Packers OC: Jordan Love’s decisions, timing, and accuracy have all been better

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With so much uncertainty surrounding Aaron Rodgers, the Packers have to make sure Jordan Love is as prepared as possible for the 2021 season.

Though Green Bay traded up to get Love with the 26th overall pick in 2020, Love was inactive as the Packers’ third quarterback all season. Given that there was no program last year, Love’s reps were especially limited as a first-year signal-caller.

He’s getting plenty now, with Rodgers staying away from voluntary OTAs. Blake Bortles and Kurt Benkert are the other QBs on Green Bay’s roster.

On Thursday, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett explained how he’s seen progress in Love’s game through the offseason.

“One of the bigger things with Jordan right now is just his confidence in the system,” Hackett said in his press conference. “Coming from college and then picking it up as a rookie and being able to have a whole season just to be able to learn that so he can go out there and execute is so important.

“Instead of trying to learn the verbiage and just understand how to call the plays, he can do that much easier now and then be able to go out there and execute. And I think that’s something we’ve been able to see. So now we can talk about the techniques and the reads and all those intricate details that we want to get to him.”

Though many of Green Bay’s top receivers have elected to stay away from OTAs as well, Hackett still feels like Love is getting quality reps. As he mentioned, it’s not like players are in pads like they would be at training camp.

“I think it’s just about being able to make the proper decisions, and understand it’s timing and accuracy. And all those things have definitely been better up to this point,” Hackett said. “And the more experience, the more reps you can get, it’s going to help him, regardless of who’s out there. It’s just about coaching and understanding the concepts, different protections, the run game — there’s so much for him to be able to learn that it’s been great having him here and having the opportunity to help him out.”

17 responses to “Packers OC: Jordan Love’s decisions, timing, and accuracy have all been better

  1. GB doesn’t have much talent on that roster and have been relying almost on Rodgers talent for years. Trading Rodgers and putting the kid in there will instantly make them a 4-12 team.

  2. It’s a great opportunity for him to make up for time lost due to last seasons pandemic panic. Rodgers is doing him a big favor……

  3. The entire NFL & fans are sooooo darn scared of this kid just coming on and lighting up the league that they fail to want to accept that he was, indeed, a first round draft pick with very high regard by the national media and nfl souting reports. Exciting times to be a Packer fan for sure!!

  4. I am glad the kid can operate a huddle after a year in the league. Not that any other rookie QB has ever done that through adversity or had to in a pandemic last year.

  5. The longer Rodgers stays away the more confident and effective Love becomes.

  6. He understand accuracy?
    My toddler’s game is “better” this year than last. If that’s all the praise love can get yikes!

  7. At least they can tell he’s a bust… Chicago would give him four seasons as a starter before coming to that conclusion

  8. 50Stars says:
    June 3, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    The entire NFL & fans are sooooo darn scared of this kid just coming on and lighting up the league
    __________________________

    I don’t understand. Why exactly are we all sooooo darn scared of a football player?

  9. I would bet money that right now Blake Bortles is the best QB at that facility.

  10. nflxpert says:
    June 3, 2021 at 2:54 pm

    GB doesn’t have much talent on that roster and have been relying almost on Rodgers talent for years. Trading Rodgers and putting the kid in there will instantly make them a 4-12 team.
    ********
    The Packers have talent.
    PFF ranked GB’s overall roster talent #1 at the end of the 2020 season.
    And dropped them to 4th after offseason moves and the draft.

    Listen, I have no idea how this team would fair, record wise, if they have to rely on Jordan Love’s leadership and passing.
    And I won’t even hazard a guess.
    A lot will depend on his growth and overall development at the position.
    He obviously has the talent, but there’s simply no substitute for the hands on coaching, reps and experience he’s getting this offseason.

    But seriously, even Brett Hundley managed to lead an inferior team to 3 wins in 9 starts a few seasons ago.
    I’d be willing to bet that Jordan Love and the Packers would manage to get more than 4 wins in 2021.
    Though everybody’s entitled to their own opinion.

  11. Doesn’t matter what he does in no-contract drills wearing gym shorts. We really won’t know anything until he’s played a few regular season games. Right now the only constant in his life is confusion about whether he’ll play.

  12. I think people have forgotten what a work-in-progress three-time MVP Rodgers was when he arrived his rookie year. He didn’t play for three years. Love may not benefit from sitting as long as Rodgers did. One fact remains regarding his abilities and effectiveness some day: Nobody knows.

  13. Now he is only missing his receivers by 5 yards since his accuracy has improved.

  14. Let’s give the kid a chance, that’s all I ask. I was enamored with Rodgers at Cal, and watched a lot of his games (I live 15 min from Berkeley). When the Packers drafted Aaron, I called my dad (God rest his soul) and told him if this is the only draft pick they got in 2005, mark my words, you’ll be thrilled. And when he came in against Dallas in Y3, it was clear he had what it takes.

    Not saying Love is the next coming of Rodgers, but I trust in the Packers’ brass and feel confident they knew what they were doing when they moved up to draft him. I’ll take it. Now it’s “sit back and watch” time.

  15. nflxpert says:
    June 3, 2021 at 2:54 pm
    GB doesn’t have much talent on that roster and have been relying almost on Rodgers talent for years. Trading Rodgers and putting the kid in there will instantly make them a 4-12 team.
    Really?GB had 7 Pro Bowlers last year.Best left tackle,top 5 WR,Best CB,best pair of Safeties in NFC,top 10 RB and they are going 4-12 without Rodgers?Idiots like you tell everyone every week Rodgers is overrated,choker,but now GB will fall apart without him.
    I have no idea how Love will be as QB when he gets his chance,but GB has shown they will always be relevant because they make hard decisions based on what is best for the teams future.Not just today.
    Look at the best teams over the last 30 years…yes 30 years.GB,Pittsburgh,NE are the epitome of doing things the right way.The record clearly shows that.Players unfortunately do not build franchises.We all love to watch our “guys” and see them do well but in reality it’s the Rooneys,Krafts,Bowlens,Debartolos,Al Davis,etc and the front office people they hire that make the decisions that keep a team relevant for decades.
    Jerry Jones has had more star players than anyone but can’t build a winner since JJ left.Bears,Lions could only dream of having this type of success because they can’t hire the right people.
    Gutenkust has built a team that went to the NFC championship 2 years straight with a new coach.Improved the team in all phases and is trying to what is best long term for the team.AR is a great player,Top 5 QB but is overplaying his hand.The 49ers were the only team that he could go to that he had a real chance of winning with in near future.Stop with Denver and Raiders.Neither are close with AR to winning division yet alone the SB.GBs front office has played this beautifully.AR plays for them or not at all.He looks like a spoiled child and eventually fans fall in LOVE!

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