Wolf, Gutekunst will Interview with 49ers

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The Green Bay Packers may be losing one of their top personnel men this offseason. Director of football operations Eliot Wolf and director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst are both scheduled to interview for the vacant San Francisco 49ers general manager job.

This isn’t the first time Wolf has been courted for a GM job, but it is the first time the Packers have let him interview for one. They have previously blocked any attempts of other teams to hire Wolf away. This will be Gutekunst’s first such shot at a GM job.

This development is quite interesting, particularly with Wolf, who most expect to take over the Packers’ general manager job when Ted Thompson leaves. There has been speculation that that time could be as soon as the end of this season.

Both Wolf and Gutekunst were promoted into their current positions back in March.

This could be a sign that Ted Thompson has no intention of stepping aside anytime soon.

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26 Comments on "Wolf, Gutekunst will Interview with 49ers"

  1. MMTTDCSUCK

    Welcome to the world of Mark Murphy . . . putz extraordinaire. The GGT should have been holding a cattle prod up TT’s ass for the last few seasons. Well, now he may get a few more years to do that. The upper management in Green Bay is fraught with question marks. Nothing new here . . .

  2. Ted Hawthorne

    TT is selfish. Period. He doesn’t care about the future of the Packers, only
    his need to use the GM post to prove his cleaverness and parsimony. At 63 years
    old, a real Packer, in the interests of the franchise, would move aside for Wolf.
    Thompson’s a real fucktard. He should be fired right after the Packers secondary
    is riddled at Dallas.

    • MMTTDCSUCK

      The main problem is Mark Murphy. He is the one that has to force that fucktard TT out. Obviously he has not, will not, and most like will not in the near future. It is all about the money period. As long as those seats in Lambeau are filled, and the merchandise continues it’s sales numbers why change?

  3. I don’t mean to be the materialistic weasel of this group, but do you think the Packers could get a high draft pick out of this? :-)

    The interviews will set things in motion for SF and Greenbay. I find it odd and maybe it is just the ownership in SF, but why would they schedule an interview with a head coach candidate without a GM involved. My guess is SF will make a decision this week on a GM so the GM can have input or outright hire a new head coach. My guess is the 49ers owner(s) need a name coming from a top organization. If the Packers are going to keep Wolf they will need to do something before the interview, unless Wolf the younger is not all some make him out to be.

    • PF4L

      I was thinking the same thing as far as how soon they’d hire a GM. When 6 head coaching jobs become open, it’s a race.

    • Kato

      A lot of chatter that Balke and Chip were not on the same page, and San Fran would ideally like to hire a GM first, and allow him to make the hire. There is a decent shot that Wolf’s handpicked coach would be a coach on the packers staff like Winston Moss or Edgar Bennett.

  4. PF4L

    In the past some have had concerns that Wolf wasn’t proven, that there was no guarantee that he’d be any good.

    That all maybe true. But Ron Wolf was once unproven. Belichick was once unproven. Bill Walsh was once unproven. You get the picture.

    They were all unproven until someone saw something in them and gave them a chance, without a guarantee, because there are no guarantee’s.

    Someone gave a chance to Mark Murphy without NFL experience, it was a mistake. Because unlike the obsession with Rodger’s leadership, i see absolutely no leadership from Murphy. where’s that outrage? Murphy basically tells you, in so many words, that he’s not the leader of this team. That Thompson is the leader. What does that mean? It means that Thompson has no real boss too answer to. That he doesn’t have a single thread of any feeling of accountability. and as we all have learned through the years, that lack of accountability runs from the top down.

    Murphy, McCarthy, Thompson, all have 1 thing in common…….They all understand that with Aaron Rodgers, they have job security.

    Ted Thompson is a ghost of a General Manager, name the last 2 times you saw him in front of a camera. Exactly

    I give props to the handful of people here that have understood all that for awhile now.

    As far as hiring E Wolf. I always understood that to be part of the grand plan to replace TT. So if that happens, great. If it doesn’t happen. then why have you been doing all this planning for all these years?

    • Kato

      Of course everyone starts out fairly unproven. But you hire these people because of past experience. Relative success at their current position. The packers won an awful lot of games the past 8 years. You win games with a roster, not riding the coattails of a qb. That is the reason why there has been an exodus of front office guys on the packers. Dorsey, McKenzie, and Schneider have been pretty successful. All three have built playoff rosters.

      • PF4L

        I think it’s fairly obvious to anyone that the reasons the Packers won so many games is because of Dom Capers, Elliot Wolf, Tramon Williams, and B J Raji.

