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: June 12, 2007, 04:00:40 PM

I saw this over at the TBBB and found it interesting.  The Packers are looking for a new chairman and CEO and are reportedly interested in three candidates one of which is Bruce Allen and the other two are Mike Holmgren and Rich McKay.

Link to the TBBB post: http://bbs.buccaneers.com/showthread.php?t=142127

From PackerNews.com:
http://www.packersnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070603/PKR01/706030704/1058/PKRFeatures

It's the 'No. 1' job in football

So, team should find quality candidates to replace Harlan

By Pete Dougherty

The Green Bay Packers are in the midst of one of the messiest transfers of power in their 89-year history.

The ouster of John Jones only four days before he was to take over as team chairman and chief executive officer — after almost eight years of grooming for the jobs — will go down as an embarrassing episode in the team's administrative history.

But whatever the black marks from the past week, there will be no shortage of candidates around the NFL coveting the chance to succeed Bob Harlan as the top man for one of the most-storied and revered teams in professional sports.

Ken Herock, who's retired after a long career as a high-ranking NFL executive, left the Packers on bad terms when Harlan passed him over for general manager in 2001. Still, he considers being the Packers' chairman and CEO as perhaps the plum job of the NFL.

"You're running one of the prestigious organizations in the country, and No. 1 in football, probably," Herock said.

"That guy keeps the organization together. That guy's your owner. This is the guy you look to when everything's failing."

Just how important is the chairman to the product fans see on the field?

Seattle Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, who coached the Packers from 1992 to 1998, said Harlan played a critical if quiet role in the Packers' resurgence of the 1990s.

Holmgren, General Manager Ron Wolf, quarterback Brett Favre and defensive end Reggie White were the key football figures in the team's two Super Bowl appearances in the '90s, but Harlan set up a support system that had only one mission: helping the football department.

"That doesn't happen all the time," said Holmgren, who's coached in the NFL since 1986. "When you ask how important the president is, when I was there I didn't see Bob a lot. But when I saw him, if I needed something, I went down there, his door was open, we could always talk, and I always knew that he would do anything in his power to help me be successful there. There was never a doubt in my mind. That's the importance of that position there."

Harlan and the executive committee haven't determined how they'll conduct the search for his replacement, though they'll likely form a search committee and perhaps hire a head-hunting firm to compile a short list of candidates.

They will have to prioritize what qualities they want in Harlan's successor. In his news conference after the team's quarterly board meeting last week, Harlan emphasized vast experience working in management for an NFL team, detailed knowledge of the league's financial system, and strong relationships with other league owners and the NFL's office.

That eliminates executives from other sports or businesses, and from the NFL office.

There will be varied opinions among executive committee members and team directors on what other qualifications the Packers should seek in their next chairman.

Some might think, as Holmgren does, that knowing the organization and community is crucial.

"The pressure on the person running the team or coaching the team is a little different (in Green Bay) because of how much the team means to the community," he said. "Every (team) has their fans, but it's different there, and people that haven't experienced that, they think they know but they really don't know."

Herock emphasized finding a proven, charismatic leader.

"A guy that has good communication skills, communicates with people throughout the league, throughout the city," he said. "Because that's what your job is."

There are some candidates that don't take a search committee to identify.

One is Mike Reinfeldt, the former Packers executive who was groomed as Harlan's successor until he joined Holmgren with the Seahawks in 1999.

Reinfeldt, however, took a plum job as the Tennessee Titans' head of football operations over the winter. Though his ties to the Packers are strong, there are questions whether he'd be willing to leave a job he just started, and if he were, whether Titans owner Bud Adams would allow the move.

Reinfeldt is many ways is an ideal candidate. He has strong state and local connections. He went to high school in Baraboo, played college football at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, worked for the Packers from 1991 to 1999 and married a woman from the Green Bay area who has a lot of family here.

He has long and varied experience as an administrator in the NFL and is well known in league circles. He was the Packers' chief financial officer from 1991 to 1993 — he played a key role in the hiring of Wolf as GM — and vice president of administration from 1994 to 1998. Before going to Tennessee, he was a senior vice president with the Seahawks.

"I think he'd probably be the perfect guy," Holmgren said. "But the problem is, he just got a job."

Reinfeldt's weakness is his public-relations skills — he's appeared uncomfortable dealing with the media and the public — though current and former members of the Packers' board who champion his cause think he can grow into that role.

"Mike's not a real communicator," Herock said. "He's shy."

Another potential concern for the executive committee could be Reinfeldt's close friendship with Packers GM Ted Thompson. The two were teammates with the Houston Oilers in the 1970s, and Reinfeldt helped Thompson get his first NFL scouting job, with the Packers in 1992. They also worked together in Seattle's front office.

The committee might question whether Reinfeldt would be able to fire Thompson in a timely manner if he falters in his attempt to rebuild the football team.

Herock identified his top candidates for the job: Holmgren, Tampa Bay GM Bruce Allen and Rich McKay, who is Atlanta's president and GM.

When told he topped Herock's list, the 58-year-old Holmgren laughed and scoffed at the notion. Herock, however, was adamant that Holmgren, who used to be co-chairman of the NFL's prestigious competition committee, would make an excellent — if unconventional and long-shot — candidate.

"If he wanted to get out of coaching, he's perfect for that job," Herock said. "He has great, great character. Mike would be ideal for that job. When he's with people, they fall in love with him. He's a great communicator. He knows everything that's going on. It would be like hiring a Bill Walsh to that position."

Allen, the son of former NFL coach George Allen, has name recognition and a resume that includes 13 years as a front-office executive with Oakland (1995 to 2003) and the Buccaneers (2004 to the present).

