OTAs still meaningful for Jordan Love

Jordan Love has handled adversity like a pro. He'll get another chance to show improvement during OTAs.

It hasn't been the most picture-perfect start to Jordan Love's NFL career.

The 2020 first round draft pick for the Green Bay Packers has had his fair-share of highs and lows.

Love didn't ask to get thrown into the fire at a time when the franchise's Hall of Fame quarterback already was disgruntled with the organization. And I'm sure he didn't exactly enjoy being in the middle of the will-he/won't-he drama of 12 returning to play for the Packers before last season.

Preparing to be the starter during the 2021 offseason, then staying ready as Rodgers' backup during the year and eventually playing in the NFL's loudest stadium against the defending AFC champions for his first career start wasn't ideal for the former Utah State standout.

While his limited play on the field has drawn mixed reviews, one thing Packers fans can't complain about is how he's handled all of the situations.

Love has shown time and time again that he has the resolve of a starting quarterback in the league. He's kept his head down and only been positive in tough spots.

Love said all the right things again on Tuesday at the second day of the Packers OTAs about Rodgers' three-year contract extension he signed over the offseason.

"I was super happy for Aaron," Love said. "Obviously the dude deserves it. Look at what he's done the last two years. Personally, for me, it just means that I'm about to be a backup again for this year. That's all I can control right now. I was happy for Aaron, but at the same time, it's like 'ah.' You know?"

This year isn't necessarily a make-or-break year for Love, but heading into the third year of his contract, it's going to be important for him to show Packers' brass his continued improvement in season three.

And Rodgers' contract is admittedly more year-to-year than one that's completely set-in-stone.

So, with Rodgers' absence again at voluntary offseason workouts this week, Love will once again get first-team reps. Which makes practices that many league veterans find relatively meaningless still incredibly important to Love.

I'll be excited to read about his progress and happy to see him succeed if (or when) he gets another opportunity.

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Gunnar Davis is a lifelong Packers fan and a recent graduate of Simpson College, where he was a 3-year letterwinner on the offensive line and graduated with a degree in multimedia communications. You can follow him on Twitter at @Gunnar57Davis.

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ricky's picture

May 25, 2022 at 12:12 pm

The Packers have a decision to make. Is Love the presumptive starter when Rodgers leaves? Or will he be a draft mistake that will leave the Packers, like so many other teams, searching desperately for a QB? That is the real question. And only the Packers brass and coaches are privy to that information. As fans, we can offer educated guesses, and hope for the best.

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croatpackfan's picture

May 25, 2022 at 03:02 pm

"As fans, we can offer educated guesses, and hope for the best."

Well, I have to ask what is the foundation of that "educated" guesses? What do we know about Jordan Love technique level, skill level, knowledge of offenses and defenses. We saw him playing 1 and half game.

That 1st game he played by demands to be at Aaron Rodgers level (I was able to tell before that game that he will not be able to do that) from his HC. Who prepared game plan believing Aaron Rodgers will play and did not adjust a thing to help young guy to have at least a chance. Fact is that his record from that game was a bad one, but still his record was better than the one from Mahomes playing opposite side of the same game. Nothing to conclude from that game about Jordan Love...

Second half of the 2nd game he played tells us also nothing, except that he outplayed Aaron Rodgers who was playing 1st half of the same game. AR played behind starters and with starting crew, still Packers was at larger deficit compared with 2nd half outcome. Jordan Love led Packers playing with 2nd and 3rd stringers against starters (the same team played against AR in the first half) and brought Packers to cut that deficit in result left from AR and starters (Packers actually lost 1st half 17:13, 2nd half 20:17), just to see bunch of guys on D who never play together to let Lions marching across the field to score winning TD. Again, nothing to conclude about Jordan Love capabilities...

So, what we trully knows about Jordan Love and his capability to become starter at QB in NFL? I say nothing, so if we do not know nothing about relevant facts how we can make educated gusses?

