The Green Bay Packers didn’t take long to find their new General Manager. Team President Mark Murphy has decided on long-time scout Brian Gutekunst to replace former G.M. Ted Thompson. The Packers are expected to make the announcement official today.
Gutekunst was chosen over fellow in-house candidates Russ Ball and Eliot Wolf.
The 44-year-old Gutekunst gets a five-year contract with the Packers and presumably will suit head coach Mike McCarthy just fine. Last week, McCarthy repeatedly sent the message that Thompson’s successor needed to be a good fit with the coach. It is likely that McCarthy’s comments last week at least had some influence on hiring Gutekunst, not to mention contacting the Seattle Seahawks about the availability of their general manager John Schneider.
Gutekunst becomes the sixth scout hired by Ron wolf to go on to become a general manager in the NFL.
Now the pressure is on McCarthy, who still needs to hire coaching staff replacements in a number of areas, including coordinators on both sides of the ball. McCarthy has two years left on his contract. [Read more…]