I've basically answered the first part of the question earlier when talking about Bradley's simpler system. As to your last point, it probably isn't far off from being decent. Look what one great draft pick, Lattimore, did for New Orleans' defense this year.
Yes, he's definitely putting his neck on the line. He's basically the head of football now.
No, I haven't heard of any key acquisition either was responsible for, in part because in the end draft picks were Ted Thompson's call, and he never gave any indication whether a scout's input factored into his decision. Murphy did say that he asked Gutekunst to provide him with his pre-draft reports of several Packers draft picks from the past few years, and he found them to insightful and accurate. I'd assume he did the same with Wolf but since Wolf didn't get the job he didn't talk about it. This is one of the reasons why you never know how someone's going to do in the GM job until he sits in that chair.
McCarthy got the contract extension in the offseason so he has two years left on his deal. But there's still a lame-duck feel, like he needs a really, really good season or his job could be in jeopardy. On the other hand, coming to a team with Aaron Rodgers has to be really attractive, because you know you have a great shot at winning. So if you're a DC and you come here and the defense improves a lot, then even if McCarthy is let go you'd still have a good chance of staying on with a new coach (or maybe even have a shot at the top job yourself). I'm guessing if it's one of those established guys they might push for a three-year contract.
That anti-tampering policy is worded a little ambiguously, but from what I can tell, no. You don't need total control to be considered a true GM. Schneider doesn't have total control -- he doesn't even control the final 53 -- but it sounds like the league determined he fits the definition of true GM. Gutekunst has total control of the roster and player acquisition, so I'm pretty that makes him a true GM in the league's eyes.
Not if they decide not to bring back Bulaga and have determined that Spriggs isn't good enough, and at least have question whether Murphy is good enough.
I don't know if they brought Wolf down for that press conference because he was high on the player or because Thompson was giving different underlings a chance at the podium and that happened to be Wolf's turn. You very well could be right that Wolf was high on him. But I don't know that.
Yes. They've already fired Trgovac and McCurley. Perry, Whitt and Moss are still under contract but I'd think the new DC would have a say in whether they're kept.
Good questions. First, I think Murphy plays things really close to the vest, so there was going to be a lot of guesswork in what he was going to do. What I don't know right now but hope to find out is whether he was strongly leaning toward Ball and something changed his mind in the past few days, or whether a lot of people in and around the organization assumed it was going to be Ball because they spent so much time together the last few years. Ball had more contact with Murphy than anybody on the football side of the organization. At home games the Packers have a couple team boxes. One is small, and from what I hear Murphy, Thompson and Ball sat there. The rest of the scouts sat in a different box. Ball was involved in everything football, had taken on so many duties that in many ways he was running the football department already. So my suspicion is that people with and around the team put all that together and assumed it was going to be him. But it also could be Murphy changed his mind through the interview process. As for the second part of your question, local beat writers rarely break these big stories anymore because agents and executives with teams leak these things to their favorite national reporter. They do it mostly to curry favor with potentially influential national voices.
OK, this will have to do it, other duties to get to. But so much to talk about, thanks for stopping by and sharing your questions and comments. We'll do it again next week, maybe even later this week if developments warrant it. As to your question, it definitely sounds like Gutekunst is going to be more of a public face of the franchise and be more available to explain decisions to you via the media. Thompson definitely was derelict there, his greatest weakness. It was his call, he was the GM, but I and many others think the GM here has an even greater obligation than elsewhere to explain decisions because of the public ownership structure of the team. Gutekunst in fact directly spoke of that obligation in his press conference, and everything I've heard from the team suggests he will be much more available as long as its not to the detriment of doing the rest of his job. So yes, it sounds like he's going to talk after final cuts, for instance, and reveal at least something of his thinking on those Sitton kind of moves. I'm sure McCarthy will be happy to not have to be the one to face the fire all the time. Thanks again everyone, great chatting with you. We'll talk again soon. Therese are especially interesting days around the Packers, and we'll keep informed at PackersNews.com, keep checking back for updates. Take care.