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mnbadger's picture

May 25, 2022 at 12:18 pm

I disagree Ricky, the Packers have no decision to make this at QB position. Perennial All Pro and future 1st ballot HoF'r and a clear tier of backups. This position is more locked in than even punter.
The future is up in the air at QB like every other position on this team and all teams. Remember, nfl stands for Not for Long. JLove needs to work at his craft like he's going to start every game. The rest is out of his control. GPG!

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ricky's picture

May 25, 2022 at 06:13 pm

The question hanging over everything is how long will Rodgers be the starter? And when he leaves, which is inevitable, will Love be able to become an effective QB? Because we don't know. When Rodgers was the backup to Favre, the team decided to go with the younger player. This time, with Love as the backup, they've bent over backwards to keep Rodgers around. This would seem to indicate they don't think Love is the answer right now. Will he be in a year or two? That is my question.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

May 26, 2022 at 10:08 am

There is a major difference you are forgetting. Favre had been toying with retirement for some time, and then announced his retirement. This happened prior to Rodgers being named the starter.

In the current situation, they drafted a possible heir as #12 was not being an effective as he had been earlier in his career. Then #12 went out and won two MVP awards in a row. So I don't think it is a commentary on Love that they re-signed Rodgers. He clearly still has the skills. The last thing GB wanted to have happen is to trade Rodgers and have him go to a loaded team and win a Super Bowl.

Also, Rodgers had 3 long offseasons early in his career, with the famed McCarthy QB school. Love had a zero off season as a rookie in the COVID year and then one true offseason last year. Wanting to give him time to develop is not a bad idea given the investment made in him.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

May 25, 2022 at 01:13 pm

You got this J-Love! Work hard on your craft, be respectful, be humble and be you....it all will fall into place one way or the other...in Green Bay or some place else. I will be cheering for you and hope you get to stay in Green Bay to prove yourself. If not, your journey is just beginning either way....

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jhtobias's picture

May 25, 2022 at 01:20 pm

Through out this whole ordeal the only person i feel sympathy for is Jordan Love.

Yes he has been able to collect a nice paycheck, but im sure he wanted his oppurtunity to suceed or fail in the nfl on his own.

Poor guy has to hear he sucks because he cant beat out the back to back mvp.

I hope Jordan gets his oppurtunity soon and honestly could care a less what the packers get in return via compensation. Young man deserves his oppurtunity not be held hostage by multiple egos in this organization.

Packers are for the most part a top notch organization, but not with Jordan.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

May 26, 2022 at 10:11 am

This is the EXACT scenario that happened with Rodgers. He had 3 seasons to develop. So has Love. How is that a bad thing? By all accounts, Love was very raw, though very talented, when drafted. That's why some did not see him being valued as high. He was always going to need time to develop and then COVID cut the first offseason very short, which was tough on a rookie learning the offense.

Nobody is saying he sucks, except ridiculous fans who can't see what is happening in practice to know if he is growing in his skills.

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ImaPayne's picture

May 25, 2022 at 01:20 pm

Love is what he is, a guy who bench sits waiting for his turn. Nothing more nothing less. I admit I have zero idea if this kid is any good. None of us will know that until he has to do it in real team action play that counts.
I hope he isnt another Hundley, cant read a d to save his life and cant pass very well. Hundley came with great pedigre but the GB analyst made big mistakes. Yes he made a ton of passes. However, they averaged only 8 to 10 yards, so he passed a lot to slant receivers and not down field. Thus the incredible pass percentage Ted drolled over.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 26, 2022 at 01:31 pm

Hundley is a guy we took a shot on with a Day 3 pick. We did our best, but he clearly wasn't very good when he was needed. Love was a consensus 1st round pick. He was a better college QB. He has better measurables. He's better.

