When former Green Bay Packers executives Alonzo Highsmith and Eliot Wolf jumped ship for the Cleveland Browns, the obvious assumption was we need to hire some more guys.
Nope. At least not yet. Packers’ general manager Brian Gutekunst is planning on rolling with the guys he has until after the draft.
“I think there will be some additions I’m sure at some point, probably after the draft when most of that movement happens,” Gutekunst told the Journal Sentinel. “We’ve got plenty of hands on deck right now, so I’m not worried about it right now. But at some point I’m sure we’ll have some movement, you know?
“There will probably be some duties that change … and then obviously Ted being there, having that to lean on is huge, too. But I think right after everything happened, I think for me it was just, ‘OK, let me assess and make sure we’re covered.’ Then I realized we were fine and decided all right, we’ll wait until after the draft before we move into that next step.”
It is presumed that Gutekunst will rely heavily on director of college scouting Jon-Eric Sullivan for the draft. Of course, Uncle Ted will also have some role. While literally everyone but Ted — even Russ Ball — is at the Senior Bowl this week, Big Ted won’t make an appearance until the NFL Combine.
One guy to keep an eye on for a potential high-level job with the Packers is Scot McCloughan. He was a regional scout with the Packers from 1994-99. He has since served as general manager of the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. He’s also twice worked for the Seattle Seahawks.
Jed York The 49er’s owner says about Gutekunst “he’s Scot McCloughan without the drinking problem.”
I could see the Packers maybe bringing McCoughan on board. There is a reason McCloughan had to leave some of his jobs. I don’t think it was that he was a poor talent evaluator, however McCloughan did select Alex Smith over Aaron Rodgers when McCloughan was GM for the 49ers. Maybe McCloughan selected Smith because the great QB whisperer, McCarthy, told him Smith was going to be a better QB than Rodgers?
I think the big red flag for Rodgers during the draft was his arrogance. Big Mike didn’t like that in his QB to much, so they decided to go with Alex. I was reading Vic Ketchman Q&A’s a few weeks ago and one person asked to describe the relationship between Big Mike and Rodgers. Vic described the relationship identical to Chuck Noll and Terry Bradshaw with an edge. If anyone here knows about the history of those two, I don’t see one of them staying for to much longer.
Good research. While I think Rodgers is certainly a Bradshaw level QB, McC. doesn’t stack up to Noll. These guys were able to work through their adversity and win 4 SBs over the span of 6 years… Don’t see that happening here….
My favorite Noll quote :
“Some coaches pray for wisdom. I pray for 260-pound tackles. They’ll give me plenty of wisdom.”
I don’t like going into such a pivotal draft undermanned, but they don’t really have a choice. It is a little late in the game to bring in new guys. BG has his work cut out for him.
Yea he does Kato. More than meets the eye.
Continued later…..with a twist.
To expand on that…..
To say BG has his work cut out for him is really understating it. He’s walking into a plethora of issues.
1) He needs to have a plan, starting with the cap. Deciding which high priced players to keep, renegotiate, let go, trade etc, to maximize salary cap. I don’t think it’s a huge mystery to know what i’m referring to.
2) He needs to undo the damage that’s been done. When i say damage, there is a price to pay for failing on so many draft picks year after year. BG has to reverse that, and that will take time, luck, and skill in the draft. The cost of failure in skilled player acquisition, regardless of origination is what you see before you now. Each year the needs grow larger. That sets a team back. Frankly, BG doesn’t have the luxury of missing on too many player acquisitions. Ted Thompson saw to that. What scares me is that BG was part of that.
3) He has to upgrade the roster of players that don’t contribute, or don’t contribute in a positive manner. Young and cheap has been tried and failed.
4) He also needs to be active in trades, free agency, and veteran street free agents. I’m not talking big dollar marquee signings. I’m talking football players who still have skills, know NFL schemes, been there done that, but still have some game, even as role players. At a reasonable salary. Other GM’s do it, he better hope he can do it also. We don’t need ANYMORE young, cheap, unproven players that look lost on the field.
5) Besides all that, somehow, someway…BG has to find some leaders, i’m talking natural leaders. This team, especially the defense has been bankrupt of leaders for years. Leaders make game changing plays, we haven’t seen that in awhile. Charles Woodson was a leader, and other players wanted to step up their game because of him. Every Championship team has leaders.
6) That’s not all, but that should keep him busy for awhile. He has a huge job to do. Personally, if i wasn’t a Packer fan, and i wanted to be a GM, i’d rather be in John Dorsey’s shoes. He should have been our GM when he became available, i think the Packers fucked the pooch on that one.
Good points, all P.
Imo you’ve broken down the job description of any GM in NFL, and on a higher level in all of sports.
The question is – can BG complete these assignments better than TT in the longrun, or to your point, can be make an immediate, positive impression on this team…. ?
I believe it’s gonna boil down to not only his skillset, but how much freedom he is given by Murphy and how much he can prevent TT from staying involved in key decisions.
I personally don’t see anything happening quickly. Watching what Wolf does in Cleveland and how GB changes over Time will reveal if the right decision was made…
In the meantime it’s all about facing the fact that we may not see #12 in another Superbowl (at least not in Green &Gold uniform)
Call McCloughan now…his list of picks include 3rd round Frank Gore, 1st Rd Vernon Davis (who all Packers fans wanted) 6th round Delanie Walker, 1st rd Patrick Willis and Russell Okung, Earl Thomas, 5th round Kam Chancellor 5th rd Richard Sherman, plus Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson.
This is just some of his picks…stack those up against Ted taking out Rodgers and Smith…no contest
PF4L – “Besides all that, somehow, someway…BG has to find some leaders, i’m talking natural leaders. This team, especially the defense has been bankrupt of leaders for years. Leaders make game changing plays, we haven’t seen that in awhile. Charles Woodson was a leader, and other players wanted to step up their game because of him. Every Championship team has leaders.”
Well said sir. My Brother (who writes for this site) and I we just talking about this very same thing: this team lacks Leaders, especially on defense.