There has been much made about the new power structure of the Green Bay Packers’ front office, with both general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur reporting directly to team president Mark Murphy.
This is a big change from the past 25 years for the Packers. From the time Ron Wolf arrived in 1991 up until the end of the 2017 season, the general manager reported to the president and the head coach reported to the GM, allowing Wolf full control over the football operation.
Murphy decided to change that after the 2017 season when he hired Gutekunst to replace Ted Thompson to improve communication between the new GM and then-head coach Mike McCarthy.
Fans, especially those weary of the pre-Wolf days where the team president and board of directors would meddle in football-related affairs, were and still are skeptical. The same can be said about the reporters covering the team judging by the questions Murphy has faced in press conferences since the 2018 season ended.
Murphy continues to insist he isn’t a micromanager and will allow Gutekunst and LaFleur to work without interference. Some thought Gutekunst would assume full control of the football operation with the hiring of LaFleur, but Murphy made it clear that wasn’t happening. Instead Murphy says Gutekunst has full control over the roster and won’t pull a Jerry Jones and make LaFleur change his play calls in certain down and distance situations.
So the Packers will embark on a new era with a power structure similar to other teams in the league but vastly different than what has worked for them in the past.
No one knows what the results will be, but Murphy’s job now likely depends on the outcome.
You can read more on Murphy’s expanded role plus how Aaron Rodgers just secured a big payday in 2020 in today’s cheese curds.
Murphy will be leaving his mark on the franchise, for better or worse, thanks to his restructuring of Green Bay’s football operations. Which way it goes will be decided in the next few seasons.
Rodgers’ $19.5 million dollar roster bonus is now fully guaranteed for 2020. So rest assured he isn’t being released any time soon.
Speaking of Rodgers, he’ll be paired with Wisconsin’s own Jerry Kelly in Pebble Beach this week.
Even with Jimmy Graham returning, the Packers need another tight end to effectively run LaFleur’s offense and they’d prefer a long-term answer versus a veteran free agent. Hockenson would be a perfect fit.
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