Former Packers All-Pro safety LeRoy Butler and JS reporter Tom Silverstein weigh in on the drama between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy. Bill Schulz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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We'll start with Tom Silverstein's analysis of Aaron Rodgers' remarks critical of coach Mike McCarthy's game plan and how Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy should bring the two sides together.
Murphy had better make sure that Rodgers and McCarthy are communicating. Quarterbacks not agreeing with their head coach isn’t something new to football — ask Tom Brady and Bill Belichick — but there'd better be mutual respect. There'd better be the sense the two of them are better together than apart.
If they can’t resolve this, Murphy should sit them down in his office and force them to talk about Rodgers’ bitterness over the performance Sunday and whether his beef is solely with McCarthy. Gutekunst has no authority over McCarthy due to Murphy’s restructuring of the front office, so it’s not on him to get this thing figured out.
Murphy made the decision to add four years to Rodgers’ contract at the price of $176 million. He also agreed last year to add just one year to McCarthy’s contract, thereby thrusting him into a lame-duck season in 2019.
If the Packers lay an egg this season, Murphy could put his chips on Rodgers and let McCarthy go.
But before he even starts to think about such things, his primary goal should be to convince the two that they must put their egos aside and be responsive to the other. If at the end of the season, they can’t see eye to eye, then it’s probably time to break up the partnership.
You can read Tom's entire column here:
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