One of the biggest goals for the Green Bay Packers this season was to determine whether or not Jordan Love is truly their quarterback of the future. Prior to the season, Mark Murphy and Brian Gutekunst said it would take them about eight games to make that evaluation.
Unfortunately, things have not panned out for their evaluation goals. Their whole notion that they would be able to accurately assess Love’s play was based on the belief that the players around their starting quarterback would be, well, good. The fact of the matter, though, is that they have not. The wide receivers are consistently inconsistent, dropping passes and running wrong routes. The offensive line, believed to be a strength going into the season, has underperformed.
This has led both Murphy and Gutekunst to say that they are not ready to commit to Love as their quarterback of the future. They also stated that they still believe in him and that they need more time to evaluate him. In other words, they have not given up on him yet.
One Packers legend, though, disagrees. He believes that Love has already done enough to earn a contract extension with Green Bay.
Gilbert Brown Believes the Green Bay Packers Should Give Jordan Love a Contract Extension
In his weekly podcast “Go Dads Go with Gilbert Brown,” the Packers Hall of Famer was asked if he believes Love has done enough to earn a contract extension from the Packers. He replied:
“Yeah. He has. Because, you know, of the situation. You know what I’m saying? You can see glimpses of what it’s going to be.
“But for putting him in the situation that he is in, his hands are tied, man. I mean, receivers not running the right routes, not catching. Offensive line not blocking. Can’t run the ball. Sometimes play-calling is questionable.
“No, I would not put any blame on that kid.”
Brown goes on to say that if this was the way Love was playing in his second year as a starter, then he would be concerned. But given that it is his first year, and given the flashes he has shown, Brown believes Love has earned the opportunity to have the Packers build a team around him, and not just a team of rookies and inexperienced second-year players.
The Green Bay Packers Have Not Surrounded Jordan Love with Quality Players (Yet)
Brett Favre had a great offensive line and Sterling Sharpe to throw to when he got into trouble. Aaron Rodgers had a great offensive line and Donald Driver and Greg Jennings to help him as a first-year starter.
Love does not have any of those weapons, and there is really no guarantee he will have them in 2024 either. As much as the Packers would like to say they want more time to evaluate him, they need to be using that time to put him in the best position to be successful.
Up to this point, they have not done that, and he has done as well as any quarterback could do given the circumstances.