Jordan Love: All I can really do is learn as much as I can

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers‘ press conference after the NFC Championship Game spurred a new round of discussion about how much longer he’ll be the starter in Green Bay.

That was a popular topic last April when Jordan Love was drafted in the first round and General Manager Brian Gutekunst responded to the recent flare up this week by saying he expects Rodgers to remain the offensive leader for the “next few years.”

Plans can change, but that wouldn’t leave much room for Love to play if they don’t. On Tuesday, Love said he can’t do much but work to improve while everything plays out.

“The situation I’m in, they brought me in to learn as much as I can, and that’s really all I can do,” Love said, via CBSSports.com. “I don’t make those calls; they do. Obviously, [like] anybody, you wanna be out there competing. The way I look at it, if I’m not ready to be out there, then I have to keep working. I mean, I definitely grew a lot during the season. It’s a lot when you first get there, your head’s kinda spinning, but once you get your feet into it and get through the season, your confidence gains.”

Watching how Rodgers handles his business has been a big part of Love’s football education and this offseason could bring more clarity to how long he’ll be in that mode for the Packers.

75 responses to “Jordan Love: All I can really do is learn as much as I can

  1. Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!

  2. I’m sure Rodgers is being a great teammate and imparting all sorts of wisdom on his young counterpart. Yeah, sure he is….

  3. Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!

    Had Justin Jefferson been available when the Packers picked, they would have jumped on the opportunity with both feet. Unfortunately, a team with a perpetually inferior record (with an inferiority complex-suffused fanbase to match) got there first.

  4. Screw that. I would be mad as heck. Draft me to sit for 5 years? Uh, no thanks. Trade me.

  5. Drama queen Rodgers made sure he was the big news during Superbowl week. Good for his brand, bad for decency. What a diva.

  6. Thanks for acknowledging you’re a buffoon. Jefferson went at pick #22, Packers traded UP to #26 for Love. Let that sink in… Love was a boom/bust pick dependent on if he did NOT have to start right away. Packers will allow him a backseat to future-Hall-of-Famer Rodgers for a few years, at which point he’ll start for the Packers or some QB-needy team.

    “ariani1985 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!”

  7. “”Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!””

    Packers passed on Jefferson?? Jefferson taken #22, Love taken #26. I did not agree with the pick either but what is done, is done. Rodgers sat on the bench several years and was better for it when he did take the reigns. Can only hope that is a silver lining this time (besides the fact it lit a MVP fire in Rodgers)..

  8. Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!
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    Well, we didn’t pass on anyone as he was off the board ahead of us, because, as usual, the Vikings had a higher pick. But since you just can’t leave a Packer story alone, how about passing on Rodgers twice and spending the next 15 years doing absolutely nothing. Let that sink in!

  9. J-Love’s time will come. As he said, he is not ready yet. He is developing and has the luxury of using that time to learn from the best and grow.

    Many successful GM’s will tell you that the time to draft a QB is when you don’t need one. If you are always drafting for need, you will surely fail.

    The Packers are set up at QB for the present and the future. Most teams are set for neither.

    #GoPackGo!

  10. Rodgers was no standout his first year. Hopefully Love is good enough to replace that diva Rodgers in a few years.

  11. I mean, I definitely grew a lot during the season.
    ___
    Did they give him a bigger clipboard?

  12. ariani1985 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!
    *********
    Jordan Love will continue to learn the Quarterback position and what it takes to prepare like a pro from one of the best in the business.
    And hopefully, in time, he’ll develop into a talented, capable starter in the future.
    There simply are no guarantees, Jordan Love included, but problems like these are a good thing to have.
    One only needs to take a cursory look around the league to see just how valuable good QBs are.

    And ariana, you know as well as anyone that because the Packers played in the NFC Championship game the previous year, they were in no position to draft Jefferson unlike the Vikings.
    Thankfully Minnesota was able to snap him up before Green Bay, otherwise that horrible 7-9, 3rd place finish would have been a whole lot uglier.
    Yeah, let that sink in.

  13. In the NFL your one play away. Its happened more than once, Rodgers gets hurt and the seasons over. If they can develop him to be a quality backup and be ready if the need arises. Keep learning and get better, if it gets to year 3 and you have no future then you can start making other plans.

  14. Somebody needs to get Love in tough with Deshaun Watson. He can teach him the ropes on how to force your way out of town.

  15. Perhaps he can learn to play WR. If we had traded up to draft a stud WR like Jefferson instead of a back-up QB, we would be in the super bowl this weekend. Instead, we wasted another year of elite QBing.

  16. Make sure you cross your arms when you’re doing the Discount Double Choke

  17. For all the Packer drafting issues us Viking faithful like to pick at . . . they still have how many more victories in the big game than us? We couldn’t even get there when we thought we pulled off the coup of the century to get their castoff quarterback.

