Aaron Rodgers won’t be involved in the search for a new coach

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The next coach of the Green Bay Packers ideally will serve in that job for the balance of the career of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and beyond. Given, however, the team’s failure to get back to the Super Bowl despite the presence of one of the greatest players in league history and the loudly ticking clock on his career, the next coach necessarily needs to be a coach who will get the most out of Rodgers.

That said, the folks who will be participating in the hiring decision have tried to gloss over the critical importance of the connection between the new coach and Rodgers.

“Aaron is free to provide input but he won’t be part of the process,” CEO Mark Murphy told reporters. This seems to mean, based on the full content and tone of the press conference involving Murphy and G.M. Brian Gutekunst, that Rodgers won’t be meeting with the candidates as part of the interview process.

That could be a mistake, given the financial investment made in Rodgers and the critical importance of another Super Bowl win or two to the legacy of Rodgers and everyone connected to him. Rodgers should meet with all candidates in the  presence of Murphy and Gutekunst, so that they can assess whether there’s an appropriate chemistry between brand new coach and highest paid player in NFL history.

As much as they try to downplay it (and try to downplay it they did), Rodgers looms over this process. He has four, five, or maybe six years left, and the next coach should make it to the end of Aaron’s tenure. Or maybe the next coach will hasten the end of Rodgers’ tenure. However it goes, it would be wise to ensure that it goes smoothly between new coach and franchise quarterback.

There’s really no more important relationship on a team, and that relationship is no more important than in Green Bay, where Rodgers was, is, and will continue to be the face of the franchise.

69 responses to “Aaron Rodgers won’t be involved in the search for a new coach

  1. Rodgers shouldn’t be involved in the slightest. He’s said he wants to play for 5 more years. They aren’t hiring a coach just for the next 5 years. Their goal should be to get someone for the next 15. So it’s gotta be someone who can coach the next qb after Rodgers. $134 million doesn’t get you a seat at the executive table. They’ve made the financial commitment, so now it’s his turn to prove he was worth it on the field, not off.

  2. Well,

    It wouldn’t be the first time GB let a pouty HOF QB go.

    Now we will see if Aaron takes the high road or Favre’s it up…

  3. Or they could be saying this publicly so as not to upset the rest of the roster while telling Rodgers privately that he will be invited to every interview.

  4. “the team’s failure to get back to the Super Bowl despite the presence of one of the greatest players in league history”
    ********************************************

    Just because you type the words, that doesn’t make them true.

  5. I’m amazed by how many ex teammates have bashed him. It’s evident he lacks leadership skills but that has nothing to do with winning Super Bowls. Right Rodgers fans? Lol. Guess that’s why intangibles are just as important as skill. Greatest Skill and NO intangibles = 1 Super Bowl. Superb skill and Superb intangibles = 3+ Super Bowls.

  6. Nor should he be.

    What I don’t get is people are bashing Rodgers for “having a down season” is no one wonders if Tom Brady is getting old and washed up, he is on an offense that going to yesterdays game ranked 22nd in rushing and 14th in passing. Over the past 5 games NE cored 134 points. during that span GB has scored 133. the pats are 4-1 during that span the packers are 1-4.

  7. If Rodgers Was involved in the search for a new coach why would they tell anybody? I don’t think that Rodgers is going to end his career as a Packer. I think once his contract is up he’s going to just walk away. I wouldn’t blame him.

  8. 1) He should be part of the search.
    2) As evidenced by pft/pff he is better at dumping than the chinese government
    3) For real – dude is done unless they pull off massive coaching and personnel gains.

  9. shaggytoodle says:
    December 3, 2018 at 4:35 pm
    Nor should he be.

    What I don’t get is people are bashing Rodgers for “having a down season” is no one wonders if Tom Brady is getting old and washed up, he is on an offense that going to yesterdays game ranked 22nd in rushing and 14th in passing. Over the past 5 games NE cored 134 points. during that span GB has scored 133. the pats are 4-1 during that span the packers are 1-4.

    \\\\

    Go figure.

    Maybe it’s that magic word again, coaching.

    They have it. GB currently didn’t.

  10. Just give Aaron total control to hire the next head coach. If it all goes horribly wrong, he has no one to blame but himself. It would be all on him.

  11. andrwken says:
    December 3, 2018 at 4:42 pm
    Go figure.

    Maybe it’s that magic word again, coaching.

    They have it. GB currently didn’t.
    _________________________

    I agree that NE coach is FAR great than McCarthy I also feel that the defense has a HUGE gap. It also shows that it takes more than a talented QB to win.

  12. A team is not 1 player. You need a decent supporting staff of players.
    The 2013 through 2015 drafts were almost complete failures. That’s the problem,…. lack of starting or solid backup quality players. The Packers should have at least 10 starters from those drafts and they have only 5 players left in total on the roster from those drafts that contribute.
    Center Lindsley, LT Bahktiari, LB Perry, LB Ryan, WR Adams
    There’s your problem. You can’t cook in the kitchen when the cupboards are bare.
    McCarthy took the fall. Rodgers fired McCarthy by playing uninspired ball.

  13. Players have a role and so do coaches and front office ppl keep it that way! Rodgers is paid to play not coach or scout or sign anyone whats happening to this dam leauge?

  14. At this point it sure looks like an historic squandering of an all-time talent. Reminds me a lot of the Colts with Manning, when every year it was the same – failure to solidify the roster, deer-in-the-headlights “coaching”, poor team leadership/management (how many years did they clinch the division early then rest starters & coast into a first-round playoff loss), etc.

    Always crazy to watch this kind of incompetence, whether it was with Manning, or Luck (up until this year), or Rodgers for the last few years. Rodgers has almost single-handedly dragged the team to the cusp of success for nearly a decade now, and that team leadership has done so little to help is – well, an historic squandering of opportunity.

  15. Aaron Rodgers is a quief. The Diva doesn’t take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. He throws 10 yards over his receivers head, 10 yards to either side of his receiver, or even at his receivers feet, and it’s the receivers fault. He constantly with his mannerisms throws his teammates under the bus on the field. It’s no wonder his entire family can’t stand him. Classic example of someone letting some success go to his head and thinking he is entitled. The game will be better off when he is out of it. Yet guys like Steve Young, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, John Elway all had better success and were much more humble. Even Eli Manning has more SB’s than this Diva.

  16. Whoever the next guy is, it would be a smart move for him to hire Alex Van Pelt as the Offensive Coordinator. Not saying AVP is a genius, but it would be a genius move to start things off with Rodgers being happy.

  17. Aaron is free to provide input but he won’t be part of the process,” CEO Mark Murphy told reporters.
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    If that’s true and not just lip service from Murphy, Murphy will be the next guy Rodgers has fired. Just wait to see Rodgers pout if he not involved in the decision to help choose the next coach. We ain’t seen nothing yet. And if so that coach will be dead man walking as well. Rodgers will want no part of him just because he was left out of choosing him.

  18. Of course Rodgers will have input. However, the president and gm just cannot say that publicly. To think that the relationship between Rodgers and the new coach will not be considered is foolish. Of course it will.

  19. Let us all take a step back and relax-lol. McCarthy recorded a 125-77-2 regular season record with the Packers and went 10-8 in the postseason. The Packers made the playoffs in nine of his 12 full seasons, including eight consecutive seasons between 2009 and 2016.He is also one of only three Packers coaches to win a Super Bowl, joining Vince Lombardi and Mike Holmgren. The Packers took home the title by beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV after the 2010 season.
    Having said that, yes it was time to go just not sure if you needed to fire him midseason. And who are you going to hire? There is more than enough blame to go around every single part of the Packers starting with the front office which hasn’t exactly stocked the team with stars to help Rodgers. They fell asleep and felt that we don’t need good players Aaron will just win it alone. Been a fan of football for over 50 yrs & GB is my 2nd team behind the Broncos. A few weeks ago it looked certain that V Joseph was gone just when. Win 3 games & we are headed to the playoffs. In todays world we have a very short memory & want everything right now. Ask me I was a Sox fan for 50 odd years before we won a World Series in 04. Trust me McCarthy will be a hot ticket to coach another team next year.

