Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 552 - Season in Review Part 1: The Front Office

On today's show, Jake and Ross kick-off the Packers' 2019 season-in-review with a look at the front office, and the job that Brian Gutekunst and company were able to do with turning the team around.

On today's show, Jake and Ross kick-off the Packers' 2019 season-in-review with a look at the front office, and the job that Brian Gutekunst and company were able to do with turning the team around. Enjoy!

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Turophile's picture

January 28, 2020 at 11:36 am

There has been plenty of negativity surrounding both Russ Ball and Mark Murphy.

Anti-Ball because most didn't want him as a GM (I went against popular opinion here and was ok with that idea). I think he is really effective as someone who specialises in cap stuff, but more than that, he takes away from Gutekunst much of the innumerable day to day admin stuff that is only peripherally related to football, allowing Gute to focus more on player acquisition.

Anti-Murphy because of the time it took to move on from TT and the change in power structure had many thinking he was power-grabbing. I thought that was nonsense, though he did take just a bit too long to make a change from TT (the Packers as a whole have a reputation of being fairly conservative). Most of the negative talk has disappeared in the wake of a surprisingly successful season.

As it turns out I was probably wrong about Ball simply because I like the overall job Gute has done and doubt Ball could have dome better. Equally I believe I was right about Murphy. There was no power grab imo, it was just a reorganisation to get things working better.

I still have two reservations with Murphy, one is about Gute not having HC control, the other the sacking of McCarthy right after a game, I thought he could have done in the next day or two and allowed McCarthy to say hi s goodbyes after being there 13 years. These are not enough reasons to change my mind that on the whole I'm good with him as president.

One interesting side note is that the shift to a much more proactive veteran acquisition without any obvious trouble between Gute/Ball/LaFleur, suggests they can and are working together pretty well.

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January 28, 2020 at 06:49 pm

Mark Murphy has taken the packers into a new era...it was time to rebalance the power in GB. Nothing worse than having chimneys in an organization. Overseeing the GM, coach, and money guys was the way to go. This is a team game that need team leadership. Working together is the way forward.

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