You're not wrong - it wouldn't have been fair to expect Gute (or whoever else) to be able to see the future and foresee Rodgers returning to be a back-to-back MVP level player. While it perhaps wasn't my first choice I understand the reasoning behind thinking it's time to start planning for the post-Rodgers future.I don't think many in house saw Rodgers resurgence with all things considered...and to top that off that he wanted to stay in GB. Just from the outside looking in I was 50/50 at that time on both of those items if someone forced me to place a life or death bet I'd have been nervous either bet.
The problem that I have is that it seems like Gute and Co are unwilling to get fully behind either course of action. It's as though they're trying to play both sides, keeping one foot in the "right now window" and another in the "preparing for the future" and in doing so it feels like we're going to end up sacrificing both.
If the front office was really convinced that it was time to move on from Rodgers and that he was on the decline - and they were convinced that Love was "the guy" to take over - enough to trade up to get him - then have some conviction and see that through; Rodgers' resurgence should not have been cause to jettison that plan - if anything Rodgers' return to form should have been seen as a "sell high" opportunity to effectively reset your cap and stock up on picks to surround "your guy" in Love with top-level talent.
And if you're a year or two after drafting Love and aren't totally convinced by him AND Rodgers has returned to form enough that you believe you've got a Super Bowl-capable team, then you need to commit to maximizing that window while you can and go all-in around Rodgers to make that happen.
Now it seems we have effectively closed our championship window for Rodgers by choosing to invest in the future post-Rodgers era (and/or choosing to not spend future assets to invest in the current window) but at the same time have set ourselves up for a much more painful post-Rodgers future by tanking our salary cap to keep him around and will have to make a decision on Love's option with him having hardly played any meaningful downs - either committing big money against the cap to keep him or letting him go and having absolutely nothing at QB whatsoever.
So it is what it is. Not being able to predict Rodgers' resurgence is forgivable, understandable, expected even...but the non-committal decision making that has followed is not IMO. I guess at the heart of it...it feels like for the last few years Gute has been acting as a "reactive" GM rather than a "proactive" one and that's not how it should be, I think. I've said it elsewhere: You're never going to make everyone happy. Go all-in on Rodgers and some will be mad that you've set us up for some barren years once Rodgers has left. Move on from Rodgers and start off your rebuild around Love and some will be mad that you've let such a talented player walk and have chosen to "reset" your team. I get that. Ironically, it seems like Gute is the one who doesn't understand this - who seems to think there exists some course of action that will please everyone, but of course that's just not true.