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Packers officially announce Brian Gutekunst as new GM

09 January, 2018, 00:59 | Author: John Swanson
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This comes after the 43-year-old Gutekunst interviewed for the Houston Texans' vacant GM job.

Gutekunst has been with the organization for almost two decades after being hired in 1998 by Hall of Famer Ron Wolf.

Gutekunst has been Green Bay's player personnel director for almost two years, though he has been with the Packers' player personnel department for almost two decades.

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It was also announced that Russ Ball will get a raise and the title of vice president/football operations but his duties will remain negotiating contracts and working the salary cap.

The Green Bay Packers' general manager search didn't last too long. Gutekunst, Ball and coach Mike McCarthy will all report directly to Murphy.

The Indianapolis Colts move forward into 2018 without most, if not all of the 2017 coaching staff.

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However, with the Packers being notorious for having a poor defense, many Packers fans have been clamoring to see outside candidates considered for the coordinator position, in an effort to bring in fresh ideas for the defense. "Obviously the people up there don't think he's worthy or they would've hired him". Prior to coming to Green Bay, Gutekunst spent a season as a scouting assistant with the Chiefs.

The Packers went 7-9 in an injury-plagued season, finishing with a losing record and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008. While fans may be a bit anxious about bringing back Philbin after his disastrous tenure with the Dolphins, it is important to note that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense broke multiple records in 2011 under him, and every year during Philbin's tenure Green Bay ranked in the top 10 in offensive production as well as scoring. Green Bay also lost offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett, quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt and receivers coach Luke Getsy.

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