A report from ESPN is saying that Packers' general manager, Brian Gutekunst, made the push for first-round quarterback, not head coach Matt LaFleur. (ESPN)
There was a lot of head-scratching when the Packers drafted a quarterback in the first round of this years' draft, ignoring glaring weaknesses at wide receiver that could put them in win-now mode during Aaron Rodgers' twilight. Even though Gutekunst is a newer GM, he studied under Ted Thompson who has been with the Packers organization since 1992 and famously drafted Aaron Rodgers in the first round when Hall of Famer Brett Favre was only 35-years-old. It looks like Gutekunst took a page from Thompson's playbook when drafting Love this year. The Packers have historically looked years ahead when building their roster, preferring to draft and develop players rather than searching in free agency and trade for short-term solutions. There will certainly be a lot of speculation about if and when Love will dethrone Rodgers as the Packers' franchise quarterback, but his job should be safe for awhile. Per LaFleur, "Aaron is a pro, and he's the leader of our football team, and I anticipate that for a really long time."