Too Many People, Not Enough Power in Green Bay
In the past week, there has been a local and national report about the power struggle inside the Green Bay Packers organization. Both Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Kalyn Kahler from the MMQB had articles that addressed what might be happening in Green Bay. What became abundantly clear through both of these articles is there needs to be a shift in power to give Brian Gutekunst more freedom, potentially shake up parts of the front office again and move on from the head coach.
The message from both articles was Mark murphy will make the decision on McCarthy. Now, he let Ted Thompson hang around for too long and gave him too much control which is the reason we are in this place at the moment. But I cannot see a way where Murphy begins back McCarthy. All of the things showcased in the national piece lead me to believe their relationship is broken, and the unexpected firing of Alex Van Pelt had something to do with it (PS: there were unsubstantial rumors about his alcoholism. No one brought it to light but some believed this to be an issue). Murphy cares the most about the bottom line, and he knows if McCarthy stays, the team will have the least excitement from the fans since 2008 when Rodgers took over at quarterback.
Murphy should also worry about the Packers outside of Lambeau Field and give Brian Gutekunst the full control of the team. Let him decide if Russ Ball, a Thompson disciple, deserves to stay or not. Gutekunst might want his own cap guy. Let him decide the hierarchy and how things are structured for the team. Gutekunst should lead all coaching and personnel decisions without getting a smart of approval from Murphy. He doesn’t own the team. Why the hell is acting like he does? I’m not one to say ‘They’re owned by the fans’ like some pinhead, but Packers do not have an owner. These articles paint a picture of Murphy trying to be a Jerry Jones-type without the money.
These articles are great for the future of the Packers. It might be scary, but nothing moves action like bad media. Ask the Milwaukee Bucks. The team pushed out Jason Kidd after he national media finally woke up and started covering this topic. Hopefully starting in January, things change for Green Bay.