Not if they let him out of his contract, which is what they're going to do. They like and respect him, and are forever grateful for what his father did for the organization. At this point, after denying him a GM interview or two in the past and then passing him over this week, if he wants out they're going to let him out, as they should.
It can work. I'm not at all a fan of it, but sure it can work. A lot will depend on Murphy's ability to manage the potential competing agendas of having all three (Gutekunst, McCarthy and Ball) reporting directly to him. I don't doubt it will go well early. I don't like it as a long-run setup. But Murphy decided this was the best way, and if he can do what you suggest and manage the rough spots, which are sure to come, then it can work. It's worked great in Pittsburgh with the coach and GM reporting to ownership, but from what I understand the GM there basically always defers to the coach when they disagree.
I answered this earlier, but left out the possibility that Fangio wants to see what his options are, or at least use those options as contract leverage.
No announcement yet. The Packers tend to be slow about announcing these kinds of things.
We'll find out next season with the new coordinator. Though I'd also say you're using the phrase "really talented defenders" a little loosely. Clark has shown a lot, he could be a really good player. Clinton-Dix was the biggest disappointment on the roster last season, so I'm wondering about him, maybe a new coordinator will use him differently and get more out of him, but he does have some speed limitations. Randall has ability, which he showed the second half of the season. But yeah, if King and Jones play well, plus Clark keeps getting better, a couple years from now we might be saying that Thompson's last couple drafts were pretty good.
I haven't done any reporting on that today, but the story I saw said he's interviewing today. Wouldn't be surprised if he's hired today. In fact I'd probably bet on it.
I don't think it's a given Ball is the next president. He's more involved in football (even though it's football administration) than the business side of the franchise. There are other candidates, including I'd think Ed Policy, who's vice president and general counsel and has spearheaded the Titletown District land buy up and development. They could look outside, too, as they did with Murphy. But to your other point, I don't know Murphy's longer-term plan. I don't know if he wants this setup until he retires, or if he'd elevate Gutekunst in the next few years, especially if McCarthy is fired or retires. As we saw this week, Murphy plays it close to the vest.
They interact some. The pro scouts come through the locker room with some regularity, stop and chat with some players sometimes. The college scouts are rarely in town, only for camp and the draft and maybe some of the offseason practices. I doubt the players know the scouts very well generally speaking, though I'm sure occasionally a player and scout will talk a lot.
Cleveland is a little risky because they don't have a QB. But it's probably good for him professionally to work somewhere other than the Packers, too. See how somebody else does it, what it's like with another team, the whole experience, facilities, etc.
Yeah, they're separate and have no built-in mechanism for connection to the next silo.
If you cut them there can be immediate prorated bonus acceleration depending on how many years are left on the contract. And more importantly, if you cut them they can immediately begin negotiating with other teams, whereas when you talk restructure, they can't to other teams at the same time and get a feel for what else is out there.
Murphy was asked yesterday directly, what happens when Gutekunst wants to sign a guy and Ball says bad idea because of the money. Murphy said it's Gutekunst's call.
No, he has plenty of experience on the college side. He's just never worked in the college scouting department. He's been doing plenty of crossover work for the last several years or more. He came up through the pro side and worked primarily there but has had plenty of input in the draft the last several years. Gutekunst came up as a college scout.
Yeah, that's the heart of the matter. The best defenses are fast, or have guys who play fast. I remember that's what jumped out about Seattle when its defense dominated, it played a half-tick faster than everybody else, you could just see that watching on TV. That's a big issue with the Packers and is why they drafted King and Jones last year.
Must have been uncertainty there because it probably depended on whether the new DC wanted him or not, and the DC hasn't been hired. So he took the sure thing.
He's definitely one of the tougher calls. Turns 29 later this week, that's starting to get up there in this game and at that position. Depends how they feel about Jones and Clinton-Dix and Brice's recovery from a severe ankle injury. I wouldn't be surprised if they moved on. Maybe they can get him back at a relatively cheap price.
Fangio is 3-4, Bradley is 4-3, I'm not sure about Pettine, though he worked this past season in Seattle, which is 4-3. As McCarthy has said, and some scouts I've talked to, that's really a lot less important now than even 10 years ago, because defenses play nickel or dime about 80 percent of the time, and those are all 4-2-5 groupings.
Yeah, I'm inclined to agree. You get the sense Murphy wants that as part of the communication, so maybe he'll find something that coach keeps talking about in game planning that personnel might not be fully aware is an issue he's thinking about. That's the kind of communication gaps he might be talking about. But yeah, I'd be concerned that it's not a good use of the coach's time.
He definitely doesn't have anything like Wolf's experience on the pro side, but Murphy mentioned Gutekunst's college background as being important, so he must value Gutekunst's ability to project players in the draft, which obviously is really important because the draft is the lifeblood of a team. Gutekunst had been director of player personnel from March 2016 until this week's promotion, so he has some experience on the pro side. But the majority of his work has been on the college side. I have to think he's gotten to know the league's personnel better in the last 1 1/2 years but he'll have to lean on his pro scouts, no question.
I don't know if it will be before the draft, it very well could. But it could be in May or June too. I'd bet it's done by the summer though.
I took it to mean that his defense needs to be better than the opposing offense. When he first said I was like you, taken aback, like, what? The Packers' defense should be better than the Packers' offense? Really? But that just didn't make any sense, and when I thought about it I decided he must have been saying better than the opposing offense. I asked the Packers to find out what he meant but then with everything that's happened the past few days it kinda got lost. But I have to think he meant better than the opposing offense.
I'm sure they'd be really disappointed but I can't say how upset they'd be. Outside looking in, I'd think they couldn't be too upset, McCarthy's job is on the line, and it would be hard to blame him for going for a proven DC on the outside. So if it's Fangio, Pettine or Bradley, I don't know that they'd have that big a complaint. But you never know how one of them might feel if he thinks he had a really good interview.