Reports: 49ers plan to interview two Packers execs

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The 49ers plan to interview two Packers executives for their vacant general manager position, per multiple reports Monday evening.

Reportedly set to interview this week are Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst and director of football operations Eliot Wolf.

Wolf, the son of Hall of Fame executive Ron Wolf, was promoted to director of football operations last year. He’s spent the last 13 seasons with the Packers and was also rumored to be a candidate for several personnel jobs during last year’s hiring cycle.

Gutekunst has spent the last 18 seasons in the Packers’ personnel department. Gutekunst was also promoted last year after four years as the team’s director of college scouting.

69 responses to “Reports: 49ers plan to interview two Packers execs

  1. It’s time for Eliot Wolf to be the gm in Green Bay. Ted Thompson did well for a while but his time had come to an end. Ted seems to concentrate on what 7th round pick from Bethune/Cookman is going to fill the teams biggest needs.

  2. They see what the Raiders have done with McKenzie at the helm. I give all props to the Packers brass for making Reggie the GM he is today. One of the best decisions we ever made as an organization. He had a couple of blunders in the beginning but no one is perfect. When he found his GM legs he blossomed.

    Raiders4Life

  3. Eliot Wolf isnt going anywhere as he will be the next GM of the Packers when Ted Thompson retires in the near future and has known this for quite some time.TT may decide to retire after this season but he is an extremely secretive man.the board may even replace him in favor of Wolf,ala Favre vs Rodgers.

  4. Hmmm… Hard decision for Eliot, stay in Green Bay and where you know the draft and player personnel systems, and work for a president that knows football. Or go to a dumpster fire of a team with a rich Brat owner that thinks he knows more about football the the professionals in the room.

  5. San francisco already has a bunch of Packers! Woo! here all week! you’re welcome!

  6. you guys have given Ted Thompson way to much credit for the packers success..

    His drafts the last 5 years have been average at best.

    Except for Clinton dix and bulaga his first round picks have not been close to first round talent.

    He can put together an offense, but cannot evaluate a defense since 2010 please watch the packer defense

  7. Guys – read the article. Jed York has a history of “leaking” the stories he wants out there. The story is that he plans to interview the cream of the front office personnel – not that they have agreed to meet with the arrogant “owner” of the 49ers. It’s a smoke screen! Get used to York trying to float stories to minimize the impact of his disastrous news conference that showed him in his true light. No sane up and coming NFL front office personnel will get anywhere near the 49ers zip code. Mommy should watch her son’s news conference to understand what her son has become – and take back control of the franchise.

  8. As a Packer fan, I wonder if any of my fellow Cheeseheads would be worried about Wolf leaving if his last name was….say…Chubjevsky.

  9. “Ted seems to concentrate on what 7th round pick from Bethune/Cookman is going to fulfill the teams biggest needs”

    This is the dumbest, and tiredest, take around. TT’s personnel decisions have put the Packers in the playoffs eight years in a row. Those 7th rounders have played pretty well.

  10. I would guess that the Packer’s have a succession plan in place for Wolf to replace Thompson and I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets triggered ahead of any team attempting to poach Elliot Wolf.

    For every ragging on Thompson, his true value is in nailing the later rounds of the draft and finding FA’s. He has swung and missed in the first round but not as bad as the Viking’s first rounder in 2016, a WR who only caught 3 passes all year. That’s a decent first qtr for Jordy Nelson.

  11. “where you know the draft and player personnel systems”

    Rodgers falling to them; and daddy Wolf trading for Favre were by far the best moves they’ve had. Without those two moves, they’re the Vikings.

    Everyone lauds their drafting but then rip Thompson. Which one is it?

  12. Ted’s last pick from Bethune Cookman went to 3 Pro Bowls and had an interception for a TD in Superbowl XLV.

    One of the things I like most about the Packers is that they hold a NFL record for winning 13 World Championships.

