Packers CEO: Rodgers, McCarthy ‘want the same thing’

Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy reacts during a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Aug. 24.Photo Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Green Bay Packers CEO and president Mark Murphy isn’t worried about any creative tension surrounding star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy.

After all, Murphy contends that it is nothing new.

“We’ve seen this before,” Murphy told NFL Network this week. “I think they’ve had a great relationship. It’s just, two highly competitive people. The most important thing, they both want the same thing — they want us to win and obviously score as many points as possible. I think it’s a very stressful environment, too. Highly pressurized.”

Talk of a rift began when Rodgers expressed concern with the offense after the Packers’ 22-0 win over the Buffalo Bills. They rolled up 423 yards of offense — including 298 through the air from Rodgers — but that wasn’t enough in the eyes of the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player and six-time Pro Bowl selection.

“We were terrible on offense. I don’t think it made a difference for the offense,” the 34-year-old Rodgers said.

McCarthy didn’t disagree. “When I closed my door last night and watched the game, I felt like we left a lot out there.”

The Packers scored two touchdowns on their first three possessions before settling for three field goals the rest of the way.

“I’m also a realist. That’s just not acceptable offense for us,” Rodgers said. “Four hundred and twenty-three yards looks pretty good in comparison to some of the games we’ve put forward the first three weeks, but it should have been about 45 points and 600 yards.”

The Packers reside 19th in scoring and 17th in total offense this season.

“Their track record is pretty good,” Murphy said. “It’s a competitive league. It’s hard to win on a consistent basis with all the different issues you deal with on a regular basis. Injuries, etc. Mike and Aaron, for over 10-plus years with him as a starter and obviously the time when he was backing up Brett (Favre), they’ve been through a lot together.”

Murphy was named the Packers’ 10th CEO on Dec. 3, 2007. He began his work with the organization as president-elect on Jan. 1, 2008 before formally taking over the position nearly four weeks later.