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Packers Try to Get John Schneider, Get Denied

Here’s the guy that everyone seems to want. The Green Bay Packers requested to interview former Packers’ personnel executive, De Pere native and current Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider.

Predictably, the request was denied.

However, it doesn’t sound like that window is totally closed.

The Packers have two avenues they could pursue if they really want Schneider. He is said to be coach Mike McCarthy’s first choice, as well as some of those currently in the Packers’ personnel department. Schneider would also be a win with fans.

Option one for the Packers is to make the argument that the Packers’ general manager position would be a promotion. Technically, that is true. Schneider shares personnel decisions with coach Pete Carroll in Seattle. The Packers’ general manager is autonomous.

Option two for the Packers would be to offer the Seahawks compensation in the form of a draft pick and/or money for Schneider. I have a hard time seeing the Packers parting with a high draft pick, but maybe a third-rounder and some cash would get it done. And if that’s the case, then get it done.

Thus far, the Packers have only interviewed internal candidates for the general manager job. Those are director of football operations Eliot Wolf, director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst and director of player finance Russ Ball.

The Packers have been rebuffed by former Packers personnel exec and current Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and the Minnesota Vikings, when they attempted to interview assistant general manager George Paton.

The team will interview former Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley and they are known to be interested in Baltimore Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta.

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Joseph Bonham

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11 Comments

  1. Skinny January 6, 2018

    Fuck it. Just call Belicheck and offer him 25 mil for 3 years and total control.

    1. Kato January 6, 2018

      I think Belichek makes more than that now

      1. PF4L January 6, 2018

        lol…yea, i’d think so.

  2. Howard January 6, 2018

    Sure thought the trade that Schneider made for Percy Harvin was a huge mistake. I know the Seahawks have made a lot of trades since Schneider has been there. Not sure how all have turned out. One thing for sure is Schneider will use every tool to build the team.

    I wonder if there is another option to get Schneider that would not be considered a lateral move. Just add the title of Assistant President/General Manager. It works for offensive and defensive coordinators when teams give them the title assistant head coach/defensive or offensive coordinator. Plus maybe it could take away some of Murphy’s power.

  3. Girl Thorp January 6, 2018

    A third rounder? Jon Gruden was traded for two firsts and two second rounders.

  4. Cheese January 6, 2018

    It seems that the Packers are grasping at straws and it’s kind of sad. For the longest time all we heard about was the hopeful narrative that John Dorsey was going to come back and be the GM. Then Hightower leaves to join Dorsey in Cleveland after 19 years in GB and makes comments about not being trusted. Request to bring back former employee Reggie McKenzie, denied. Request to bring back former employee John Schneider, denied. Bring back Joe Philbin for his old job as OC. Try to put Bennett back as WR coach after stripping him of OC duties, he says go fuck yourselves. Then there’s talk of bringing McAdoo back as the QB coach. It’s like they’re trying to recreate the 2010 staff in hopes of getting to the Super Bowl again. Last chance before Mr.Mealticket retires or his body breaks down. Don’t forget Ted Thompson is still around to whisper advise into the new GM’s ear in case he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Which very well could mean Elliot Wolf leaving if Ball is selected. What a mess…

    1. Empacador January 6, 2018

      Well said Cheese. Seems like when you only self examine occasionally and make token changes to your staff through the years, and are then suddenly forced to make multiple changes all at once, you might be caught with your pants down. Very sad how this could unfold in the next week or so.

  5. FTS January 6, 2018

    If Schneider wanted to come back, he would of put the out clause in his current contract. Move on already..

  6. Deepsky January 6, 2018

    Schneider’s drafting hasn’t been that great since the first couple years with Seattle when he stole the Packers draft book.

    And he’s missed on a lot of free agents. Harvin, Lacy, and others.

    1. Kato January 6, 2018

      Lol. A draft board would only be able to be a legit excise the first year

  7. Truth January 6, 2018

    The Seahawks have one of the most dysfunctional rosters in the league. Not sure if that is more Carroll’s fault or Schneider’s.

    Players calling out coaches publicly, players calling out players, players fighting each other on the sideline. Doesn’t seem like the “packer way’ McCarthyand Murphy speak of.