Packers hiring Brian Gutekunst as general manager

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He was promoted to director of player personnel for the Packers back in March of 2016 and has spent almost two decades in the team's front office.

But that's a moot point now that the Packers have their man in Gutekunst, who had been Green Bay's director of player personnel since 2016 and has been in the Packers' organization since 1998. The Packers had interest in Seahawks general manager John Schneider, a Green Bay native, but the team's request to interview Schneider was denied.

The Houston Chronicle first reported Sunday that Gutekunst had taken the job.

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That's good news for Mike McCarthy, who reportedly isn't in good graces with Ball and could've been out as the Packers' head coach if Ball was named GM. Green Bay reached the postseason every year from 2009-16 - one season shy of the National Football League record - before having that string snapped after this year's 7-9 campaign.

The other two were vice president of football administration Russ Ball and director of football operations Eliot Wolf. On defense, veteran coordinator Dom Capers was sacked after a season in which the unit failed to generate consistent pass rush and had to rely on inexperienced players at cornerback because of injuries and turnover.

McCarthy is also filling several assistant coaching vacancies, including both the offensive and defensive coordinator positions.

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