For me, personally, Hundley was a great disappointment. I was sure he'd play better than that. He had a pretty good team around him, but he's just not an NFL QB. He's still in the league. In the wonderful world of what if, if he had actually played well and gotten us into the playoffs after Rodgers got hurt, it might have set the team up for a really good trade.

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HarryHodag's picture

May 25, 2022 at 01:26 pm

An interesting situation could develop for the Packers. Rodgers could play the next three years. Love's contract with the Packers will likely run three more seasons. Love could refuse a new contract even though he would possibly have first dibs on the Packers starting job. The Packers would likely need to draft a QB high in 2023 just to protect themselves which could also expedite Love out the door.

It all depends on Rodgers' decision before what could be a string of dominoes fall.

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 25, 2022 at 05:15 pm

Love's contract is up after next year. There is no way they pick up his 5th year option with Rodgers on the team. Trading him after this season is the best option.

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HarryHodag's picture

May 26, 2022 at 03:34 pm

I stand corrected. There's a team option for 2024. So if the Packers pick up the fifth year and Rodgers stays on, it's five years as a backup before he hits UFA in 2025. My question is if the Packers don't pick up the option and Rodgers stays three years, who plays QB in 2025?

Trading makes sense IF there's a talent who can compete. Look at the struggles teams had this year finding talent. Top shelf QB's don't grow on trees. That's why I think Rodgers is not around now. The team wants to give JL as many reps as possible.

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jont's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:16 pm

I can't see how GB doesn't draft a QB next year.
Any idea who'll be available, anybody already looking to next year's draft class?

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PatrickGB's picture

May 25, 2022 at 03:50 pm

The only way to find out is to keep him practicing and learning and adjusting to the game. There is no way that’s going to happen with Rodgers healthy and active. This, and the preseason is the perfect time to work and teach him. As a Packers fan I have been spoiled by decades of superior QB’s. So I know what one looks like. Jordan is not there yet and may never be. I just want him to keep getting better and more consistent. By all accounts he has the tools he just needs to be consistent with them. Practice and playing time will show him for what he is.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 25, 2022 at 05:07 pm

Through his first two seasons, he’s outperformed what Rodgers did. I don’t think he’s going to get worse in a year. He might actually get better. Rodgers improved by his 3rd season, and he looked ready against Dallas, and we went with Rodgers the next season instead of the expensive vet who had come up short….again.

If Rodgers isn’t MVP caliber, or we don’t go to the Super Bowl, I kind of think we’re going to be in a very similar situation.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 25, 2022 at 06:13 pm

The Love haters out there conveniently forget, or were too young to remember (assuming they were even born yet), just how bad Rodgers was his first 2 years of his career. Love is likely ahead of Rodgers' development arc at this point and people want to throw in the towel now? Welcome to Nutsville.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

May 25, 2022 at 07:00 pm

I want him to have a chance in GB. But, there is so much out of his control. I just hope he keeps grinding...he seems to have that in him.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 10:48 am

His chance in GB will come. There's a 0% chance the Packers let him leave. I think they went all-in on keeping Rodgers this past year just to get Love that 3rd year of development like Rodgers had. Also, Packers can get out from under Rodgers' contract after this season with minimal penalty.

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greengold's picture

May 25, 2022 at 07:20 pm

OMG. Hearing Rodgers booed at Lambeau…!

Yeah. People also conveniently forget how many drops Davante Adams had his first 3 seasons. All draftees require development in positional techniques.

All I know is the players Gutekunst brought in look very promising. Just hoping for the best for all of them. I can’t wait to see them play. Love going up to practice whenever I can to take it all in.

Jordan Love is showing some solid maturity, and has to be stoked for the reps.

Great points, RTS.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

May 26, 2022 at 10:16 am

Right? According to fans we should have cut Adams and Gary (wasted draft picks), and Jordy had issues with drops as well. Robert Tonyan went undrafted and then lead the league in scores by a TE his third full year.

