If Jordan Love didn’t have enough troubles, Green Bay Packer GM Brian Gutekunst has piled the pressure deeper on the young Quarterbacks shoulders.
During his annual mid-season press conference, Gutekunst was asked about the progress, and evaluation of Jordan Love. Gutekunst said, “I think we’ve got 10 games left. These are going to be very important 10 games.”
“I think he’s done a lot of really good things,” Gutekunst said. “Really like the way he’s responded to the adversity, how he’s led the team. Again, we’ve got to be better as a unit and I expect that to happen over the next 10 games. And I think that we’re going through some things that we knew we would go through. We haven’t had the results that we want, but I do like the way guys are responding to things.”
JORDAN LOVE HAS STRUGGLED IN HIS FIRST SEASON
Gutekunst was asked specifically about Jordan Love’s play and said, “It’s a little up and down. Like our entire offense, right? I think it’s been a work in progress for the entire offense. There’s been glimpses, particularly in the second halves of really good football. But we have not started very well. So, I think that group, that unit as a whole has a lot of work to do. But at the same time, they’re kind of committed to the process, believe in that group of guys and expect better results coming.”
“When the group as a whole is not functioning the way it should function, then it’s hard to evaluate anybody,” Gutekunst said. “At the same time, it’s on us to get that right so we can move forward and evaluate the guys we have in that room. But yeah, when we’re not clicking it’s tough to evaluate anything.”
This comes just two days after head coach Matt LaFleur had defended his quarterback by saying it was hard to evaluate him in this situation. “I think in order to do that, I think everybody’s got to play better around him, quite frankly,” LaFleur said Monday. “Are there some things he can do better? Absolutely. I think he’d be the first to tell you. Are there some things we can do as a staff to help our guys? Absolutely. And then, when there are plays there to be made, we’ve got to make the plays.”
It’s been a rough campaign for Jordan Love who was thrust into the starters job when the Packers traded Aaron Rodgers to the Jets. Clearly the Packers thought he was ready, and that may go some way to explaining some of the angst coming from the GM.
One thing is clear though, Jordan Love has a big 10 games coming up.