McKay, the son of former Tampa Bay coach John McKay, has been running the Falcons' football operations for the last three years, and was Tampa Bay's general manager from 1995 to 2004. He's been co-chairman of the competition committee since 1998, and was rumored as a candidate for NFL commissioner earlier this year.

McKay, however, is known for loving warm weather and might not be willing to move to a northern city that has harsh winters.

The Packers' front office has two well-regarded vice presidents who could be candidates. They are Andrew Brandt, 46, who is vice president of player finance and general counsel, and Jason Wied, 35, who is vice president of administration and corporate counsel.

Harlan's successor will have a unique position in the major professional sports in the United States because of the team's ownership structure. It's a public corporation that has 111,967 shareholders who receive no dividends and is run by an executive committee that is elected by the board of directors.

The chairman runs the Packers by leading the executive committee and representing the organization in all NFL matters. He's a de facto member of one of the most exclusive clubs in America — the NFL owners — even though he hasn't put up a penny of his money into the team.

The chairman is the Packers' strongest tie to the community because of his relationship with the board of directors, businesses and charities statewide, and his interactions with fans.

Those relationships are more important for the Packers than for most other major sports teams because public ownership has allowed the team to remain in Green Bay while others gravitated to larger cities.

The chairman sets the tone for the organization by establishing the goals and atmosphere in all operations, and determining the autonomy of the football department. Harlan's decision in late 1991 to cede total control of football operations to the general manager has made the Packers one of the NFL's most attractive teams for scouts and coaches.

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#1 : June 12, 2007, 04:38:57 PM

It's the no.1 job in football? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA whoever wrote this is living in the past.


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#2 : June 12, 2007, 04:40:47 PM

the only way he leaves i think is if Gruden leaves. you never know though

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#3 : June 12, 2007, 04:41:07 PM

It's packernews.com.

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#4 : June 12, 2007, 04:47:04 PM

Allen finally got the Bucs' cap situation under control with a surpulss working for the next couple of seasons.  I sincerely doubt that he would leave the organization after all of he and his staff's hard work to get the cap managable again, at least I dount he would leave on his own accord (i.e. fired).

And as someone said, the Packer GM job is not the #1 job in the NFL anymore.  They have a QB that likes to string his "will I, won't I" every off season with the instance that they remain competitive with vets thus not allowing the Pack to develop a youthful talent base ready to step up.  There isn't much left in GB besides an agining QB and there's alot of work to be done to get it back to where the fans want it.  That combined with the horrid weather compared to here in Tampa, I really see Allen here for at least another few seasons...much to the chagrin of some Buc fans.


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#5 : June 12, 2007, 04:49:12 PM

Wow they're full of themselves up there in Packerland! One of the most coveted jobs and no. 1 in football? Don't think so.


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#6 : June 12, 2007, 04:53:18 PM

This isn't another GM type gig, this is the team CEO so it is one of the few spots where a GM can step up in the world.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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#7 : June 12, 2007, 04:55:24 PM

This isn't another GM type gig, this is the team CEO so it is one of the few spots where a GM can step up in the world.

Is the Packers' CEO kind of like their owner?

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#8 : June 12, 2007, 04:58:07 PM

This isn't another GM type gig, this is the team CEO so it is one of the few spots where a GM can step up in the world.

Is the Packers' CEO kind of like their owner?

The owners are the team stockholders but the CEO is functionally the "owner" in day to day operations.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.

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#9 : June 12, 2007, 05:06:08 PM

This isn't another GM type gig, this is the team CEO so it is one of the few spots where a GM can step up in the world.

Is the Packers' CEO kind of like their owner?

The owners are the team stockholders but the CEO is functionally the "owner" in day to day operations.

Yes, this is why it's the #1 GM job in football.  Much more responsibility than other GM jobs; and a 'promotion' of sorts from a standard GM position.  I think Bruce and McKay are both very good candidates.


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#10 : June 12, 2007, 05:09:33 PM

Allen seems like a classy and competent executive, but I don't think we'd be losing anything as far as personnel decisions so I can't see how this would negatively affect the on-the-field product much.

FRG is the most logical poster on this board.  You guys just don\'t like where the logical conclusions take you.

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#11 : June 12, 2007, 06:20:42 PM

This situation seems taylor made for McKay. With the whole Mike Vick episode about to come down as well as the Falcons starting to get probably no more than a year from cap hell, McKay can bail out of the job with the Falcons still looking clean and drop into Green Bay with a upcoming team and a wealth of cap space.

He'd look like a genius all over again... ::)

Wouldn't be surprised at all if McKay jumped at the chance to get out of Hotlanta before all the sh1t comes down.

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#12 : June 12, 2007, 07:27:44 PM

So in actuality, they want to hire Gruden...you know with Allen being Gruden's puppet and all. Right haters?

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#13 : June 12, 2007, 07:51:35 PM

I have a feeling Allen will need a job next season as will Gruden. Maybe they can have both of them. My life can't be that good though, to have Gruden in Green Bay without Favre, and with a young QB and no talent, LMAO. I would give 3 to 1 odds that he would not last 3 seasons in Green Bay.  He would be great in College or as a used car salesman"Yes sir I promise your son will start for me next season" Would be his line to about 20 high School QB's parents....

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#14 : June 12, 2007, 07:54:50 PM

I have a feeling Allen will need a job next season as will Gruden. Maybe they can have both of them. My life can't be that good though, to have Gruden in Green Bay without Favre, and with a young QB and no talent, LMAO. I would give 3 to 1 odds that he would not last 3 seasons in Green Bay. He would be great in College or as a used car salesman"Yes sir I promise your son will start for me next season" Would be his line to about 20 high School QB's parents....


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