Packers’ silence regarding McCarthy-Rodgers story becomes deafening

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The refusal of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to say whether he has spoken to former coach Mike McCarthy since the release of last week’s bombshell from Tyler Dunne of speaks volumes. Logic and common sense suggest that Rodgers hasn’t spoken to McCarthy at all, and that Rodgers presumably realizes admitting this would tend to make the allegations regarding a chronically fractured relationship between the two men more credible.

Along those same lines, the lingering silence of the Packers tends to make some or all of the report seem more credible. And, at some level, Rodgers has to be upset that the Packers haven’t shouted from the roof tops, “Fake news!”

Here’s how I processed the situation during Wednesday’s #PFTPM. If someone reported that I had been feuding with my former boss at NBC for years and that the boss of my former boss had specifically told me, when hiring a new boss, “Don’t be the problem,” and if I thought it all was a “smear attack” fueled by disgruntled former colleagues and and overly ambitious reporter and if I had taken great pains to say so on the record, I’d be very upset if NBC said nothing at all about any aspect of the situation.

When it comes to the reporting regarding the highest paid and most important employee of the Green Bay Packers, the fact that the Packers haven’t issued any type of denial has to bother Rodgers. The fact that CEO Mark Murphy hasn’t gone public to flatly deny that he told Rodgers “don’t be the problem” makes it worse.

So here’s where we are, from the perspective of Rodgers and the Packers. Day one: A blistering report is published. Day two: PFT reports that the Packers privately deny the specific allegation that Murphy told Rodgers “don’t be the problem” and that only Rodgers (but not the team) is expected to publicly deny it. Days three and four: Nothing. Day five: Rodgers launches a full-blown assault on the story, attacking former teammates Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings for using false claims about Rodgers to stay relevant and claiming that Dunne embraced false allegations to advance his career. Day six: Nothing. Day seven: Rodgers refuses to say whether he has spoken to McCarthy in the week since the story was published, and receiver Davante Adams contends that multiple players who logically would have been contacted to comment on the situation as part of the exhaustive reporting weren’t. (Even if they quite possibly were.)

Looking at the situation broadly and comprehensively, the silence of the Packers becomes, from Rodgers’ perspective, curious at best and troubling at worst. While it’s safe to assume that the organization simply hopes to look toward the future, Rodgers remains stuck in the quicksand of the past — and the Packers are standing nearby with a rope, whistling.

21 responses to “Packers’ silence regarding McCarthy-Rodgers story becomes deafening

  1. Maybe the best approach is to stop fanning the flames with more soundbites. Meaning the quickest way to stop having this be the lead in the news is to not make news by having player after player or ownership speak to the media.

  2. A much more credible theory is that the Packers simply refuse to be dragged down into the cesspool of Kardashian-like drama that these “journalists” like to create so they have something to write about in the off season.

  3. How many times have we seen this? The drumbeat for comments, which just spurs more stories and more demands for comments. There’s no upside for the Packers in commenting on that story. I’m sure Mike McCarthy has been around long enough to know that and isn’t surprised or upset by the Packers’ lack of comment.

  4. or maybe they all just have lives and the media frenzy isn’t as important to them as it is to, you know, the media

  5. Just sounds like the media is getting antsy for comments that may not be coming from Green Bay. Like others have said here, more comments just means more ammo. It doesnt matter if the media condemns them for silence because if they spoke, they’d condemn them for whatever they would say. Best move is the current one for the Packers. Just move on.

  6. You would think that someone on the team would stand up for him, or maybe some former team mates? Clay? …. Bueller? Bueller?

  7. Sorry, many current and former Packers players have backed Rodgers and his position . You basically have 2 former players … that’s a big total of 2 doing all the yakking. Jennings is a jerk and Finley just doesn’t know any better. This is old news .. nobody but the media cares. Move on.

  8. So media prints a hit piece….Packers refuse to give credence to the story by commenting on it….media writes another hit piece on why the Packers didn’t respond to the first one. Got it.

  9. If I were a packer fan I’d want the story to go away too. But I’m not, so I’ll keep reading and enjoying Florio’s coverage of the NFL’s most disliked player. Go Pack Go!

  10. stellarperformance says:
    April 12, 2019 at 4:48 pm
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    thebigkuhuna says:
    April 12, 2019 at 10:27 am
    And the silence you hear is Lambeau field

    Did you rattle the door? Maybe they were closed when you got there.

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