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Bitternotsour's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:15 pm

a difference from the Rodger/Love dynamic is that McCarthy was wholly committed to Rodgers development, had significantly more practice/training time available. Rodgers was smart and built his home into a gathering spot for the younger players. I'm hoping Love is doing similar things. When Rodgers got the job, the team was all-in. Hopefully the same thing holds true. MLF is not McCarthy. I'm glad we got McCarthy's old QB coach back, should bode well for Love.

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Bitternotsour's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:15 pm

a difference from the Rodger/Love dynamic is that McCarthy was wholly committed to Rodgers development, had significantly more practice/training time available. Rodgers was smart and built his home into a gathering spot for the younger players. I'm hoping Love is doing similar things. When Rodgers got the job, the team was all-in. Hopefully the same thing holds true. MLF is not McCarthy. I'm glad we got McCarthy's old QB coach back, should bode well for Love.

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greengold's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:36 pm

Stellar, Bitternotsour.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 05:08 pm

MLF may not be Mccarthy, but he approved of drafting Love. You better believe he's committed to Love's development just like Mccarthy was with Rodgers.

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Bitternotsour's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:15 pm

a difference from the Rodger/Love dynamic is that McCarthy was wholly committed to Rodgers development, had significantly more practice/training time available. Rodgers was smart and built his home into a gathering spot for the younger players. I'm hoping Love is doing similar things. When Rodgers got the job, the team was all-in. Hopefully the same thing holds true. MLF is not McCarthy. I'm glad we got McCarthy's old QB coach back, should bode well for Love.

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PatrickGB's picture

May 26, 2022 at 08:01 am

Incredibly small sample size to say he actually outperformed Rodgers. But I like your optimism. Reports from camp have him up and down. He will throw some great balls and then an unexpected blooper. Reports from the coaches note that he needs to be more consistent. I can foresee him having a great arm making good passes and throwing a good deal more interceptions than Rodgers ever did or ever will. He may be more of a Farve than a Rodgers . And I would be ok with that.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 27, 2022 at 11:02 am

Everybody is up and down in camp. You're wearing shorts. Coaches are always preaching consistency, which is why Dean Lowry plays so many snaps for us. It's nice to know what you can count on from this guy on the field.

There has never been a QB in NFL history who was better at protecting the ball than Aaron Rodgers, so yeah, I think it's a safe assumption that our next QB will throw more picks than Rodgers. It is ironic, in the extreme, that the worst QB in history at protecting the ball was followed by the best with largely similar results: Good seasons, MVPs, a Super Bowl ring, some unpleasant playoff losses and a ten year drought after his last Super Bowl appearance.

IMO, nothing is more important on offense than protecting the ball. Falling down three straight times will at least give your defense a brief rest , but turning it over just kills everything, so I'm hoping that Love can do that. Protect the ball, execute the offense, let your RBs and WRs and TEs do the work.

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 25, 2022 at 05:12 pm

Maybe the more practice he gets the more they will be able to trade him for next year.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 25, 2022 at 06:09 pm

So Love improves and your response is to trade him? That makes no sense.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 25, 2022 at 09:04 pm

So you have a good, young QB and you trade him away so you can draft and develop another QB?🤔

Because having a competent backup is unnecessary if Rodgers is the starter 🤔🤔

And it’s certain whoever we draft will be a significant upgrade???

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 26, 2022 at 01:51 am

Just explain to me how you're going to pay both of them and I'll say you're right. You'd rather let Love walk for free after 2023 than get something for him after this year? You really think he'll be happy to sit on the bench for 4 years and then resign with the Packers for backup pay? There is no way they're picking up his 5th year $20 million option unless Rodgers retires after this year. NO WAY.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 10:54 am

Mark Murphy publicly stated Rodgers' contract is basically 3 1-year contracts rolled into a single contract and that Rodgers is year to year. Theres no guarantee Rodgers comes back next year which makes Love's development that much more important for this team. Theres no guarantee Rodgers even stays healthy and finishes this season. Their sole focus with Love is about getting him ready to play if and when he's needed. I doubt trading him was ever seriously considered.

