Although no one can say that the Aaron Rodgers era was always easy to endure, the Green Bay Packers are taking a big risk willingly forging ahead with quarterback Jordan Love. The young signal caller's arrival has been mired in controversy and speculation, by no fault of his own, since he was drafted.
You might not know it, however, after hearing the heaping praise the Packers team president bestowed on his front office Monday.
“GM Brian Gutekunst receives strong endorsement from prez Mark Murphy, saying he has made the tough decisions, including drafting Jordan Love in 2020 so ‘we can be competitive for the long term. They say the best time to draft a quarterback is when you don’t need one,'” Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweeted.
Selecting Love in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft without giving Rodgers a heads-up, right after Green Bay had reached the NFC Championship was objectively a puzzling move by management. Even so, of course Murphy and the organization are going to spin it into a complete positive. And honestly, the Packers will probably not even need to defend themselves anymore if their new guy succeeds this season.
Finding a franchise QB is one of the most difficult things to do in sports. Fans will learn to forget all of the frustration that was bubbling up inside of them when the team took Love instead of filling other holes.
Though, until Jordan Love officially pans out, it might be a tad premature to give Brian Gutekunst his flowers. His legacy could be heavily impacted by how this new era of Green Bay football goes.