It’s both good and bad that the Packers don’t have an owner who can act quickly and decisively to solve the problems that exist within the organization. When it comes to Aaron Rodgers’ situation in Green Bay, it is arguably worse that although the franchise does not have a single person who can make a decision that cannot be questioned within the organization. , now or later.
On the one hand, Packers fans should be happy that there isn’t a single person who can give in to any whim or impulse he or she may have on any given day. Other teams have owners like this, and it can be problematic when an owner who really doesn’t know as much about football as the people who paid to know everything about football starts making football decisions in reaction to a bad game or a bad month. or a bad season.
On the flip side, Packers fans should be disappointed that the franchise doesn’t have that person who has the power to take quick and tough action when needed. Because sometimes that is necessary.
Currently it is needed in Green Bay.
The Packers need someone with the one-sided ability to make a full and final decision regarding Rodgers’ situation. Whatever the answer – sign Rodgers to a lifetime contract and trade Jordan Love, tell Rodgers he’s playing for Green Bay or playing for nobody, or fire anyone whose name is on his Ryan Howard list of those. that wronged Rodgers way – the Packers would benefit from having someone who can make the decision without worrying that someone else won’t like them.
In Green Bay, the closest thing to that person is CEO Mark Murphy. But Murphy has six other members of an executive committee who, in theory, have power over him. And the executive committee has nearly 40 people on a board of directors who, in theory, have power over them. And the board has thousands of shareholders who, in theory, have power over them.
Ultimately, the shareholders own the team, even if they own nothing more than a piece of paper that serves as a unique keepsake. The power of true ownership in Green Bay is so diluted that there is no way it can be gathered and used quickly and suddenly, when (like in this specific situation) it needs to be deployed.
While an effort could eventually be launched to replace Murphy if / when he handles the situation to the dissatisfaction of those he responds to, those he responds to have no practical ability to step in and get behind the wheel. Yes, that means Murphy has the power to handle the situation. But no, he won’t use it like a traditional owner could or would.
As 49ers CEO Jed York said, when the team got bogged down in less than mediocrity, you can’t fire the owner. In Green Bay, you can fire the CEO. Rodgers would like GM Brian Gutekunst to be fired. Perhaps implicit in this post is that Rodgers would actually prefer the ax dropped from one level higher, with Murphy also getting the boot (or instead).
Rodgers is ready to serve his vengeance frozen over the tundra. His current efforts to get out of Green Bay could be aimed at forcing the front office to make enough missteps to set the stage for a complete regime change. Either way, without a specific person in Green Bay who can issue an Order in Council that will not meet any resistance now or in the future, it becomes very difficult for the Packers to resolve this issue quickly and cleanly.
So while there are many good reasons for not having an owner who can get out of bed on any given day and start messing up the football operation, the lack of someone who can start writing checks and / or to issue unhindered pink slips makes it. harder than it would be for the Packers to find the cheese on the other side of Aaron Rodgers’ maze.