Uh, "risk?" The risk is convincing yourself an apathetic 39-year-old quarterback finds the fountain of youth. Green Bay's GM is finally trading Aaron Rodgers, and the team is in great hands.
Excellent stuff. Sure hope you are right about Love.
Good stuff Tyler.
Agree with all the football related comments, which is the intended purpose of this blog. Do not agree with the non-football related comments.
Whereas the Packers may have gotten more back if they'd traded AR to Denver last year, can you imagine how much more pressure would have been on Love if he had to step in after another 13 win season and a second straight Rodgers MVP? The Packers may have one less #1 pick by waiting a year to trade him, but the difference is night and day when it comes to Love being ready and having full support. Now he will be compared to AR's performance last year, and this year's record will be matched up with a losing season. In the long run, I think waiting the year will be better for the organization, even if they get a bit less in the trade.
I find this to be an overly optimistic take on Love and Gutekunst largely because of the writers dislike for Rodgers, which he has not been shy about stating in podcast and print. Maybe Love is great, but its not likely. Rodgers first season was 6-10 coming off a team that went to the NFC Championship in Favre's last season. While Rodgers struggled last year, its fairly lazy journalism to make 8-9 all about Rodgers when you had a young, inexperienced receiving core, and a defense that again under achieved despite the high draft picks and money spent on that side of the ball by Gutey. I'm a Packers fan and hope Love does well, and, given the return, I think this was the best time to move on. But I also know its unlikely the Packers get lightning in a bottle again with another hall of fame qb. Either way Rodgers has been the primary factor in the teams success the last 15 years. Gutekunst still has much to prove.
As someone who lived through the Favre transition, all of this makes sense, then as well as now. While I preach patience to Packer fans, the transition is necessary. To paraphrase Leroy Butler, at the end of the day, what matters is the G.
They Packers top brass must feel exhilarated this morning knowing they have finally showered off the stench of Aaron Rodgers and his declining skills as evidenced by his inability to play good football when it mattered the most the last 4-5 seasons. For all the darts thrown at Brian Gutekunst from the National Media and some misguided Packer fans, I am starting to think that he is smarter than most others in the room. I'm ready to get behind Jordan Love and see what we've got. It is a great day to be a Packer Fan! Go Pack Go!
I'm a Jets fan and I know this is partly a Packers blog, but a fleecing? His worst year is better than the Jets best year at QB. Because of my wife I live in Wisconsin so I understand why everyone is emotional and happy about Rodgers leaving but I think it will be good for both teams.
I think the Jets defense and offensive weapons (which he did not have last year in GB), will lead them to a much better record than 7-10. For example, if you don't think Garrett Wilson will be as good as Davante Adams you will by the end of the season.
Look I understand you're excited to finally be moving on, the last few years were like the end of a bad marriage. I get it. Calling it a fleecing is disingenuous though, especially when the Jets are a QB starved franchise which amazingly Packers fans don't know much about anymore. Well you might just find out. Good luck!
Green Bay is running out of streets to rename. I suppose there are certain players that have lost the right to have a street named after them, but it seems more likely that they'll have to start using the exit and entry ramps on 41. I'd guess Rodgers warrants an exit ramp.
I commented back in the November 29th article about Love starting (when the season looked lost), at the time making the point that I would have liked to see Rodgers finish his career in GB if he wanted to, regardless of the future consequences. However, since that dreadful Lions game to finish the season, I'm all aboard the Love train.
I was lucky enough to see Rodgers live for his last W at Lambeau in the Green and Gold, for the New Year's day drumming of the Vikings, a memory I'll cherish forever. Even then, the victory was largely on the D and special teams. It was apparent last season that some combination of the young WR's, Rodgers' injuries, and their lack of time together cost them the season. Like far too many previous season finales, the Packers went out with a whimper.
I had no faith in Love when the Packers handed Rodgers that $150M contract, because why would they give him that if they thought they had something in Love? That was part of my reasoning for wanting to ride it out with Rodgers. It's nice to know that the Packers felt the same way, until Rodgers' decline/injuries coincided with Love getting more practice reps, and taking the proverbial jump. If they feel confident now that he can start, I have all the faith in the world that he'll at least have a chance to succeed.
It's time to be new, and I'm excited for it. Thanks Tyler for your level headed analysis through this entire saga.
Great stuff, Tyler. But, y'know, when looked at in the unemotional, logical way you and Gutekunst have, it seems quite glaringly obvious this is the unequivocally correct route to take. A year too late, but still a slaaaaam dunk. Go Pack!
I have to wonder, do teams with owners (the other 31) hesitate to deal with the Packers because they know the Packers won't be pressured by dealership into any hasty decisions?
For those of you in the back of the room, I'll say this loudly:
FATHER TIME IS UNDEFEATED.
"Assistant to the Regional Manager." Love it!