  18. I heard a lot of the same stuff when Rodgers was drafted. Most rookies do very little there first year. QB is the most important position. If Love turns into a good quarterback it will be well worth it. Look at how many quarter backs the NFC north has seen through the years of Favre and Rodgers. Lions, Vikings and Bear fans should know all to well how hard it is to find a quarterback.

  19. I think this thread has broken the single-thread record for the use of “let that sink in.”

    Just let that…

    Nope. Not gonna do it.

  20. pkrjones says:
    February 2, 2021 at 3:02 pm
    Thanks for acknowledging you’re a buffoon. Jefferson went at pick #22, Packers traded UP to #26 for Love. Let that sink in… Love was a boom/bust pick dependent on if he did NOT have to start right away. Packers will allow him a backseat to future-Hall-of-Famer Rodgers for a few years, at which point he’ll start for the Packers or some QB-needy team.
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    Start for the Packers or some QB needy team? Love couldn’t even win the backup QB job for the Packers. He was a healthy scratch all season. If your future HoF QB were to go down, wouldn’t you want the QB you just drafted in the 1st round to come in, or would you rather have Tim Boyle?

  21. Anyone can watch how Aaron Rodgers handles his business. Very few can play NFL QB at an elite level. The two have nothing in common. Love has as much physical talent as anyone I’ve seen in a long time. He’s a great athlete, and he can make every throw. He can run every play according to design, and finish it with an accurate throw. He reminded me of DeShone Kizer, or maybe even Jameis Winston. Some things even brought to mind Derek Carr. These are the kind of guys that look great at a workout or great in practice. They can even put together an impressive highlight tape of plays that went off according to how they were scripted and rehearsed in practice. If it were easy, they wouldn’t be paying QB’s $30-40 million per year. Even bad QB make over $20 million. I’m not saying I could do it. Very few human beings can. Lots of guys can do the physical stuff. Lots of guys can do the metal stuff. Few can put it all together. Those are the guys you draft high. The guys like Love get signed as free agents, or are late round picks. I’m not always right, and I hope I’m wrong in this case.

  22. Seems it’s usually Packers whiners that bring up the Vikings even when the Vikings have nothing to do with the story. Your season was just as much a failure as the Vikings season and your players are twice as obnoxious.

  23. “In the NFL your one play away.” – Except Jordan Love was third on the QB depth chart. Really dumb plan to draft someone in the first round without any plans of playing him for a few years. Maybe Packers would be in the Super Bowl this year if they used that pick at a different position.

  24. I’m cynical. I think the Packers are waiting for Rodgers next injury (for him, every 3-4 years) to play Love. If he shows any signs of being competent in those games, Rodgers will be traded the following offseason. If Rodgers has two more seasons like he just had, things will get really interesting at 1265 Lombardi. I’ll bring popcorn.

  25. Great opportunity to get paid to train and learn from a HOF QB and an innovative young coach.

  26. firstdown2 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 3:38 pm
    Seems it’s usually Packers whiners that bring up the Vikings even when the Vikings have nothing to do with the story.
    ———-
    What else do they have to do? They spend half there time on here gushing over the packers, then the other half in their fake Vikings fan names. It’s a wonder they still keep up on emojis and hashtags better than a teenage girl!

  27. Wonder what Rodgers would have looked like his first year if he would have been called upon. Not so good I bet.

  28. sadchiefsfan says:
    February 2, 2021 at 2:57 pm
    Drama queen Rodgers made sure he was the big news
    _____
    No the media did, and why not, people love talking about him and the Packers, the SB was 2 weeks away, you think they just wanted to talk just about KC and TB? No that’s why Hou is a mess and Watson wants out… landing spots for Stafford?!? Whats with the new Eagles coach…

    Rodgers made a comment that gets blown out of propotion it shouldn’t be a surprise as it LITERALLY happens every week, when he does his McAffee interview.

  29. Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!

    ————————————————————

    Justin Jefferson was taken with the 22nd pick by the Vikings. If anyone should know that it should be a Viking fan like you.

  30. Not his fault that his team’s management made the idiotic decision to draft him. In the first round. After TRADING UP.

    Did they think they were outsmarting everyone and getting the next Mahomes?

    It’s nothing against Love. He’d be a fine pick for a team where he was a need. But this team can’t shoot straight with its first-round draft picks.

