There’s been much discussion the past week about if the Green Bay Packers are rebuilding for the 2023 season. One Chicago Bears writer thinks the Packers might be in the process of trying to go even further than a standard rebuild this year.
The Packers are certainly in the middle of a transitional offseason. Jordan Love is set to start at quarterback after the Packers traded Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets. The Packers chose to replace aging pass catchers and depth pieces through the draft instead of free agency. They lost a few veterans on defense, like Dean Lowry and Jarran Reed, but those players weren’t elite by any means.
A Chicago Bears writer sees the Green Bay Packers tanking
point to the Packers’ 2023 draft prospects being “developmental” players and Love’s new contract as evidence the Packers aren’t serious about competing this season:provocative piece about the Packers’ offseason. They argued the Packers were purposefully trying to tank their 2023 season in order to draft a top 2024 quarterback prospect. They
‘If the Packers were confident in Love, they would have picked up that option and not hesitated. Gutekunst talked about how Love “hadn’t played,” and that’s what made the decision difficult. But after three seasons, they’ve been around him enough to have an idea of who he is as a quarterback, and right now, they aren’t impressed. Sorry Packers fans, it’s true.
The Packers have set themselves up, that if Love struggles, and I mean really struggles, this team could easily trade off a couple veteran pieces during the season or start giving more snaps to rookies over veterans if they start off 1-4 to “look to the future.” Suddenly, if a couple veterans aren’t on the field, a roster that is top heavy with not a lot of depth is going to look suspect.
Are the Packers targeting Caleb Williams and the first overall pick? Again, it’s hard to imagine the Packers being that bad, but this team could easily win just 4 or 5 games and be in prime position to select Drake Maye or one of the other top QBs that will be a part of the 2024 draft class.”
The Packers aren’t following the 2022 Bears’ blueprint
This seems silly from the outset. The Packers have a quarterback starting who is in his fourth season in the league. The offensive line will be one of the best lines in the NFL, with David Bakhtiari and Elgton Jenkins leading the group. The Packers have several vital veterans returning on defense at pass rushing positions and in the secondary. Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs should be much improved in their second season.
The Packers might not have the pieces to win the NFC North, but this roster is strong enough to win several games this season. Their schedule isn’t strong enough for the Packers to trade off a few veterans and still draft one of the top two quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft in Caleb Williams or Maye. It’s a safe bet the 2023 Packers won’t be the 2022 Chicago Bears.
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I predict at least two wins!! Do I have to say it? Against da bears
The Bears should worry about their own backyard, if their so called franchise QB pulls that crap again Williams is all yours!!!
They’re absolutely tanking. What kind of an idiot takes two young tight ends in the draft, yet doesn’t keep Lewis, or any veteran for that matter, to mentor them? What kind of fool has a room full of rookie and first year receivers, with no veteran for them to lean on. How stupid is it to have a first year starting QB with no veteran around for him to bounce ideas off of or ask questions of? They’re obviously tanking. I’m okay with it so long as it costs the idiot G.M. his job.