If you look at the history of how #12 won the starting role? While we have no idea of the long term impact Love will or wont have? It’s still eerily similar #12 replacing #4
Let’s just come up with 1 possible scenario. You are the GM I trust you you sound reasonable.
Jordan Love comes out on fire and Wins a respectable 2 or 3 of the final 5 contests. However, almost as important, he goes toe to toe with Tua or Kirk until deep in the contests (possibly even winning 1 in an upset)
If you know Jordan’s trajectory is around an athlete that is likely .500 or + better in the very near future..
What do you do?
I agree with you on one point, no way do you bench #12, he’s still a bad man. What are your options?
1. Keep both
2. Trade Love
3. Trade Rodgers
Imo It’s “highly unlikely” you keep $75Mil of QB’s on your Roster.
That leaves 2 options.
Oh yeah. I'm mostly with you there.
I don't know if the last four or five matches will be enough to give us a great read on Love or not. I very much doubt he ever becomes a Rodgers-level player (and that's not a slight on him at all. For my money the number of QBs who have played the game as good or better than Rodgers can be counted on one hand), but at the same time I don't know that he needs to be. We have heard for a while now that the LaFleur system doesn't necessarily need an elite QB to be successful and I think that's mostly true; we have had plenty of great team performances even when Rodgers has been average just so long as he sticks to the script.
So with all that being said I think it's a case where Love doesn't *need* to absolutely blow everyone away and convince us he'll be our third HOF QB in a row. Obviously that would be preferable, but for me it's not a requirement to commit to building around him and picking up his option and making him "The guy" for the next few years.
Of course hindsight is 20-20 but it does look more and more like the best move would've been to trade Rodgers this past offseason and it was arguably a mistake to not do so. But you don't want to compound that mistake further this year, so ultimately I DO think we ought to look to find a trade for him following this season. I think there's a handful of teams that would make sense for him (A team that needs a QB, has the money, can send assets in trade, and isn't a total rebuild project) and we could still stand to get a decent return, too.
In general though I'm usually of the opinion that it's better to move on a bit too early than it is to wait until it's too late. It's possible that Rodgers could be traded and be succesful elsewhere but at this point TBH I'd take my chances.
Best-case scenario for me then is that we trade Rodgers for a decent haul of picks and it's another Russell Wilson situation. He makes a big move to another team, we get a big payday, and he's no good for them (Nothing against Rodgers of course but we have to admit it's better for us if we trade him and he does poorly than if we move on and he's a massive success). Love blossoms into an elite QB and we're stocked up with assets to invest around him and a much healthier cap situation in a couple of years.
Worst-case scenario is that Rodgers just retires or gets traded for peanuts OR we make a decent trade but he's wildly successful with another team a la Tom Brady joining the Bucs. Love doesn't develop nearly enough and is just mediocre-to-average while Rodgers brings home another super bowl for someone else. We've committed to an average QB and have to either build around him or endure a few very lean years until we can get a top QB again.
But somewhere in the middle is probably more likely and I think that is an O.K. outcome too: Rodgers gets traded for a decent return, although not quite Russell Wilson trade-levels. Love develops nicely into a quality starting QB. He's not immediately in the absolute top-tier elite conversation, but he's above-average - and perhaps more importantly he learns LaFleur's offense inside and out and has no problem with sticking to the script and executing it cleanly and following the gameplan. His talent/potential still peeks out every now and then with some highlight plays but for the most part he is more "efficient" than "amazing" and that's okay. Rodgers goes to another team, gets healthy, and with a better skill cast around him he has a bit of a bounce back in 2023.
I'd be reasonably okay with that "middle" outcome, honestly.