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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 289 - The Packers' Leadership Hierarchy

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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 289 - The Packers' Leadership Hierarchy

On Thursday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Silverstein released a report that sincerely questioned the Packers' new hierarchical structure that went into place in 2018. Is there an issue with Mark Murphy and the "three silos" of Matt LaFleur, Brian Gutekunst, and Russ Ball? Is it much ado about nothing? Today Andrew Mertig and Kyle Fellows take a look at Silverstein's article, the Packers' structure, and answer some of your fan questions. If you haven't read the article, check it out at!

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Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and appears weekly on 107.5 The Fan in Green Bay to breakdown film. This past season he was an analyst on Green Bay Nation on WFRV TV in Green Bay. Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder; follow him on Twitter at @sconniesports.

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Packer Fan's picture

Really. Who cares about how things work if you win? And until we know if the Pack win or lose, this is not worth anything. I don't view the podcasts and I refuse to read Silverstein's article. Look not at what people say, but at the actions. Did Gute sign some good free agents? Yes. Is the draft good? We won't know until this year is over. Was the choice to fire MM OK? Yes. Is Lafleur the right choice? We won't know until this year is over. Listening or reading speculation is not beneficial.

Turophile's picture

While that is true, Packer Fan, the offseason IS speculation time. I spend an inordinate amount of time before the draft looking at prospects college games, reading scouting reports, doing mock drafts etc, when I could easily ignore it all, and just wait until draft day to find who they got............ and another year or two until we find out if they are any good.

I do all this speculation stuff less to be (in your words) "beneficial", more because I simply enjoy doing it, as many do.

Without speculation and projection, sites like CheeseheadTV would be pretty quiet.

Hawg Hanner's picture

I thought we visited with the organizational concept earlier this year. Silverstein's article raised nothing new, but some negative vibes on Ball and Murphy. I get it, he had to fill some column space, but just as he was full of it with his cap problem rumor, he really adds nothing new. To me here is the one, single unifying theory to why the organization is where it is. You've got a young GM with no management-supervisory experience who needs to focus solely on personnel. I predict when Murphy leaves, he might restore some authority to Gutekunst. Ball was not a personnel guy but a finance guy. He was not a good candidate and is fine where he is. If he thinks he really had all the tools to be GM, good luck with that. To assuage his ego, Murphy had him report to him. That is fine. The current organization is not uncommon, in the league or in business generally. Murphy has an MBA among his other stellar qualifications, and I will gladly trust his judgment more than that of a journalist or those who continually bash him.

Alberta Packer's picture

I concur with the above opinion - much ado about nothing. I would file Silverstein's article along with Tyler Dunne's piece on Aaron Rodgers - as far as relevance and substance in concerned (or lack of).

As far as the management structure is concerned, I see no problem in the compartmentalizing of responsibilities. With Personnel being the key department, the current organization allows Gutekunst to dedicate all of his time and energy to this one area.

I'm also curious why Silverstein (and others) never reference Murphy's qualifications - which are considerable. The man is not an idiot. In addition to his legal and business qualifications - he is the former athletic director of Northwestern University and an all-pro safety. I wonder what Silverstein's "critics" resumes look like?

IceBowl's picture

All this hoopla!!! It happens everywhere, it is life. Qualifications, envy, personalities, pride, jealousy, etc, etc. You might as well be talking about the billionaire, businessman Trump and his organization.

Paychecks of millions of dollars (really any amount) bring out the fighting spirit.

And the bigger the paycheck, the bigger the media target.

jannes bjornson's picture

Just a point of reference for the kool aid swillers: the 70s and 80s.

Alberta Packer's picture

Silverstein's premise is that because the previous management structure has been in place for 25+ years - anything else will be dysfunctional. So we know he is defender of the status quo - so with a bias - which precludes any journalistic objectivity. Sigh...

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