  13. What did the raiders gm do? Draft a QB? Minus that QB that team might be 4-12. Good job guy, no reason to have even a decent backup QB, right…

  14. Ted Thompson disciples:

    John Schneider – Seattle – Playoffs
    John Dorsey – Kansas City – Playoffs
    Reggie McKenzie – Oakland – Playoffs

    Nuff said.

  15. jhtobias says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:12 PM
    you guys have given Ted Thompson way to much credit for the packers success..

    He can put together an offense, but cannot evaluate a defense since 2010 please watch the packer defense
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    That remains to be seen, as it seems we get hit hard by injuries on a regular basis.

  16. ted thompson? lol

    they guy hasn’t fielded a defense since 2010, 7 seasons ago.

    he has a plethora of busts like perry and datone jones, amongst a slew of others

    his best move was walking from favre, which was about a decade ago

  17. jbaxt, all that the Raiders GM has done is get that team out of salary cap hell and now has room to build a team the way it should be. They have made the playoffs under his regime and are a team on the upswing. So maybe the Raiders should fire him and return to the team of 5 or 6 years ago? The Raiders and their fans should be thanking their lucky stars that Reggie is there.

  18. I hope Wolf does hang around Green Bay, as a lot of people feel he has a lot of potential.

    I am SO SICK of “TT did good for a while its time to move on” TT is STILL one of the best GMs in the NFL. He has been GM since 05 he missed the playoffs FOUR times, most of those times being cleaning up Sherman’s mess that was left for him, and one was losing close close games with Rodgers 1st year as starter.

    His job is to produce a roster that has the ability to make the playoffs consistently and he HAS done that, its up the coaches to take that talent the rest of the way to earn a championship.

    People feel he is stale, because he isn’t much for talking, and doesn’t go spend huge bucks big name FAs consistently. but he does great in the draft, getting multiple quality starters in most draft, does pretty well getting UDFAs like Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, and G-Mo Alison this year. When he has let players walk like Jennings to Minn, and cut Sitton loose. while he may not have a Probowler to replace them, he does have good enough talent where it isn’t as glaring.

    As much as I want to keep Wolf in GB maybe him going to SF to get his feet wet, before coming back to replace Thompson in 3 seasons wouldn’t be terrible idea, because I don’t know if anyone could tolerate York for longer than that.

  19. jhtobias says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:12 PM
    you guys have given Ted Thompson way to much credit for the packers success..
    His drafts the last 5 years have been average at best.
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    1st of all everyone knows you need to wait 3 years to grade a class, 2nd you put WAY to much stock into the first round, third you can not be familiar with the roster or when people were drafted AT ALL.

    2014 he drafted quality starters like Clinton Dix Davante Adams (reason why you wait 3 years to grade drafts), and some pretty good depth and project players like Richard Rodgers, and Corey Linsley

    2015 he drafted, Randall and Rollins who played well there first year, but banged up this season, Ty Montgomery whom if you watched any game since “Run the table” you have seen heard about his versatility and Ryan at LB and Rip at FB

    If you get 2-3 starters and 1-2 project player out of a 7 round draft, consistently you will build a great roster, you will know its great, because they will consistently get to the post-season.

  20. Wolf and Gutekunst would be wise to leave those epic playoff collapses off their resume.

  21. Wolf was blocked in the past from interviewing with other teams. My guess is TT has confirmed he wants to stay through his current contract so the Packers know they can not block a promotion for ever. I think Wolf to SF has a chance of actually happening.

  22. howiehandles says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:33 PM
    “where you know the draft and player personnel systems”

    Rodgers falling to them; and daddy Wolf trading for Favre were by far the best moves they’ve had. Without those two moves, they’re the Vikings.

    Everyone lauds their drafting but then rip Thompson. Which one is it?

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    Favre and Rodgers couldn’t do anything without good supporting casts.
    Look at guys like Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, and Andrew Luck, for instance. Marino went to one Super Bowl, Fouts went to none, and Luck has struggled because he has very few good players around him.
    QB’s are the #1 need to be successful, for sure. But every great QB has won because he has very good players around him on both sides of the ball.
    Ted Thompson has been one of the best GM’s in the NFL during his tenure in Green Bay because he is great at what he does. Anyone who doesn’t think so is not being realistic.