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 26, 2022 at 01:53 am

Ok. You explain to me how they're going to pick up his 5th year option next year? Pay him and Rodgers $70 million in 2024? I'd do think Love will sign a reduced contract to stay with a team that hasn't given him playing time? There's a think called FA and if I was Love I'd be pissed to sit on the bench for 4 years. I'd definitely be looking for new opportunities.

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croatpackfan's picture

May 26, 2022 at 07:49 am

Thank God you are not Jordan Love...

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Leatherhead's picture

May 26, 2022 at 11:07 am

A fair and honest question. Here's my best explanation.

Eventually, certainly, absolutely, the day will come when somebody other than Aaron Rodgers is the QB of the Packers. That day could happen in the home opener against Chicago, later in the season, after the season, or the next, or the next......

The organization should be preparing for that day. They should draft a legitimate talent. They should develop him and take their time. They should put the best possible team around the QB for that day. They shouldn't stumble around frantically in search of the next guy,(I could name some specific franchises here, some in our own division) they should be methodical and use all the resources of the org. to help him be the best guy possible when his moment arrived.

I do not know the cost of Love's 5th year option, but I will dig on that until I do. It's a good question. But I'll start with the $70million mark for 2024 and agree that it's highly unlikely they do that, so my assumption is that Rodgers is not our starting QB in 2024. I do not know about 2023 other than it will depend on what happens this year.(Edit: It looks like the 5th year option is going run around $20 million for Love, who's making only (a couple of million now). We do have until well after the end of this season until we'd have to make the decision on Love, and that's the proper time for that decision.

Regarding Love being pissed at having to wait to become the starting QB of the Green Bay Packers, how he or you or I feels about something is up to us. I have no idea what Love would choose, and you've told me you'd be pissed. I'd be thinking "I'm in my mid-20s, as strong and healthy as a professional athlete, a multimillionaire, and I'm doing something I love, travelling around and spending money, chicks are giving me a pair of their panties with their phone #s on it......."

Yeah, Pissed. If that's your choice, fine. Me? I'm going to pick up the ball and run.

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greengold's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:33 pm

Rock solid, LH.

Genesis of GB’s “succession plan” started during Wolf and evolved thru Thompson. May seem long ago to some, but not to me. Prior to the real succession occurring in 2005, we had rock solid QB development plans under Holmgren for use in trade.

Prior to that? It was a kind of shit show after Lombardi left through Wolf. We lucked out with Lynn Dickey, who was a solid performer.

Point is, nothing’s written in stone when Love needs to take over. They’ll work it out. I find it a smart plan. Who knows today what will happen? No one. At least, they’ve planned well. QB2 is a good talent entering his 3rd season in system.

Could there be a better situation for learning QB play than being behind Aaron Rodgers, with LaFleur? There’s a chance Love is learning more things, more important aspects to decade level success, than those rookies thrown into the fire.

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 26, 2022 at 05:43 pm

If Love wasn't a competitor he wouldn't be in the NFL. Competitors don't like to sit on the bench.

Anyway it's simple economics, as long as Rodgers is on the Packers they will not pick up Love's 5th year. It's cap suicide to do so. And after the 4th year he is just as likely to go to another team as stay with the Packers. Moreso in my opinion.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 30, 2022 at 02:01 am

At some point soon the smart play is to trade Love, barring him looking really good in 2022. The problem with drafting Love was always the timing.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 30, 2022 at 01:58 am

Me? I'd be making some phone calls.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 02:57 pm

The obvious answer is they cant and wont pay both which means a decision will have to be made, assuming Rodgers doesnt make the decision for them and choose to retire.

