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Harlan: Wolf will Get No. 1 Job

Eliot Wolf

Bob Harlan, the Green Bay Packers chairman emeritus, served as team president for 19 years, so he knows a few things about how the football operation is run. Harlan says he expects Eliot Wolf to be named general manager of the Packers when Ted Thompson steps down.

That has been the rumor since the Packers promoted Wolf to director of football operations last month. It is the top position on the football side of the operation next to general manager. Prior to Wolf’s promotion, Thompson held both titles.

Although it seemed pretty obvious the Packers have tabbed Wolf as Thompson’s successor, president Mark Murphy has refused to confirm that.

It now appears Harlan has essentially done that for him.

“I get the impression that’s what’s planned,” Harlan said, “that (Wolf) is getting a promotion now and when Ted goes, ‘You’ll get the No. 1 job.’ If they’re trying to keep other people away from him, this will accomplish that.”

Other teams have periodically expressed interest in Wolf and each time that has happened, the Packers have promoted him. His last promotion seemed to come unprompted, however.

Thompson is under contract through the 2018 season and he doesn’t seem interested in stepping down before that.

With Wolf, the Packers are hedging their bets. They now have a solid candidate in-house who isn’t going anywhere. If they’re interested, the Packers could also look to bring back Wisconsin native and Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

Schneider reportedly has an opt-out in his contract for that very reason.

Regardless of who you like for the job, it appears the Packers will have at least two great options.

Options are good.

Joseph Bonham

Joseph is a fiction writer when he isn't doing this. In his spare time he likes to do manly things like drink beer and procreate.



  1. Arcturus April 3, 2016

    Fucking nepotism, huh? This kid never had to work for a thing. What bullshit.

    1. K April 3, 2016

      Wow…. what a baby you are

    2. reallyshortrich April 3, 2016

      Sometimes it works out and this will be one of those times.

    3. Phatgzus April 4, 2016

      Uh-huh, hope that is sarcasm.

    4. MMTTDCSUCK April 4, 2016

      Kings and Queens beget princes and princesses! Through the great vetting power of their copulation a new leader is born! Long live the product of their sperm and egg . . .

    5. bob April 4, 2016

      Never had to work for it — because he was steeped in it from birth man. You don’t have to “work hard” if you have the luxury of learning from the best for years before steering the ship yourself. Not saying it’s fair–just that he probably knows a thing or two about the Packers way. At least let the guy be GM for a year or two before becoming insanely jealous of him.

  2. Packers fan April 3, 2016

    Yes, let him stay and once TT retires let him take over. Keep making him stay until TT retires so he can be our GM.

  3. Who cares April 3, 2016

    Schneider can obviously build a team. Would rather have him

  4. Kato April 3, 2016

    I am not on the wolf bandwagon, would like to see Schneider personally

  5. I steal fish April 3, 2016

    as long the team is a super bowl contender year in year out I say bring him on board

  6. Mike Ditka's Mom April 4, 2016

    Fire Thompson! Then fire Wolf!

  7. Mike Ditka's Mom April 4, 2016

    You can’t be on the Wolf bandwagon but isn’t one.

  8. Mike Ditka's Mom April 4, 2016

    Then you might as well hire Mickey Mouse.

  9. Mike Ditka's Mom April 4, 2016

    Duuuuur, Seahawks! Fire Thompson!! I like turtles!!

  10. MMTTDCSUCK April 4, 2016

    Schneider! is there any reason not to want him? E. Wolf has NO experience as a GM. Plus, he has been under the tutelage of TT, even if Wolf does not believe in all things “TT” some of it may have rubbed off on him by just being around “The Frugal GM”. That is almost enough to preclude him from the position. Also, just because someone’s “Daddy” was GM, does not make the son a GM. Get over the fucking E. Wolf equals Ron Wolf comparisons already. Ron Wolf was great, but that does not mean his son will be anything like him.

    1. Phatgzus April 4, 2016

      Except he has Ron’s genetics AND he learned from his father starting his childhood; sure no GUARANTEE but that’sa pretty fucking good start.

  11. Phatgzus April 4, 2016

    All you people crying for Schneider, you do realize he already has a cushy gig in Seattle, right? I guarantee you Paul Allen will try to keep him there for a long time. Furthermore, simply because Schneider is a Packer fan and loved working for them doesn’t mean he’s willing to give up massive amounts of money or job security to go back to GB.

    1. MMTTDCSUCK April 6, 2016

      If what we have all read about Schneider is true, then he cares more about being the “GM” in GB the money. That is if he really does have this clause in his contract for an “out” to go back to GB. This speaks volumes for his intent and for his possibly not caring as much about the financial aspect, but rather the intrinsic.

  12. Icebowler April 5, 2016

    I agree with the author: “Options are good”!