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28-01-2019, 01:32 PM
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When Mark Murphy took the extraordinary step of seizing power in the vacuum of the 2017 offseason , some worried about a Machiavellian storyline playing out. Murphy gives himself power then becomes the de facto owner, meddling and convoluting a system that worked. Except the system didn’t work, at least not for the Packers in recent years. Mike McCarthy constantly bumped heads with Ted Thompson, disagreeing about free agent signings and the way to construct a team. With that relationship growing increasingly icy and Thompson isolating himself, Murphy moved last offseason to quell tensions and hope to increase communication. Taken in its most generous reading, Murphy hoped that putting McCarthy and new GM Brian Gutekunst on co-equal terms would increase collaboration and communication. Gutekunst offered McCarthy and his coaches input into free agent decisions and appeared to hit a home run in the draft. But would this siloed approach lead to infighting? The coach asks for something the GM doesn’t want to give and is forced to tattle to Murphy. It could be easily argued that’s a better system than the coach asking the GM for someone, getting stonewalled, and harboring bitterness in a chilly working relationship. At least with Murphy calling the shots, if he believes the coach is right or wrong, he gets the final say. The concern over this structure stems from the notion Murphy could become a meddler, believing too much in his own knowledge, much like ownership around the NFL. Here’s the problem: right now there’s no evidence that’s a thing happening. The indications from the offseason were that Gutekunst and McCarthy developed a good relationship, as did Gutekunst and Murphy. That second part can’t be understated. Gutekunst had options when he took over for the Packers. He had been on interviews for GM jobs and was up for jobs last year as well. He wouldn’t have taken a job where he believed his ability to make personnel calls would be undermined. To the question of whether or not he should be making the final decision on the next coach, my question is who cares? What has been so consistently great about the GM model for other teams? They screw up coaching hires all the time, even solid GMs. Right now, it looks like this relationship between Murphy and Gutekunst is collaborative. On Monday, the two front office men talked about making a decision together, on working together to find the best coach for the Packers. True, it’s Murphy’s call, but he’s not the only one offering input. It’s not materially different than most other situations where the owner has final sign off on most moves. Even when that’s not explicitly stated, teams rarely make a move like firing a Super Bowl winning head coach, or replacing him, without at least a consultation with the owner, even if it’s just informal. Why are we simply to assume Gutekunst is more qualified to hire a head coach than a president who Green Bay Packers Customized Jerseys , as an athletic director, has already hired coaches before? Gutekunst hasn’t. For all his estimable gifts as a talent evaluator, we have no idea if he can identify a quality coach. The only argument for him over Murphy is “that’s how most other teams do it.” OK, except the Packers aren’t most other teams. Their owner isn’t a former player under Joe Gibbs who has also been a Big Ten AD and an administrator with the team.Reports earlier this week suggest friends of Josh McDaniels have already cautioned him about the front office structure for the Packers, reporting directly to Murphy, although the specific caution remains unclear. As Murphy points out, wouldn’t most coaches rather report to a president or owner in terms of hiring and firing, rather than a GM who may be looking to skirt blame for possible failings, or take credit for successes? Siloing coach and GM would mean the next coach will at least have his voice heard by someone. A coach — let’s say McDaniels for argument’s sake — wants something, or has an idea about roster building. He can take it right to Gutekunst, it’s not as if they can’t speak. If the two disagree, that’s where Murphy comes in to adjudicate the best course of action. So long as the relationship between coach and GM remains communicative and congenial, there’s no reason to believe they’re going to compete with one another over credit or undermine the other to Murphy. There’s no real incentive to do that because the coach isn’t going to get personnel duties and the GM isn’t going to get more say over the coach. Everyone’s role is clearly defined. My sense of Murphy isn’t of a power hungry bureaucrat seeking to inject himself into the big chair of the organization. The consolidation of power likely has more to do with attempting to assuage some hurt feelings in the wake of the problematic relationship