By the time the Green Bay Packers made the formal announcement Monday, the team's decision was well-known.
Brian Gutekunst has been promoted to general manager, taking Ted Thompson's place. In an effort to keep him on board, one of the other top choices for the job, Russ Ball, was promoted to executive vice president, director of football operations. Gutekunst thanked Thompson, calling him his mentor. In an organizational change, Gutekunst, Ball and head coach Mike McCarthy will report directly to team President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy.