Mark Murphy calls recent article “half-truths” and “stuff just made up”

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Packers CEO Mark Murphy has spoken regarding last week’s sandblaster from Tyler Dunne of

It’s all in the past,” Murphy told Scott Emerich of WXOW-TV. “It’s a lot of half-truths and a lot of stuff just made up. The conversation that allegedly took place between [quarterback] Aaron [Rodgers] and I was completely false. We had a great conversation. It was very positive. We talked about Matt La Fleur and I said ‘Aaron, I think this change is going to be great for you and the organization and he was very positive.'”

Dunne’s story contends that Murphy told Rodgers “don’t be the problem,” and that Murphy has grown weary of Rodgers’ “diva stuff.”

Still, Murphy doesn’t sound mad about the potential impact of the story on the franchise’s fate in 2019.

“I think this is going to be great motivation for [Rodgers] and the team,” Murphy said. “You hate to have your dirty laundry aired but I do think it’s going to be a positive.”

Murphy also seemed to indicate that there was some truth to the notion that dysfunction existed in recent years, acknowledging that the dynamics contributed to his decision in 2018 to assume direct control over football operations.

“If things were as bad as that article implied, we never would’ve won a Super Bowl,” Murphy said. “We never would’ve gone to eight straight playoffs. It was certainly exaggerated. But I just felt like we did need a change and I think last year, with [former G.M.] Ted [Thompson] stepping down into more of a senior advisory role, then this year, just felt like we needed a change [at coach]. As Aaron said, I have nothing but great respect for Mike [McCarthy] and what he’s accomplished for us.”

Barring fresh reporting from Dunne or anyone else, this should be the last chapter in a story that has lingered for nearly a week. The motivation it may create for Rodgers and the Packers could linger much longer.

And, as Murphy admitted, that could be very good.

8 responses to “Mark Murphy calls recent article “half-truths” and “stuff just made up”

  1. If Mark thinks that this article is motivation Aaron – how did the motivation from the 2017 season work for Aaron last year?

    6 – 9 – 1 and couldn’t throw a 5 yard pass without bouncing it off the ground on critical 3rd down plays…

  2. All this talk about circling the wagons and extra motivation is hilarious. It might make some sense if it was a talented veteran team with good leadership. But it’s not. Their season will get ugly from the jump.

  3. Because if you ACTUALLY read what Murphy said, you would have seen that he did say that many of the things stated by Dunne, including his conversations with Rodgers were false. The article was about the size of a novel, and Murphy states it was time for a change… You perhaps saw stories about Ted Thompson in the article as well, assuming you actually did read the article… 2017 even if Rodgers was motivated… He most definitely did not look like himself, and skipping passes, couldn’t possibly have anything to do with hobbling around and throwing on 1 leg all season long, right?
    Changing plays, was the luxury he was given many seasons ago… Some of you may recall a guy named Payton Manning, whom was the first really to have that kind of freedom. But overall unless you were living under a rock, change was needed. While the article is full of false accusations or twisted storylines (because we all know the media speaks the truth to everything right), the last time Rodgers played with the chip on his shoulder, he laughed at opposing defense’s that tried to stop him… So I for one, hope something motivates Rodgers back to being the MVP he’s more than capable of

  4. clodmaker says:

    But overall unless you were living under a rock, change was needed.

    No one is saying that change wasn’t needed.

    It still is.

  5. Mark, a question – if the story is full of half-truths, does that mean half of it is true and half is not true?

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