Matt LaFleur Needs to Stop Changing His Story on the Jordan Love Pick

Matt LaFleur
Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur | Harry How/Getty Images

We're really trying our hardest to come around to the Green Bay Packers' widely-berated decision to forfeit a fourth-round pick to move up in the first round to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love at No. 26 overall in the 2020 Draft. The negatives far outweigh the positives, but it's really not difficult to comprehend why general manager Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur elected to nab Aaron Rodgers' successor.

However, what's absolutely maddening is the fact that LaFleur keeps seesawing on his recollection of Green Bay's decision to draft the 21-year-old gunslinger. The second-year HC laughably claimed that Love was the best player available on the Packers' draft board.

"It was just one of those situations where there were a couple of guys targeted that had just been previously been picked and Jordan was the next guy on the board, and so we went with the best player at the time," LaFleur told ESPN radio in Wisconsin.

Fans in Green Bay have every right to pull their hair out after reading that quote. There's just no way that we can believe that the Packers, which rosters one of the greatest quarterback talents of all time in Rodgers, had no choice but to select Love, who threw for 20 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions playing the Mountain West last season.

LaFleur's recollection just doesn't line up with what actually transpired on Draft Day. Inferring that Love wasn't too good to pass up -- that he was just the next prospect on their big board -- is an awful look for the 40-year-old.

If he's trying to make nice with Rodgers, well, it's probably too late for that.