  31. Those QB meetings must be toxic. I don’t blame Rodgers for being pissed off. They could have used the 1st round draft pick to get him a receiving target or a horse for the O-line but instead they reach for a QB? Win now? I guess they are going Barry Sanders on him. Barry was a tremendous running back for the Detroit Lions when at the height of his career he just retired because they just refused to draft linemen to give him holes to run through. Rodgers needs some help to get over the top and he knows it and Green Bay isn’t giving it to him. Kind of like why Tom Brady left New England as well.

  32. Our next 14 year starter waiting in the wings. Amazing how the Packers have had 2 starting quarterbacks since 1992…..

  33. Ariana says: “Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!”

    Let this sink in. Justin Jefferson was drafted at pick 22, he was already off the board when the Packers picked Love.

  34. This kid is not a first round talent. He is lucky to learn from one of the best to ever do it. If he is successful in the future, a large part of it will be due to learning from Aaron.

  35. Three trips to the RedZone with only two FG… Points off of turnovers for GB in the second half 0… ARod was given every opportunity to win that football game for the GB! ARod failed… If TB12 throws 3 INTs against the Chiefs, Patrick M. will make his pay dearly. Rodgers is a cry baby! If A. Rodger wants out let him walk! Jordon Love was hindered by no preseason, Love has a big arm and playmaking abilities… every year Rodger screws up and then complaints…

  36. This could literally be a repeat of the Favre/Rodgers drama from the mid 2000’s once again. Then again, I’d say it’s benefited Rodgers more than he’d like to admit. Hardly anyone gets an opportunity to learn for a year before being thrown yo the wolves.

  37. maximusintoxicus says:
    February 2, 2021 at 4:21 pm
    Those QB meetings must be toxic. I don’t blame Rodgers for being pissed off. They could have used the 1st round draft pick to get him a receiving target or a horse for the O-line but instead they reach for a QB?
    __________

    A Horse for the OL? they have two all-pros and Jenkins that gave up 1 sack in over 1,300 snaps and was often refered to as one of the best OL in the league, just because YOU declare it a reach doesn’t make it one, this isn’t making Ponder a top 12 pick. At the WORST GB had him as a top 20 player on their board, and I would be willing to bet he was closer to 10, which is why they had ZERO issues trading up and snagging their guy, so I am going to trust in the guy that drafted Jaire, Savage, and Jenkins.

  38. Its dumb to try to access Jordan Love’s talent until he plays. If Justin Jefferson is so good why didn’t he take his team to the playoffs? Not a cut on Justin Jefferson, but to the brain dead fans that don’t realize football is a team sport.

  39. Does anyone really think that Rodgers will go the next two seasons without getting hurt? Love is an insurance policy and if he lights it up when he get his chance, then it will be 3 HOF QB’s in a row. At least with Love, the Vikings only had one chance to draft him, with Rodgers, they had two first round picks that year.

  40. After completing year 4 of his contract, Love will have made $12.3M. Not bad work if you can get it. Take your time, kid. The money is the same whether you play or not.

  41. Great opportunity to get paid to train and learn from a HOF QB and an innovative young coach.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    DuhFleur may just have started innovating himself out of a job

  42. grvns717 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Three trips to the RedZone with only two FG… Points off of turnovers for GB in the second half 0… ARod was given every opportunity to win that football game for the GB!

    =============

    Well, every opportunity except for the (at least) two crucial 4th-down opportunities he should have gotten if his coach had any concept of what it takes to win a playoff game against Tom Brady.

  43. Dude knows he is being screwed over for his first contract extension. Who will want out first, Rodgers or Love?

  44. I feel bad for Love he did nothing wrong and he is in between Rodgers & the front office because Rodgers is pissed off for the packers drafting Love. I understand it from Aaron’s point of view too. And it might not Rodgers intent but that doesn’t help Love.
    One game from the Super Bowl 2 years in a row for the packers and GM Gutey spent last year’s NFL draft drafting back ups instead of helping the packers now. Add to it Aaron had to listen to his head coach recently double down on his poor decision to kick a FG from the 8 yard line of the Bucs saying he would do it again.When Rodgers and almost everyone knows that was a huge error. Troubled times in Green Bay.

  45. DuhFleur may just have started innovating himself out of a job
    ___________________
    2 seasons

    28-8 including the post seasons, of those 8 losses half of them came to a team in the SB… Unless he Doug Pederson’s this thing up he has the right to be around for a while.

  46. smeheuring
    An educational point for you my friend:

    Vikings are SEVENTH all time in the NFL in terms of Winning Percentage.

    Not exactly a consistently losing record.

    Since 1967:
    Vikings Divisional Titles 20
    Packers Divisional Titles 17

    Vikings Playoff Berths – 30
    Packers Playoff Berths – 24

    So, please get your facts straight before making stupid statements.

