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The Green Bay Packers finished the 2017 campaign with a 7-9 record, just the third losing season in Green Bay in the last 26 seasons.

  • The Packers did not make the postseason for the first time since 2008, ending the run of eight consecutive trips to the playoffs, a franchise record.
  • After the last losing season, Green Bay responded with four consecutive 10-plus-win seasons.
  • The Packers started the 2017 campaign 4-1, marking the fourth time since 2006 that Green Bay won at least four of its first five games (5-0 in 2015 / 5-0 in 2011 / 4-1 in 2007).
  • QB Aaron Rodgers led the NFL with 13 touchdown passes in the first five weeks of the season, while his 104.1 passer rating ranked No. 5, his 1,367 passing yards ranked No. 4, his 126 completions ranked No. 4 and his 66.7 completion percentage ranked No. 8 (min. 125 pass att.).
  • Green Bay came back to win from 14-plus points down in Weeks 3 and 5 (vs. Cincinnati and at Dallas). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Packers had not recorded two comeback wins of 14-plus points in a three-game span in the same season since 1989 (Sept. 17 vs. New Orleans and Oct. 1 vs. Atlanta). They also came back from 14 points down in Week 14 at Cleveland, marking the first time in team history that the Packers recorded three comeback wins from 14-plus points down in a single season.
  • On the second offensive drive in Week 6 at Minnesota, Rodgers suffereed a collarbone injury that would put him on injured reserve, and he would only play in one more game (Week 15 at Carolina) the rest of the season.
  • QB Brett Hundley made his first career start in place of Rodgers in Week 7 vs. New Orleans.
  • Hundley rec Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey orded a rushing touchdown in each of his first two career starts (Weeks 7 and 9), becoming the first Packers quarterback to accomplish the feat since 1940.
  • The Packers lost the first three starts under Hundley, but then won three of the next five.
  • Rookie RB Aaron Jones rushed for the game-winning 20-yard touchdown in overtime of the Week 13 win vs. Tampa Bay. Jones became only the second Packers player all-time to score a rushing touchdown in overtime (Jim Hargrove, October 18, 1987).
  • In the Week 14 victory at Cleveland, Hundley completed 35 of 46 passes for 265 yards, three touchdowns, zero interceptions and a passer rating of 111.2. His completion percentage of 76.1 was the best single-game mark in team history among quarterbacks with 35-plus completions.
  • In Week 15 at Carolina, Rodgers returned, but the Packers came up short, losing by a touchdown. Hundley returned to the helm for final two games of the season.
  • Hundley tied Matt Flynn (three) for the second-most games with a 100-plus passer rating by a quarterback in his first nine starts for Green Bay (Rodgers, five) among quarterbacks who made their first start for the Packers since 1960.
  • Green Bay won three games in overtime (Weeks 3, 13 and 14) during the 2017 season, the most by the Packers in a single season in franchise history. Green Bay’s three overtime wins this season were tied for the second most in a season since the NFL added an OT period in 1974, trailing only the 2011 Arizona Cardinals (four wins).

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  • The Packers registered overtime wins in back-to-back games (Weeks 13-14) for the first time in team history.
  • WR Davante Adams led the Packers with 74 receptions, 885 receiving yards (12.0 avg.) and 10 receiving touchdowns, marking his second consecutive season with 10-plus receiving touchdowns (12 in 2016). He joined Jordy Nelson (2014, 2016), Antonio Freeman (1997-98), Sterling Sharpe (1992-94) and Don Hutson (1941-43) as the only players in franchise history to register 10-plus TD catches in consecutive seasons.
  • LB Blake Martinez finished with a team-high 158 tackles (107 solo). Dating back to 1975, it is the 14th time and first time since A.J Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap . Hawk (153) in 2013 that a Green Bay player has reached 150 tackles in a season.
  • LB Clay Matthews led the Packers in sacks (7.5) for a franchise-record seventh time this season (2009-14, 2017). With 80.0 career sacks, he also moved past DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (74.5) to set the team record.
  • Dating back to 1940, it was just the fifth time that Green Bay had four players with 250-plus rushing yards (Jamaal Williams, 556 yards / Jones, 448 yards / Ty Montgomery, 273 / Hundley, 270) in a single season (1986, 1976, 1969, 1947).


  • It was the first time the Packers had two rookie RBs with 400-plus rushing yards in a season. Williams and Jones ranked No. 6 and 9, respectiveley, in rushing yards among NFL rookie RBs in 2017.
  • For the first time since 1933 (Buckets Goldenberg and Bob Monnett), Green Bay had two rookie running backs with three-plus touchdowns each (Williams, four / Jones, four).
  • This was the first time since 1985 that the Packers had three different running backs (Williams, six / Jones, four / Montgomery, four) with four-plus touchdowns in a season (Jessie Clark, Gerry Ellis, Eddie Lee Ivery).
  • Green Bay ranked No. 5 in the NFL in rushing average during the 2017 season.
  • Green Bay had four 160-yard rushing games this season, tied for No. 7 in the NFL.
  • Over the last 14 seasons (2004-17), the only season the Packers have had more 160-yard rushing games was in 2013 (six).
  • Over the last seven games (Weeks 11-17) of the season, Williams made the first seven starts of his career and ranked No. 9 among running backs in yards from scrimmage over that span (672).
  • Williams was the first Green Bay rookie to have three consecutive games with 115-plus yards from scrimmage (Weeks 12-14) since Billy Howton in 1952.
  • Williams recorded a rushing touchdown in three consecutive games (Weeks 12-14), the longest streak of rushing touchdowns by a Green Bay player since RB Eddie Lacy recorded a rushing touchdown in three straight games in 2014 (Weeks 14-16), according to pro-footballreference. com.
  • According to pro-football-reference, Williams ranks No. 4 among Packers rookie running backs in both yards from scrimmage and rushing yards (since 1920).
  • Williams was the first Packers rookie since Ellis in 1980 with five-plus touchdowns over a three-game span (Weeks 12-14).
  • Williams, Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt and New Orleans RB Alvin Kamara were the only rookie running backs to have two games with both a rushing and receiving touchdown in 2017. Williams is the only rookie in franchise history to have two games with both a rushing and receiving touchdown (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
  • QB Brett Hundley became the first quarterback in team history (since 1940) to register a rushing touchdown in both of his first two career starts with the Packers (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
  • In Week 7, Jones reached 131 yards in 17 carries (7.7 avg.), the fewest number of carries needed by a Green Bay rookie in a 125-yard rushing game.
  • Jones was tied for No. 4 in the NFL with two 125-yard rushing games during the 2017 regular season.
  • Jones joined Lacy and John Brockington in a tie for the most 125-yard rushing games in a season by a Green Bay rookie.
  • In Week 13, Williams (career-high 113 rushing yards) and Hundley (career-best 66 rushing yards) marked the first time the Packers (since 1933) featured a 100-yard rusher and QB with 65-plus rushing yards in the same game (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
  • Green Bay rushed for 199 yards on 29 carries (6.9 avg.) in Week 13, just the sixth time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that the Packers have rushed for 199-plus yards on fewer than 30 attempts.
  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Williams was the first Green Bay rookie to register 120-plus yards from scrimmage in back-to-back games (Weeks 12-13) since Brockington in 1971, and was the first Green Bay running back since Ahman Green in 2006 (Weeks 8-9).
  • Williams and Jones became just the second pair of Green Bay rookie running backs (Johnathan Franklin and Lacy in 2013) to both have a 100-yard rushing game in the same season (according to the Elias S Custom Blue Jays Jersey ports Bureau).
  • According to STATS, the Packers ranked No. 2 in the NFL in 2017 in percentage of rushes gaining 4-plus yards (174 of 359).
  • The Packers’ 48.2 percentage was the best by Green Bay since STATS started tracking the statistic in 1995.


