GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - One thing is certain, the newly hired Packers General Manager, Brian Gutekunst, will not be a carbon copy of Ted Thompson. He’s using his opportunity as a chance to turn a new leaf for the Packers.
“I think there was a lot of reasons for what happened this year,” Packers General Manager Brian Gutekunst said. “There's certain areas that needed to play better, but we're really excited about the opportunity before us.”
Now that Brian Gutekunst has been handed full control of the Packers’ roster, in what direction will he go?
“There’s a foundation of draft and develop and retaining our core players that won't change a whole lot, but I do think that I will lead in my own personality. You know, probably a little more aggressive in certain areas. I think, we're not going to leave any stone unturned as far as every avenue of player acquisition.” Gutekunst said.
It’s a statement that sure sounds like what Head Coach Mike McCarthy was talking about last week.
“Are we doing enough to win a world championship?” McCarthy asked. “Or are we doing anything we need to win a championship? You know, that question needs to be answered throughout football operations.”
Unlike his predecessor Ted Thompson, Gutekunst will fully explore the free agent market.
“It’s an absolute must as an accessory piece. You know, we're not going to be able to sign every player. We're not going to be able to make that the foundation of our team, but we want to be in everything. We want to be in the know of everything that's going on, and if it makes sense for us, not to be afraid, we have to be prepared to pull the trigger.”
Gutekunst was asked Monday what type of team he's inheriting, and while he believes he has quality players across the board, his main goal is to create in-house competition. According to Gutekunst, that’s what’s going to get the Packers back on track for the 2018 season.
“You know, we need to get competitive in every group, so nobody is kind of, so nobody feels safe. You know, I think that's important. You know I think competition allows talents to rise.”