McCarthy had with Thompson and the lack of collaboration that engendered. Murphy is trying to help. So long as that doesn’t reach into meddling with who Gutekunst likes and doesn’t like, or what plays the coach is or isn’t calling, there’s nothing inherently wrong with having a system set up the way the Packers have it currently. Murphy hinted last offseason he may eventually give the power to hire and fire coaches back to his GM. It’s possible, and potentially likely, he will do that when he feels like the organization is back on the right track. After having to fire a coach following one of the most embarrassing losses in franchise history, it’s clear that time has not yet come. It’s hard to blame Murphy for believing a steady hand at the wheel is better than blindly adhering to “the way we’ve always done it.” That way hasn’t worked of late for the Packers. Perhaps shaking things up is exactly what this team needs to get back on track. Statistically, 2015 was Aaron Rodgers’ worst season in the NFL. However, his 2018 season looks worse to the naked eye when watching his performance game in and game out.The Green Bay Packers had a glut of injuries in 2015, when Rodgers was coming off his second MVP award. Jordy Nelson’s torn ACL robbed him of his favorite target, Davante Adams dealt with ankle problems all year long, and it became obvious that Randall Cobb could not be counted on as a true number one receiver. It was so bad that the team had to pull James Jones back in off the street to lead the team in receiving yards. However, much of the team’s struggles were also due to opposing defenses finally figuring out how to defend the Packers Green Bay Packers T-Shirts , particularly when they did not have a true deep threat.In 2018, the Packers thankfully had their number one receiver, Adams, healthy all year. He’s now on pace for 1,502 yards and he already has triple-digit receptions this season with two games to go. Injuries to Cobb and WR3 Geronimo Allison have forced rookies into the lineup, but it is Rodgers’ uneven performance that is primarily responsible for the team’s struggles.His misses on easy throws are inexplicable. His misses on open receivers on deep balls are uncharacteristic and baffling. And these mistakes seem to come in the most critical situations — on third downs or late in games.Yes, Rodgers has made a few big plays late. He drove the Packers to a remarkable comeback against the Bears in week one and again against the 49ers in week six. Yes, Rodgers dealt with a significant knee injury early in the season, which likely hurt his mechanics. Furthermore, Rodgers is hardly the only Packer making mistakes; costly fumbles by Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones cost the Packers opportunities to come back against two of the NFL’s best teams, while Mike McCarthy’s decision-making helped lose additional games and eventually his job.But if the Packers want to bounce back to contend in 2019, Rodgers absolutely must play better than he has in 2018. Today’s curds take a close look at his struggles and his plans for the remainder of this season.Aaron Rodgers wants to finish the season right | Packers.comThis is the first time since Rodgers' first season as a starter in 2008 that he will be on the active roster after the Packers have been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. Still, he has no plans to take a back seat over these final two games.Aaron Rodgers keeps missing the mark | Packersnews.comPerhaps one of the things that Rodgers can work on in these final two games is getting his mechanics and accuracy back to their normal levels. The two missed deep balls in a tie game set up the Bears to take the lead, and Rodgers' inaccurate pass to Jimmy Graham -- though still arguably catchable -- was deflected for a season-killing interception.Packers QB Aaron Rodgers tweaked groin in loss to Bears | Packers WireThankfully, Rodgers is not going to use this minor injury as an excuse for his play. It seemed to affect his mobility slightly, but should not have caused his inaccuracy in the second half.Packers go down with a fight; no hope left for the season - ESPNA team losing a lot more close games than it wins usually means it is primed for a rebound the next year. The Packers' record in close games (8 points or less) is 2-6-1 this season, and those breaks should even out a bit better next year.NFL Week 15: The 12 dumbest mistakes from Saturday and Sunday, ranked - SBNation.comMatt Nagy outsmarting himself with a fake punt and Tarik Cohen's read-option comes in at number 5 on this week's list.Man defecates on FedEx Forum hallway floor during sold-out game | WREG.comMemphis was playing number 3 Tennessee this weekend, but this guy was a lot more worried about number 2, which he took care of behind a concession stand. Sure, the lines were probably long for the restroom, but COME ON.
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