  • Hundley registered a passer rating of 110-plus in three of his five road starts in 2017 (110.8 at Chicago, 134.3 at Pittsburgh, 111.2 at Cleveland). He was tied for the third-most road games with a 110-plus passer rating during the 2017 season.
  • Hundley tied Aaron Rodgers (2009) for the second-most consecutive road starts with a passer rating of 110-plus (Rodgers, six in 2011) in franchise history.
  • Hundley was the first NFL quarterback since Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan vs. Carolina on Oct. 2, 2016, to have three touchdown passes of 35-plus yards in a game (Week 12 at Pittsburgh).
  • Hundley ranked No. 1 among NFL quarterbacks in yards per carry (7.50) during the 2017 regular season (min. 20 att.).
  • According to STATS, Hundley ranks No. 1 among Packer quarterbacks in yards per carry in a single season since 1950 (min. 20 att.), surpassing Tobin Rote, who averaged 6.88 yard per carry in 1951.
  • The Packers registered 3,532 gross passing yards in 2017, with 1,909 coming in the form of yards after the catch. According to Sport Radar, Green Bay ranked No. 2 in the NFL during the 2017 season with 54.0 percent of passing yards coming from YAC (New Orleans, 54.4). It was the fourth time in the previous six seasons that the Packers ranked in the top 10 in the category (No. 8 in 2015, No. 4 in 2013, No. 5 in 2012).
  • Green Bay recorded 24 of its 37 sacks in the final eight games of the season. The Packers ranked No. 4 in the NFL in sacks in Games 9-16.
  • The Packers’ 24 sacks over the final eight contests were tied for the fourth most they have recorded in Games 9-16 since 1982.
  • The Packers registered seven sacks in Week 13, the most by Green Bay since recording seven vs. Kansas City on Sept. 28, 2015.
  • The Packers tied for No. 7 in the NFL in opponent fumbles recovered (11) in 2017 (Chicago, 14 / Detroit, Tampa Bay, 13 / Baltimore, Jacksonville, Philadelphia, 12 / Carolina, Dallas, 11).
  • DE Dean Lowry returned a fumble 62 yards for a touchdown in Week 13, marking the longest by a Packer since DE Keith McKenzie’s 88-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Pittsburgh on Nov. 9, 1998.
  • Green Bay had six players with four-plus touchdowns this season, tied for No. 1 in the NFL in 2017 and the most the Packers have had since 2011.
  • CB Damarious Randall recorded an interception in three consecutive games (Weeks 5-7), the first Packer to do so since CB Casey Hayward in 2012 (Weeks 5-7). A fumble recovery vs. Detroit marked his fourth consecutive game with a turnover.
  • Randall had four interceptions on the season, surpassing his career high set in 2015 and 2016. Randall joined Ace Loomis (1951-53), Bobby Dillon (1952-54), Val Joe Walker (1953-55), Ken Ellis (1970-72) and Tim Lewis (1983-85) as the only Packers (since 1940) with three-plus INTs in each of their first three seasons in the NFL.
  • Randall tied for No. 12 in the NFL with four interceptions.
  • LB Blake Martinez finished No. 1 on the Packers with 158 total tackles (101 solo) in 2017. Dating back to 1975, it was the 14th time and first time since A.J. Hawk (153) in 2013 that a Green Bay player has reached 150 tackles in a season.
  • Martinez registered 10-plus tackles in eight games during the 2017 season (12 vs. Cincinnati, 13 at Dallas, 14 at Minnesota, 15 vs. New Orleans, 12 vs. Detroit, career-high 17 at Pittsburgh, 10 vs. Tampa Bay, 11 vs. Minnesota).
  • The Packers held their opponent to less than 65 yards rushing in three straight games (Weeks 9-11). It marked just the sixth time since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger that Green Bay limited its opponent to less than 65 rushing yards in at least three consecutive games.
  • In Week 9, Green Bay held Detroit to 64 yards on 33 carries (1.9 avg.), marking just the fourth time since the merger that the Packers allowed 65 or fewer rushing yards on 30-plus attempts by an opponent: 11/5/78, at Philadelphia, 30-51 (1.7 avg.) / 10/22/78, at Minnesota, 32-60 (1.9 avg.) / 10/5/09, at Minnesota, 30-63 (2.1 avg.).
  • According to STATS, the Packers were one of four teams to have two defensive tackles (Mike Daniels, 5.0 and Kenny Clark, 4.5) record fourplus sacks each during the 2017 season (Dallas: David Irving, 7.0 and Tyrone Crawford, 4.0 / Los Angeles Rams: Aaron Donald, 11.0 and Michael Brockers, 4.5 / Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy, 6.0 and Clinton McDonald, 5.0).

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Having led Green Bay to the playoffs in nine of his first 12 seasons as head coach, Mike McCarthy is joined by Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren as the only coaches to guide the Packers to a Super Bowl win with a victory over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.

  • McCarthy’s 121 regular-season wins in his first 12 years as a head coach (2006-17) are No. 4 in NFL history (according to the Elias Sports Bureau).
  • McCarthy guided the Packers to a franchise-record fourth consecutive division title in 2014. In his 12 seas Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey ons, he has won six division titles, tying Lombardi for the second most in franchise history.
  • With a win at Tampa Bay in Week 16 of the 2014 season, McCarthy passed Lombardi for the No. 2 spot in team history as far as overall victories.
  • The 131 overall wins are the most in the NFC and the third most in the NFL since 2006 (New England, 166 / Pittsburgh, 132).
  • In Week 6 of the 2017 season, McCarthy recorded his 200th career game as a head coach (including the postseason), Having compiled 128 victories, he tied Bud Grant and Chuck Noll for the sixth-most wins by a head coach through 200 games: Don Shula, 149 / Joe Gibbs, 138 / George Halas, 134 / Tony Dungy, 130 / Curly Lambeau, 130.
  • McCarthy reached 100 career wins (including playoffs) in just his 155th game. He was the fastest to reach 100 wins in the NFL since George Seifert in 1996 (132 games).
  • McCarthy recorded his third regular season with 12-plus wins in 2014 (2007, 2011), passing Lambeau (1929, 1931), Lombardi (1962, 1966), Holmgren (1996-97) and Mike Sherman (2001-02) for the most by a coach in franchise history.
  • McCarthy has guided the Packers to five seasons with 11-plus wins (2007, 2009, 2011-12, 2014), passing Lombardi (1961-63, 1966) and Holmgren (1995-98) for the most by a coach in franchise history.
  • McCarthy’s eight regular seasons with 10-plus wins are a franchise record (since 1921). Among current NFL head coaches, only Bill Belichick (17) and Andy Reid (12) have more 10-plus-win seasons.
  • McCarthy is the only coach in franchise history to post three or more consecutive 10-win seasons twice in his career (2009-12, 2014-16).
  • McCarthy joined Pittsburgh’s Bill Cowher (2005) as the only Super Bowl-winning coaches to lead their respective teams to three road wins as the No. 6 seed in the postseason en route to a world title.
  • Including playoffs, McCarthy has a 131-78-1 record since taking over as head coach in 2006, a .626 winning percentage that ranks No. 3 among current NFL head coaches (minimum 100 games).
  • McCarthy has coached in 210 games (including playoffs), No. 2 in team history behind Lambeau (339 from 1921-49).
  • In the Week 6 victory over the San Diego Chargers in 2015, McCarthy earned the 100th regular-season win of his career in just his 150th game, making him the seventh-fastest coach in NFL history and the fastest current NFL coach to reach the 100-win plateau.
  • Since McCarthy took over in 2006, the Packers rank No. 3 in the NFL in regular-season winning percentage.
  • Green Bay’s seven 10-win regular seasons since 2009 are No. 2 in the NFL.

What do you mak Custom Blue Jays Jersey e of all the changes? senior writer Mike Spofford took reader questions in Mike’s Mid-Week Chat

Hey everybody, thanks for logging on. Lots going on around here, obviously. Let’s get to it.

Comment From Charles

What can you tell us about Mike Pettine?

Unfortunately, I can’t comment on any coaching hires until McCarthy makes them official. I’m guessing he’s waiting to get his entire staff in place before doing so. What I will say is if it indeed is Pettine, it would signal McCarthy’s vision for the defense is to be very aggressive and very multiple scheme-wise.

Comment From Zach

With the GM move and the rumored OC/DC hirings, it’s a Gute time to be a Packers fan.

The one and only pun I’ll allow in this chat.

Comment From Matt

So do you root for the Vikings or the guy that orchestrated Bountygate?

