Holmgren may Raid Green Bay again : Packers Insider

Holmgren may Raid Green Bay again

December 23, 2009 by  
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Dec 23, 2009, By Peter Dougherty, Press-Gazette

~Mike Holmgren is running an NFL team again, so don’t be surprised if he raids the personnel department of the Green Bay Packers like he did when he went to the Seattle Seahawks in 1999. 

Hired this week as president of the Cleveland Browns, Holmgren is looking for a general manager and almost surely a new coach. The Packers have two men whom Holmgren surely will consider for GM: John Schneider and Reggie McKenzie, their co-directors of football operations. 

Look for Holmgren to steal away John Schneider, if John is willing to move to Cleveland.

Look for Holmgren to steal away John Schneider, if John is willing to move to Cleveland.

 Holmgren no doubt is thinking through other candidates as well. One excellent possibility is Lake Dawson, a former Seahawks scout who is the Tennessee Titans’ director of pro personnel. A fourth possibility is Will Lewis, Seattle’s director of player personnel. 

Both Schneider and McKenzie make a lot of sense – they have histories with Holmgren, and Holmgren is known to think well of them. Once source who knows Holmgren considered Schneider and Dawson the top candidates; another thought it would be McKenzie. 

Schneider’s history with Holmgren goes back to 1992, when he was a summer intern for former GM Ron Wolf in Holmgren’s first year as Packers coach. It also includes one season working for Holmgren in Seattle in 2000, when current Packers GM Ted Thompson hired him as the Seahawks’ director of player personnel, before Schneider took a promotion with Washington in 2001. 

One of Schneider’s greatest assets is his deep involvement in both pro and college personnel starting in 2000. Since that time, he’s been heavily involved in the scouting and administrative duties that go with evaluating college players. Also, he’s headed up an NFL personnel department, as vice president of player personnel for Marty Schottenheimer in Washington, though that was only for the 2001 season because owner Dan Snyder fired Schottenheimer and his football staff after one year. 

McKenzie has less history with Holmgren and never has worked for him but is as likely to receive serious consideration. He’s worked for the Packers since 1994 – Holmgren left in 1999 – and has moved up the Packers’ chain of command, to director of pro personnel in 1997 and to a director of football operations last year. His bosses have been Wolf and Thompson, both of whom know Holmgren well.   Full article here

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