Packers Will Name Director Of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst Next GM

Packers Will Name Director Of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst Next GM

Packers Will Name Director Of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst Next GM

After 13 years, Green Bays' general manager Ted Thompson stepped down from the position on Tuesday and reports immediately began to surface regarding the Packers' interest in Schneider.

Brian Gutekunst was in demand elsewhere.

Gutekunst has been with the organization for 19 years, rising up the ranks from college scout.

He was also considered one of the frontrunners for the job with the San Francisco 49ers a year ago that eventually went to John Lynch.

Gutekunst will be entering his 20th season with the Packers.


It's possible Green Bay will still make philosophical changes to its coaching and scouting methods, and it seems likely Gutekunst's promotion will coincide with a more active approach in free agency and on the trade market - two avenues Thompson was infamously loathe to travel down.

Green Bay reached out to Seattle, according to reports, and requested an interview with Schneider, but were denied the opportunity by the Seahawks.

Gutekunst may be the Packers settling, but that doesn't mean it's a bad hire. That is not the case, and it's unclear if Ball will stay in his current position as vice president.

As for the two other in-house candidates for the Packers GM job Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf that didn't get the job, it sounds like the Packers still want to keep them around. In Green Bay, the general manager has full authority over all football decisions, including the draft, free agency and hiring and firing of the coach.

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