I’m not a fan of either team, but it should be a whale of a game. I think given how the Packers’ season changed so dramatically, the Saints will be a popular team in Wisconsin this weekend.

Comment From Spike

Mike, what position on a football staff, coaching or personnel, do you feel most qualified for?

None of the above.

Comment From Adam B.

What are the reasons for folks saying Damarious Randall is best in the slot? What are the things that make someone better suited for the slot?

I think a lot of it has to do with his size, because the bigger receivers are generally on the boundary and a tougher matchup for a 5-11 corner. But he’s also got quick reactions to blitz from the slot or make plays on the short slants.

Comment From Lynn

Morning, Mike. As the Packers have split the duties of the GM into two jobs, Gutekunst’s role is easier for me to understand (scouting/drafting/selecting the roster). But what will the Vice President’s job responsibilities look like?

It looks like Russ Ball’s job responsibilities will be a lot of the same things he’s done, and done very well, for years under Thompson. But now with the title he has, he possesses final say in those areas and doesn’t necessarily need the GM’s approval. I think Thompson often gave him that authority anyway because he trusted him so much.

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We have gotten no TT interviews after the change, which is expected… Will Eliot Wolf be more gracious and grant an interview now that he is with Cleveland? Sorry to see him go but I understand his predicament.

I don’t expect it. It would be highly unusual for a personnel executive to do anything formal with the media upon departing. If reporters get a hold of him on their own and he’s willing to talk, we may hear from him in that respect.

Comment From Blaine

Pretty hard not to believe it will be Patriots vs. Steelers for the AFC championship, but which 2 do you see in the NFC championship  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey game?

I think it’ll be Saints-Falcons, but I can see it going any number of different directions.

Comment From Cha Custom Blue Jays Jersey rles

Is the atmosphere in the office more fearful of change or optimistic for the future?

Everyone is excited to see where this goes. A lot of people I’ve known for a long time are leaving, so from the personal side, it’s tough. But you also get used to it in this business. It’s part of the deal.

Comment From Rick

What is your favorite memory during your time working for the Packers?

Super Bowl XLV for sure. I hope to cover another one before too much longer.

Comment From Pluto

What home game are you most looking forward to in 2018?

San Francisco coming in here with Garoppolo looks really intriguing, as far as the non-division home games.

Comment From Paco

Do people ever call you Miguel?

My father does, because I went to Spain my senior year in college on a study abroad program he created. A couple of my friends from the program still call me that as well. But it’s pretty rare.

Comment From Adam B.

I heard some things about Josh Jones playing multiple positions this season due to a number of factors. Just how many different roles or positions did Josh Jones have to wrap his mind around this year?

Too many for a rookie, in my opinion, but it was out of necessity. The times he could settle in at one spot, his impact on games was noticeable, but he didn’t get that chance often enough, unfortunately.

Comment From Andy

How is it to cover the team when they go through a season like this where they have some struggles?

It was obviously disappointing to go into the final two games of the regular season not playing for any postseason hopes and knowing the season would be over in Week 17. I had gotten used to not knowing when the season would actually end, so that was the biggest change. Otherwise, the job is the job, and I’ve always said it’s more fun when the team wins.

Comment From tghn

Sometimes a change in leadership makes one feel they need to make a statement move. Do you think Gutekunst feels the need to make a statement?

I don’t think that’s in his nature. We’ll see. I think a lot of fans are wondering if he’ll be pursuing the top-tier free agents, and maybe he will, but I’ve stated I think his different ways will manifest themselves more in the depth chart, with more experienced players ready to fill in when injuries hit. That could mean more mid- to low-level free-agent activity.

Comment From Ray N.

Any clarity as yet on Philbin’s role ?? Glad he’s back … he put up great numbers …

Again, nothing is official, so I can’t comment directly, but if Philbin is indeed coming back, that would be neat. He’s a great guy and I always liked being part of media interviews with him.

Comment From Chuck

What’s your off season like until the draft, with no playoffs?

Trying to find some time off here and there, but Wes and I are still doing Unscripted regularly, and we’ll go to the combine for several days at the end of next month.

Comment From john

Murphy stated at his press conference that he will be meeting with McCarthy on a weekly basis. When a reporter asked him what they will discussed, one of the items mentioned was game planning. How is that not micromanaging?

I think Murphy might ask him about the upcoming game plan out of curiosity, but I don’t think he’ll be sharing his opinions on it unless McCarthy asks him to.

Comment From tghn

It seems the Packers reporters like to stir the pot on social media (i.e. – Russ Ball will be the next Packers GM. McCarthy may resign if this happens). Do you get as frustrated as I do with this?

I don’t get frustrated. I take it all with  a grain of salt, because you never really know. Reporters are doing their jobs, using sources they trust to ferret out the news as quickly as possible, but no one’s sources are ever 100 percent right.

Comment From Don H.

You have any observations about coaching and front office changes taking place in DET and CHI? … a lot of disruption in the division…

I haven’t followed Detroit’s situation as much as Chicago’s. I’ll be very curious to see how Nagy does with Trubisky for the Bears. It all hinges on that coach-QB relationship and his development. There’s a reason Thompson hired McCarthy right after drafting Rodgers.

Comment From Vinny

Why allow Wolf to interview with Cleveland or elsewhere if they want to retain them on their staff? They are under no obligation, especially if it not deemed a promotion. I understand potentially allowing him to interview Houston for their open GM spot but not for a non-GM position. Thank You

He’s been denied permission in certain spots before, and if he wants to move on, there’s no point in having someone on staff who’s always thinking about being somewhere else.

Comment From Scott

Mike, with the recent departures of Highsmith and Wolf, two of GBs best talent evaluators, my question is does this reflect more on Ted, Murphy, Mike or all three? Sounds like there was more than a little dissention in the operations department?

I don’t call it dissension. It’s a bunch of highly qualified guys with similar aspirations who are trying to find the best situation for themselves to get noticed and get to the top. I don’t begrudge anyone his choice for how best to accomplish that.

Comment From Matt

Will the in-house staff that interview for DC leave if MP is indeed hired or will they be part of the staff? I think it could be beneficial to have a few guys from the past that know the players on a personal level. By the way Spoff, we met at the pep rally in Carolina and you were real nice. Thanks for the picture also.

That’s still to be determined. McCarthy made it pretty clear in his news conference last week that he wants his new DC to be on board with the coaches under him, involved in hiring new ones, etc. I’m sure all those issues have been discussed in interviews.

Comment From John

With the change in power structure is not a concern that we will go back to the days of Infante/Braatz.

I don’t really understand all the alarm bells, frankly. I think Murphy decided on the people he wanted in which roles and has built the structure he thinks will work best with these people. Down the road the structure may change again based on the people involved.

Comment From Schmiddy

Is it funny how a month ago we criticized the front office for a lack of talent, now we’re worried how we’ll replace the people leaving? Why are we afraid of what we ask for?

Everyone wants assurances all the time. There are none in this business. You hire good people and get to work.

Comment From Ray L.

With a GM just hired in Green Bay, I could understand Highsmith and Wolf wanting to move on, since it will be a while before there is an opportunity in GB, But, Cleveland just hired Dorsey, does that choice for Highsmith and Wolf puzzle you?

Not at all. Working for a guy they know and trust, if you can be part of turning that operation around, more doors could open. I totally get it.

Comment From Linda P.

Mike, Do you think not hiring his son will create bad feelings between Ron Wolf and the Packers? I saw another re Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey port and he seemed ticked off.

I’m sure he’s disappointed. Any father with the legacy he has here would be. But Ron Wolf knows how competitive this world is.

Comment From Sean

Hi Mike! What do you think the Packers are going to do with Morgan Burnett? Will he be the next to get a contract extension or will they let him walk in March?

Really good question. Could depend on how the new DC sees him fitting in, playing certain roles perhaps. Personally, I hope Morgan is back, but I don’t know what all will go into the decision.

Comment From Eric

Mike, wouldn’t letting Burnett go be a slap on the other cheek for letting Hyde go?

I don’t think you can look at it that way. Burnett has been in the league 8 years now. Hyde was half that when he departed.