  20. #The-Best-Fans-in-the-NFL says:
    December 3, 2018 at 5:00 pm
    Center Lindsley, LT Bahktiari, LB Perry, LB Ryan, WR Adams
    There’s your problem. You can’t cook in the kitchen when the cupboards are bare.
    McCarthy took the fall. Rodgers fired McCarthy by playing uninspired ball
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    While those may be the only players left, some players went to chase pay days and would be wasted money if you think signing Hyde or Clinton Dix to big deals is the “cure” youre wrong.

    Rodgers fired MM by playing unispired!?!?! He has played for the SAME coach his WHOLE career, the message probably did get stale which is why he is gone, but to sit here and pretend like Rodgers could have SAVED his job if he CHOSE to is foolish.

    First its MM is a bad coach, now that the coach is gone its Rodgers didn’t do enough?

  21. Rodgers doesn’t even look like he wants to be out there. It happens a lot. Talented player can’t rely just on talent anymore when he gets old. Starts to not play as well. Goes through the motions. Nobody fears Rodgers anymore, no matter how much Joe Buck keeps going down on him.

  22. From what we seem to know about Rodgers, why wouldn’t you want him to be involved in the coaching search ? Rodgers doesn’t seem like an easy guy to get along with considering he doesn’t even talk to his own family.

  23. Rodgers is crippling the packers.

    If you announce he has a say, you lose the team and you have a yes man for a coach.
    If you don’t allow Rodgers to have a say, he pouts and publically complains about roster moves he doesn’t like.

  24. Vikings fans should be debating their own team’s failing playoff hopes but no, here they are wasting bandwidth.

  25. Rodgers has a great arm and might have been a great QB
    I don’t think he is a great leader and GB made a big mistake
    giving him another huge contract

  26. Yes you would think the Vikings are doing good themselves , Mike Zimmer who I like was bad mouthing his own coach after the game , but Vikings fans are more interested in what happens in Green Bay.

  27. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    If you don’t allow Rodgers to have a say, he pouts and publically complains about roster moves he doesn’t like.
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    I think Packer fans follow Rodgers more closely than you. We haven’t seen or heard the behavior you’re describing, quite the opposite in fact. We all believe you’re simply trying to agitate and annoy by picking needless fights. That sounds a lot more truthful than anything you’ve ever posted.

    Now that the Vikings are tanking, we’re going to see a lot more Viking trolls instigating unnecessary fight-picking.

    It’s what they do. On purpose. For entertainment. They said so.

    In hindsight, they too must’ve felt there was no way the Vikings could honor their guarantee of a SuperBowl berth. Now they’ll really be crazed and really lacking in pride and self-respect.

  28. SURE he won’t !
    I can guarantee you Rogers will have more than just a little input into who they hire,
    and it will be someone that will not be questioning who is actually in charge!

  29. As much as Colin Cowherd and Skip Bayless(Salty he wont come on their programs) would like you to believe Rodgers is a diva, he has never bashed his coach in the media, he just hasn’t emphatically praised him or come running to his defense. When 3200 yards , 22 TDs and 1 int, a Top 5 Pass Defense Can’t win games even with a RB with the highest YPC in the league! Mccarthy has had HOF Qb’s his entire 13 years and has 1 ring. Favre almost took the Vikings to a Superbowl. He lets everyone off the hook in the 4th Quarter with conservative play calling and I am sure he is well on his way to being the best coach the Browns have had. But in Green Bay we win Championships, we have more than the rest of you to the extent they renamed the championship after our Coach.

  30. codylaws says:
    December 3, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    When wil the clueless Packers realized Erin is the problem? Keep on being in denial.

