Mark Murphy on Aaron Rodgers: Both sides have common interest to get deal done

Aaron Rodgers wants to play his entire career in Green Bay but understands the business, the quarterback told Peter King in King’s Football Morning In America debut column.

Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy wants to make sure Rodgers retires a Packer, saying Monday that signing the franchise quarterback to a long-term deal is a priority for both sides.

Billick, as offensive coordinator, masterminded what was to that point the highest-scoring offense in NFL history.

Brad Johnson: I remember the game-planning meetings where the coaches would stand up and talk about who the middle linebacker was and who the SAM linebacker was on the other team, and the twists they would run. Then the wide receivers coach, his name was Hubbard Alexander, legendary coach, would get up to talk. Randy would tell him Sit down! It doesn’t matter what they play, it doesn’t matter who they are. We’re going to blow right by them. And so that was the scouting report. Him telling the coach to sit down. [Moss declined to talk for this story.]

The Vikings lost in overtime, 30-2The team returned to a shell-shocked locker room, unable to cope with the stunning defeat.

Robert Smith: They put the congratulations banners up in the locker room. Yeah. So the NFC Champion stuff was in there. It was as empty a feeling as I’ve ever experienced going into a locker room. This overwhelming sadness. Grown men crying. It was brutal, and Denny was the only one who talked, and I remember the reporters coming in and people didn’t want to say anything.

Jeff Diamond: Guys crying, throwing helmets, such disappointment. The sad thing was, we had a team postgame party that was going to be at the team hotel, so of course no one wanted to go to the postgame party. I want to say half the team, maybe more, did go to the party, and as the GM I had to be there. Didn’t want to be there. But just a very, very painful postgame party. That’s what I remember more than anything, having to go back to that party at the Hyatt Regency and thinking, Wow, I don’t want to be here for this.

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