Morning Buzz: Plenty of risk in Packers changes
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Pete Dougherty’s latest column looking at the new power structure in Green Bay and the risks involved in the move. .
When Chairman Emeritus Bob Harlan relinquished total control of the Packers’ football operations to Ron Wolf as GM in November, he did it for good reason.
The Packers had been a disaster for 25 years because the executive committee was too involved in monitoring football, and no one with the expertise was fully in charge. By 1991, it was clear the latest stab at it, a 50-50 power-sharing arrangement between GM Tom Braatz and coach Lindy Infante, had bombed.
So Harlan set up a clear chain of command, giving Wolf final say over all things football, including hiring and firing the coach. Wolf had interviewed for Braatz’s job in the late ‘80s and took himself out of the running because of that 50-50 arrangement. He has said repeatedly over the years he’d never have taken Harlan’s offer in late ’91 if he hadn’t received full control.
Now, can Murphy’s new system work? Sure, it might. Gutekunst, McCarthy and Ball have been together with the Packers for almost a decade. They know each other well. Gutekunst appears to have a strong relationship with everyone involved. Murphy, too.
And to be sure, the coach-GM relationship is the most important on an NFL team. If Gutekunst and McCarthy can stay on the same page, then this has a chance.
Ryan Wood writes on the new power structure and its place in Packers history:
Michael Cohen writes on what should be a notable uptick in aggressiveness in the building of the Packers roster:
The Packers will speak with Vic Fangio about their vacant defensive coordinator position:
Eliot Wolf has a few options going forward:
I chatted with Packers fans Monday afternoon about all the latest news:
Brian Gutekunst wants competition at every position group:
Green Bay roots can turn up almost anywhere:
Elsewhere, Tom Oates shares his concerns about Murphy’s changes:
Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt shares his thoughts:
Could Kevin Greene be a possibility at defensive coordinator?
Mike Pettine will reportedly interview for the defensive coordinator job today:
Kelly Price looks at Gutekunst’s career path:
The Packers have plenty of decisions to make heading into free agency:
Mark Daniels gives an overview of yesterday’s events:
The Packers thanked their former general manager:
Today marks a pretty big day in NFL history:
Packers fans can celebrate a pretty important birthday today: