We've all seen Ty Dunne's article about the apparent disfunction of the M.A.T. regime (MAT = Mike, Aaron & Ted). For those who live under a rock or have chosen to stay above what many have considered tabloid journalism, please CLICK HERE to see the article.
When I first read the article I exclaimed "I knew it! What a circus side show!" I basically felt like all my worries and biases were confirmed ten fold by the substance of the article. Aaron hated McCarthy since day one - the offensive scheme had long been a twisted mess of incompetence. Ted never signed free agents. However, as the days passed I found myself in a different position in my head and my heart...
In short, the truth lies somewhere in between.
How do I know this? I don't - but there are at least 2 sides to every story and everyone has an agenda and a narrative. Do I think Dunne's article was a hit piece on Rodgers and the previous Packers regime? - No, I do not. Tyler Dunne was a beat writer for the packers for a few years during the Superbowl run so he knows the team how things work. He has sources, some named and unnamed. I tend to think that Tyler went about writing a piece that changed mid stream after he kept hearing things from named and unnamed sources. If you hear about dysfunction you probably run with that, right?
Much has been made of the fact that Tyler Dunne provided a voice for both Jermichael Finley and Greg Jennings, both of whom have some strange axe to grind with Aaron Rodgers. When either Finley or Jennings speak about the Packers you know it will be something negative…they are and will not be in the business of throwing bouquets to their former team and QB. I always roll my eyes when Colin Cowherd or some talking head brings in Jennings or Finley but you cannot doubt or take away what either of those players did while playing for the Packers. Jennings had a 3-4 year stretch as the most deadly route runner in the league catching bombs from both Favre and Rodgers and Jermichael Finley was a match-up nightmare who struggled with injuries and dropping passes. In short, both were amazing talents who happen to not like Aaron Rodgers for whatever reason, it is what it is.
Almost any Packer fan knows that things were growing stale in Green Bay and had been for years (plural - not just one year in 2018). Almost any Packer fan knows that former GM Ted Thompson stopped signing any players from other teams after they won the Superbowl in 2010 and stopped bringing in veterans. Any Packer fan knew that McCarthy was way too loyal to certain coaches that over stayed their welcome (Dom Capers, Shawn Slocum, etc.) Did McCarthy's offense become very stale and predictable? Yes, it did - but it also coincided around the time when his general manager stopped bringing in veteran help and started to draft poorly.
Is Aaron Rodgers blameless? Absolutely not, but he is FAR down the list of problems facing the team. He is at worst A problem, not even close to THE problem. We know that Rodgers is ridiculously competitive and can be pretty damn surly at times, but that's something you WANT in your QB. Would you rather have a QB that kowtows to criticism and folds under pressure? No - some of the best leaders and professional athletes of all time are assholes. This isn't pop-warner football folks.