Mark Murphy on Aaron Rodgers: As Ted Thompson used to say, he’s a complicated fella

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Packers CEO Mark Murphy has once again weighed in on the Aaron Rodgers situation, invoking the late Packers General Manager Ted Thompson as describing Rodgers as “a complicated fella.”

Speaking at an event at Lambeau Field, Murphy made a halting remark indicating that Thompson, who drafted Rodgers, considered Rodgers to be “complicated.”

“I’m often reminded though of Ted Thompson, as most of you know, just a great general manager, passed away this past year — excuse me, earlier this year, often talked about Aaron, that he’s a comp — and it wasn’t just Aaron, a lot of different players. He would say ‘He’s a complicated fella.’ So, I’ll just say that,” Murphy said, via NBC 26 in Green Bay.

Thompson, who died in January, isn’t here to explain what he meant by calling Rodgers and other players “complicated,” and it’s surprising that Murphy would ascribe that statement to Thompson.

But Murphy has now twice in a week brought up Rodgers when he didn’t need to, and done so in a way that was less than flattering to Rodgers. Murphy previously answered a question submitted by a fan to the Packers’ website — a question that wasn’t even about Rodgers — by saying that the Rodgers situation has divided the Packers’ fan base.

In that same answer, Murphy said, “the less both sides say publicly, the better.” And yet Murphy has again spoken publicly about Rodgers.

78 responses to “Mark Murphy on Aaron Rodgers: As Ted Thompson used to say, he’s a complicated fella

  1. The more I see of Rodgers the more I understand why so many teams passed on him in the draft. He is one of the most talented guys to ever play the position but all the baggage he brings with him is a real thing.

  2. There’s a reason that GB drafted AR’s successor. AR quit talking to his own family, didn’t attend his grandfather’s funeral, bowed out of his high school buddy’s wedding, had two well publicized romantic breakups and was passed over by the 49’ers in the 2005 draft. GB is almost certainly at the end of the line with his theatrics. Perhaps it’s long past the time for Rodgers to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around him.

  3. He also could have used these words to describe Rodgers. Egotist, Narcissist, self centered, whiner.
    However, if he leaves, I hope he coms back and shoves it down their throat by beating them 72 to 0.

  4. Strip Tom Brady down to his core, and he’s just an ‘aw shucks I just love playing football so much!’ kind of guy. Aaron wants to hang out with the Dali Lama, expand his consciousness by meditating in the desert, and host Jeopardy. Oh yeah, and play that football game, or whatever. Mark Murphy/Ted Thompson are not wrong that he’s a complicated fella. Sometimes, in the game of football though, you’re better off with simple – ala Brady, Manning.

  5. I didn’t see or hear Murphy speak at this “business leaders summit” at Lambeau. A quote taken out of context can be misleading. I saw a quote from the same event that Murphy said they remain committed to Aaron for 2021 and beyond.

    I will say that if this was said, and in whatever context, it shows further the fact that Aaron Rodgers has zero issue with GM Brian Gutekunst. Mark Murphy is exposing only himself with these public statements.

    Ted Thompson and Aaron had a great relationship, that is fact, and all that needs to be said about that.

  6. Murphy’s comments don’t suggest a deal is imminent. Or even likely at this point.

    Making snide remarks about your franchise QB in this situation suggests he’s no longer viewed that way.

  7. It seems that whenever communication is complicated, it is because the people communicating Want to make it complicated.
    Great players can get first downs, touchdowns and win lots of games–but Great Teams build Dynasties–and the people involved here simply Ain’t Bein’ Teamy.

  8. That is one true statement. Rodgers indeed is a complicated fella, almost too complicated for a team sport like football.

  9. And Mark Murphy,you frankly are a dunce. Let Rodgers go, and tell me how 4-12 feels every year

  10. So, are they trying to fix this or not? This division is looking like it’s more and more up for grabs.

  11. He is not complicated, just overly self righteous. Good player tho who’d have more success if he didn’t hoard the credit.

