Mark Murphy was “a little surprised” by Packers this season

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Packers president Mark Murphy only needed one interview with Matt LaFleur to know that he thought he could be a successful head coach, but LaFleur’s first season exceeded his expectations.

The Packers went 13-3 in the regular season and advanced to the NFC Championship Game after two straight years out of the playoffs, which Murphy admitted was a bit more success than he expected the team to have.

“Yeah, honestly, I was a little surprised,” Murphy said, via Rob Reischel of Forbes.com. I was hopeful and I thought [LaFleur] would do well. But, obviously, you look back through the history of the Packers, no other first-year head coach had the kind of success that he did. So that obviously speaks well of him. Obviously with our history, when you do something that’s never been done it speaks pretty well of what you’ve accomplished.”

The next step for the Packers and LaFleur is finding a way to sustain that success for multiple seasons. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes the window for a title run is open for the Packers and Murphy agreed with that, so it seems there won’t be any more surprised reactions to success in Green Bay.

38 responses to “Mark Murphy was “a little surprised” by Packers this season

  1. “Quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes the window for a title run is open for the Packers”.
    What else is he going to say? He’s getting old and his numbers are starting to bear that out!
    They had better draft well, because the team is going to have to start carrying Aaron, instead of the other way around!

  2. What an amazing first season it was for coach LaFleur and this very young football team, I think it took a lot of us fans by surprise.
    Not all, but most.

    As I’ve stated all season, as good as this team was performing, they were still a couple of good players away from seriously competing for another NFL Championship.
    But obviously, the gap really isn’t as wide as we all may have suspected.
    With the way this organization has positioned itself with personnel and their salary cap, they can attack this roster and their objectives any way they see fit.
    They have a lot of flexibility to push this team into next February’s conversation.

    With the way so many teams in the league, and even in our division, still resorting to the same old tired, failed regimes and concepts, the future looks very bright for Green Bay.
    Looking forward to it.

  3. Don’t be surprised Mark, be realistic! Talent-wise, this was an 11-5 team at best, that just so happened to finish with the one of the lowest injury rates in the league. With even an average injury rate, GB would have finished 9-7 or 10-6. You’d do well to approach the draft, free agency and offseason like we were an 8-8 team that’s still missing championship caliber pieces and depth. Hats off to LaFleur, but a weak schedule, some lucky bounces and good referee calls explains our 13-3 season better than “we’re really that good!”

  4. Even Packers president Mark Murphy was a little surprised at how many cheap wins our Packers got. Then the letdown came. That was brutal. They had many of us believing, and being delusional. Because football is all we’ve got around here. I’m glad I knew better.

    Now Aaron is just another year older. And declining.

  5. Never before has the NFL seen a team go 13-3 and be so much more like an 8-8 team. This squad was totally exposed by the Niners. Getting to double digits in the near future will be a challenge….that should be the window that are trying to get thru!!!

  6. If you’re expecting another 13-3 season next year, you’re going to be very surprised.

  7. I guess all the predictions of 6-10, and the misplaced speculations concerning the relationship between Rodgers and LaFleur, and Rodgers being over-the-hill really were nothing more than clickbait and fake news. That’s gotta be disappointing for Packer-haters out there and at the same time very satisfying for Packer fans. It was a disappointing end, but not at all discouraging for next year.

    Go Pack Go!

  8. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 30, 2020 at 11:52 am
    Even Mark Murphy admits he was surprised by how much the NFL wanted to get a declining Aaron Rodgers into the playoffs one last time.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure.

  9. cheeseisfattening says:
    January 30, 2020 at 11:52 am
    Even Mark Murphy admits he was surprised by how much the NFL wanted to get a declining Aaron Rodgers into the playoffs one last time.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Sure. It’s a long off-season. Keep wishing, hoping, and praying. You’ll make it.

  10. I don’t understand the comments about playing a 1st place schedule being such a huge difference. You play 14 games that are the same teams as everyone else in your division. Then you play 2 games against the 1st place teams from last year of 2 of the other divisions in your conference, and one of them is at home. So, if those other 2 teams are really good again this year you play one at their place and that’s a higher probability of a loss. But you get the other one at home. Yes, a little bit harder but I just don’t understand how it makes your schedule that much harder than the other teams in your division.

  11. So many non-fans of GB in a Packers forum “predicting” their downfall next season is no surprise, honestly. Given they’ll have $30+ mil of cap space over CHI and MIN this upcoming off-season only leaves me somewhat weary of Detroit. GB has already acknowledged their top priorities are WR and TE which are both plentiful in FA and the Draft this off-season.

  12. Can’t deny that the Pack had a great year. Analytically they didn’t equate to a 13 win team and will be due for regression, but big deal, they still beat my favorite team twice. From afar, this uneducated opposing fan believes the most credit should go to Gutekunst for finally supplementing the roster through all available avenues.

  13. markspeicher says:
    January 30, 2020 at 12:16 pm
    So many non-fans of GB in a Packers forum “predicting” their downfall next season is no surprise, honestly. Given they’ll have $30+ mil of cap space over CHI and MIN this upcoming off-season only leaves me somewhat weary of Detroit. GB has already acknowledged their top priorities are WR and TE which are both plentiful in FA and the Draft this off-season.

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    They’ve been predicting it every day for 25 years and counting. At some point, it will be true. Then they’ll hop up and down, screeching with shrill delight:
    “See? I told ya! I told ya the Packers were regressing! Didn’t I? Didn’t I tell ya? I told ya, alright! The dynasty starts now!”

  14. They got gifted in a few games, Packer fans are delusional. Come on the Detroit Lions basically swept the Pack, the refs helped them at the end of them games.

  15. Never before has the NFL seen a team go 13-3 and be so much more like an 8-8 team. This squad was totally exposed by the Niners.
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    Umm, didn’t your squad play them the week before and only put up 10 pts? Which, last I checked, is exactly half of what the Packers scored. Remind me again why you’re here?

  16. They got gifted in a few games, Packer fans are delusional. Come on the Detroit Lions basically swept the Pack, the refs helped them at the end of them games.
    _________
    Like how DET was gifted a phantom TD the first time they played?

  17. 8-1 in one score games won’t happen again. 4-5 or 5-4 more likely. Next year 8-8 at best.
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    Of course, you’re the guy who started predicting (around week 9) that we wouldn’t win another game the entire season, so I suppose we should take everything you say with a lot of salt.

  18. pkrlvr says:
    January 30, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Never before has the NFL seen a team go 13-3 and be so much more like an 8-8 team. This squad was totally exposed by the Niners.
    —–
    Umm, didn’t your squad play them the week before and only put up 10 pts? Which, last I checked, is exactly half of what the Packers scored. Remind me again why you’re here?
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    Is there anything sadder than a fan claiming victory over another fan because of how many points his team scored in garbage time? Check out the halftime score in each of those games. One team was competitive for half the game. The other team was never competitive.

  19. Is there anything sadder than a fan claiming victory over another fan because of how many points his team scored in garbage time?
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    The Bar – Holmgren Way at dinner time

  20. markspeicher says:
    January 30, 2020 at 3:28 pm
    They got gifted in a few games, Packer fans are delusional. Come on the Detroit Lions basically swept the Pack, the refs helped them at the end of them games.
    _________
    Like how DET was gifted a phantom TD the first time they played?

    @@@@@@@@@222

    All TDS are looked at, just because you don’t get a vote doesn’t mean it wasn’t a TD.

  21. Surprised how?

    His egomaniac qb fell apart in the biggest game of his teams year …….. again.

    Zero surprise there.
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    You realize the defense gave up 37 points, right?

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