Comment From Guest

Any idea how Kevin King‘s shoulder is doing? Should we be worried about the frequency of Davante Adams concussions?

I haven’t heard anything on King’s shoulder. Perhaps we’ll get an update when the players return in a few months for the offseason program. Regarding Adams, he did not sound concerned when he spoke to reporters last week. I’ve come to understand that every player reacts to/recovers from head injuries differently.

Comment From Reggie

So, I counted the number of people in the Front Office as posted on site. Roughly 285, including coaching staff. Any idea how that number compares to other franchises?

No clue, but I’m guessing it’s more because of all the Atrium businesses and such that are here. Not every franchise’s stadium is like this one.

Comment From Guest

Mike, everyone seems to be hoping we keep Cobb and Nelson, but the reality is we just signed Davonte and no team has three receivers making >$10M on their roster. Given the recent change in the organization, do you see all three men on the roster next year at their current salaries? I know sometimes restructuring is possible.

I would guess a restructure or two are coming if all three are to remain in Green Bay in 2018, but I’ve been surprised before.

OK, I have to get going soon. I’ll take a few more. Thanks for all the questions today.

Comment From Ken

With all these front office and coaching moves I am ready for the old school 1965 title game rematch. Packers vs Browns Superbowl

Who knows? Super Bowl LV?

Comment From Matt

What’s MM’s big letters promise going to be in 2018? I think it’s going to be related to speed.

I think he’s focused on continuity, and achieving as much of it as you can on both sides of the ball even when you’re dealing with injuries.

Comment From Susie

I’m reading along, thanks for the chat, Mike, great job!

Thanks for the participation, everybody. I have to sign off for now. Not sure how many chats I’ll do in the offseason, but I’ll try to pick and choose some worthwhile spots. Best, Mike

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This move keeps the train moving

Chris from Racine, WI

What are your thoughts on the type of GM Brian Gutekunst will be for someone that knows nothing about him?

Gutekunst is yet another protégé from the Ron Wolf personnel tree and been a continuous member of the Packers’ personnel department for nearly 20 years. He learned from two of the best in the business in Wolf and Ted Thompson. Time will tell what Gutekunst’s philosophy will be towards player acquisition, but he has a good blueprint to work from when it comes to the draft and free agency.

Nick from Sturtevant, WI

It never ceases to amaze me how deep the Ron Wolf tree runs, and how much of an impact it will have on this organization for years to come.

Ron Wolf’s legacy will forever be rebuilding the Packers into a championship organization. His 11-year run will go down as one of the most impressive reclamation projects in NFL history. However, Wolf’s lasting impact on the league is what makes him an undeniable Pro Football Hall of Famer. His scouting tree has produced six GMs within 17 years of his retirement, along with dozens of other personnel executives across the league who developed under his watch.

Ben from Las Vegas, NV

Does the Gutekunst promotion change the approach to or delay signing Rodgers to an extension? Will Ball stay on board?

I think this move keeps the train moving. The Packers have a well-rounded, homegrown scout making the final calls on player acquisition and Ball handling contracts. I don’t think Green Bay gets enough credit for how it’s managed the cap over the past 10 years. Yes, the Packers have had to make tough calls on players, but they haven’t found themselves in “cap jail” like many other contending teams have. We’ll see what happens with a Rodgers extension in the coming year, but the pieces are in place for the Packers’ personnel department to get a deal done.

Mitch from Waukesha, WI

What do we need to know about Brian Gutekunst?

He’s a very talented personnel evaluator who’s spent the past 20 years in the Packers’ organization. He’s steadily climbed the ranks en route to becoming a valued member of Thompson’s small council. He played football at UW-LaCrosse in the mid-90s before deciding to try his hand at coaching and scouting. Football runs deep in his family. His father, John, was the head coach at the University of Minnesota from 1985-91.

Keith from Lincoln, IL

OK, how do we pronounce Gutekunst? Thanks!


Steve from Wauwatosa, WI

So strange. The NFL playoffs are going full tilt and the Packers website is deadsville. I don’t like it. Please Mr. Murphy, never let this happen again!

They’re working on it. Mark Murphy and Mike McCarthy understand how important this offseason is for getting the Packers back on the playoff track. They want this year to be the anomaly. This reboot is intended to reestablish the standard Packers fans grown used to over the past decade.

Mike from Boscobel, WI

The last time we saw Aaron Rodgers play, he underthrew long balls. I have never seen him do that before. How do we know that he will ever come back totally?

Because he won’t be thrown immediately into a playoff push following a two-month layoff. Rodgers is going to be just fine. I’d put your worry tokens into a different jar. 

Braden from Aurora, CO

Wes, happy Monday! It seems from McCarthy’s comments whoever is the next OC/DC will be expected to do a better job of developing the “next man up.” How does a head coach get a feel for a coach’s ability to develop young players, if they haven’t worked with them before?

One specific coach isn’t responsible for developing the roster – it takes a village. This is when you build it. Green Bay has talent on both sides of the ball, but it just didn’t fit quite right the past two seasons. I think the Packers are looking for individuals who will help tie all the pieces together.

Jake from St Clair Shores, MI

You’re the new GM of the Green Bay Packers. Its draft day and you’re on the clock. Which position do you address first: Wide receiver? Edge rusher? Defensive tackle? Go.

Wait, I’m the new GM? News to me. What a surprise. What an honor. Based on those three options, I’d say edge rusher. The Packers need to get more pressure on the quarterback next season.

Nate from Pueblo, CO

Any chance Ted Thompson stays with the Packers as a scout?

The details of Thompson’s new position still need to get ironed out, but scouting is what he does best. As Murphy said last week, Thompson has a wealth of knowledge that’ll ser Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey ve the Packers well. He might not be making the final call anymore, but at the end of the day, scouts scout. It’s a great opportunity for him to continue doing what he loves.

Jake from St Clair Shores, MI

What is your opinion on Montravius Adams moving forward and how much of an impact could he have on the D-line next season? With Daniels, Clark, Adams and possibly additional help from the draft, this defensive front could be scary good in 2018.

Adams is a bit of an enigma. He onl Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey y played 65 defensive snaps during his rookie year. Adams missed all but two practices in training camp due to foot surgery, setting his development back. Like Vince Biegel, this will be an important offseason for him to gain comfort in this defense. As a team and as players, the offseason is when you grow. That second-year jump is so big. Just look at Kenny Clark and Blake Martinez. Who will be next to step up?

Matt from Greensboro, NC

If a player ends the season in the concussion protocol (Davante Adams), are they still monitored by the team? Does the independent neurologist “clear him” when he’s healthy in offseason?

Based on what I recall from the Sam Shields situation from 2016, players stay in communication with the independent neurologist throughout the process. Adams is a little different because he passed the protocol after the season finale in Detroit.

James from Chicago, IL

Why does it seem the Packers (in regards to Aaron Rodgers) are the only ones held to the “They’ve only won one Super Bowl” standard? I’ve never heard fans nor the media speak of the Saints or Falcons wasting the prime years of Brees or Ryan’s careers.

If you’ve read this column long enough, you know I have strong feelings on this topic. Rather than repeating my stance, I’ll just say this phenomenon is not unique to Green Bay. Every team feels pressure to win it all. Believe it or not, it happened in New England, too, when Brady went 10 years without a Super Bowl. Manning went 10 years without a Super Bowl. Roethlisberger hasn’t won one in almost a decade. Titles are elusive, but you never stop chasing.

Dan from Grand Rapids, MI

How much of the Patriots’ dynasty do you think can be attributed to the weakness Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  of the AFC? Not only does that lead to a top seed most years for the Patriots (Kudos to them for avoiding upsets in the playoffs) but they seemingly always open the playoffs with a divisional game against a team that is usually not seen as playoff caliber. Whereas in the NFC a  Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap 6 seed is usually a “hot” team that no one wants to play.

I don’t think you can write that story without acknowledging that fact. There’s a reason why the AFC Super Bowl representative has been either Brady, Manning or Roethlisberger in like 16 of the past 17 years, right?

