Report: Packers’ Jordan Love pick was more G.M. than coach

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The Packers created another new quarterback drama a week ago, and it continues to unfold.

The latest dispatch from Green Bay puts the responsibility for drafting Jordan Love in the first round at the feet of General Manager Brian Gutekunst, as opposed to coach Matt LaFleur.

That’s not exactly a revelation (in general, the G.M. picks the players, the coach coaches them). But considering the move also lit the fuse on speculation about Aaron Rodgers‘ future, it’s also going to be examined in great detail.

The report outlines the process of scouting Love, which included Gutekunst watching a game in person last year, and goes into detail about the G.M.’s background in the Ron Wolf system, in which acquiring quarterbacks was prioritized.

Gutekunst has said as much since the draft, saying the decision was based on the long-term health of the roster rather than any immediate benefits they might receive by drafting a skill position player for a team which made the NFC Championship Game last year.

“Matt was on the [phone] line with us and understood where I was coming from,” Gutekunst said. “I think it was one of those things where, again, with a second-year head coach, I certainly wasn’t going to give him a player he didn’t want. . . .

“It’s not something we anticipated. It kind of fell to us, and we were excited about that. I know a lot of people will look at this as not a move for the immediate, and I understand that, but the balance of the immediate and the long term is something that I have to consider, and that’s why we did it.”

Of course, there was also a report which suggests that LaFleur was not thrilled with the way Rodgers handled himself last year, but there is plenty of evidence to suggest Gutekunst was serious about adding help at the mot important position since taking over.

They had Drew Lock in for a pre-draft visit last year, before he went in the second round to the Broncos. And considering the way Rodgers came to the Packers, such a move shouldn’t be unexpected.

Only time will tell if the decision was a sound one, and that will be determined as much by how Rodgers handles it in the short term as how Love plays in years to come.

36 responses to “Report: Packers’ Jordan Love pick was more G.M. than coach

  1. “It’s not something we anticipated. It kind of fell to us, and we were excited about that.”

    Falling to you is what happened when Rodgers (who was expected to be the 1st overall pick – just ask Aaron) was still available at the Packers scheduled draft pick at #24.

    Apparently, Gutekunst was so “excited” that he suffered from premature “something”, as instead of letting JLove fall to the Packers (as he asserts above), he traded his 4th round pick to pull off the deal to move up in the first round to “grab” JLove.

    The ramifications of this premature decision will reverbate in Green Bay for decades.

    Can anyone remember Tony Mandarich?

    To show how foolhardy this decision was, Bill Belichek, who is planning to start either Brian Hoyer or Jarred Stidham, traded out of the first round when JLove was available to be picked.

  2. It’s a decision that can not be fully and accurately evaluated for five years, at least. Jordan Love is not a challenger to Aaron Rogers position on this team. He’s a kid who has been given an opportunity first to learn how to play the pro game without all the pressure usually piled on young QBs when they are drafted high up in the first round by bad teams. The ONLY person that Love was a challenger to is Manny Wilkins, the Packers’ #3 QB who spent last season on the practice squad and has now been released.

  3. GM Gutekunst arguably has too be the worst GM I’ve seen. You have the worlds slowest offseason and you go ahead and create this drama which is going to be magnified 100x due to everything being shut down. Good job moron it’s been a week since the draft and dont remember or hear anything about it other than this terrible pick.

  4. Not sure it makes a difference the damage to Aaron was done. The head coach looked pretty happy with the pick. Gute is putting it out there so Aaron won’t be the problem.

  5. It isn’t just Rodgers they should worry about, it is the whole team. Even guys on Defense have to be like we want to win now. This could bring in a huge divide inside the team.

  6. Code RED! Damage control, damage control repeat damage control. A A Ron is upset.

  7. No QB wants to see a team draft his potential replacement. Imagine how you would feel if this happened to you at your work in front of all your coworkers. That said, The GM should be transparent and say “yeah we orchestrated this process and are happy with the result”. As an Eagles fan, I was surprised drafting a QB, but I get it (even though I would have preferred another high-impact player, not a QB).

  8. Interesting to see how well BB manged the Brady drama, as quietly and as well as he did for so long with the Guerrero, Giselle, avacado books factor, and now this sort of thing up in GB with just a run of the mill diva QB who may be worse than Brady’s diva antics with less rings.

    Very interesting.

    All over drafting a back up QB.

