Packers: Eliot Wolf Will Eventually Succeed Ted Thompson in Green Bay

While the entire world of Packers fandom is focused on Green Bay’s tilt Sunday in Atlanta for the NFC Title, there was some big news released Thursday about the future of the organization.

That news, was the new contract given and agreed to by Eliot Wolf. The 34-year old is the Packers director of football operations and was a finalist for the 49ers GM job. However, after signing his new contract in Green Bay, Wolf pulled his name from consideration.

Wolf wasn’t promoted, but has been five times under Thompson, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN. It’s also a sign that the succession plan Mark Murphy talked about a few weeks ago, has Wolf at the center of it.

The long-time member of the Green Bay front office, is the son of Ron Wolf, the architect of the Packers 1996 championship team. Over the years, he has proven to be a vital part of the organization’s football hierarchy and allowing him to leave would have been a huge mistake.

Thompson is signed through 2018 and is on the back nine of his career. There was even talk he could move into an advisory role as soon as this offseason. So making this move and keeping Wolf was critical for the Packers.

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Right now, it doesn’t look like the transition will happen right away but sometime in the next 2-3 years. After all, it’s safe to assume Wolf re-signed in Green Bay after being assured he is the next in line. Otherwise, why would he do it?

Hopefully, that’s the case. Thompson is great and has done wonders for the Packers, but sooner rather than later, he will step away and when he does, Wolf should be the one to take over.

 

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  • Just to reply to a few comments — I definitely think the Packers need to change their defense up a bit — even if it means running a similar system they just need a different mind set in this defense if there is no pass rush it has no chance — teams have figured out how to beat the blitz packages — need pass rushers and guys that can cover man to man

  • Capers: bend and break each year! Any questions? Goodbye.

  • Yeah, big is good, but they lack speed. Pass rush not a real threat in most games. LB’S okay, but slow. DB’S lack speed and brains, which is proven game in and out. Can’t cover or tackle. Poor to disaster! Defense needs an overhaul, and a hard nosed coach!!

  • CAPERS SHOULD OF BEEN GONE FOUR YEARS AGO. TT NEEDS TO GO ALSO. SINCE YOUR DEFNSIVE SCHEME IS NOT WORKING DID YOU EVER THINK OF JAMMING THE RECIEVERS AT THE LINE ON THIRD AND LONG GIVING THE PASS RUSH MORE TIME. NEVER SEEN RECIEVERS FOR ATLANTA SO FAR OPEN AS IN THIS GAME

  • DID NOT SEE JOSH SITTON ON LIST. THATS RIGHT TT CUT ALL PRO AND GOT NOTHING IN RETURN – JUST BECAUSE HE CRITISIZED MM PLAY CALLING (AND JUSTIFIABLY SO)

  • I know many people are staunch TT/MM supporters but it is obvious that one, or both, need to go. I know overpaying for free agents isn’t always a good idea, but when Shields went down with a concussion in week 2 (I think) he should have brought in FA help instead of watching our secondary get trounced every week. There’s a reason Ron Wolf is a HOFer, sometimes you have to pull the trigger. TT has got to get us some veteran help, even if it’s a tier II or III player. We are wasting Rodgers’ prime years with third string DBs. And MM is god-awful at play calling. Packer fans, and our opponents, are guessing the plays before the snap. If he has to remain the signal caller then give Rodgers free reign to call the plays similar to what Indy did with Manning.

    • Totally agree. TT, Capers has to go! MM offensive calling has zero creativity. Even at home one knows the call. Zero screens, no end arounds with Janis, no flavor. Opposing defenses have it easy. Watch Patriots! Atlanta! Creative play calling, hard to tell what’s next. Rogers has plenty of experience to call plays at the line, as Peyton did!! MM is boring, Capers outdated, and TT living in the 80’s.

  • Do you see Lovie Smith as a viable candidate to be Packers defensive coordinator? That job at Illinois feels to me like Love has parked himself in a waiting zone.

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