Charlie from Ali Al Salem, Kuwait

Hi guys, my favorite part of the Inbox is the balance you both find. Everyday there is enough seriousness, insight, and wisdom in both the questions you choose and the answers you give. Yet you include enough goofiness, ridiculousness, and absurdity to keep it fun! My question is regarding the personnel changes at GM, OC, and DC. Is it possible those responsible for these changes have specific replacements in mind already? If not, I see the organization just making a change for the sake of making a change.

You don’t make a change because you immediately know who you’re going to hire. You make a change because you want to find out what’s behind Door No. 2. You have a general idea of what you’re looking for, but the search process is what helps make the decision. You might have an inkling about whether a certain individual might be a good fit, but it’s in those interviews where you really get an idea of who you’re dealing with.

Thomas from Milwaukee, WI

Marcus Mariota reminded me a lot of Brett Favre last night. The pass to himself for the touchdown? The huge block on Frank Zombo to seal it? Did you notice that?

You haven’t arrived as an NFL QB until you’ve complete a pass to yourself. Mariota is a gamer. This hasn’t been his best year, but he has so much athletic ability.

Ned from Houlton, ME

Erik Walden and Zombo playing against each other last night. Would have been nice to have one of them on the roster this year.

Walden was a nice signing for the Titans. He fits that Capers/LeBeau system well. Frankly, I was surprised how little interest he received last offseason after putting together an 11-sack season in his last year in Indianapolis. Zombo is a high-effort player and a credit to him for the career he’s carved out for himself, but it looked like he got beat on a few of those runs (including the last first down). He’s started 20 games for KC the past two years, but only has 2½ sacks during that time.

Vince from Janesville, WI

Has anybody in the front office of the Packer organization thought about bringing Brett Favre in for the replacement of Dom Capers?


Keith from Lincoln, IL

Seeing Dick LeBeau rally the Titans defense around him on the sidelines Saturday raised this question for me: With Dom Capers up in the booth, which Packers coach this last year was ‘his voice’ on the sidelines during games?

Capers had a direct line of communication with the player wearing the headset (usually Blake Martinez). However, associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss previously handled those duties and served as Capers’ voice on the sidelines.

Jonathan from Paducah, KY

Just watched the first half of Bills at Jags. I couldn’t help but think either one those teams would love to have Hundley. I’d for sure take Hundley before Bortles. Thoughts?

It was another reminder of how difficult it is to play quarterback at this level. I saw Jacksonville and Buffalo doing a lot of the same stuff the Packers did with Hundley at quarterback – read-option runs and designed rollouts to escape the pocket. Conversely, you also saw two terrific defensive pressure packages. I enjoyed watching this game for every reason other than the quarterback play.

Craig from Perth, United Kingdom

More catch-gate in the Bills versus Jaguars game. If that is a receiver catching that, would it be incomplete?

That wasn’t catch-gate. That was a catch. I don’t care if that’s a receiver, defensive back or punter. Jalen Ramsey did a remarkable job on that play. He’s a field-tilter. I had a bigger issue with Taylor being slammed to the turf than the catch/no-catch.

Ryan from Noblesville, IN

Wow, the Rams got screwed by the officiating crew on a few plays. But the one that really stumped me was when the Rams threw a pass to Gurley, he caught it for a first down within the 10, ran up to the line of scrimmage, and spiked the ball quickly. Then before they could run another play the refs stopped the game to review the catch from two plays before. How can they do that? Review (and overturn) the play before the last play?

That was a new one for me, too. If I understand what Ed Hochuli was saying correctly, the snap on the spike didn’t happen because the Falcons player was offsides. Since the player was offsides, it allowed the booth to review the previous play. So yeah.

Jim from Bowie, TX

During the wild-card game between the Bills/Jags, Tyrod Taylor gets hit helmet-to-helmet while sliding. Penalty is called. Two plays later, he is hit same way while he is running and the announcers say this is legal because he is a runner. I thought helmet to helmet hits were never legal now, what am I missing? I have only watched football for fifty years and don’t know the rules anymore, would you explain this one more time?

I feel your pain, Jim. There are greater protections for the quarterback when he’s in the pocket and sliding than when he tucks it and is declared a runner. This is why T.J. Watt wasn’t fined and/or flagged for his helmet-to-helmet hit with Brett Hundley two months ago. I know, I know, it doesn’t make sense. The league needs to look into this.

Paula from Minneapolis, MN

Love reading the column. Kudos to both of you for having a sense of humor during some tough weeks. I am curious about the other folks employed by the Packers organization. I know that there are many Hall of Fame, Pro Shop and venue employees who are plenty busy during the offseason. What other types of jobs (besides coaching, management and media – related) are year round in the Packers’ organization? For example, are equipment staff employed year round?

The NFL is a year-round business. I can’t speak for every department, but I know there’s little let up with my job. That’s not unique, though. Most Americans work crazy long hours. I couldn’t even guess how many hours the full-time members of the equipment staff pull year-round. Many boats sail through their waters.

Mitch from Stillwater, MN

Good morning. With the Raiders hiring Jon Gruden, do you think there is any chance they might let Jared Cook go? If so, do you think there is a chance he would come back to Green Bay or too much bad blood?

I’m not sure what Gruden going back to Los Angeles has to do with Cook, but I don’t see the Raiders letting him go. Cook is a good player and proved to be a good fit for their offense. Also, there wasn’t any bad blood with Cook. Teammates and coaches love him. He was a great teammate.

Omar from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ignorant question: could it be Michael Clark, TE?

I think the focus right now is playing Clark at receiver. He’s a pretty lean guy with speed and a good catch radius for the boundary.

Daniel from Los Angeles, CA

Insiders, I love Mason Crosby as much as the next guy but I’m thinking we should trade him for Josh Lambo just to have him at Lambeau. Thoughts?

I don’t want to speak for Mason, but I’m guessing his response would be something like, “I’m not even mad. That’s amazing.”

Paul from Ottawa, Canada

Busy week for you guys, I would assume. Just wanted to let you know that “I think we’ll pass on the Lambeau mausoleum.” has been the funniest thing I’ve read on the internet all week.

I’m a little more than a year into the process of routinely answering fan questions. Yet, some never cease to amaze me. I’m not sure whether it was supposed to be humorous, but I laughed. I felt it provided a much-needed break from all the seriousness surrounding the GM and coaching searches.

Tristan from Durham, NC

I’m with Andrew from Fullerton. The fan base got what they wanted, but I can’t help but think of the coaches that had to explain to their families that the reason everyone has to move again is because too many people got angry watching TV on Sunday. Change was needed, but we don’t have to take satisfaction in it. Here’s to a good new year for you and Spoff.

Exactly. You asked for change. You got it. That’s how the NFL works. I just don’t take satisfaction in anyone, in any walk of life, losing their job. Maybe I’m sensitive to it because I came from the newspaper industry and saw my fair share of it firsthand, but it’s just a sore spot for me. It’s why I rarely, if ever, entertain questions that begin with “When are we going to cut/fire (insert name here).”

Greg from Hamilton, Ontario

I just saw “Pitch Perfect 2.” How would you rate the performances of the Green Bay Packers?

T.J. Lang and David Bakhtiari were electric. I was disappointed to learn the Packers weren’t in the third movie.

Patrick from Ashland, WI

Not a single question mark for your answers. I noticed. My New Year’s resolution is to make more humane questions for you men, and to treat you better. I love this column. Do people share their resolutions here? Will you share yours?

Thank you. This column is best served civil. My New Year’s resolution was to be a better husband and to be home more for dinner.  

Jack from Naperville, IL

Hi Wes, has Baby Hod made any New Year’s resolutions yet?

Don’t be like his dad.


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The Green Bay Packers have signed RB Joel Bouagnon. The transaction was announced Wednesday by General Manager Brian Gutekunst.

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GREEN BAY – The Packers have named longtime personnel executive Brian Gutekunst as their new general  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey manager, succeeding Ted Thompson.

Here’s a brief introduction to the Packers’ new GM.

A coach’s son

Born July 19, 1973, in Raleigh, N.C., Gutekunst grew up in a football family. His father, John, was a defensive back at Duke University from 1963-66 and was an assistant on the Blue Devils’ coac Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey hing staff from his graduation until 1978.