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greengold's picture

May 27, 2022 at 12:13 pm

This is it here. If Rodgers somehow leads this team to a Super Bowl win, he's likely to return for another shot. If something like that happens, and they win back to back...? Then the script may change.

Nothing to do about all of this. Just let it play out.

In the meantime, we have what I consider to be a solid backup for Rodgers should he be needed. Jordan Love IS a competitor, and I have faith he can close the deal with the right guidance.

*LaFleur went out of his way to criticize himself for how he called Love's first start against the Chiefs, and rightly so. It was a HORRIBLE job by our HC, add in his failure to adjust to the non-stop pass rush. That was idiotic play calling and game management, and I think he knows that.

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May 25, 2022 at 06:35 pm

Do you really think that if Love had shown anything the FO would have allowed Diva to hijack the team and empty the vault? They know what they got and they aren’t happy. I don’t care how well he does at press conferences: he needs to be able to read defenses, make decisions quickly, and throw an accurate pass once in awhile. So far, he hasn’t done that on a regular basis.

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egbertsouse's picture

May 25, 2022 at 06:35 pm

Do you really think that if Love had shown anything the FO would have allowed Diva to hijack the team and empty the vault? They know what they got and they aren’t happy. I don’t care how well he does at press conferences: he needs to be able to read defenses, make decisions quickly, and throw an accurate pass once in awhile. So far, he hasn’t done that on a regular basis.

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croatpackfan's picture

May 26, 2022 at 07:58 am

Yes, I believe Mike Murphy wants SB title while he is still CEO. For that he will accept all dangerous contracts just to fulfill his "need". Just he forget that people are evaluated what they will leave behind them, not what they accomplish while they are on the top of decision making.

And, what is also fact, they would not win SB in 2-3 year span with Jordan Love. We all knows that AR needed 5 years to accomplish that.

What puzzling me is that I truly believe that Packers will not win SB with AR, as father time will take ove, as we all knows...

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murf7777's picture

May 26, 2022 at 08:19 am

Father Time worked out alright with Manning and Brady, so there isn’t any reason to think Rodgers can’t do the same. Both had great Defenses and I think that is where Packers are headed.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

May 26, 2022 at 10:22 am

The diva? You mean the two year in a row MVP, Hall of Fame franchise QB? What idiotic front office is going to get rid of a guy with Rodgers talent? Then #12 goes out and wins a title for another team. You think Gutey keeps his job in that scenario? As long as Rodgers is effective, you go with the vet.

Look at NE, NYG, BAL and NO without their Super Bowl winning franchise QBs. They are struggling to even make the playoffs. And we'll see how PIT does without Ben. Maybe they found their guy. But when you have a generational talent, you stick with it b/c he gives you the absolute best shot at winning it all. Look at the QBs that made it deep in the playoffs.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

May 30, 2022 at 02:07 am

This seems overwhelmingly obvious to me. I see a couple of downvotes. Well, I suppose it is possible for it to work out better going the opposite way, but I don't like the odds.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 11:03 am

They did it to buy Love a 3rd year of development just like Rodgers had, which just so happened to be the year Rodgers finally turned the corner after showing next to nothing his first 2 years. Murphy and Gutekunst were both there to witness Rodgers turn that corner and likely believe Love will do something similar this season.

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greengold's picture

May 25, 2022 at 07:24 pm

Wow, Gunnar, great piece. I feel the same, and believe in him. As Tom Clements said, “every rep is valuable.”

I’m looking forward to the season, and trust both QB1 & QB2 will improve, with all the added talent, and a more filled out group on D for Joe Barry. Improved D should provide more possessions. Should be fun.

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NoNonsense's picture

May 25, 2022 at 07:21 pm

Well his first season was basically ruined by covid. He didn't get OTAs, a real training camp or the preseason. Then he was inactive all year as the 3rd QB.

So for all intents and purposes this is only his 2nd year in the league. Yeah he got some practice time in his first year but how many reps does the 3rd QB get during the regular season?

