Sparta, Wis. (WXOW) It’s only April but the Packers are already on the defensive.
Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy responded Wednesday night for the first time publicly about that Bleacher Report article that came out last week, which called into question Aaron Rodgers’ leadership and the fractured relationship he had with Mike McCarthy.
Murphy along with Packer alums Nick Barnett, Earl Dotson, Ryan Grant, Bernardo Harris, Aaron Kampman and Scott Wells were in Sparta as part of the Packers annual Tailgate Tour.
As for that article, it suggested the Packers would have won more than just one Super Bowl if the egos of Rodgers and Mc Carthy hadn’t gotten in the way.
Here’s what he told WXOW 19 Sports:
“It’s all in the past. It’s a lot of half-truths and a lot of stuff just made up. The conversation that allegedly took place between Aaron and I was completely false. We had a great conversation. It was very positive. We talked about Matt La Fleur and I said ‘Aaron, I think this change is going to be great for you and the organization and he was very positive,” Murphy said.
“I think this is going to be great motivation for him and the team. You hate to have your dirty laundry aired but I do think it’s going to be a positive.”
“Was some of that part of the impetus for you to take over football operations?”
“Yeah. If things were as bad as that article implied, we never would’ve won a Super Bowl. we never would’ve gone to 8 straight playoffs. It was certainly exaggerated. But I just felt like we did need a change and I think last year, with Ted stepping down into more of a senior advisery role, then this year, just felt like we needed a change. As Aaron said, I have nothing but great respect for Mike and what he’s accomplished for us,” Murphy said.