Why Packers' Reported GM Hire Is Good News For Bill Belichick, Patriots

08 January, 2018, 04:10 | Author: Edward Fernandez
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The new Packers GM played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse until a shoulder injury cut his college career short.

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.

When Mark Murphy offered the position to Gutekunst on Sunday, Gutekunst was in Houston on his way to interview for the Texans GM job.

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It's a reported 5-year deal. Schneider, a Wisconsin native, was the director of football operations for the Packers before being hired by the Seahawks in 2010. The Packers named Gutekunst the GM before another team could do it first.

By hiring Gutekunst, Murphy passed over Russ Ball, the team's Vice-President of Football Operations/Player Finance and Eliot Wolf, the son of former GM Ron Wolf, now the team's Director of Football Operations.

Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record and out of the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Hiring an in-house personnel guy who aligns with his philosophy and a similar approach that Thompson took is a good thing for a coach who was given a quiet one-year extension in the middle of the last season.

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