  9. Of course it was. Coaches ALWAYS want to draft players for right now. That’s why they typically make terrible GMs.

    LaFleur knows that if the Packers stink for the next two years, however unlikely that is, he won’t be around for the “Jordan Love Era” anyway.

    I guarantee you if you put him on lie detector, he would say he would rather have had Higgins or Pittman.

  10. Hurts to Philly and Love to G.B., both dumb moves. You have to chance to draft a difference maker at those positions in the draft, for playoff teams, and you choose to pull the “we’re smarter than everyone else” move? Explain it all you want, and make sure to drop Ron Wolf’s name a lot, but still dumb.

  11. Tread carefully, Packers. The Bears crowned Nagy after his fluke 12-4 first year.

    Then last year REALITY set in when he revealed himself to be the SINGLE WORST PLAY CALLER IN NFL HISTORY.

    Anybody with a brain knows Vic Fangio was why they went 12-4 in 2018. Not Matt stinking Nagy.

  12. Hoping Jordan takes that QB job, soon. We’re all pulling for you Jordan.

  13. A lot of “report”s going on here. Too funny.

    Gute is in charge and runs the draft. But as he also said: “I certainly wasn’t going to give him(LaFleur) a player he doesn’t want”

    Gute and LaFleur both feel Jordan Love is a QB that will be a elite QB in the league in the future. Gute wouldn’t have taken him if he didn’t feel that way. Jordan Love has the most upside of any QB from the 2020 draft. Love is now in a great situation where he can develop under LaFleur and Rodgers and not have any added pressure coming in. Love also will not be thrown into the fire right away when he isn’t fully ready, which can stunt the growth of a young QB, and has ruined some.

    The present at the position is great with Aaron, and now the future is set up at the position as well. Score!

    #GoPackGo!✊

  14. superfanentertainment says:
    May 1, 2020 at 9:42 am
    Tread carefully, Packers. The Bears crowned Nagy after his fluke 12-4 first year.

    Then last year REALITY set in when he revealed himself to be the SINGLE WORST PLAY CALLER IN NFL HISTORY.

    Anybody with a brain knows Vic Fangio was why they went 12-4 in 2018. Not Matt stinking Nagy.

    2 0 Rate This

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    Nagy is another overrated Chiefs cast off. Ballard, Dorsey, etc. They’re all over the league as overrated trendy names the media likes to drop for god knows what reason.

    I will say, Trubisky had absolutely no weapons last year. You don’t have a 5’7 scatback as a lead back and you don’t have 1 viable WR and that’s it. To think that is what Pace was surrounding him with is absolutely ridiculous.

    The Bears beahavior is bizarre:

    1. Do not acquire JimmyG
    2. Trade up for Trubisky, toss picks
    3. Overpay Kahlil Mack, toss picks (Mack is not as great as people claim, saw NE dismantle him twice)
    4. Have no weapons or a good OL to support your QB who have so much capital invested in

  15. Ya know, just once in my life I’d like to transition from one HOF QB to the next HOF QB without any drama.

  16. The BS meter is off the scale on this. It is a naked attempt to get Rodgers to believe that LaFleur wasn’t a party to the Love pick. Rodgers is no dummy, he knows the score.

  17. I’m rolling with “it was consensual”. These guys are trying to make a name for themselves, for better or worse. Regardless, I think the vikings and the packers had terrible drafting plans this year. I’m going to say both teams needed more defense than offense. Niners ran thru each team with ease. The vikings had 12 draft picks to make some noise with and plug holes on both sides of the line (they failed to do so). The pack gave away a 4th when there were serviceable d-lineman left and wasted a pick on a running back. Sure you have to plan for the future but it’s not everyday you have a hall of fame quarterback on your squad either. What have these two aholes every done compared to Arod? You would think they would have a lot more respect for him since he does all the dirty work on the field. I think their arrogance is going to get the best of them……

  18. skmad2014 says:
    May 1, 2020 at 9:28 am
    Hurts to Philly and Love to G.B., both dumb moves. You have to chance to draft a difference maker at those positions in the draft, for playoff teams, and you choose to pull the “we’re smarter than everyone else” move? Explain it all you want, and make sure to drop Ron Wolf’s name a lot, but still dumb.
    ——–

    Slight difference- The Eagles got a wide receiver in the first round before taking Hurts in the second. The Packers traded up to make Love their first pick and then never drafted a receiver at all.

  19. gtodriver says:
    May 1, 2020 at 7:40 am

    The ramifications of this premature decision will reverbate in Green Bay for decades.