I expect to see a big difference in his play this year. If we don't see a big improvement in his play than it might be time to worry but Rodgers didn't start playing well until his 3rd year and only won 6 games his first year starting.

Way too early to make any logical conclusion about Love at this point.

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LLCHESTY's picture

May 26, 2022 at 01:54 am

It didn't seem to hurt Burrow and Herbert in their 1st years. That's a cop out.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 11:10 am

Both those guys were more pro ready. Not to mention, they were getting 1st team reps right away when Love was running the scout team. Everyone knew Love would be a multi-year project which is why the Packers have taken the slow approach to his development. You always hear about "project" players being drafted but how often are they actually given the proper time to sit and learn their craft? Almost never, especially not at qb. Packers might be the only team patient enough to properly see it through. Seeing as their patient approach towards developing qbs has led to no less than 5 pro bowl qbs over the last 30 years, my money is on Love turning the corner and becoming a star. Nobody develops qbs like the Packers. Maybe you dont believe in Love, well believe in this organization. There's one thing they know more than any other team and thats how to develop a quarterback.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 26, 2022 at 01:17 pm

"Nobody develops qbs like the Packers."

Look at Chicago. A lineage of LBs like Butkus and Singletary and Goddam Urlacher, a lineage of QBs like Jay Cutler, Rex Chapman, and Mitch Trubisky.,

Organizations have a "way" they like to do things. Looking at what we did with the previous QB ,and Rodgers, and now Love. Get a premium QB and let him develop until he's needed. So we develop our QBs on the bench while Chicago and Detroi do it on the field----because they're needed now. The Purple has spent high picks on QBs, like Culpicklepepper, and Ponder, and Bilgewater. They've signed FA, like Cousins and the former Packer QB. Nothing works, because they're cursed.

I like the Packer way. If it stops working, I might not like it as much, but we've put a pretty good QB on the field for just about every game in the last 30 years. I agree with you....if you can't believe in love, then believe in the organization.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 02:48 pm

Its more than just Favre and Rodgers tho. Many forget they also drafted and developed Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselbeck, and Aaron Brooks too. All 3 played in at least 1 pro bowl, Brunell put the expansion Jaguars on the map, and Hasselbeck started a super bowl. Agree with your statement tho. Packers treat the qb position like a multi-year trade apprenticeship the way it should be. For every Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck (guys whom the Packers will NEVER have a chance to draft) who are ready to play right away, theres 100 Christian Ponders who have no business playing their first 2-3 years. I often wonder what some of the guys who ended up being busts wouldve become had they been given the proper timeline to develop. Inversely, I also wonder what wouldve happened to a player like Rodgers had he been forced to play right away for a lesser team. Putting qb's in a position to learn and then succeed is like 90% of the battle when it comes to development. Packers understand this better than any other team by a wide margain.

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jont's picture

May 26, 2022 at 04:22 pm

Ty Detmer and Kurt Warner also went through the GB QB room.

You can never have too many QB prospects in development.

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

May 26, 2022 at 05:03 pm

Also true.

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Leatherhead's picture

May 27, 2022 at 11:08 am

True. I've never heard of a team that had too many capable QBs. Yet people on this site, in this thread, are saying we should just trade one away for less than we used to get him. The years of developing him? Not as valuable a 2nd round pick, apparently.

So let's use a first and a fourth, draft a blue chip, develop him for two years, and then trade him away for a Day Two pick so that we can draft and develop another guy. That seems like a loss to me, but some people seem to like it. I'm glad they aren't managing my retirement portfolio.

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TheVOR's picture

May 25, 2022 at 08:23 pm

Love is not an NFL QB. Trade quick before the value is absolute NOTHING! Dude does not have or exhibit any form of “IT FACTOR”. Worthless draft pick.

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Mark King's picture

May 26, 2022 at 07:12 am

Great Article !! I could not agree More !! NOW is Good !!

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