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Three People Who Could Replace Mark Murphy As Packers CEO

After Mark Murphy’s recent comment calling Aaron Rodgers a “complicated fella,” it has been suggested by many that the Packers’ President and CEO might have overstayed his welcome in Green Bay.  Murphy, himself, was a former NFL player.  In addition, he was the Athletic Director at Northwestern University.  It stands to reason, then, that whoever replaces Murphy would have a similar background in administration.  Here, we present three individuals who would be incredible replacement candidates should Murphy be let go or retire.

Eliot Wolf- Former Packers Executive

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Eliot Wolf has a long history that ties him to the Green Bay Packers.  His father, of course, is the legendary Hall of Fame general manager Ron Wolf.  The senior Wolf was responsible for the constructing the Super Bowl XXXI winning team.

Eliot Wolf has held several administrative positions with the Packers in the past.  From 2004-2008, he was a pro personnel assistant.  In 2009, he was promoted to the Assistant Director of Pro Personnel.  He held that position until 2012 when he was named Director of Pro Personnel.  In 2015, Wolf was again promoted.  This time he was named Director of Player Personnel.  Wolf held that position for just one year because he was promoted again.  In 2016, he became the Packers’ Director of Football Operations.

After Ted Thompson was fired, Eliot Wolf was one of the leading candidates to take over as Packers’ general manager.  However, the position went to Brian Gutekunst and Wolf took an Assistant General Manager role with the Cleveland Browns.  He held that position until 2019.  Last season, Wolf was hired as a front office consultant for the New England Patriots.

Greg Byrne

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Greg Byrne is the current Athletic Director of Alabama, the college football power house.  Since assuming the position in 2017, the University of Alabama has won two National Championships in football.  Prior to coming to Alabama, Byrne was the Athletic Director of the University of Arizona from 2010-2017.  During his tenure, Arizona won a National Championship in baseball in 2012.  From 2008-2010, he was the Athletic Director of Mississippi State University.

The downside to Byrne, of course, is that he does not have any experience working for any professional franchise.  Mark Murphy did not either, but he at least played in the NFL.  That being said, Greg Byrne has shown great leadership presiding over one of the best football programs in the history of college sports.  Would he be open to leaving such a high-profile position?  Perhaps President and CEO of the Green Bay Packers would be high-profile enough to lure him away, but who knows?

Dawn Aponte

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Dawn Aponte has been an administrative force in the NFL for 25 years.  The following is a quote from her bio on NFL.com: “Throughout her 25 years in football, Aponte has developed expertise in matters relating to contract negotiations, salary cap management, labor and CBA issues, and day-to-day management of the football business and administration operations.”  That sounds exactly like the kind of person the Packers need as President and CEO.

In order to hire Aponte, though, the Packers would need to convince her that working for one NFL franchise is more desireable than working for the NFL as a whole.  Currently, Aponte is the Chief Football Adminstrative Officer for the NFL.  Stepping down to help run a single franchise might be a bit of a demotion for her.  However, her expertise in the areas of contract neotiation and salary cap management make her the ideal fit for Green Bay.

Conclusion

Will Mark Murphy be fired?  It would take a special meeting of the board to make that happen, and no such meeting is scheduled.  At least, none that is public knowledge.  One thing is certain: Aaron Rodgers and Mark Murphy are at some kind of impass.  Rodgers disagrees with Murphy’s philosophy of running a team.  Murphy views Rodgers as some kind of problem.  After all, when Matt LaFleur was hired, Murphy reportedly told Rodgers, “Don’t be the problem.”  Clearly, there is tension, and this is not the first time Murphy bungled communication with a Hall of Fame quarterback.  Perhaps it is time to go.

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8 Comments

    1. Aaron R. is an arrogant diva, I say sayonara A-Rod. No one, not you or I know what Love wiil accomplish. Mahomes sat for a year and Rodgers was awkward as heck when he first came into the league.

  1. Clearly there is a problem with hire ranking management if players are ready to jump ship. So make the move from the top down!!! Get rid of Mark Murphy and his Robin. Any one of three candidates would be a great fit!!!

    1. I personally feel Murphy & Gute need to go… Their drafting skills suck, & I do believe they did a disservice to Aaron Rodgers, I also believe that Aaron is being a real disruption to a great team..Hopefully it can be worked out. As an owner I am disappointed in how this has been handled. Grow Up & Show up… to both sides…

  2. Ted was sick and he told the Packers he could not continue. What a cheap shot by this reporter to a man that gave his life to the Packers. They paid him another two years out of respect for what he did. This reporter should be ashamed. No one knew Ted better than I did. We were friends 40 years and was one of his last friends to see him before he passed.

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