Team president and CEO Mark Murphy named Brian Gutekunst as the new general manager on Monday morning.
"While we have enjoyed a lot of success, we need to improve", Murphy wrote. While Ball is well-renowned in Green Bay, and has done a fantastic job keeping the Packers out of salary cap trouble, one has to wonder how he would've fared as the main director of personnel as GM, something he has very little experience in. With that in mind, the head coach, general manager and executive vice president/director of football operations will report to me moving forward.
He said the change will increase the "frequency of communication and collaboration. Ultimately, it will make the Packers better".
The Houston Chronicle first reported Sunday that Gutekunst had taken the job. "I am confident that he is the man that will help get us there". Gutekunst would replace Ted Thompson, who is transitioning to a senior advisory role in the front office.
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"I have the best job in pro football, and no disrespect to the other 31 clubs, I love it here, I want to be here, but it has to fit for me, too, McCarthy said last week". He has been with the Packers for 19 years, longer than anyone in the team's football operations. And finally, I must thank my wife, Jen, and our children for their constant sacrifice and unwavering support despite all of the time I have spent on the road and away from home.
"Since joining the Packers in 2008, Russ has proven to be invaluable", said Murphy in the team statement.
Gutekunst has been with the organization for almost two decades after being hired in 1998 by Hall of Famer Ron Wolf. While Wolf has spent almost his entire life with the Packers, Gutekunst has been a bit of a hot commodity in recent years, almost becoming the 49ers' GM just last season before withdrawing his name from consideration after a promotion from Green Bay, and now being recently considered for the Houston Texans.
To aid in his development as the lead executive, Gutekunst will be flanked by Russ Ball as the team's executive vice president and director of football operations, with the charge to "manage the Packers' salary cap and serve as the chief contract negotiator while continuing to oversee several areas in football operations".