  23. I’d like to get Eliot’s take on whether he’d have gotten the Packers an experienced CB before the trade deadline this year. That’s what President Murphy should be finding out.

  24. Mediocrity will continue in San Francisco with any packer exec. They hit a home run with Rodgers 10 years ago. Without him they are a perennial 8-8 team.

    All they can help the 49ers organization with is how to lobby the refs, train the fan base that living in double wide trailers means “you’ve made it” followed by a diet consisting of only beer, brats and cheese while owning a wardrobe consisting of camouflage and blaze orange hunting clothes.

    I’m guessing they might not be a fit in San Francisco.

  25. I personally don’t think the Packers have done anything significant personnel wise since Reggie McKenzie left. Since Reggie Mac joined the Raiders the Pack have been declining as the Raiders have been rising.

  26. thompson’s drafts on defense have been abysmal
    in recent years

    clinton-dix is the only one worth mentioning
    why do you think your team, led by rodgers, barely eeeked in an an awful division?

    you can only hide so much

  27. And yet, ONLY the New England Patriots have enjoyed greater sustained success than the Packers for the past 5, 10, 15, AND 20 years. But, please… tell us more about how bad the Packers are.

    The facts are simply the facts and your delusions are simply delusions.

  28. As a Niners fan and Jed hater I agree that many will view them as bottom of the list…. Here is the problem with that. They are literally the only team on the list lol. Now coach that is a whole different stpry but I am still hedging my bets on the Shannahans

  29. tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 11:12 PM
    thompson’s drafts on defense have been abysmal
    in recent years

    clinton-dix is the only one worth mentioning
    why do you think your team, led by rodgers, barely eeeked in an an awful division?

    you can only hide so much
    ___________
    For an awful division they sure seem to have 2 teams int he post season a lot, all but once since 09.

    I think its the best division in football. with the NFC East and AFC North tied right behind it.

  30. jhtobias says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:12 PM
    you guys have given Ted Thompson way to much credit for the packers success..

    Except for Clinton dix and bulaga his first round picks have not been close to first round talent.
    ********************************************
    Oh Really?
    Where do Rodgers and Matthews fall in your assessment of “first round talent”?

  31. Wolf would be crazy not to wait for the GM opening in GB. Why would he go to the 9ers when he’ll eventually be promoted in a place where they won’t fire you no matter how poorly you draft and mismanage free agency?

  32. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:16 PM
    Ted Thompson disciples:

    John Schneider – Seattle – Playoffs
    John Dorsey – Kansas City – Playoffs
    Reggie McKenzie – Oakland – Playoffs

    Nuff said.
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    Schneider’s the only one with a Super Bowl, and he had a little help from Pete Carroll (Earl Thomas, Walter Thurmond, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Beast).

    But good luck finding the next Jon Schneider

  33. shaggytoodle says:
    Jan 2, 2017 10:27 PM
    I hope Wolf does hang around Green Bay, as a lot of people feel he has a lot of potential.

    I am SO SICK of “TT did good for a while its time to move on” TT is STILL one of the best GMs in the NFL. He has been GM since 05 he missed the playoffs FOUR times, most of those times being cleaning up Sherman’s mess that was left for him, and one was losing close close games with Rodgers 1st year as starter.

    His job is to produce a roster that has the ability to make the playoffs consistently and he HAS done that, its up the coaches to take that talent the rest of the way to earn a championship.

    People feel he is stale, because he isn’t much for talking, and doesn’t go spend huge bucks big name FAs consistently. but he does great in the draft, getting multiple quality starters in most draft, does pretty well getting UDFAs like Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, and G-Mo Alison this year. When he has let players walk like Jennings to Minn, and cut Sitton loose. while he may not have a Probowler to replace them, he does have good enough talent where it isn’t as glaring.

