, waiting for their idiot of a GM to do something.

    How a QB as good as Rodgers has only 1 ring right now is blasphemous.

  39. I don’t see how it’s possible for Thompson to “hit the wall” in this gig. He spends about three months preparing for the draft, then draft day hits, then it’s 9 months on the couch or bean bag or whatever large cushioning device Wisconsinites use for their ample buttocks.

    Although for the sake of Packer fans, hopefully even that grueling three month schedule is wearing Thompson out. Considering you have arguably the best qb in the league, a G.M. that wants to work all year long might get you more than one superbowl win before Erin retires and mediocrity returns.

  40. Look at all these Viking fans worried about TT is or isn’t doing,

    I can understand the Vikings being excited for their Defense, they have defensive minded coach, and some solid young talent, but this talk about their Offense is SILLY.

    A QB that regressed his second season, and it wasn’t Theodore playing the field position game trying to not hurt his defense, that was 90% Turner and a 31 one year RB worried about getting his touches. They haven’t had a 1000 yard WR since Sydney Rice. The Vikings offense will be more efficient and well rounded, when AP leaves.

  41. Ted Thompson has been the most overrated GM in professional sports for years. Every talking head gushes over how they draft so well and build from within. Puh-lease. There are two reasons that team wins anything. 1) their all-world lottery ticket Aaron Rodgers. 2) Jordy Nelson. Beyond that, this team has been average AT BEST. Those two can’t do it on their own every year, but here they are, wasting away, waiting for their idiot of a GM to do something.

    How a QB as good as Rodgers has only 1 ring right now is blasphemous.

    _______________________________________

    Any team that losses a franchise quarterback will be an average team. The Packers are really a talented team. Injuries and Lacy being out of shape really hurt them his season. In 2014 they were three minutes away from the Super Bowl, and probably the most talented team in the NFL at that point.

    That is the reality of the NFL these days. Most teams drafting within the top 10 normally don’t have one.

    The Broncos were probably the exception last year. The Cowboys of this past season also showed what the loss of a franchise quarterback can do to a team.

  42. Eliot Wolf should feel lucky to have a chance at that job. I mean, he could be an auto trader photographer.

  43. Embarrassment is the statement-Packers shareholder.

    Bwahahahahahahahaha!

    Biggest joke in the NFL.

    “Hey..I’ll trade you a case of Old Milwaukee for your Packer stock??”

    “Sure, the beer is worth more!”

    GB chokers..making me laugh nonstop since the 2015 NFC title game. The gift that keeps giving!

  44. So Aaron Rodgers is a lottery ticket and Jordy Nelson was a a stroke of luck vs. skill? Hmmmm…

    Interesting. So you’re saying that Thompson was really smart to draft Rodgers when he fell to him, even though he had a franchise QB that played another 6 years. Seems like he hit on Nelson in the 2nd round when everyone passed on him as well. Remember when TT took major flak from Favre and others for “wasting” that first round pick on Rodgers? Seems like it worked out pretty well for them.

    Now take the 2 best players off of every team in the NFL and tell me what you end up with?

  45. There’s an underlying theme to this story’s publication; the packers are in a state of decline. Possibly, TT’s run as GM is being questioned and view as stale & miscalculated. The crying of sucker shareholders everyday on previous season & expecting to winning it all has taking it’s toll. By no means are they as successful as other franchise’s like the patriots in recent history. Recent, as in, most of our lifetimes.
    May the spiral of decline continue with TT’s successor.

  46. greenbaylibrarybreathalyzer says:
    Apr 4, 2016 3:10 AM
    Embarrassment is the statement-Packers shareholder
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    Embarrassment, thy name is Wide Left. No team names required. Everyone knows. Everyone will always know. Has anyone ever forgotten Bill Buckner?

  47. Twenty-five years. That’s how long Viking fans have been predicting the demise of the Packers. Every springtime it’s the same thing;

    “This is the year. You’re going down. Better get ready.”

  48. Mike Sherman set the Green Bay Packers back 10 years.

    Horrible coach even worse GM.

    He traded up in the third round for a punter!

    He rode Favre’s coattails and Leroy Butler’s and once they were gone he was gone.

    Between Ray Rhoad’s and Mike Sherman the Packers lost out on three Super Bowls at least.

    Give me Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson, Eliot wolf, Ron wolf all day long.

  49. i forgot how many GM’s there are on this site. none of you know what your talking about. drink your beer and shut up. stick to being a fan.

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