    __________________________

    When will the clueless Vikings realize Kirk is the problem? Keep on being in denial.

  31. Scott Thompson says:
    December 3, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    But in Green Bay we win Championships, we have more than the rest of you to the extent they renamed the championship after our Coach.
    ——————————————

    That arrogance is why you’ll never hear the end of it from us.

  32. The packers fired McCarthy on Aaron’s birthday. He is going to be involved with the hiring of the next head coach as well.

  33. marvin1958 says:

    December 3, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Vikings fans should be debating their own team’s failing playoff hopes but no, here they are wasting bandwidth.
    =========================================
    Grandpa? Are you going to cry?

    We are all wasting bandwith here. NONE of us have anything worthwhile to say. Don’t act like you are typing War and Peace here while the rest of us are writing comic books.

  34. stellarperformance says:

    December 3, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    screamingyellowzonkers says:
    December 3, 2018 at 6:53 pm
    If you don’t allow Rodgers to have a say, he pouts and publically complains about roster moves he doesn’t like.
    ////////////////////////////

    I think Packer fans follow Rodgers more closely than you. We haven’t seen or heard the behavior you’re describing, quite the opposite in fact. We all believe you’re simply trying to agitate and annoy by picking needless fights. That sounds a lot more truthful than anything you’ve ever posted.

    Now that the Vikings are tanking, we’re going to see a lot more Viking trolls instigating unnecessary fight-picking.

    It’s what they do. On purpose. For entertainment. They said so.

    In hindsight, they too must’ve felt there was no way the Vikings could honor their guarantee of a SuperBowl berth. Now they’ll really be crazed and really lacking in pride and self-respect
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    Ugh, this AGAIN?

    1. How many times are you going to accuse Vikings fans of being ” fight pickers? You do realize your fellow fans are just as bad right? Or, do you think making fun of a coach dying is ok? If so, would you be fine with me saying that Philbin should have invested in swimming lessons for his son? it goes both ways and you KNOW it. Quit using that, its inane for you to do so.

    2. Losing 1 game in a row to the Patriots in Foxboro is tanking , huh? No tanking is losing to a 2 win team at home in December and getting your coach fired.

    3. Nobody on the Vikings or in their fanbase said anything about a guarantee for the super bowl. It is something you made up and you did the SAME EXACT THING last year. You have ZERO originality to your posts and are the most redundant poster on here. How can you not get bored and tired of typing the same things over and over and over and over again?

    4. Lacking in pride and self respect?!?! You get verbally thrashed on here on a daily basis. I have never seen you come out on top on any debate on here. NEVER. You are usually made to look like a fool, yet you come back for more and more.

    Talk about having no pride or self respect….if you did, you would have quit posting a long time ago. You are clown shoes man, the sad thing is that you are so unaware of it.

  35. Won’t be able to blame McCarthy anymore. The Packers need to hire a coach that will evaluate all positions, including the quarterback. Will they make the same mistake with Rogers that the Giants did with Eli. Aaron’s no spring chicken anymore. Next year is definitely a prove it year for him.

  36. grumpysal says:
    December 3, 2018 at 4:23 pm
    “the team’s failure to get back to the Super Bowl despite the presence of one of the greatest players in league history”
    ********************************************

    Just because you type the words, that doesn’t make them true.
    *******************************
    You’re right, the fact that it’s already true makes it true.

  37. Packers shortcomings this year:

    Vikings @Lambeau – Winning INT negated by bogus roughing the passer call, missed FG by Crosby with 0:00 left
    Lions – 4 missed FGs and XP
    Rams – Fumble on a kickoff return to not even give Rodgers a chance at a game winning drive.
    Pats – Fumble by the RB to kill the momentum the Packers O was gaining.
    Seahawks – MM punted while trailing with 4 minutes left.
    Viking @Metrodome – KR fumbled a punt in his own red zone allowing the game sealing FG by the Vikes
    Cards – Missed FG with 0:00 left

    But the Packers problems are somehow Rodgers fault. LOLOLOL!!!!!

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