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06/24/2018

Ted Thompson

Front Office Remains Intact

Director of Football Operations Eliot Wolf and director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst will remain in Green Bay for at least one more year. That’s because the two highly regarded front office executives removed their names from consideration for the GM job in San Francisco and signed new deals with the Packers. So while ultimately nothing

Better Off Ted

It sure seems like a lot of people want to push GM Ted Thompson out the door, or at the very least relocate him to a small corner office at 1265 Lombardi Ave. It’s certainly understandable. After all, what’s that slacker done in 12 seasons other than take the Packers to the playoffs nine times and

Draft Providing Little Impact

The Green Bay Packers’ 2016 draft class might eventually be terrific, but right now it’s one of the least impactful in the entire league. And that simply can’t happen when a general manager avoids free agency the way a vampire avoids sunlight. Ted Thompson drafted seven players last April, and all seven are on the

Nightmare In Nashville

There was a time when the Green Bay Packers, following a tough loss, would’ve punished a middling team like the Tennessee Titans. But that was quite a while ago. Sunday, the Titans punished the middling Packers after a tough loss of their own. The nightmare in Nashville dropped Green Bay to 4-5. The good news is

Former Execs Finding Success

The five men who worked under Ron Wolf and who are now general managers in the NFL have a combined record of 15-7 this season. When you consider how good Ted Thompson, John Schneider, John Dorsey, Reggie McKenzie and Scot McCloughan are at their jobs, it’s hard to imagine how the Packers of the mid-90s ever made

Murphy Can’t Let Wolf Get Away

The Seattle Seahawks agreed to a contract extension on Sunday with general manager John Schneider. The deal runs through 2021 and all but eliminates him as a potential replacement for Ted Thompson. That makes director-football operations Eliot Wolf an even more prohibitive favorite for the job. The only promotion left for Ron’s son is to

Give Tip Of The Cap To Pack

According to ESPN, Green Bay ranks 31st in guaranteed money given to players signed in 2016. Their total of $14.7 million pales in comparison to the $280M doled out by the Eagles. One reason the Packers’ number is so low is GM Ted Thompson’s aversion to signing other team’s free agents, but that’s hardly the only

Packers Make Front Office Changes

After promoting Brian Gutekunst to director of player personnel in March, the Packers needed to find a new director of college scouting. That job was filled on Thursday when Jon-Eric Sullivan was named to the position. The 39-year-old, who has a solid reputation around the league, had been an area scout since 2004. The team

Ted Always Looks Ahead

The Green Bay Packers were a legitimate Super Bowl contender going into the most recent draft, so they really don’t need a boost from the seven players picked a few weeks ago. That’s good because they probably aren’t going to get one. GM Ted Thompson’s 12th draft was more about plugging holes and potential future

Thompson Has A Sixth Sense

I read an interesting statistic the other day that made me appreciate just how good GM Ted Thompson has been when it comes to drafting in the late rounds. According to the Pro Football Reference database, only 30 percent of sixth-round picks since 2010 have gone on to play at least five games in the NFL. Since 2010, Thompson has

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