Green Bay’s Eliot Wolf Conundrum
Reports came out yesterday longtime Packers personnel Eliot Wolf and Brian Gutekunst will both interview for the San Francisco 49ers General Manager job this week. This news shouldn’t be a surprise to Packers fans who’ve seen Reggie McKenzie and John Dorsey both go to different teams in the past few years. The Wolf situation gives fans and likely Mark Murphy some pause as many believe he’s the heir to Ted Thompson’s throne when he’s ready to retire whenever that may be. Why Packers find themselves in a pickle they haven’t been in for years.
49ers will interview Packers Director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst, per source. Also Packers exec Eliot Wolf, as @TomPelissero said.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2017
It’s a known fact that if Wolf should stay in Green Bay, he’ll be replacing Thompson. Wolf is a young, energetic individual who is somewhat of a prodigy being with his dad, Ron, in the war room since age 13. Many including myself saw a scenario where Thompson would move to a Doug Melvin-like role in the front office where he’s a ‘senior advisor,’ and Wolf would take over the team. People mentioned to me last Spring how Thompson looked very old and tired, yet that’s the eye of the beholder. Green Bay is out of moves to make with Wolf. They’ve promoted him a couple different teams with a bump in salary, and all that’s left is the general manager position.
Wolf could be interviewing for this job to put pressure on Murphy to come to this decision, or he might be done with the idea of trying to repeat his father’s legacy. You think the haters were bad for Thompson, they’ll be even worse for Wolf. “You’re not your dad!” “Spoiled rich kid trying to be like his daddy.” Those would be common phrases heard by radio callers. Wolf may want to start this own thing in San Francisco as the cupboard is completely bare. He could build this from the ground up and have the time to do it. Jed York is a weenie and seems like a bad boss to work for, yet when you’re interviewing for a job only few can give off that douche vibe during it. Just because a succession plan is in place doesn’t mean it ends up happening, ask Texas Longhorns football. They thought Will Muschamp would be their next coach after Mack Brown only to have him take the Florida job.
We didn’t mention Gutekunst, but he could be the one that comes out of it being the next man up for Thompson. And given Packers have lost so many to other teams, it might be the time to name him as a successor, but we’ll cross that bridge if we get there. Don’t expect this to be the only time we hear Wolf’s name in GM rumors.