    As much as I want to keep Wolf in GB maybe him going to SF to get his feet wet, before coming back to replace Thompson in 3 seasons wouldn’t be terrible idea, because I don’t know if anyone could tolerate York for longer than that.
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    Your argument does not hold water. It works if making the playoffs is your goal. His job is to provide a roster with enough talent to contend for a Superbowl. In reality Thompson has peaked and is on his way down. He has lost his best subordinates and scouts to other teams (Mackenzie, Dorsey, Schneider, etc.). It is time to take a chance on someone new before Thompson drafts another first round defensive bust. Besides it looks like the Packers recognize this as it has been reported Thompson is stepping down and will be a scouting advisor with Wolf taking the reigns all in an effort to prevent Wolf from leaving. I for one am excited at the thought of some fresh blood. Besides winning the NFC North is not much of a goal when your opponents are this bad. Sadly Thompson will probably run this draft and just draft another injury prone CB. How many top picks does it take to push this mediocre defense to a respectable level?

  34. Don’t worry Packer fans, Wolf isn’t going anywhere. after this dog and pony show, Jed will just promote tom gamble to GM

  35. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:36 PM

    Ted’s last pick from Bethune Cookman went to 3 Pro Bowls and had an interception for a TD in Superbowl XLV.

    One of the things I like most about the Packers is that they hold a NFL record for winning 13 World Championships

    YEP, A WHOLE 2 SINCE SEPT OF 68….AND 9 WHEN THERE WERE 2 TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. THEY SHOULD HAVE 13, THEYVE BEEN AROUND FOR 150 YEARS

  36. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Jan 2, 2017 11:18 PM
    Two Packers execs eager to leave
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Really? Anxious to leave a team that has made it to the postseason eight years in a row? More anxious to leave than Norv Turner was? I don’t think so.

  37. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:05 AM
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:36 PM

    Ted’s last pick from Bethune Cookman went to 3 Pro Bowls and had an interception for a TD in Superbowl XLV.

    One of the things I like most about the Packers is that they hold a NFL record for winning 13 World Championships

    YEP, A WHOLE 2 SINCE SEPT OF 68….AND 9 WHEN THERE WERE 2 TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. THEY SHOULD HAVE 13, THEYVE BEEN AROUND FOR 150 YEARS
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    Or twice as many as the rest of the division combined.

  38. I can’t believe no one will be interviewing Slick Rick’s Viking brain trust. They’re the smartest people in any room they’re in, legends of the off-season championship.

  39. atthemurph says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:36 AM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:05 AM
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    Jan 2, 2017 9:36 PM

    Ted’s last pick from Bethune Cookman went to 3 Pro Bowls and had an interception for a TD in Superbowl XLV.

    One of the things I like most about the Packers is that they hold a NFL record for winning 13 World Championships

    YEP, A WHOLE 2 SINCE SEPT OF 68….AND 9 WHEN THERE WERE 2 TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE. THEY SHOULD HAVE 13, THEYVE BEEN AROUND FOR 150 YEARS
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    Or twice as many as the rest of the division combined.

    yep, and how many compared to steelers cowboys and patriots? since the mid 70s? you people are hysterical

  40. Ted did a decent job in Green Bay. The Packers make the playoffs year in and year out. Almost all of that is due to Aaron Rodgers. TT had alot of misses in the draft as most GM`s do but my complaint with him is that he relies to much on the draft to correct immediate problems, Problems that could be addressed in free agency. I`m not for overpaying free agents but Ted wouldnt even kick the tires. If the Packers had a glaring weakness at a position his solution was to draft a guy in the middle/late rounds hoping that that particular rookie is going to fill that void. It seldom worked.

  41. Ted Thompson has earned the right to retire when he wants to. Great franchises hire and develop great talent, in the front office as well as on the gridiron. And this talent eventually leaving is a sign they’re doing things right in Green Bay.

    If you can’t accept this fact, you’re either envious of the Packers’ organization (I get it) or you’re an unhappy Packers fan who, as the great Woody Boyd once alluded thinks he “knows more in his whole body than TT knows in his little finger”.

