Grateful for Mark Murphy!!!
The first thing that I want to be clear about this article is that it will not be a slam against Mark Murphy. This man has been an all-time influential member of the Green Bay Packers organization, brought a Championship to Green Bay, and was instrumental in our turnover from Favre era to Rodgers era. This man helped increase local revenue from $100.8 Million (January 2008) to 210.9 Million (January 2020). In that same span Mark Murphy increased National Revenue from 147.1 Million to 296 Million (which is driven by NFL contracts).
Just this year (2021) Mark Murphy was the recipient of the “Rotary Club of Green Bay’s Free Enterprise Award.” This award recognizes people and organizations in Brown County that exemplify the American free enterprise system. The requirements for being eligible for this award include being a CEO or owner of a business with significant growth within the community in Brown County.
Even with all of that being said, I think one of the most important things that Mark Murphy will be remembered for is sticking to his guns when Brett Favre wanted to come back after announcing retirement. Committing to Aaron Rodgers in those times of uncertainty was definitely not a popular decision, but it paid off with a Super Bowl win just 3 years later in the 2010-11 season.
Why is it time to move on.
The first mistake that caused the public to start questioning Mark Murphy’s time in Green Bay was hanging on to Ted Thompson 3-5 years too long. Ted, like Mark, was also instrumental in building our championship team in 2010 and faced the criticism of the public by sticking with Rodgers over Favre until that fateful day in 2011 in Dallas when Rodgers hoisted the Lombardi Trophy. However ever since the 2011-2014 seasons when Green Bay had elite offenses, but horrific defenses, and no real plan from the front office to fix those defenses, it feels like Mark Murphy’s lack of action wasted some of Aaron Rodgers’ greatest seasons. Ted Thompson was the GM in Green Bay until 2017, but it should’ve been much sooner that he was relieved of his duties.
The second aspect that has left Packers fans scratching their heads has been the apparent disconnect within the front office with many small examples. The way Green Bay went about firing Mike McCarthy, Mark Murphy demanding the Head Coach and General Manager report directly to him (which is abnormal to say the least), to telling Aaron Rodgers “not to be a problem” when Matt LaFluer was hired as a head coach. It has seemed like a storm has been brewing behind closed doors for years now and the football team itself is now at risk because of it.
The most recent incident is just another in a long line; “I’m often reminded though of Ted Thompson, as most of you know, just a great general manager, passed away this past year, or excuse me earlier this year. [He] often talked about Aaron, that he’s a… and it wasn’t just Aaron, a lot of different players. He would say ‘He’s a complicated fella.’ So, I’ll just say that,” Murphy said Thursday at an event at Lambeau Field, per NBC26.com. It is comments like these that make us (the fans) question why he even stated that in the first place? What does he or the organization have to gain from making a ridiculous comment like that? It seems so unproductive to what the organization, players, and coaching staff are trying to accomplish.
It is time for a new chapter.
For the reasons listed, and many more I am sure the public isn’t even aware of, it is time to move on from our CEO, get our Hall Of Fame QB back on the field, and win another Championship.
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