  12. hobbescalvin says:
    June 12, 2021 at 7:43 am
    What a waste of talent to win only 2 SBs with 2 all time QBs. Shameful.
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    How many SB’s did Dan Marino win?

  13. Are we now starting to see the core of Rodgers issue with GB?

    Keep giving Murphy the mic and we might learn just how “simple” he is.

    It almost sounds like he knows he’s the issue but keeps making dumb statements about it.

  14. I mean… what is this dude thinking? He must not want Rodgers to come back.

  15. Personally I think Aaron’s issue with the front office is not with the GM, but with Mark Murphy. Mark has felt the need to throw his you-know-what on the table at every opportunity to remind Aaron who is in change. Mark is a major egomaniac and thinks he constantly needs to knock Aaron down a peg or two. Mark is the problem.

  16. What a waste of talent to win only 2 SBs with 2 all time QBs. Shameful.
    ————————————————————-

    Imagine having had 2 Hall of Fame QB’s and winning zero Super Bowls (Tark & Moon). Oh what could of been!

    The good news for us, all you need is one in life to experience the greatest sports memory you’ll ever have. Maybe your grandchildren can experience yours when you are long gone.

  17. Whatever the topic, it always amazes me when people get upset when the truth is spoken. Sometimes the truth is what it is, painful to accept.

  18. In other words, ‘There’s more to Rodgers than meets the eye.’ Is anyone surprised? Not really.

  19. What all ya’ll packers fans thinks of me now? Aaron the great to Arron the snake.

  20. bondlake says:
    June 12, 2021 at 7:58 am
    hobbescalvin says:
    June 12, 2021 at 7:43 am
    What a waste of talent to win only 2 SBs with 2 all time QBs. Shameful.
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    How many SB’s did Dan Marino win?
    **********
    Rodgers and Favre each have the same # of Super Bowl wins as Joe Flacco, Trent Dilfer, Brad Johnson, Doug Williams, Mark Rypien…you get the point.

  21. Rodgers league wide approval rating has taken a big negative decline since April!

  22. Aaron Rodgers is the Goat . Rings don’t matter. Football is a team game. If Rodgers had a good team around him he would have 10 Superbowl Rings. Way better than Brady.

  23. First of all, saying someone is complicated is hardly a slur against them. Albert Einstein was called complicated, but everyone knew he was also brilliant.
    Mark Murphy knows that the #1 topic concerning the Packers is Aaron Rodgers. So it’s not surprising he would mention him in a talk with the media.
    What I’d like to see is Aaron Rodgers man-up and get in front of a microphone with the media and explain everything which is bothering him. Put it all out there like a real man would do. Instead, we get tidbits from his friends and don’t know what to believe. All we get are other people’s opinions of what is going on.
    If the Packers’ brass are really bad guys, then come out and say so so they have a chance to defend themselves.

  24. bondlake says:
    June 12, 2021 at 7:58 am
    hobbescalvin says:
    June 12, 2021 at 7:43 am
    What a waste of talent to win only 2 SBs with 2 all time QBs. Shameful.
    ——————————
    How many SB’s did Dan Marino win?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Or Drew Brees, for that matter?

    Gee, it’s almost like these things are hard to win or somethin’…

  25. Aaron has handled this whole situation with class and dignity. Murphy and others need to take a long look in the mirror.

  26. Personally I don’t feel that referring to someone as being a “complicated person” is an insult. Now if Murphy had called Rodgers a simpleton….

  27. With the GB annual meeting coming up, what can either side do to best use this opportunity to win over the shareholders? Get ready for many more stories focused on the Rodgers impasse.

  28. Rodgers is not that complicated. Days before the 2020 draft Rodgers talked about playing till his 40s and retiring a Packer.

    99 out of 100 people could see this train wreck coming, when Greenbay traded up to draft Love. If Mark Murphy is surprised, Mark Murphy needs to be replaced.