John succeeded Lou Holtz as the head coach at the University of Minnesota in 1985. John compiled a 29-37-2 record over six-plus seasons with the Gophers, including a 20-13 win over Clemson in the 1985 Independence Bowl.

He also served as a position coach at Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Rhode Island, South Carolina, North Carolina, East Carolina and North Carolina A&T.

In-state connection

Gutekunst played two years of college football for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse before a shoulder injury cut short his playing career.

While working towards his degree in sports management, Gutekunst joined the school’s coac Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Road Gray Baseball Jersey hing staff during his final two years at the school (1995-96). He was the Eagles’ linebackers coach during their run to an undefeated 14-0 record that culminated in a Division III national championship.

Oh, the places you’ll go

After assisting the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff during training camp in 1995, Gutekunst first came to Green Bay as a scouting in Custom Blue Jays Jersey tern in the summer of 1997. He then spent a year as a scouting assistant in Kansas City before joining Pro Football Hall of Fame GM Ron Wolf’s scouting staff in 1998.

Gutekunst spent his first 13 seasons with the Packers as a college scout, serving as an East Coast regional scout for his first two years (1999-2000), before presiding over some of the top college programs in the country as the team’s Southeast region scout from 2001-11.

He was promoted to his most recent position as the director of player personnel on March 21, 2016. It was Gutekunst’s second promotion in five years after serving as the Packers’ director of college scouting fr Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap om 2012-15.

Tree of Wolf

Gutekunst becomes the sixth member of Ron Wolf’s personnel tree to gain stewardship of an NFL team’s personnel department, joining Thompson, John Schneider (Seattle), John Dorsey (Cleveland/Kansas City), Reggie McKenzie (Oakland) and Scot McCloughan (Washington).

All in the family

Gutekunst, 44, resides in Green Bay with his wife, Jen, three daughters and one son.

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Gutekunst becomes 10th person to hold title of general manager for Packers

The Green Bay Packers have named Brian Gutekunst general manager and Russ Ball executive vice president/director of football operations. The promotions were announced Monday by President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy.

“We could not be more excited to elevate Brian to the position of general manager,” said Murphy. “He has earned this opportunity throughout his 19 years with the Packers, proving to not only be a skilled talent evaluator, but a trusted and collaborative leader. His time under the direction of former Packers general managers Ron Wolf and Ted Thompson will undoubtedly serve him well as we work toward our next Super Bowl championship. I am confident that he is the man that will help get us there.”

“First, I’d like to thank my mentor, T Toronto Blue Jays Custom Jersey ed Thompson, for his friendship, and I am happy that we will continue to have the chance to work together,” Gutekunst said. “I want to thank Ron Wolf for giving me my first opportunity with the Packers, and of course Mark Murphy for the faith and trust he has placed in me moving forward. Custom Blue Jays Jersey  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. I look forward to getting to work with the rest of our talented personnel department and using every avenue available to build the Packers into a championship team again.”   

Gutekunst (GOO-tuh-kunst), the 10th person to hold the title of general manager for the Packers, will have complete control over all roster decisions, including the NFL draft and free agency, while leading Green Bay’s scouting department. Ball will continue to manage the Packers’ salary cap and serve as the chief contract negotiator while continuing to oversee several areas in football operations.

“Since joining the Packers in Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Flexbase Authentic Alternate Royal Blue Jersey  2008, Russ has proven to be invaluable,” said Murphy. “His salary-cap management and negotiating abilities are well known, but he has also provided tremendous leadership throughout football operations and served as a valuable liaison between the football and business sides of the organization. His diverse skills will remain important to our success moving forward, and I look forward to working with him even more closely in his new role.”

Additionally, Murphy announced a change in the Packers’ organizational structure as Gutekunst, Ball and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will all report directly to Murphy.

“The process of identifying our next general manager gave us the opportunity to analyze our entire football operation,” said Murphy. “While we have enjoyed a lot of success, we need to improve. With that in mind, the head coach, general manager and executive vice preside Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap nt/director of football operations will report to me moving forward. 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. Ultimately, it will make the Packers better.”

Gutekunst, who is entering his 20th season with the organization, has spent the past two seasons as the director of player personnel after serving as the director of college scouting for four years. He previously worked 11 seasons as a college scout in the Southeast region. Prior to that, Gutekunst served as a scout for the East Coast region from 1999-2000. Before joining the Packers full-time, he was a scouting assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998, a scouting intern for Green Bay in the summer of 1997 and assisted the New Orleans Saints’ coaching staff in training camp in 1995.

Gutekunst played football for two years at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and served as an assistant coach during his final two yea rs at the school (1995-96) after a shoulder injury cut short his playing career. In 1995, he coached the linebackers as the Eagles finished 14-0 and won the Division III national championship. 

Ball enters his 30th season in the NFL and 11th season in Green Bay. Since joining the Packers in 2008, he has worked in the role of the vice president of football administration/player finance. Prior to coming to Green Bay, Ball spent six seasons (2002-07) with the New Orleans Saints, serving as senior football administrator for four seasons and as vice president of football administration for the final two years. In 2001, he was the director of football administration for the Washington Redskins. From 1999-2000, Ball served as senior football administrator for the Minnesota Vikings. He began working in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent 10 seasons (1989-98), the final two in football operations as administrative assistant to then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer. He began his career with the Chiefs as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. 

A 1981 graduate of Central Missouri State, Ball was a four-year letterman at center for the Mules. He served as head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Missouri from 1982-89 and earned his master’s degree from Missouri in 1990.

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New Packers GM will leave no stone unturned in player acquisition

GREEN BAY – Neither Brian Gutekunst nor his family wanted to leave.

Green Bay was the only home his four children have known and offered the geographical stability not often afforded in football. That’s what made boarding a plane destined for Houston Saturday even more difficult for the Packers’ longtime scout and personnel executive.

A day earlier, Gutekunst interviewed with President/CEO Mark Murphy for the Packers’ general manager position in which he told Murphy “this was my dream job.” However, in an effort to cover all his bases, Gutekunst still flew to meet with the Texans about their own GM opening.

That’s when he received a call in the Houston airport. Between lift-off and descent, it became clear to Murphy the 44-year-old native of Raleigh, N.C., was the right man to succeed Ted Thompson.

That night, Gutekunst and Murphy talked on the phone for nearly three hours before coming to agreement to keep the 44-year-old personnel executive in Green Bay for the long term.

“As soon as the last interview (was complete), a group of us sat down and pretty quickly we all agreed that Brian was the top candidate,” Murphy said. “What sped me up a little is I didn’t want him to have the full interview with Houston. He had a dinner and (we) wanted to try to wrap things up that evening and get him back on a plane Sunday as soon as possible.”

On Monday, the Packers introduced Gutekunst as the 10th individual to hold the distinction of general manager. Gutekunst’s hiring coincides with an organizational restructure, which includes the promotion of Russ Ball to executive vice president/director of football operations.

Born into a football family, Gutekunst received his first shot in the NFL as an intern in the Packers’ scouting department in 1997. A year later, he linked up with former Packers personnel executive and current Seattle GM, John Schneider, in Kansas City before Ron Wolf hired Gutekunst full time as an area scout a year later.

Since the beginning, Gutekunst has prided himself  Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey on being a direct communicator. It served him well during his 13 seasons scouting the East Coast and Southeast regions for the Packers’ personnel department before moving in-house with a promotion to the director of college scouting in 2012.

It was over these past six seasons Gutekunst worked as a valued associate of Thompson, another Wolf protégé who was responsible for helping build the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV championship team.

Gutekunst intends to bring his own style to the position. While the franchise will remain dedicated to their tried-and-true philosophy of draft-and-develop, Gutekunst also intends to utilize all avenues of player acquisition.

“Obviously, our foundation’s going to be the draft,” Gutekunst said. “But I think it’s an absolute must as an accessory piece. The thing that I’ve already told our guys is that we’re not going to be signing every player. We’re not going to be able to make that the foundation of our team, but we want to be in it and we want to be in the know of everything that’s going on and, if it makes sense for us, not to be afraid. We have to be prepared enough to pull the trigger.”

