Player News - Packers

Date: Team: Pos:

Packers CB Damarious Randall underwent hand surgery.

It is reportedly a "minor" operation which will keep Randall out for six to eight weeks. That timeline means he should be 100 percent for the offseason program. Randall had a run in with the coaching staff early in the year, but he was the Packers' best corner down the stretch.
Jan 15 - 1:07 PM

Packers hired ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator.

Pettine, 51, will replace Dom Capers, who was finally let go after his defenses have been the biggest of the Packers' problems the past few years. Pettine has been the DC of very successful Jets and Bills' defenses in years past under coach Rex Ryan. He was a consultant for the Seahawks this past season. Pettine's No. 1 goal should be to fix the Packers' secondary concerns at cornerback.
Jan 10 - 12:55 PM

Packers hired ex-Colts OL coach Joe Philbin as offensive coordinator.

Mike Pettine is the defensive coordinator. Philbin, 56, was the Packers' offensive coordinator under coach Mike McCarthy from 2007-2011 before landing the Dolphins' head-coaching gig. He's spent the last two seasons as the Colts' OL coach after getting fired in Miami. McCarthy will likely continue to call the plays in Green Bay as Philbin helps in game-planning and with the offensive line.
Jan 10 - 12:52 PM

Packers hired ex-Giants QBs coach Frank Cignetti to the same position.

Cignetti was on coach Ben McAdoo's staff the past two seasons in New York, and both McAdoo and Cignetti have worked with Packers coach Mike McCarthy in the past. Cignetti was with McCarthy in New Orleans. Cignetti was a failure as the Rams' OC under Jeff Fisher and is best suited for position work.
Jan 10 - 10:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers are "preparing" to hire ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine as defensive coordinator.

It appears the Packers are leaning toward Pettine over fellow top candidates Vic Fangio and Gus Bradley. Pettine has been out of the league for two years but will inherit a defense that has talent in DE Mike Daniels, OLB Clay Matthews, DT Kenny Clark, and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. But the secondary needs a heck of a lot of work, especially on the back end at cornerback.
Jan 9 - 9:08 PM

Packers OLB Clay Matthews is recovering from a knee scope.

Matthews underwent the "clean-up" operation last week. He should be ready for the start of the offseason program. Going on 32, Matthews always seems to be battling some sort of minor injury but remained an effective pass rusher in 2017, notching 7.5 sacks and earning high marks from Pro Football Focus. Whomever the Packers hire to replace fired DC Dom Capers, Matthews will remain one of the defensive linchpins.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 9 - 3:09 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Packers will interview ex-Browns coach Mike Pettine for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Pettine and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have never worked together, but both are Pennsylvania-raised and spent time at Pittsburgh in the early-'90s. Pettine has been out of the league since being fired as the Browns' head coach following the 2015 season. He ran solid defenses in Buffalo and New York as one of coach Rex Ryan's righthand men. Pettine has run 3-4 fronts in the past.
Jan 8 - 6:15 PM

Packers promoted Russ Ball to EVP of football operations.

Brian Gutekunst was also officially announced as the general manager on Monday. Ball was passed over for that job, but he will get a promotion and a raise out of the deal. He will also retain his role as the chief contract negotiator as well as the salary cap manager.
Source: Packers.com
Jan 8 - 11:16 AM

The Green Bay Press-Gazette's Ryan Wood reports new Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is expected to be more active in free agency than ex-GM Ted Thompson.

Signing just one player would be more active than Thompson, but Wood is likely hinting at Gutekunst looking to build the roster with a lot more veteran help. That said, Thompson built a perennial contender with his draft-and-develop approach, so the Packers are not going to abandon the idea completely. If they plan to be more active in free agency, it would make sense to retain VP of football administration Russ Ball, who handled contract negotiations under Thompson.
Jan 7 - 6:46 PM

Packers promoted director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst to general manager.

Gutekunst was supposed to interview for the Texans' GM vacancy on Sunday, but canceled to accept a new job with the Pack. We now know it was the top job, though the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reports Gutekunst will "split" GM duties with VP of football administration Russ Ball. It would seem Gutekunst will handle personnel and the draft while Ball deals with the cap and contracts. Gutekunst has spent the past 19 years in the Packers' front office, and past two as director of player personnel.
Jan 7 - 1:38 PM

Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst has canceled his interview with the Texans and agreed to remain in Green Bay.

Gutekunst was in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay, so it cannot be ruled out that he will be promoted to general manager. We should find out some time in the next 24 hours.
Jan 7 - 1:35 PM

The Texans are interviewing Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst for their general-manager vacancy.

Gutekunst is also in the running to replace Ted Thompson in Green Bay. The Texans are making changes to their front office with EVP Rick Smith taking a season away from the team. Gutekunst has been a riser over the last few years, getting interest for both the Buffalo and San Francisco GM jobs. Houston has been connected to Bills VP of personnel Brian Gaine, Eagles VP of personnel Joe Douglas, and Cowboys VP of personnel Will McClay.
Jan 7 - 10:06 AM

ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports Colts assistant Joe Philbin is expected to join the Packers' coaching staff.

Philbin spent the last two seasons as the Colts' offensive line coach. His Packers role isn't yet defined, but he's expected to "take on many of the offensive coordinator duties." Green Bay is making several changes to their coaching staff after missing the playoffs. Philbin is an upgrade on Edgar Bennett, who was reassigned this week.
Source: ESPN
Jan 6 - 2:32 PM

The Packers are expected to interview Colts assistant Joe Philbin about rejoining their staff.

Philbin is a top candidate for the Packers' offensive coordinator vacancy, though it's not clear if he'll interview for that job or a positional role. Green Bay also has interest in a potential reunion with ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo.
Jan 6 - 2:17 PM

The Packers are interviewing director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst for their general-manager vacancy.

Gutekunst was in the running for the 49ers and Bills' GM openings last offseason but opted to stay in Green Bay under a new contract, likely with an eye toward eventually replacing Ted Thompson. The Packers have a number of highly-sought in-house options, including Eliot Wolf, Russ Ball, and Alonzo Highsmith. Some feathers are likely to be ruffled with whichever way Green Bay goes.
Jan 5 - 10:15 AM


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