The blame game has started for the Green Bay Packers. Some fans hope the Packers search for Jordan Love's replacement. Others want Matt LaFleur gone. There have even been calls to burn it to the ground and start over.
In reality, there are various reasons for the Packers' offensive woes and concerning performances over the past four games.
LaFleur has made mistakes. So has Love. General manager Brian Gutekunst also deserves a share of the blame. While he has pulled off some excellent moves during his tenure, Gutekunst is at fault for setting Love up to fail this season.
Let's explore that. Here are five mistakes Gutekunst should want back.
5. Surrounding Jordan Love with a historically inexperienced offense
Getting younger on offense makes sense. This group can grow together with their quarterback. It's a great idea, in theory. But Gutekunst took it too far. ESPN's Bill Barnwell noted that Green Bay's offense could feature the "least-experienced passing attack in modern league history."
According to Barnwell, the average age of Packers receivers and tight ends is 23.4. Since 1990, only the 0-16 Cleveland Browns had a younger group.
For all their talent, the rookie mistakes are becoming inexcusable. Last season, Aaron Rodgers had to regularly overcome multiple receivers running wrong routes, miscommunications, and players not understanding their assignments. Gutekunst's answer was to get even less experienced on offense.
How often this season have two Packers receivers run the same route? How can the Packers properly evaluate Love when the players around him can't even do the basics? On almost every play, at least one player makes an avoidable mistake. It comes down to inexperience, and that falls on Gutekunst.
Getting younger on offense makes sense, especially with a young quarterback. But there needed to be a better balance. A reliable veteran pass catcher and leader in the receiver room could have helped calm things down when the Packers lost their way offensively.