Murphy interviewed four candidates during the hiring process: Gutekunst, Ball, director-football operations Eliot Wolf and former Buffalo general manager Doug Whaley. Murphy came away impressed with all four.

What stood out to Murphy about Gutekunst was how well he performed in the interview and his track record as a scout. A portion of the process included Gutekunst submitting his draft reports over the past three years to Murphy, who was blown away.

Along the way, Murphy said the hiring process opened his  Custom Blue Jays Jersey eyes to some potential areas of improvement within football operations and saw this change as an opportunity to evolve. Moving forward, Gutekunst, Ball and Head Coach Mike McCarthy will directly report to Murphy in an effort to improve communication.

Gutekunst doesn’t see it as a huge departure from the past few years under Thompson. As the GM, Gutekunst maintains full autonomy when building the roster, while Ball will continue to handle player contracts and negotiations.

“My relationship with Russ is really strong, and my relationship with Mike is really strong,” Gutekunst said. “I needed to hear how it was going to work, but once Mark laid it out, I was all for it. I was pretty jacked up about it. Because it actually takes some things out of my way so I can really do what I’m good at. So I was happy about it.”

Gutekunst is excited for what lies ahead for the team, which holds the 14th overall pick and could have up to a dozen choices in this year’s draft once the compensatory selections are announced.

Gutekunst is enjoying the energy in the building and hopes to keep most of his personnel department intact all the way up to Eliot Wolf, who he could envision being his “right-hand man” if Wolf chooses to stay in Green Bay.

From a roster perspective, Gutekunst believes the talent is there to make a quick turnaround behind two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers. It’s Gutekunst’s goal, starting this offseason, to provide more positional depth and increase competition from training camp until the final game of the season.

“I don’t think we’re very far away,” Gutekunst said. “There is a substantial amount of work  Blue Jays Custom Jersey Cheap to be done, but I think it can be done shortly. I think there was a lot of reasons for what happened this year, and there’s certain areas that needed to play better, and we’re still in the process, I think, of kind of dissecting some of that and moving forward. But we’re really, really excited about the opportunity before us. I think there’s a window here.”

Recently caught up on sleep after an eventful weekend, Gutekunst has taken some time to reflect on a career that’s seen him rise from a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse to an NFL GM.

While Monday’s press conference was just the beginning, Gutekunst relished walking into his home and telling his family they were staying in Green Bay.

“It was a really neat feeling to walk into my house and tell my family that we were going to stay here and I was going to be the general manager here,” Gutekunst said. “The 400-and-some, however many texts I got, I had a super long travel day (Sunday) and text after texts from colleagues throughout the league, that was exceptionally rewarding for me. It was a p retty cool moment. I’m glad it was here.”

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Current and former Packers took to social media to thank former GM

Reflecting on General Mana Men’s Customized Toronto Blue Jays Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey ger Ted Thompson’s 13-year tenure – which included nine playoff berths (including a franchise-record eight straight), six division titles, four NFC Championship Game appearances and one Super Bowl – Packers players expressed their thoughts on social media.

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The Green Bay Packers have signed LB Ahmad Thomas. The transaction was announced Thursday by E Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey xecutive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson.

Thomas spent the final five weeks Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey 2018  of the regular season on the Packers’ practice squad.

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Silos and boundaries aren’t the same thing

Doug from Union Grove, WI

Philosophical differences between Brian Gutekunst and Ted Thompson?

They’ll reveal themselves over time. I think Gutekunst made clear in the news conference the draft-develop-retain foundation won’t take his energies away from other avenues that need to be explored. I don’t think it’ll be a splashy free-agent move that will tell us the difference, it’ll be during the season when injuries inevitably strike and we see how the overall roster is constructed. Will the “next man up” be totally unproven or a veteran who’s been there before? As Wes mentioned the other day, back in 2010, the Packers brought in guys like Erik Walden and Howard Green when the need dictated. In more recent seasons, we didn’t see as many injury substitutions with experience.

Achilleas from Volos, Greece

I liked the first interview of Gutenkust. The key word that had me was aggressive. That’s what I think was lacking the last five years.

The phrase that caught me regarding free agency was “being prepared to pull the trigger.” It makes me wonder if assumptions were made about markets and price tags for certain players that ultimately proved inaccurate, which led to regrets the Packers didn’t explore various opportunities more.

Paul from Ellensburg, WA

Hey fellas, do you feel the reorganization with Mike McCarthy answering directly to Murphy speaks to the coach’s increasing influence in the personnel office or a need for the president to be a peacemaker with the new team?

How much influence it’ll have remains to be seen. But I think this gives McCarthy the opportunity to explain when the coaches feel hamstrung by the talent available to them, or describe what he feels they need, without coming across as, potentially, insubordinate or overstepping.

Jim from Mukwonago, WI

With the change in power structure, (McCarthy, Ball, and Gutekunst all reporting to Murphy), people seem to be worried that Murphy will become some kind tyrannical overlord over football operations. I believe that Murphy will be more of a mediator between the coaches, personnel, and finance, having department heads explain why decisions were made and opening up communications between themselves.

I agree. Hearing Murphy mention “silos” was telling. There’s a difference between silos and boundaries. I think Murphy is trying to break down the former with a structure that respects the latter.

Thiago from Curitiba, Brazil

You are the GM picking first overall in the 2020 draft in need of a QB. Who do you pick? Tagovailoa or Fromm? What a game.

I’m not going to anoint either as the top pick in an upcoming draft, but that was something, watching two freshman QBs duel it out on the biggest stage. It takes some guts to bench a QB who’s 25-2, but it also takes some moxie to follow up a 16-yard sack in overtime with a 41-yard, game-winning TD pass on the next play. Wow.

Matthew from Allentown, PA

When the Patriots or Steelers do  Men’s Toronto Blue Jays Kevin Pillar Majestic Scarlet Fashion Canada Day Red Flex Base Authentic Jersey eventually make the SB, that’d make 15 out of 17 years with Peyton, Brady or Big Ben in AFC…’02 Gannon, ’12 Flacco. Point taken, though.

It just feels like Brady and Roethlisberger have been on a crash course for the AFC title game this year for a couple of months now, just like some of those Brady-Manning years. It’s hard to see Mariota or Bortles cracking that code right now.

Matt from Eau Claire, WI

Hey Insiders, with that challenge situation in the Rams-Falcons game, couldn’t the defense exploit that situation by having a player offside in order to have more time to get a review of the previous play? I feel like that’s a pretty big loophole.

You’re not the only one suggesting that. It’ll be interesting to see if the strategy takes hold. If so, the league may have to do away with the challenge system and just have booth reviews. I wouldn’t be opposed to it as long as they build mechanisms for speeding up the decision-making process.

John from Dallas, TX

With a new defensive coordinator, will this stunt the growth of first-year players making the jump to the second year, having to possibly learn a whole new system?

It shouldn’t, provided the system is geared toward taking advantage of what individuals do best. The more valid question is when a second-year player is capable of showing his best.

Paul from Milwaukee, WI

Insiders, in getting a new defensive coordinator, will he be sitting up in the box or standing on the sidelines? I’m not sure whose decision it falls on, the head coach or the DC himself?

In the past, McCarthy has left that decision up to his coordinator.

Sam from Janesville, WI

Does Brian Gutekunst have a nickname? If not, I vote for Gutey. I just hope it doesn’t become BG. It works for MM and TT because of the alliteration but not for Gutey.

He’s never objected when I’ve called him Gute (or Goot). But as someone sensitive about Mikey, I don’t go for Gutey,  Men’s Majestic 6 Marcus Stroman Toronto Blue Jays Authentic Scarlet Canada Day Red Jersey even though he doesn’t seem to mind.

Michael from Dover, PA

If anyone doesn’t grasp what the term “salary cap ail”’ means one needs to look no further than the Denver Broncos. They mortgage the future entirely by signing Manning and they did win a Super Bowl…but look at the mess they’re in now. Is that the direction the wolves want? Signing Manning to that bloated contract meant losing key components but there was no guarantee Manning would deliver. Now they’re left with little chance of anything except drafting high for the next few years…and it comes with an absolute guarantee of no playoffs let alone a Super Bowl.

