Earlier today the Green Bay Packers announced the hiring of new General Manager Brian Gutekunst. 99% of Packer fans had never heard that name until about a week ago when a list of possible Ted Thompson replacements was released. So lets get you up to speed, briefly, on who Brian Gutekunst is.
In 1998 Gutekunst was hired by then Packers GM Ron Wolf as a college scout for the east coa. For the next 2 years Gutekunst would be responsible for scouting the following future Packers: Vonnie Holliday (UNC), Matt Hasselbeck (BC), Antuan Edwards (CLEM), Aaron Brooks (UVA). Gutekunst then transitioned to the South East for the next 13 years where he scouted future Packers such as: Bubba Franks, Chad Clifton, Robert Ferguson, Javon Walker, Najeh Davenport, Craig Nall, Hunter Hillenmeyer, Scott Wells, Nick Collins, Jason Spitz, Johnny Jolly, Justin Harrell, Jordy Nelson, Brian Brohm, Josh Sitton, Matt Flynn, Morgan Burnett, and Randal Cobb. He was merely a scout and ultimately the Packers organization were the ones to pull the trigger, but as you can see he has a keen eye for talent.
In 2012 the Packers saw fit to promote Gutekunst to director of college scouting where he would oversee every Packers draft pick for the next four years. Some of the more notable picks during this time were: Nick Perry, Mike Daniels, David Bakhtiari, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Davante Adams, Richard Rodgers, Jeff Janis, Ty Montgomery, Jake Ryan, Aaron Ripkowski, Kenny Clark, Kyler Fackrell, Blake Martinez, and Dean Lowry.
Since March 21, 2016 Gutekunst has been serving directly under Ted Thompson as Director of Player Personnel. He has been in most player acquisition decisions. This is seen as a “home run” hire by many inside the organization and will likely sooth the ruffled feathers of HC Mike Mccarthy as there has been friction between Mccarthy and top GM candidate Russ Ball. With a 5 year deal in his back pocket, Packer Nation is excited for GM Brian Gutekunst and the future of the football team.