So much for 2023 articles comparing Jordan Love’s stats with Aaron Rodgers in 2023. Rodgers finished his first and only game as a Jet in 4 snaps. His game stats went 0-1 with a sack.
His QBR: 2.6. For that contribution to the Jets’ season the Packers will accumulate a Jets second-round draft pick next year, a two-position (15 to 13) draft pick trade up that ended up as Lucas Van Ness, Second round pick Luke Musgrave, and sixth round pick kicker Anders Carlson. If Rodgers does not come back next year for the Jets and play at a Super Bowl caliber level, his name could become the trivia answer for who was involved in the worst trade in Jet history.
Dark room meditation sessions and Ayahuasca tea drinking parties never saw this coming. The “beautiful dream” that Rodgers called his Jets experience was lacking two important pieces. A pass blocking scheme that recognized his penchant for holding onto the ball a bit longer than many QB’s in the league, and offensive tackles that were the caliber of Green Bay’s.
The blocking scheme used by the Jets required tackles to cut block outside pass rushers on three step drop pass attempts. The technique was used in all three attempts by Rodgers in his 2023 campaign. In all three pass attempts Rodgers was hit. The first attempt he had to run for his life and was nearly sacked. The pass was a throw-away to save himself. Three drop backs. Three significant QB hits. One season ending injury.
Perhaps the nay-sayers who rip Mr. Gutekunst over on Lombardi Avenue should give him a pass on this trade and his focus on drafting offensive lineman. He has drafted for defense with his first pick in every draft except the Jordan Love draft of 2020. His drafting of Elgton Jenkins in second round and Jon Runyan in the sixth the following year has helped solidify the offensive line. Add on Zach Tom and Rasheed Walker and you may have future book end tackles drafted in the fourth and seventh round respectively.
Josh Meyers seems to be struggling but is still a starting center drafted by Gutekunst. While fans and critics will point to busts like Cole Madison and Simon Stepaniak, the method employed by Gutekunst, multiple picks on offensive lineman often in the same draft, recognizes the nature of draft picks and their failure rate. He keeps drafting them even when he seems to have a full roster. Competition creates success.
The Packers had a great first game against Chicago, but this is the youngest team in the NFL, burdened by a 50 million dollar dead cap hit. If they win this year, it will just add to the experience and confidence for next year.
Their former Star quarterback left them with, then promptly reworked and lowered for his new team, a fifty million dead cap gift. For the last three years it has felt like Rodgers did not appreciate the Green Bay organization, specifically their GM and President. Will he have time this year to ponder the results of that use of his energy? For the Packers, all of that is water under the bridge.
The trade of a future hall of farmer who is the oldest player in the NFL looks pretty good on Tuesday Sept. 12, 2023. Now Packer fans no longer need to root for the Jets to win this season. They can focus on the Green and Gold for better or worse. Gutekunst made a trade that could have haunted him for the rest of what could have been a shortened career. He made a tough decision on a great player that did not seem fully committed to the Green Bay Packers.
He got a good package in trade. Will he lose sleep over Rodger’s injury? Oddsmakers would not take that bet. As any GM will tell you…After all, it’s a business.