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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 313 - Green Bay's Power Structure

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Pack-A-Day Podcast - Episode 313 - Green Bay's Power Structure

Jenelle Mackie, Matt Froehlich, and Dan Kotnik discuss Mark Murphy's statement about the power he's given new head coach Matt LaFleur for his coaching staff and how much of an issue the questions around the power structure in Green Bay could continue to be. They also take a look back at the festivities from the annual Green and Gold softball game. How much better would it be if all players had to chug a beer after each home run? Also, do you call it "lightening" or "knock out"?

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Andy is a graduate of UW-Oshkosh and owns & operates the Pack-A-Day Podcast. Andy has taken multiple courses in NFL scouting and appears weekly on 107.5 The Fan in Green Bay to breakdown film. This past season he was an analyst on Green Bay Nation on WFRV TV in Green Bay. Andy grew up in Green Bay and is a lifelong season ticket holder; follow him on Twitter at @sconniesports.

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stockholder's picture

The Power structure in Green Bay is based on Salary.

Hawg Hanner's picture

The focus of the few on the bogey-man that the team's organizational structure is problematic is totally misplaced. Many writers have previously outlined the facts that many NFL teams are similarly structured. In fact, the organizational structure is similar to many businesses. I am sick of hearing there is something sinister or wrong. Name one CEO in the league with a better background than Murphy.

flackcatcher's picture

DUDE!!! dude dude dude dude.............Seriously are you trolling........... (How about the old randy guy up in New England huh) flackcatcher shakes head and sighs..........

Coldworld's picture

No teams are similarly structured since there is no team where, for all intents and purposes, the President is the final arbiter unless he or she is the owner, or the child of the owner. Analogies that fail to take this into account wholly miss the mark. Murphy is an employee not the employer but has little to no real oversight. For that same reason it is totally unlike almost any other business.

Provide one iota if evidence for your articles of faith in Murphy. By the way, comparative titles may trip you up, because he is not comparable, good or bad in terms of authority. Hopefully Murphy has a stronger grasp of his critical faculties than you have.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Of those many teams with a similar structure, how many are well run?

When Harlan was the CEO, he and the BOD didn't know anything about scouting, coaching, making a game plan, or how an NFL locker room worked, and thus had no business sticking their noses into the nuts and bolts of football operations.

Most CEOs of corporations worked for the company for years before becoming the CEO. Those CEOs did have experience with at some portion of the nuts and bolts.

I do agree than Murphy has more football credentials than the child of a previous owner. Murphy played pro football, albeit 30 years ago, so he knows something about the locker room, and a decent amount about football, and has worked for the Union, so he knows the CBA and a bit about the cap. As AD at Northwestern, he has hired head coaches, if not their assistants. Note he hired coaches for sports about which he knew nothing.

The problem is that Murphy publicly states that Gute has complete authority over the roster and LaFleur has complete control over hiring his coaches, and then it seems like perhaps they don't. I assumed Gute would hire the HC but it is clear that Murphy hired LaFleur. Murphy already kept the decision to retain McCarthy as HC in 2018, which seemed like an obviously wrong decision at the time and now in hindsight.

I don't like the structure, but good people who are professional and respect each other can make even dubious structures work. Time will tell.

Coldworld's picture

More often, however, poor or opaque power structures are symptomatic of wider problems. It could work for a while, but one has to ask why an organization has chosen to create a difficulty or complexity where none was forced upon it.

flackcatcher's picture

Did Murphy hire the HC, or was that spin coming from him and Russ Ball. Which is your point here. I want tgr to be right on this. (boy do I want him to right) But your point about organizational structure is dead on, otherwise the Board would not had to write in GUTES duties as GM in personal matters into his contract after he was hired. (Somewhere, there is a full blown study waiting to be written about distorting complex systems using the decision matrix at 1265 as an example.)

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