Rodgers continues to hammer GM, but why not Green Bay kingpin?

It’s pretty clear that Jets QB Aaron Rodgers isn’t a fan of the GM of his former team – Green Bay’s Brian Gutekunst.

The Athletic’s Matt Schneidman announced that in 2021, Rodgers’ agent David Dunn called Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy and told him to fire Gutekunst or trade Rodgers.

It bothered Rodgers that the Packers picked QB Jordan Love in the first round of the 2020 draft. Obviously, they didn’t trade Rodgers in 2021, and he went on to have an MVP campaign that season. They finally traded him in April 2023 to the Jets.

This off-season, before the trade, Gutekunst had a hard time reaching Rodgers on his cell phone. Why didn’t Rodgers pick up or call back more?

“Like, c’mon man. Just tell the truth, you wanted to move on,” Rodgers told The Athletic. “You didn’t like the fact that we didn’t communicate all the time. Like, listen, I talk to the people that I like.”

Clearly, Rodgers despises Gutekunst, but this begs the question – Why is Murphy seemingly getting a pass?

Everyone around the league knows that no big decision in Green Bay happens without Murphy’s approval. He is the defacto owner of the team, since the city owns the team. He’s the Packers’ big cheese.

Murphy isn’t just a business-man team president, which you often see. He’s a former NFL player and college athletic director. He’s a football guy.

While Rodgers’ dismay with Gutekunst is understandable, it would be interesting to hear what he says about Murphy.

Everyone in the league knows that the buck stops with Murphy in Green Bay.

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Dan Leberfeld
Dan Leberfeld
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