And if they draft well they’ll have another up cycle, as long as they have a QB. Any team is capable of rising after the falloff, but your point about mortgaging the future coming with no guarantees is the astute one. That’s why I’d rather have as many at-bats in the playoffs year after year as possible. That said, I think it’s easier to make a “go-for-it” type of move now without crippling the cap because it continues to rise.

Kevin from Rockton, IL

Spoff mentioned that the salary cap has been increasing steadily about 10 million per year. How will this trend be affected by a nearly 10 percent reduction in NFL viewership during this last regular season? What affects the salary cap most dramatically?

TV revenue is the biggest factor, and while ratings are down, we won’t know the real impact (nor will the cap) until the TV contracts are up for bid again, which isn’t for another couple of years.

Al from Green Bay, WI

Compare and contrast: In the Ice Bowl, on Starr’s famous QB sneak to win the game, fullback Chuck Mercein raised his arms so the officials didn’t think he assisted Bart across the goal line. Fifty years later in the Falcons-Rams playoff game, Atlanta center Alex Mack literally carried RB Devonta Freeman across the goal line. Is that legal now? What did I miss?

Somewhere along the line the “assisting a runner” rule came to prohibit only “pulling” not “pushing.” The push is never called anymore. I don’t understand either.

Paul from Nuremberg, Germany

If you need to know: Gutekunst is a German last name and means “man with good skills.” The (medieval German) meaning of “kunst” is “skill” and “gut(e)” means “good.” Most people with this last name live in southwestern Germany (Stuttgart and Calw area). So the name already is fitting.

So he’s got that going for him, which is nice.

William from Savannah, GA

Wes/Mike: Multiple questions. 1) Would Jack Del Rio be a fit for the DC position? 2) What is your best estimate on roster turnover for next year? I am taking 25-30 percent because the defense must get faster and more attack-minded, and we could see 50 percent turnover in the receiving corps.

Many in the Inbox are clamoring for Del Rio. I really don’t know if he’d fit McCarthy’s vision. Only McCarthy does. As for roster turnover, the standard is around 20 percent, but I agree with you. I expect it to be closer to 30 percent this year.

Justin from Los Angeles, CA

Saw a couple articles about whether Carolina is wasting Cam Newton’s best years. I guess every fan base that isn’t New England does this, huh?

There’s never assurance you can follow one franchise quarterback with another, so fans want their team’s opportunity maximized. It’s only natural. But this is where it gets tough in the NFC, because while Rodgers, Brees, Wilson, Manning, Ryan and Newton have all gone to Super Bowls, the conference has added Wentz, Goff and Prescott to the mix over the last two years, while Garoppolo and Winston are showing loads of promise, too. Strap in, folks, every season is going to be a ride.

Matt from Rockbridge, WI

Saints 24, Vikings 17.

Works for me.

Mark from Sturgeon Bay, WI

I know how the Packers can save a bunch of money. Don’t hire a GM or head coach. Just read the papers and watch the internet and do whatever the “reporters” say to do. When did the term “reporters” become synonymous with editorials?

Probably when consumers stopped reading the actual news and only cared about reporters’ opinions.

Joe from Bloomington, IN

Computer chips in shoulder pads measure NFL player game speed. Turns out the Rams have the fastest receivers and the Packers have the slowest, by a country mile. How do you think that grabs Aaron?

Probably about the same as it does the Rams, who couldn’t do much against that Atlanta defense, either.

Martin from Mainz, Germany

If the Bills would offer their 21 and 22 picks for our 14, would you take it?

If the guy I really want is there at 14, no. But if he gets snagged shortly before I go on the clock, then yeah.

Travis from Superior, WI

Put me on the long list of people who will not miss Jeff Triplette’s unwatchable football games.

I’m chairman of that committee, bro. Let’s just hope he doesn’t take over for Riveron at the command center.

Todd from Carson City, NV

What are your thoughts about the pros adopting the college rule that defines a catch as touching just one foot in bounds instead of t wo? It seems this rule change would widen the field just a little bit, make the game easier to officiate, and probably reduce the number of challenges.

Sorry, I like two feet, and the equivalencies thereof (one knee, one elbow) except one butt cheek.

Matt from Chicago, IL

With David Bakhtiari on the left side, and Bulaga recovering from his injury, how big is it that Jason Spriggs will supposedly be ready for OTAs?

It would be valuable to him and the team, and if Kyle Murphy is ready, too, that could be a heck of a battle. Maybe a draft pick gets tossed into the competition as well.

Nate from Ames, IA

I am sick after watching the Chiefs “lose.” What is wrong with this league? If I were the Titans I would absolutely target Travis Kelce and take him out of the game. They took advantage of the rules. Forward progress on the sack-fumble of Mariota? What? He wasn’t moving forward. The better team did not advance and I feel sick about the inconsistencies of the game of football moving forward. Sean McDonough’s voice cracks just made the whole thing into a farce. What a mess.

Take your pick. Arbitrary? Capricious? Whimsical? Anyone? Bueller?

Max from Kimberly, WI

People constantly ask about trading up because we need “quality over quantity.” I’m not against trading up; I would love it if they did. But I don’t think people understand that trading up does not guarantee a great player. Every pick is a guess, whether it’s the first pick or the hundredth.

When you trade up, sometimes you get Clay Matthews and Morgan Burnett. Other times you get Jerel Worthy and Terrell Manning. The draft is still the draft.

Dave from East Burke, VT

I am wondering if the inner turmoil amongst Brady, Kraft, and Belichick will affect the Patriots in the playoffs.

I highly doubt it.

Tyler from La Crosse, WI

Under TT, who was the West Coast regional scout? He seemed to have significant pull in the draft room.

That was, and still is, Sam Seale. Yes, we have heard from him a lot on draft day,  Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey particularly in recent years.

Joe from Madison, WI

One of the biggest missteps of Thompson was letting Casey Hayward go. I must admit, though, that at the time I didn’t object one bit as he was only a solid and not dominant player. What changed for Casey? Was he put in a better scheme or did he simply grow as a player? I guess free agency is also somewhat of a crystal-ball business.

Of course it is. Hayward has flat-out gotten better, and he deserves every ounce of credit coming his way. I say this with all due respect to Casey, who was every reporter’s locker-room favorite, but had he not made two significant mistakes late in Seattle, not only do the Packers maybe go to a Super Bowl, they probably don’t use their first two picks on corners the following spring. It was a sequence of events creating a set of circumstances.

Steve from Middletown, WI

In regards to Randall’s and Ha Ha’s comments, I think they were just voicing their overall frustrations more than anything else. When you say it’s going to be interesting to see what the defense will be next year, do you mean how the coordinator will scheme or whether we are going to see a lot of player changes?

The latter.

Tom from Fairfield, CT

Now that we are getting even more deeply into the Ron Wolf managerial tree, I thought I would mention that when I read his book a year or so ago (“The Packer Way” or something like that), Ron mentioned his need to change the roster upon his arrival to get his type of players, or something like that. I suspect that’s what all new general managers want to do. Do you have any greater insight into the specifics of what that meant in Ron’s mind?

All GMs have a type of player they like (outside of the uber-talented, can’t-miss, everyone-would-want-him guys) because the way he plays shows everyone else fighting for jobs what it takes to make the roster – his roster – which breeds more players of the desired type. You have to be careful not to go with style over substance, but leaders who set trends matter.

Davy from Chetek, WI

Got any good Brian Gutekunst stories?

Nothing earth-shattering, but over the last several years I’d made a habit of joining him here or there for the short walk to an early training-camp practice. He’d very helpfully tell me which of the “dreamers” was making a legitimate bid for a Toronto Blue Jays Canada Day Jersey  roster spot, such as an undrafted rookie or a holdover from the practice squad who was getting noticed. It would give me an idea of whom to keep an eye on in the upcoming preseason games. It might be a little harder to sidle up to him walking across Oneida Street now, but I’ll keep trying.

Rick from Milwaukee, WI

No question just an observation. Mike goes out of state for the weekend and the biggest offseason news happens while he is gone. Hmmm.

Are we starting another streak? I thought it had run its course, but maybe not. Appreciate Wes holding down the fort while I was gone.