          • Kato

            Right. So Aaron Rodgers carried this team past the bears in the NFC championship eh? The zero TDs and two picks? Funny you mention BJ Raji, who had a pick six in that game, and Tramon Williams who picked off a Ryan pass in the end zone and also had the back breaking pick six in the divisional round. Or the 2013 wild card game where he managed 177 yards and a TD? So, it is 100% him if they win, but if they lose it is completely McCarthy/the teams fault?

        • Kato

          “The packers won so many games because of Aaron Rodgers.” Not a talented roster that was assembled with those three GMs in important scouting positions. Afterall, teams don’t win football games, quarterbacks do. Except for those three packers front office guys built three respective rosters that went a combined 34-13-1 this year. They must be doing something right!

          • PF4L

            After careful thought and re-consideration. Kato is absolutely right about everything he posted.

            Now move along….PLEASE!!

  5. Lynn Fuckin' Dickey

    Why groom successors just to let them go? The FO of this team is baffling, it’s a miracle the Packers are a relevant franchise at all.

    That miracle is, of course, his high holiness Aaron Rodgers.

    • PF4L

      Rodgers is ok i guess, but lets face it, he can’t carry a franchise. but with defensive genius Capers, McCarthy coaching, TT supplying the talent. Almost any run of the mill or average QB should be able to ride this team into the playoffs every year.

      Sorry, just keepin it ahundred

    • Kato

      Rodgers is a great qb. However, wins are a team accomplishment, not an individual one. This isn’t boxing

      • PF4L

        We should trade Rodgers while we can still get something for him. Get some draft picks, maybe a pass rusher or a proven corner. Slide Hundley over to QB, he looked really awesome in pre-season a couple years ago.

        As long as McCarthy is here, were still a playoff team, even without Rodgers.

        Lets do this.

  6. Kato

    This will be an interesting offseason. With the projected cap for next year, the packers will $37 million in cap space. That is assuming Shields returns, which is doubtful. He will cost $3 million in dead money, But they will save $9 million. So it is very likely they will be looking at $46 million in space. Nick Perry will likely be resigned. ‘

    • One thing about next years cap is Rodgers will need an extension. No way will Rodgers agent let Rodgers go into his final year 2018 with no guaranteed money. My guess is that contact extension will save cap space in 2017 and maybe 2018 for signing bonus dollars.

    • Ted Hawthorne

      Yes, and as everyone knows the franchise with the most money in the bank is
      awarded the Lombardi Trophy. Just ask Ted Thompson.

      • PF4L

        Kato…Let me finish your salary cap story, with some reality.

        We are 36 million under the cap for 2017. That’s just fantastic….isn’t it?

        Not if you peek under the surface of that painfully simple statement.

        The Packers are ranked 22nd in cap room space for 2017. But here’s the kicker, that is with only 39 players signed. So if you made an educated guess on where the Packers will be after signing a full roster. That puts them in the 5-15 million range depending, which would rank them about 28th.

        To put this in perspective. The Browns have 50 players signed, and a projected 107 million under the cap.

        The Patriots have 39 players signed and 71 million under the cap.

        You’re welcome.

  7. Empacador

    The Packers can’t promote him any further, so if he has the opportunity to become a GM, can they squat on his rights any longer? The junior Wolf might be orchestrating this through Ron in an effort to speed up the departure of Thompson. Surely Ron has to advise his son the 49er gig is a career killer as long as Jed York has anything to do with that franchise. This seems more like a long con to get what everyone assumes is a slam dunk.

    • PF4L

      We don’t know what’s going on inside the Packer offices. But i think it’s a serious stretch to think that this is some Wolf family con job…lol

      Who knows what could have happened…Promises might have been made to Elliot that were broken, we really don’t know.

      But i know two things…1) The Packers would not let Wolf interview for the Lions GM job last season. 2) General Manager job openings are pretty rare in the NFL. If you have the opportunity for a GM job in the NFL you take the interview, even if it is with a trainwreck of a CEO like Jed York.

      P S. They squatted (blocked) his interview last season with the Lions on a technicality, based on how much control Wolf would have had over personnel decisions.

      • Empacador

        Oh, I enjoy floating out the occasional conspiracy theory. The tin foil hat brigade at work float some real doozies, especially involving politics.

        Although I do think Ron would tell his son that taking the 49er job could be career suicide. While I’m not certain the younger Wolf is the man for the job, seems odd they would deny him opportunities in the past to let him go at this point when it’s being reported Ted might step down. Although who knows what their rationale is with anything they do.

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