  47. Building for the future while dominating your division isn’t easy. The Packers know how to do it because they’ve done it before. It takes more than simply signing an expensive, mediocre talent QB…..even if he is the sole “missing piece” to a vaunted dynasty.

  48. whatjusthapped says:
    February 2, 2021 at 4:52 pm
    the Vikings only had one chance to draft him, with Rodgers, they had two first round picks that year.//////

    It has been covered extensively here Duante Culpepper was the runner up to Peyton Manning for the NFL MVP the year Rodgers was drafted. That is why the Vikings passed on Rodgers…twice. Like any other team does when they have their QB.

  49. “ariani1985 says:
    February 2, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!”

    Ariani if I were a Viking fan, the last thing I’d slam GB for is for drafting a QB. After all, GB has had 2 back to back Hall of Fame 3x MVP winning QBs during a period of time in which MIN has gone through countless draft picks and free agent QBs (15? 20? too many to count). The most successful MIN has been during that time? The closest MIN has been to the Super Bowl is an overtime loss in the NFC Championship game. The QB? Former GBP Brett Favre. So as a Viking fan I wouldn’t chirp about your star WR, when GB had the best offense in the league.

  50. I think the one thing everything is forgetting is Rodgers was nothing special in 18 and 19. It wasn’t unreasonable to think that he was coming to the end. There is not anything that unreasonable about drafting your next qb when you see the decline coming. Rodgers did have a brilliant year, but the play before the field goal, if he runs with the ball 4th and goal from the 2 is way different than from the 8.

  51. Actually that was an intelligent and measured response — its the comments that are entertaining. As to those comments: (1) I fall into the same trap with trolls on Vike articles, but geez ariani can get you cheesers’ cheddar melted; and (2) that’s almost amusing as those that still lack any objectiveness and sell the Love draft pick as a wise move.

  52. A Horse for the OL? they have two all-pros and Jenkins that gave up 1 sack in over 1,300 snaps and was often refered to as one of the best OL in the league, just because YOU declare it a reach doesn’t make it one, this isn’t making Ponder a top 12 pick. At the WORST GB had him as a top 20 player on their board, and I would be willing to bet he was closer to 10, which is why they had ZERO issues trading up and snagging their guy, so I am going to trust in the guy that drafted Jaire, Savage, and Jenkins.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    At WORST a GB top 20, betting he was closer to a top 10?

    Nope, just because YOU declare it so, doesn’t it make it true. Like Stella always says 25 teams passed on him before GB outsmarted themselves to trade up. I’m going with the people that own the businesses knowing more.

  53. First, why is it “bad” for the Packers to have a safety measure at QB. They are 1 injury away from throwing away a season if Rodgers gets hurt? Look at the Niners, Patriots,
    and Washington. Had any of those teams had a good back-up, they could had salvaged their respective seasons. Also, it is good for Luck to grow, mature and learn with no pressure – just like they did with Rodgers.

  54. No way AR is helping to groom him for the future, thats not his personality.

    Hopefully he is as smart as Rodgers, hes going to have to learn it on his own.

    Good luck.

  55. I am NOT a Rodgers fan as a person but I acknowledge he is likely the best QB in the game (no, it isn’t Brady, and Mahomes has to build a body of work). But the hate for this guy is monumental so I am even going to defend him. He’s been given little to nothing to work with since he got here, and yet still puts up numbers like no one else – and not in garbage time. He is just that good. Maybe we can give him a break?

  56. After the packers gave up a first round pick for Deshaun kizer no packer fan should be talking!

  57. GB wasted a valuable pick. There’s no excuse. Having press conferences proclaiming your confidence in Aaron only makes it seem even worse.

  58. “Wow, talk about a horrible draft pick. How bad is he when he can’t even dress up on sundays? Packers passed on justin Jefferson for an inaccurate QB. Let that sink in!”

    When the Packers decide Rodgers has lost too much because of age or he decides to retire this still young and much improved quarterback will step right in and continue the Packers dominance over the Vikings just as Rodgers did when he took over for Favre.

  59. Well said Jordan. I am not happy Gutekunst picked you but it isn’t your fault. Wishing you the best.

  60. Then why didn’t the Packers trade up even further and draft a wide receiver or lineman?? A wasted pick!!!

  61. I’m just glad my team can go 13-3 when a bunch of internet GM’s determine their draft was worthless.

  62. Love is the one getting the short end of the stick here. The guy was not activated for how many games? Which I guess is fine for the first year but this coming year he should move up to number 2. You talk about him being the future outta one side of your mouth but on the other you all say Rodgers will be the offensive leader for “the next few years.” 1st round draft choice looking like he wont’ get any playing time at all this coming year.

    So when is the future? If I’m Love I’m not going to wanna sit for 3-4 years whilst passive aggressive Aaron.

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