    Can anyone remember Tony Mandarich?
    __________

    Seriously?
    Mandarich was a mistake, drafted 4th overall, surrounded by future Hall of Famers.
    Love was selected 26th, with a late 4th rounder thrown in, he’s got his whole career in front of him yet.
    Hardly the same.

    4 seasons ago, Slick Rick Spielman dealt a 1st rounder (14th overall) and an additional 4th to rent Sam Bradford for 17 games.
    Yet you all still trust in him. skoLOL!!!
    Your analysis is a joke.

    Oh yeah, it’s now been 523 days since the Vikings last beat the Green Bay Packers, yet the fans of that historically flawed and failed franchise still continue to yap incoherently.
    Priceless. 🤣

  20. Not out of obligation but out of courtesy, Guntekust should’ve at least given Rodgers a heads-up with a detailed explanation. Guntekust confirmed he did not do that. That was the only “mistake” made in this pick. Maybe he has spoken with Rodgers by now. Maybe LaFleur has spoken with Rodgers by now. I’m guessing Rodgers has been made to understand, and he’ll respond professionally……..as he always does.

    From Packers FTW; The best way to help an older quarterback isn’t by getting them WR’s, it’s by upgrading the defense and run game. When Brady got older, the Patriots didn’t give him a bunch of WR’s to win SuperBowls. Neither did the Broncos with Elway or Manning.

  21. Not alot of confidence in Gutenkust analyzing QB’s after his big Deshone Kizer fiasco. I havent been this pissed about a draft pick since passing on T.J Watt for King and Biegel

  22. Too easy to trash the Packers draft, and this supposed Rodgers drama is already getting old. I will say this, that Demovsky writer is both good, insightful and informative — Pack fans are lucky to have someone like him on their beat.

  23. This draft wasn’t just Gutekunst snubbing his nose at Rodgers. By doing nothing to improve the team it’s also snubbing his nose to the players, the coaches and even the fans. That’s pretty poor marketing for an entertainment business during a pandemic.

    Welcome to the 70s & 80s Packers fans.

  24. freefromwhatyouare says:
    May 1, 2020 at 10:04 am

    Jordan Love has the most upside of any QB from the 2020 draft. Love is now in a great situation where he can develop under LaFleur and Rodgers and not have any added pressure coming in. Love also will not be thrown into the fire right away when he isn’t fully ready, which can stunt the growth of a young QB, and has ruined some.

    The present at the position is great with Aaron, and now the future is set up at the position as well. Score!
    ______________

    I think I’ll just hold onto this comment for a few years. “The most upside of any QB from the 2020 draft.” On what basis do you make that judgment other than the Packers drafted him so he must be the best? Can you find any actual football expert with any credentials at all to justify that claim? You’re usually over the top with your Packer delusions, but this is beyond what we’ve come to expect even for you.

  25. I don’t ever remember such a big deal being made involving a 26th draft pick. At least Gutekunst has the guts to defend his decision. In a couple of years he will either look like a genius or a fool.

  26. Boy, there sure are a lot of Minnesota fans on here. Even several with bogus names…

    Time will tell, that’s all we know.

  27. “Of course, there was also a report which suggests that LaFleur was not thrilled with the way Rodgers handled himself last year…

    No there wasn’t. There was McGinn grinding his ax with unsubstantiated speculation and of course the click-bait artist that shall remain nameless jumped all over it to trigger his minions.

  28. The ramifications of this premature decision will reverbate in Green Bay for decades.

    +++++

    Drama queen.

  29. Good job moron it’s been a week since the draft and dont remember or hear anything about it other than this terrible pick.

    ++++++

    I put the blame on lots of other morons, myself. Both in the media and in the comments section.

  30. High risk/reward move. No one can definitely say whether Gutekunst was right or wrong, an idiot or a genius, till about 5 years from now. I didn’t like the move to get Love. Still, I like Love as a prospect. He has the arm talent. Head talent? Time will tell.

  31. You don’t draft a QB when you need one. No idea if the kid can play or not, but we probably won’t need to find out for a bit. Tt/mm biggest flaw was not drafting an adequate backup. The only backup I saw during the preseason that excited me was Hill, and I ain’t going there right now. Thought it was a good, albeit gutsy move. As far as the wideouts go, they’re not really that pathetic. Nobody in the division is better than Adams. Lazard show promise. And between Kumerow, Scantling and St. Brown and Funchness they should be able to find 2 or 3 that can play. There was no need to draft one for the sake of drafting one

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