Mike Holmgren: Packers not handling Aaron Rodgers situation well

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Mike Holmgren won a Super Bowl as head coach of the Packers. He’s not impressed with the way the Packers are doing business as they try to win a Super Bowl with what’s left of Aaron Rodgers‘ career.

“They didn’t handle it very well, I don’t think,” Holmgren said of the Packers on ESPN Radio in Chicago today.

Rodgers said the Packers’ decision-makers should have anticipated that Rodgers wouldn’t be happy with their decision to trade up in the first round of last year’s draft to select quarterback Jordan Love.

“This is the second time the Packers have gone through this. They went through it with Brett too when they drafted Aaron,” Holmgren said. “With a franchise quarterback and a guy as good as Aaron, you don’t treat all players the same.”

Holmgren said if he were coaching the Packers he would have smoothed things over with Rodgers long before Rodgers was threatening not to play for the team.

“I can’t imagine a relationship between the coach, or management, or whoever is making the decisions and a star quarterback like that getting to this point,” Holmgren said. “I just can’t imagine it. I wouldn’t allow it. It wouldn’t happen.”

One of the most mismanaged organizations in sports. It’s harder to notice when Rodgers is papering over the mistakes with his excellent play. Now he’s peeling back the wallpaper.

Coach is on a local radio station out here in Seattle (950AM)

Still probably my absolute fave. Just pure joy listening to him.

.. and his commentary here is 100% spot on. As Florio once said, “a dumpster fire, inside a trainwreck”

Perhaps we should wait to see how it plays out before we pass judgment on how the Packers handled it.

Matt LaFluer: We like our QB to run the plays as called, we feel this maximizes the scheme’s effectiveness.

LaFluer: **well, this I has gotten off to a good start**

Holmgren’s actually being too nice. “They didn’t handle it well” grossly understates the inept way the Packers’ suits interacted with Rodgers about the Love draft pick. How could they not know that was going to blow up on them?

The packers gave Rodgers all the leverage in the world and now it’s being used against them. What’s worse is they drafted Love in the fist round and failed to get to SB after Rodgers had a MVP season.

Don’t blame Rodgers at all here. You either pay Rodgers more money to stay or trade him.

Packers fans are right to side with Gutey over Rodgers. In 50 years Rodgers will be a mere footnote, whereas Gutey-gutes will reside on the Mount Olympus of sporting heroes.

Really, what kind of idiots run this team? Never drafted a receiver for Rodgers higher than the 3rd round? Traded up to draft a middling QB in the 1st round when Rodgers still had years of MVP-level play in him? Hired a coach who kicks field goals when the game is on the line, rather than trusting your HOF QB?

It’s like part of getting hired by this team is promising to never act like you have an all-time QB on the roster already.

Blame Matty (LaFleur). Lol that’s simple minded.

I wonder if Matt and Brian gave him all the facts????

It’s like part of getting hired by this team is promising to never act like you have an all-time QB on the roster already.

Clown school post and why the internet should be shut down.

Keep up the narrative but he’s had players and when WR’s get good they want $$$$$$ and everyone Including AR pissed and moaned about not having a Defense. So we stop getting early WR’s and got Defense. Remember the money spent on FA’s and AR said ” we have a defense “. Yeah they get paid to AR. Sheesh. Can’t have 22 starters making 10 million that doesn’t work.

I think historically you have to look at how Aaron was treated the first two years– all the interviews I have seen showed Favre was an absolute —– to Rodgers, Rodgers had to play with a chip on his shoulder after that and has hidden animosity to what he endured early on with the team — both sides need to get over it probably best just to trade him and start Love

3 of those guys played *together*

Finley was a wrecking ball as well before his neck injury.

They were 6 targets deep in 2011… meaning they couldn’t even get all their guys on the field at the same time.

This is one of the more ignorant lines of reasoning I have seen on this board.

Interesting comment by Jeff Saturday on ESPN today, how every time the Colts were going to draft a center they let him know. Guess maybe it is a difference between a classy group of people and those not, as to how to treat star players.

It would be interesting to see what those two would do in this offense. Especially given what Tonyan just did.

But given Rodgers overwhelming success with other players, I have to say, if those guys were any good, Rodgers would have fed them the ball.

Graham was a terrible signing. One of the worst in team history. He was paid more than Gronk 2 years in a row. Just absurd.

Rodgers will be in the NFL Hall of Fame.

He had everything needed to be the best QB in history of the game.

Gutenkunst will be remembered alright…………… as one of a select few who squandered Rodgers incredible talent.

Interesting comment by Jeff Saturday on ESPN today, how every time the Colts were going to draft a center they let him know. Guess maybe it is a difference between a classy group of people and those not, as to how to treat star players.

The Colts – you mean the “classy group” that kicked Baltimore in the teeth and set up shop in Indianapolis? And if memory serves, “star player” Saturday eventually ended up in – let’s see – oh yeah, Green Bay. What a world, huh?

May 7, 2021 at 6:11 pm

Rodgers will be in the NFL Hall of Fame.

He had everything needed to be the best QB in history of the game.

Gutenkunst will be remembered alright…………… as one of a select few who squandered Rodgers incredible talent.

Can you really not grasp sarcasm that obvious?

Oh How I Miss Mike Holgrem!! A voice of logic, insight and reason. Sure wish he was our current Packer’s General Manager…

The situation has already been mishandled. Badly. By drafting a QB in round 1. By not communicating to Rodgers that they were doing so. By not restructuring Rodgers’ contract in a way that gives him security. There’s nothing left to play out. Sure they can fix it, but nothing would need to be fixed if it wasn’t completely botched in the first place.

Remember when he was in charge in Cleveland ?? The Browns struggled to find a franchise quarterback under Holmgren, who signed aging veteran Jake Delhomme and traded for career backup Seneca Wallace in 2010, used a second-round draft pick on Colt McCoy in 2010 and used a first-round pick on Brandon Weeden in 2012. Talk about mismanagement..Sit Down and Shut up Mike !!!!

They can still salvage this, but it won’t be salvaged by Gutekunst (er Strauss) — it will have to be someone else. This is where with other NFL teams, the owner would swoop in on the private jet and calm everything down. If Rodgers feels Murphy is part of the problem, then for the Pack they’d need a customized 747 to swoop in 30 board members,8 executive committee members, coach, etc. . . . .

Holmgren is right about Rodgers, but it’s a completely different deal that it was with Favre. Every year Favre would talk about retiring, and he wouldn’t let the team know his plans until right before training camp. After while, they had to do something, just in case, so they drafted a QB. This never happened with Rodgers. The team decided to part ways with Rodgers, and they thought they saw a Mahomes type QB in Love. Remember, this draft took place just after the Chiefs won the super bowl. So they took the offensive, and pushed Rodgers toward the door. They also made a long awaited coaching change that was limiting the QB, and Rodgers was his normal MVP self. Now the team is in a mess, and trying to make like Rodgers is the bad guy. Holmgrem is amused, but he’s not buying it, any more than I am. This isn’t Rodgers’ doing. He didn’t draft Love in the first round. He didn’t refuse to give a contract to a reigning MVP QB. This is all the team, and Holgrem is being very easy on them. I’d love to hear what he really thinks.

It will be interesting to hear how this all played out once it is over. My guess; both sides are trying to force the other’s hand, and both lose.

Having seen what Holmgren did in Seattle and Cleveland, if he says you did something wrong then stay the course you are headed in the right direction.

Shut up Holmgren. You’re the guy that was envisioning your new role in Seattle……….during a Packer SuperBowl. Your head was elsewhere. The look on your face said it all. You’re the last person to be giving advice to the Packers. Have a nice life.

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