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Brian Gutekunst succeeds Ted Thompson as Packers GM

09 January 2018, 12:44 | Nina Perez

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Gutekunst interned in the Packers' scouting department in the summer of 1997.

The biggest change will be that Gutekunst, Ball and head coach Mike McCarthy will all report directly to Murphy.

"While we have enjoyed a lot of success, we need to improve", Murphy wrote. While I understand this is a departure from the Packers' current structure, it will serve to increase the breadth and frequency of communication and collaboration. When a new head coach arrives, expect them to make changes to the coaching staff to better fit their offensive and defensive schemes. Another in-house candidate was salary cap-guru Russ Ball, widely reported by the media to be the favorite for the Packers' GM job right up until the news of Gutekunst's hiring. While fans may be a bit anxious about bringing back Philbin after his disastrous tenure with the Dolphins, it is important to note that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense broke multiple records in 2011 under him, and every year during Philbin's tenure Green Bay ranked in the top 10 in offensive production as well as scoring. "I am confident that he is the man that will help get us there". He will replace Ted Thompson, who stepped down from the role last week.

"He obviously has other opportunities if he wants them, but I'm very hopeful that he'll be here", Gutekunst said on Monday. He has been with the Packers for 19 years, longer than anyone in the team's football operations.

"At least he had the opportunity to interview for it", Ron Wolf told ESPN in a phone interview. And finally, I must thank my wife, Jen, and our children for their constant sacrifice and unwavering support despite all of the time I have spent on the road and away from home.

"Since joining the Packers in 2008, Russ has proven to be invaluable", Murphy said in a press release from the Packers. He returned to the Packers as a college scout on December 30, 1998, when he was hired by then-general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf. Ball has been the salary cap expert and chief contract negotiator as the team's vice president of football administration/player finance. "With that in mind, the head coach, general manager and executive vice president/director of football operations will report to me moving forward".

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