    Great companies retain CEOs and execs who’ve proven themselves and have earned their right to stay. And if an opportunity arises for another exec who’s ready, these great organizations open the door and wish this young talent luck.

  42. Wolf has talked of stepping down to take over college scouting.

    Which is his passion and would allow him more home time.

    Look for that to happen while Elliot moves up to GM. It’s not like he’s alone in making decisions either.

    Expect Elliot to still be BPA in drafting but a bit more aggressive in FA signings. Not Dan Snyder crazy but more like quality depth at the 2 and 3 string over guys who just won’t ever be more than special teamers.

  43. Well if the rumors are true, Ted is going to step down as GM and become a senior scouting adviser after the playoffs. That would then allow the Packers to promote Elliot to GM. Would be a win-win scenario for the Packers.

  44. The Packers are by far the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL. That heightens the feelings of inferiority of certain tortured soul fans of other teams.

    We understand. Embrace your pain.

    Meanwhile we’ll enjoy once again contending for a NFL record 14th World Championship.

  45. No way any GM candidate with a lick of common sense goes to work for an owner that meddles, particularly Wolf, who’s probably slated for TT’s job.

    The draft is an inexact science, and TT has been a good GM. Credit has to be given TT for at least three things: (1) drafting Rodgers; (2) building consistent playoff teams solely through the draft while ignoring free agency; and (3) drafting Rodgers.

  46. contra74isloosebutthole says:
    Jan 3, 2017 2:02 AM

    Your argument does not hold water. It works if making the playoffs is your goal
    ____________

    The goal is winning a SB title, but as I said the coaches need to put the talent in position, to attain that championship. When the December rolls around there is NOTHING a GM can do to put the team over the top. If you have some examples I would love to hear them.

  47. I like Ted Thompson and think he’s horribly unappreciated by a lot of Packer fans. But I still wish he was a little more willing to plug holes in FA. Hope they don’t lose Wolf.

  48. it doesn’t matter what any of you think. if your team isnt in the playoffs, shut up. but you won’t. when TT wins another Super Bowl, you’ll all still be here saying he should’ve won more while at the same time your team hasnt won anything. use your energy to yell at your GM. not the one that has actually accomplished his goals.
    now go eat your peanut butter and jealous sandwich. GO PACK GO!!

  49. “compared to steelers cowboys and patriots? since the mid 70s?” you see, here’s the thing. those franchises respect us. i’m going to go out on a limb and say that you arent a fan of those teams. you’re most likely a fan of a team that has never one it. so, don’t speak for teams that laugh at your team. nobody asked you. also, i cant think of anyone that would ask a loser how to win.

  50. leatherface2012 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 9:05 AM
    filthymcnasty3 says:
    THEY SHOULD HAVE 13, THEYVE BEEN AROUND FOR 150 YEARS
    //////////////////////

    You would know. You were there.

  51. Except for Clinton dix and Bulaga his first round picks have not been close to first round talent.
    ===

    Bulaga was drafted in 2010. You’re way off on your 5 years…

    2016
    – (1) Kenny Clark looks like a player.
    – (2) Jason Spriggs has been solid as a backup.

    2015
    – (1&2) Randall and Rollins have been up and down, and injured this year
    – (3) Ty Montgomery is clearly a player

    2014
    – (1) HHCD
    – (2) Davonte Adams is producing, I’m not a big fan
    – (4) Corey Linsley has been excellent @ C

    2013
    – (1&2) Datone Jones and Eddie Lacy bombed
    – (4) Bakhtiari is the best O-lineman on the team
    – (5) Micah Hyde has been a solid role player from day 1

    2012
    – (1&2) Perry and Worthy… busts
    – (3) Casey Hayward led the League in INTs this year
    – (4) Mike Daniels is the Packers best D-lineman

    I blame coaching. I think Thompson and the scouts find players every year. I don’t think the coaches put them in position to succeed. Especially on defense.

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