The Green Bay Packers’ continued run of success on the field has extended to their front office. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, director of football operations Eliot Wolf and director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst plan to interview for the San Francisco 49ers’ vacant general-manager position.
On Sunday, the 49ers fired long-time GM Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly, creating a void at the two biggest positions in the organization. The team appears likely to interview numerous outside candidates for general manager as well as in-house option Tom Gamble. In pursuit of that goal, the team has made arrangements to sit down with two of the Packers’ top front-office executives.
Wolf, the 34-year-old son of Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf, has received consideration as a general manager in recent years. The Detroit Lions reportedly tried to interview him last offseason but did not receive permission from Wolf’s current team. However, the Packers cannot prevent Wolf from interviewing this time around. Though not confirmed, offseason reports indicate that Green Bay considers Wolf the heir apparent to current general manager Ted Thompson. Wolf first joined the Packers as a pro personnel assistant in 2004.
Like Wolf, Gutekunst has also worked his way up the ranks of the Packers’ front office in recent years. He began his scouting career with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1998 before arriving in Green Bay the following season. He has remained with the organization since that time, moving up from regional scout to his current position in 2012.
The Packers front office has produced numerous general managers in recent years. In addition to Thompson, who served with the team as an assistant during the 1990s before returning in 2005, current GMs John Schneider (Seattle Seahawks), Reggie McKenzie (Oakland Raiders), John Dorsey (Chiefs), and Scot McCloughan (Washington) began their scouting careers in Green Bay.