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The Packers Are Idiots If They Let Aaron Rodgers Have Any Control In Coaching Search

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David Hookstead Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

There is some speculation Aaron Rodgers might influence the search for a new Packers coach, and that would be beyond idiotic.

Green Bay canned Mike McCarthy after the Packers fell to a 4-7-1 record Sunday following a stunning loss to the Cardinals. Now, it sounds like Rodgers might have some influence.

ProFootballTalk reported the following Tuesday morning:

The elephant in the room for the Packers continues to be the relationship between quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the next head coach. But everyone involved in the process is trying to downplay that reality, Rodgers included.

The 35-years-and-one-day-old quarterback met with reporters on Monday, and he tried to walk the line between making his preferences known and minding his own business.

“I’m obviously an older player in the league, I still have a number of years on my contract, would love to still play to 40, and I think there’s an interest on who the next guy would be,” Rodgers said, “but Mark [Murphy] and Brian [Gutekunst] and I have always had good lines of communication. Their offices like they say are always open . . . . I’m not needing to be involved in that process.”

Listen up and listen closely. The Packers as an organization would be really dumb to let Rodgers have any say at all in who they hire as their next coach. I don’t care how good Rodgers is. Like all players, he’s one injury away from never playing again.

It’s even worse for the gunslinger because he has a history of injuries. Plus, Rodgers seems like one of the most difficult people on the planet to deal with. What if his input sways the search, and the Packers end up with a yes man? It won’t end well, and the Super Bowl champion quarterback still won’t accept an ounce of responsibility. (RELATED: Here Are The Best Moments From NFL Week 13)

 

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Rodgers needs to keep his mouth shut, and let the leaders of the organization do their thing. He gets paid to throw footballs. He doesn’t get paid to hire coaches.

I don’t even know how this is up for debate. Why not ask the punter for his input? Why not ask the random fan? Once you let players run the show, then you’ve lost the battle.

 

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Learn your place, Rodgers. It’s that simple.

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