The Green Bay Packers are facing some challenges. The Detroit Lions defeated Matt LaFleur’s team 15-9 on Sunday, dropping them to 3-6 and putting them 4.5 games behind the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC North. The Packers are currently on a five-game losing run, which is the longest active losing streak in the NFL.
What if the Packers’ season doesn’t improve? What if they unexpectedly fall out of the playoff race? If Green Bay loses its next three games, LeRoy Butler, a Packers Hall of Fame safety, believes the team should bench star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and give Jordan Love an opportunity to show what he can do.
Butler responded, “OK, let’s suppose you drop three more games. Put that in perspective. Oh my goodness, you have the Cowboys’ best defense, the defense, Micah Parsons. When they place my name in the ring of honor, you then play the Titans. They acquired a rookie quarterback. The Eagles, the top team in the league, come after you as well because of that defense.
“Since there are no playoffs after that, you must eventually insert Jordan Love if you have dropped those games. You aren’t in the playoffs because there aren’t any. Jordan Love’s ability to play must be ascertained at some time since Aaron Rodgers’ contract prevents you from getting rid of him. Jordan Love can be hired, though, so you can at least have a sense of the job you’ll have in a few years.”
It’s a fascinating discussion. Rodgers is 38 years old (he will turn 39 on December 2) and still bound by his two-year contract. It might be a good idea to keep him around if the Packers don’t make the playoffs. Regarding Love, he has a fourth-year option for 2024 that must be exercised or rejected this offseason. He is under contract for one more year after that. No one is entirely sure what Green Bay has in Love after just one career start.
Butler claims that Rodgers should give up on the season and take a seat, though it is difficult to picture that happening.