Aaron Rodgers will get ‘great motivation’ from negative coverage, Packers president says

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Packers president Mark Murphy weighed in on a recent report detailing dysfunction within the organization, particularly with quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former coach Mike McCarthy, but Murphy doesn’t believe the negative media coverage will have any effect on Rodgers. 

Instead, Murphy thinks it will provide an extra drive for Rodgers as he enters his 15th season with the Packers.

“This is going to be great motivation for him and the team,” Murphy told WXOW. “You hate to have your dirty laundry aired, but I do think it’s going to be a positive.”

Murphy was referencing a Bleacher Report story that came out last week, questioning Rodgers’ leadership and his relationship with McCarthy, who was fired during last season. The report indicated that Murphy told Rodgers “don’t be a problem” after new coach Matt LaFleur was hired, however, Murphy denied the claim to WXOW.

“It’s all in the past. It’s a lot of half-truths and a lot of stuff just made up. The conversation that allegedly took place between Aaron and I was completely false,” Murphy said. “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.”

Murphy gave credit to McCarthy and what he accomplished throughout his 13 seasons with the franchise, including a Super Bowl win in 2011 against the Steelers. The Packers president went on to explain that despite McCarthy’s success, a change was needed as Green Bay was en route to finishing with a 6-9-1 record and third in the NFC North

“If things were as bad as that article implied, we never would’ve won a Super Bowl. we never would’ve gone to eight straight playoffs. It was certainly exaggerated. But I just felt like we did need a change. … As Aaron said, I have nothing but great respect for Mike and what he’s accomplished for us.”

Rodgers responded to the report earlier this week by coming to the defense of his former coach, saying fans should thank McCarthy for the memories and “show him the respect that he deserves.”