5 decisions by Packers GM Brian Gutekunst that screwed Jordan Love

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4. Failing to fix interior offensive line concerns

Historically, the Packers have an excellent track record of drafting offensive linemen. Gutekunst, too, has continued that trend for the most part. His selections of Elgton Jenkins, Jon Runyan, and Zach Tom deserve applause, but Gutekunst hasn't adequately addressed the interior offensive line issues in recent offseasons.

The Packers spent a fourth-round pick on Royce Newman. He has become unplayable. They haven't trusted 2022 third-rounder Sean Rhyan enough to give him snaps, no matter how bad things have gotten at guard. Gutekunst didn't even draft an offensive lineman this year, which was a complete oversight.

Gutekunst allowed veteran starters like Corey Linsley, Lucas Patrick, and Lane Taylor to depart and failed to replace them. He had a chance to swap All-Pro center for All-Pro center in 2021. After letting Linsley walk in free agency, Gutekunst could've drafted Creed Humphrey. Instead, he went with Josh Myers. The Kansas City Chiefs gladly selected Humphrey a pick later.

Jenkins and Runyan form a solid guard tandem despite their struggles this season, but the depth behind them is paper-thin. Zach Tom can play there, but the Packers drafted him to play tackle. The Packers are one injury away from starting either Newman or Rhyan.

This season, poor run-blocking from the entire offensive line, particularly from the interior positions, has destroyed the Packers' run game. It was supposed to be a strength they could lean on to help Jordan Love. A solid ground game opens up play-action, where Love has found success.

The Broncos didn't respect the Packers' rushing attack in Week 7, and why would they? The Packers rank 29th in run block win rate, per ESPN. Gutekunst's failure to rebuild the interior offensive line is hurting this offense.