  29. There’s a reason that GB drafted AR’s successor. AR quit talking to his own family, didn’t attend his grandfather’s funeral, bowed out of his high school buddy’s wedding, had two well publicized romantic breakups and was passed over by the 49’ers in the 2005 draft. GB is almost certainly at the end of the line with his theatrics. Perhaps it’s long past the time for Rodgers to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around him.
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    My question what does those things have to do with football and him being a 3time MVP? People are reaching for reasons to hate him and have all gossip type arguments. Meanwhile There are guys in the league who you know have actually cases, and have been caught up in bad actions. Sorry other than complaining Rodgers isn’t in that boat. Packers fans are so spoiled they are ready to throw Rodgers under the bus. I get it but the man is a 3 time MVP and he can’t say anything controversial huh?

  30. Murphy is the problem. In his effort to let everyone know he is the boss, pick on the star of the team and the rest of the troupe will fall in line. It explains his overhaul of the front office, as everyone reports to him. Tell me what this glorified real estate agent has done in terms of the football team. Yes he is making money from the team through his real estate ventures but is that what he was hired for?

  31. What’s Murphy supposed to do when the media keeps hammering him for information.

  32. If we take for granted that Rodgers will not come back to GB, what is his real motivation to play in Denver?

  33. It really sounds like the Packers regret their decision to dump Rodgers and draft Jordan Love. If they liked what they’ve seen from Love so far, they would have built up Rodgers’ trade value and gotten a whole bunch of draft picks for him. Wow, they’re definitely sending Love a bad message. If they had a normal owner, like the other 31 teams, these guys would have been fired by now. What a botch job. This is a great day for the Vikings. First, they dump their first ballot HOF QB, and reigning MVP. Then they draft a QB that they already regret drafting.

  34. Rodgers doesn’t need Green Bay. Green Bay is nothing without Rodgers. Green Bay needs him.

  35. Packers have 2 great players in Rodgers and Adams and a really good player in Lazard. The rest of that roster is garbage

  36. gpg1919 says:
    June 12, 2021 at 8:30 am
    Personally I think Aaron’s issue with the front office is not with the GM, but with Mark Murphy. Mark has felt the need to throw his you-know-what on the table at every opportunity to remind Aaron who is in change. Mark is a major egomaniac and thinks he constantly needs to knock Aaron down a peg or two. Mark is the problem.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    I have no clue whatsoever what the behind-the-scenes issues are. I only know one thing for certain: Nobody else does either.

  37. glac1 says:
    June 12, 2021 at 9:57 am
    What’s Murphy supposed to do when the media keeps hammering him for information.
    ///////
    “It’s an internal matter that we won’t be making a statement on”.

  38. My guess is that Rodgers’ agent and Packers management have communicated. If not, they should tell his agent that they are ready/available to talk, and then continue with their offseason as needed if there is no response, including listening to substantial trade offers.

  39. Packers have 2 great players in Rodgers and Adams and a really good player in Lazard. The rest of that roster is garbage

    —–

    Hmmm, you don’t think much of David Bakhtiari (1st team all pro)? He is coming off an injury so we’ll have to wait and see how well he recovers I suppose. But Jaire Alexander (2nd team all-pro), Elgton Jenkins, Aaron Jones, Kenny Clark, and Za’Darius Smith are pretty good players too. Lazard has exceeded expectations for sure, but he’s not even a top 10 player on GB’s roster.

  40. If the Packers truly want Rodgers back, then why say anything about him like this? I am not a Rodgers fan in any way, but it seems that the Packers management is incompetent.

  41. Complicated a bad thing? Problem is noone knows whats been said behind closed doors.

  42. Rodgers doesn’t fit the mold of a typical football player or NFL QB. He’s smart and has other interests – what the heck is wrong with that? Seems to me it’s a good thing rather than a bad one. And if his problem is with Pack management, the less Pack management talks publicly, the less chance there is to alienate him further. Murphy’s complicated comment makes things worse.

