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Let's Face It: It's Over.

Posted May 5th, 2021 @ 02:05pm

Supposedly, there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I think after number two, I went straight to number five.

Let's face it Packer fans, it appears the Aaron Rodgers era in Titletown is over. It's ending two or three years prematurely, but it's ending. There is too much solid reporting from credible, long time football reporters to believe there is any chance for reconciliation between Rodgers and Brian Gutekunst.

When Bob McGinn reports that Rodgers secretly refers to Gutey as Jerry Krause (the longtime Bulls GM who famously lost Michael Jordan's respect) to his buddies on the team, it's difficult to see a partnership continuing.

Gutey's mistake was a lack of communication and a failure to understand how best to deal with the fragile relationship a team will have with an all-time great. Yes, he should have kept Rodgers in the loop when he decided to draft Jordan Love, even if that choice was made as the draft was unfolding. He should have cared more about fringe roster decisions that might irritate Rodgers.

It's not about coddling a superstar, it's about understanding what makes him tick and working with him in a way that will ensure that as long as he is healthy and playing at a high level, it would be the organization, not the superstar, that would determine when it would be time to move on.

Rodgers is an unusual guy for an all-world athlete. He has many disparate interests; he is always on a quest to learn and try new things. His back story: forced to start at a junior college because no big schools came calling, the notorious plunge on draft day, have molded him into a man who feels self-made, who has had to fight for respect throughout his life and now feels he has earned the right to be, to paraphrase a song from Hamilton, in the room where it happens.  Like Brady is, like Jordan was.

And now he has dug in. It would be nice to hear it from his own lips, but reliable sources say he won't return as long as Gutekunst is running the show. Sure, the Pack could call his bluff and dare him to retire. Let this drama play out through the summer. But I think they will slowly reach stage five, like I have. They'll admit privately that they didn't handle things as well as they should have and they will swallow hard and trade him to the AFC, likely Denver, Las Vegas or Miami.

None of us were ready for this. We all wanted a couple more swings at the Super Bowl. Instead, it's time to reach stage five. And hope that Love will find a way.

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Location: Green Bay, Wisconsin. Site of the Great Aaron Rodgers Auction 2021. Partcipants: Mark (The Miser) Murphy, team president, Brian (Gutey) Gutekunst,team Gm, aka, The Head Auctioneer, Jordan Love, team QB, Bob McCann, journalist, Jake from State Farm, and Jerry Krause, former Chicago Bull executive. Love is involved because The Miser and Gutey said never again will a Packer QB not be involved in major team decisions. McCann is the only journalist involved but only after signing a non-disclosure agreement as to what he can write after the brass edits his writing. Jake from State Farm is allowed because after the auction is over, Gutey and Murphy have been promised to be in a State Farm commercial with him. Jerry Krause is being brought in as a consultant because of his experience dealing with Michael Jordan. Bidders: The group has decided that three teams have made the final cut to bid on ARods services. They are: 1- The Las Vegas Raiders, represented by Jon Gruden, aka, "The Smirk". 2- The Denver Bronco's, represented by John Elway, the self proclaimed greatest QB ever. 3- The Miami Dolphins, represented by minority owner Jennifer Lopez. The bidding starts with the Head Auctioneer getting the bidders involved on a Zoom Meeting on hid 400 inch HD screen. After explaining to Jennifer Lopez that this auction is about securing the services of QB Aaron Rodgers and not the movie rights to Mister Rodgers Neighborhood we are set to go. After fierce bidding a winner is determined. Bob McCann is told after the bidding that Gruden was strung along, only using his smirky grins to bid the price up. Jennifer Lopez was Jenifer Lopez and on a 400 inch screen. The final winner..John Elway's Denver Bronco's. Here is the reported haul for Green Bay. Four number one draft choices in the next four years, two number one draft choices, in 2033 and 2034, after which Jordan Loves 12 year contract expires. The right to all of Denvers 2 thru 5 draft choices in the year Rodgers throws at least one interception, and exclusive rights to Elways chalet in the Rocky Mountains. In return Denver gets Aaron Rodgers and Jake Kumerow. After consulting with Jerry Krause who wishes he would have done this with Michael Jordan, the Packers give Love a 12 year extension and a signed agreement that he will succeed Gutey in 2034 as team GM. Mark Murphy is satisfied no Denver players are coming in the transaction so he can keep going after cheap undrafted free agents. From the royalties from the State Farm commercial Gutey can buy a summer home on Lake Geneva. Bob McCann is restored with a beat writers pass but only to off season OTA's. The saga is finally over and Aaron Rodgers has negotiated a deal with NBC to host "The Bachelor" for 20 episodes in the off season filmed in Green Bay. GO PACK GO !!

on May 6th, 2021 at 07:44pm

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