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08 January 2018, 04:06 | Marlene Fleming
Several outlets, including Rob Demovsky of ESPN and Ian Rappaport with the NFL Network reported Sunday afternoon Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy has made his choice and it's the team's current Director of Player Personnel.
It's possible Green Bay will still make philosophical changes to its coaching and scouting methods, and it seems likely Gutekunst's promotion will coincide with a more active approach in free agency and on the trade market - two avenues Thompson was infamously loathe to travel down.
This comes after the 43-year-old Gutekunst interviewed for the Houston Texans' vacant GM job. He returned to the Packers as a college scout on December 30, 1998, when he was hired by then-general manager and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf. One of the rumors was that Green Bay could have Gutekunst split the GM role with Russ Ball. We should find out some time in the next 24 hours.
The Packers, who finished a 7-9 campaign - their first losing season and playoff miss since 2008 - have undergone an organizational shift since the season ended. By hiring Gutekunst, Green Bay is likely sticking with McCarthy for another season.
"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".
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