  43. Mark Murphy is in over his head and should not be in charge of this team. Doesn’t have the self discipline to follow his own advice of just keeping quiet. I would not be surprised (and yet I really would) if the Packer’s Board of Directors asked for his resignation. I think we could move onto football. Murphy should just fall on the sword.

  44. Imagine having had 2 Hall of Fame QB’s and winning zero Super Bowls (Tark & Moon). Oh what could of been!

    ___

    Yeah, because having Moon when he was 38, 39, and 40 is the same thing as having Rodgers throughout his prime.

  45. What a waste of talent to win only 2 SBs with 2 all time QBs. Shameful.
    ——————————
    How many SB’s did Dan Marino win?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Or Drew Brees, for that matter?

    Gee, it’s almost like these things are hard to win or somethin’

    ____
    Farve became GB’s starter in 1992 and played until 2007, thats 16 seasons
    He was followed immediately by Rodgers who has been the starter in GB for 13 seasons.

    If Rodgers plays for GB this year it will be 30 seasons with a HOF QB. 30!!!

    18 Probowls, 6 first team all-pros

    I’m sorry, they should have won more than 2 super bowls in that time frame.

  46. Good thing Rodgers had 4 years on his contract when they responisbly

    And, what a hypcorite Rodgers is thinking he is above how the Packers drafted him to groom him beyond Favre.

    The hypocrisy and baby behavior from Rodgers is stunning, but he has followed Brady’s Diva-itis very well.

  47. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    June 12, 2021 at 11:00 am
    Packers have 2 great players in Rodgers and Adams and a really good player in Lazard. The rest of that roster is garbage

    6 18 Rate This

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    That D picked Brady 3 times. Outside of the Pettine/King horrendous man coverage decision before half, the Packers D played well and dominated Brady.

    Rodgers is the one to blame. He was terrible when it mattered.

  48. The longer this goes the more Packer fans turn on Rodgers. No one is surprised.

  49. This is the most classless comment I’ve heard in a long time. I don’t think Ted Thompson’s family would be very happy with it. Murphy screws up and gets rid of a reigning MVP QB, and now he’s trying to point the finger at the late Ted Thompson? OMG. Murphy is so far in over his head, it’s beginning to make the entire organization look bush.

  50. I just asked my wife if she’d be ok if I described her as “complicated” to other people. Guess what? She did not think it was compliment.

  51. Sorry Packer fans, of the two things you don’t want to be true. One is, and the other will be, true.
    Lord Vader is CEO.
    Luke Skywalker will escape.

  52. “There’s a reason that GB drafted AR’s successor. AR quit talking to his own family, didn’t attend his grandfather’s funeral, bowed out of his high school buddy’s wedding, had two well publicized romantic breakups and was passed over by the 49’ers in the 2005 draft. GB is almost certainly at the end of the line with his theatrics. Perhaps it’s long past the time for Rodgers to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around him.”

    Literally nothing you wrote has anything to do with what matters, and that is his on field performance. Last year he hit 70% of his passes, 4300 yards, 48 TD to 5 ints, and he was MVP. If GB was considering getting rid of this guy because he missed someones funeral, they are as incompetent as everyone thinks they are. And if they do pull the trigger, they will be a lot worse next year. There’s no way around that.

  53. Just one more thing for AR to file away in his notoriously long memory. This does nothing to help the Packer’s situation.

  54. and the Packers Management continue to do a great ‘impression’ of being Clueless

  55. If Murph the surf would just shut up he might be able to dig his and Gutey (aka Ted T) out of this hole those scrambled brains created

  56. kato says:
    June 12, 2021 at 7:55 am
    He is not complicated, just overly self righteous. Good player tho who’d have more success if he didn’t hoard the credit.

    87 45 Rate This

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    This is why Giselle wanted Brady to leave NE. To try to show it’s only him that really matters.

