Starter Pack: Super Bowl connections

A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers’ beat.

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers will play one of the Super Bowl XLVIII participants next season and if the Seattle Seahawks win it all, perhaps it will be in the NFL’s opening game.

But there are other Packers connections.

On the Seahawks’ side, there’s general manager John Schneider, who got his start in the NFL scouting business with the Packers as a 21-year-old intern in 1992. A native of De Pere, Wis., a suburb of Green Bay, Schneider left the Packers in January 2010 to join forces with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

The Seattle Times profiled Schneider and his journey earlier this month.

In Schneider’s personnel department, he has former Packers scout Scot McCloughan as a senior personnel executive.

Schneider has two former Packers players on his roster -- tackle Breno Giacomini and punter Jon Ryan.

Three former Packers assistant coaches are on Carroll’s staff -- offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell (a Green Bay assistant from 2000-05), receivers coach Kippy Brown (2000) and assistant offensive line coach Pat Ruel (2001-02). Former Packers safety Marquand Manuel (2006) is a defensive assistant for the Seahawks. Former Packers strength and conditioning assistant Mondray Gee (2008-09) has the same job with the Seahawks.

In the front office, Seahawks vice president/general counsel Lance Lopes held a similar position with the Packers from 1993-2000.

On the AFC side, the only former Packers’ player on the Broncos’ roster is backup linebacker Paris Lenon (2002-05). On the personnel side, the Broncos employ former Packers scout Lenny McGill as their assistant director of college scouting.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:

  • In a surprising move announced on Friday, Kevin Greene is out as outside linebackers coach. He had held the position since 2009. Greene was a fiery character, which led to this interesting exchange a few years back.

  • We concluded our look at the top-10 plays that shaped the Packers’ season. No. 1 should come as no surprise.

  • We continued our ranking of the Packers’ roster based on 2013 performance. Here’s Part 5 -- players ranked 11-20. The top 10 will be unveiled later on Monday.

  • We answered plenty of questions about the defense in our weekly mailbag.

Best of the rest:

  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde profiled Greene and his journey to the coaching ranks.

  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote that GM Ted Thompson’s usual aversion to free agency may change this year given all the holes on the defense, and Mike Vandermause looked at how kicker Mason Crosby turned things around after his dismal 2012 season.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne wrote that the Packers have a difficult decision to make about the future of their center position.