With Packers' Director of Football Operations John Schneider reportedly being hired as General Manager of the Seattle Seahawks, yet another personnel man from the Ron Wolf tree has landed a job as General Manager of an NFL franchise. There's Thompson, of course, as well as Mike Reinfeldt of the Titans and Scot McCloughan of the 49ers. All these guys worked together under Wolf at one point or another.
Losing Schneider can be portrayed as a 'blow' - but the truth is it was probably only a matter of time. The Packers have been top-heavy in the personnel department for years, ever since Sherman brought Schneider back from Washington in 2002. Both Sherman and Thompson certainly benefited from having guys like Reggie McKenzie and Schneider to lean on, but it was really only a matter of time before some of them got picked off by rival clubs - indeed, McKenzie interviewed for the job that eventually went to Reinfeldt two years ago. It will be interesting to see if the Packers promote guys like Eliot Wolf (Ron's son) or Tim Terry or if they look outside the organization to bring in another senior personnel person to keep the department as top-heavy as it's been for nearly the last decade.
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