  57. Imagine having this passive aggressive Mark Murphy as your boss. Amazing people still rip on Rodgers despite GB’s piss poor drafting and abstinence to bringing in free agents.

  58. This is why it is lame when people jump all over players, without knowing the facts.

    I’ve had friends come and go from the League over the last 20+ years (most of them no name journeymen types that I went to school with or coached).

    A solid amount of them said that GMs are insane, ego maniacs.

    I’m not saying a lot of players aren’t the same, but these guys I know were blue collar, lunch pail, hang-in-the-league as long as possible, grinders. No ego types, signed for the league minimum, who barely had ANY interactions with GMs.

    That should tell people something.

  59. Cheeseis. Comments on all Packers stories. No promoting Vikings comments because you’re just accepting futility. 60 years and counting 👍

  60. “There’s a reason that GB drafted AR’s successor. AR quit talking to his own family, didn’t attend his grandfather’s funeral, bowed out of his high school buddy’s wedding, had two well publicized romantic breakups and was passed over by the 49’ers in the 2005 draft. GB is almost certainly at the end of the line with his theatrics. Perhaps it’s long past the time for Rodgers to understand that the world doesn’t revolve around him.”

    Literally nothing you wrote has anything to do with what matters, and that is his on field performance. Last year he hit 70% of his passes, 4300 yards, 48 TD to 5 ints, and he was MVP. If GB was considering getting rid of this guy because he missed someones funeral, they are as incompetent as everyone thinks they are. And if they do pull the trigger, they will be a lot worse next year. There’s no way around that.
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    Maybe doesn’t have anything to do with his on-field performance… but sure has a lot to do with him being a ‘complicated fella’ 😉

  61. Born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin
    saying someone is complicated is just a nice way of saying he’s a pain in the ass

  62. There are too many jokes and ironies off of this to choose from. Simply id ask Gut then if you knew you were dealing with a rather “peculiar fella” shall we generalize, as your MVP alpha male at THE most necessary spot on the field…why’d you act as you did? You knew it would tweak him at the least, piss him off more than likely. And, provide no immediate benefit to a SB NOW team drafting Love as you did. So, if you knew the situation…why’d you screw it up so bad?

  63. Come opening day, the Green Bay Packers have to hit the field with or without Aaron Rodgers. The team is preparing for opening day now. Aaron is part of the team and would certainly be welcomed back like a prodigal son. Or he may choose not to return. But life goes on; this old world keeps on turning. It’s all bigger than only one person. And opening day is coming.

  64. packerbacker1987 says:

    “Last year he hit 70% of his passes, 4300 yards, 48 TD to 5 ints, and he was MVP.”

    Murphy needs to remember this. If A-Rod doesn’t play…both Murphy and Gute need to go. Period. They forget too easily that the entire NFL is made up of “complicated” individuals both from the league’s past as well as today. Rodger’s personal life is just that. Leave that out of the equation and focus on his job. He is a GOAT.

  65. Why do football fans seem to think that Super Bowls are “won” by individual players?

    And why is it so common for fans to say that nearly every QB “should have won more rings”, forgetting that only one team per year wins the Super Bowl? If Rodgers (for example) had “won” more titles, that would mean other QBs would have won fewer, and then everybody would be talking about how they should have won more.

  66. I would say that “complicated” is just another way of saying “difficult”, or at least that’s what’s implied. And what does that even mean? GB has done what they can to passive-aggressively make Rodgers look like the problem. Why was Rodgers even brought up at a “business summit”?

    My question, then, is if the GB front office feels that Rodgers is complicated, then isn’t it proof that they handled the drafting of Love poorly? If you know that your franchise QB is “complicated” then don’t you do everything possible to keep him happy? That should all be considered part of “teamwork”, no? Or was Love – and the way they’ve handled this situation – just a way for the front office to assert that Rodgers didn’t matter, and they were the ones in control?

    I would call this bad management. Rodgers isn’t bigger than the team, but he’s kind of a HUGE piece of the puzzle, no?

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