Packers need to do whatever they can to support Jordan Love

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He struggled on Tuesday. He thrived on Wednesday. The Packers need to be sure that the latter happens more often.

Jordan Love, an innocent bystander in a toxic situation that has taken on Shakespearean qualities, surely would have never chosen the situation into which he involuntarily was thrusted last year, when the Packers made Love a first-round draft pick. Simultaneously stuck behind Aaron Rodgers and caught between Rodgers and the front office, Love is now trying to fast-forward his development in the event that Rodgers doesn’t show up for training camp and/or the regular season.

Meanwhile, everything Love does and says will be excessively scrutinized. Does he stink? Is he good? Did the Packers blow it by drafting him?

It’s hard not to feel badly for Love. He didn’t ask for any of this. He had no say whatsoever in his circumstances. At a time when the Packers are expected to fix whatever is so easily “fixable” with Rodgers, it’s just as important that the Packers take care of Love.

They may have done that on Wednesday. As discussed on Thursday’s PFT Live, there’s a good chance that specific offensive plays were selected to be used against specific defensive alignments in order to give Love some opportunities to build confidence at a time when reporters were watching practice. And when the wrong defense is used against the right offense and Love ends up making a big play, the tweets didn’t focus on who got beaten or burned but on what Love did right — a day after so much talk regarding the things he did wrong.

As one source directly involved in Tuesday’s session remarked of Love, “He isn’t Aaron Rodgers.” That said, no one is. Love needs to focus on being the best Jordan Love he can be, and the Packers need to help him get there.

And the Cheeseheads need to have his back. Love is there, when Rodgers isn’t. Love is getting ready for the season, when Rodgers isn’t. Love has no stick up his butt, when Rodgers does. Love should be appreciated and supported. Ultimately, if the Packers can’t be with the one who no longer loves them, they’ll have to love the Love they’re with.

61 responses to “Packers need to do whatever they can to support Jordan Love

  1. Well if he wants to weekly grind and I go play a game for a fortune I will trade places anytime.

  2. With him rumored to be a QB cancer in the locker room Love will either sink or swim

  3. As a GB fan, Love lifts us up where we belong. Earlier in the week, Love stinks. Today? I can’t stop talking about Love. In the end, the Packers may find that all they need is Love.

  4. Jordan Love is a first round quarterback. And he’s in his second year. He is a man, not a child. Packers drafted him to be the next Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson, both drafted outside the top 10. There are high expectations. Packers have gone 13-3 the last two seasons. Aaron Rodgers was drafted in the same position as Love. He succeeded Brett Favre and won a Super Bowl. This is about Jordan Love’s journey to being a Super Bowl quarterback. That’s why the Packers drafted him. It’s his job to step up.

  5. The team has been supporting him. Where have you been? And he is just like Rodgers – another kog in the wheel. They are all important.

  6. He’s getting nearly all first team reps, coaching, and support from his team mates — that’s what they can do.

    Go! Pack! Go!

  7. In listening to interviews from people who seem to be in the know, Love is struggling pretty bad with accuracy, footwork and basically everything else.

  8. What’s best for love is to be traded and what’s best for Rodgers is a new contract making him the highest paid player in the NFL.

  9. Honestly, I don’t feel bad for any nfl player making tons of money, as a general rule. But ya, if a guy gets hurt, I’ll feel bad for him. But, if he’s under media and fan scrutiny and then doesn’t live up to being the round 1 heir apparent? Nah. He will be just fine in life with his rookie dollars.

  10. At a certain point Jordan Love needs to stand up and be the Alpha in the room.

    As a fan of football and specifically the QB position, I think A-A-Ron is incredible to watch perform, however….

    Jordan Love isn’t tasked with being Aaron’s friend and understudy. He’s there to supplant him.

    Stop being nice and take your job Jordan.

    This situation reminds me of a couple going through a divorce who considers staying together until their kids went to college.

    That’s dumb.

    Pull the band aid and move on.

    You got offered the third pick in the draft for Rodgers and said no? WHAT? Did you see what Miami got for that pick? Did you see what Miami is putting around Tua?

    You can’t undo that mistake.

  11. Rodgers wanting to maximize the final few years of his career which Green Bay isn’t willing to do either contractually or with personnel is the reason for his absence not as you so eloquently described a stick up his butt .

  12. The Packers aren’t helping Love by letting him practice against purposefully weak defenses. It is also a clear sign that they fear Love’s not up to the job.

  13. As much as it pains me to say this, the Pack secondary is going to be pretty good this year, so the rumors of Love stinking it up shouldn’t be too surprising.

  14. Two things: Nobody said this situation was toxic…..at least Rodgers didn’t and the Packers didn’t. Nobody said it was “easily fixable”…….at least Rodgers didn’t and the Packers didn’t.

    The thing about Packer fans; they’ll unwaveringly support whoever wants to be there. It’s pretty simple.

  15. Oddly enough I wonder if any of this would even be happening had they went for it on 4th down and as good as Rodgers is, Packers need to cut their ties to him and move on and surround Love with as much support as they can. Trade the diva for what you can get and move on. Next man up mentality.

  16. “In the end, the Packers may find that all they need is Love.”
    +++
    We’ll all remember you said that when they win five games this year with Love, that Love was all they need(ed).

    Give me the reigning MVP instead.

  17. josh plum says:
    June 10, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I don’t think Jordan love is going to be a very impactful quarterback.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    And what’s the basis of that view? Two days’ practice?

  18. “What’s best for love is to be traded and what’s best for Rodgers is a new contract making him the highest paid player in the NFL.”

    Unfortunately, neither of those are what’s best for the Green Bay Packers.

  19. And the Cheeseheads need to have his back. Love is there, when Rodgers isn’t. Love is getting ready for the season, when Rodgers isn’t. Love has no stick up his butt, when Rodgers does. Love should be appreciated and supported. Ultimately, if the Packers can’t be with the one who no longer loves them, they’ll have to love the Love they’re with.

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    And he has won nothing. Played nothing and proven nothing so you attempt at stabbing at Rodgers is a little childish. The Pack will also find without a QB like Rodgers they will be forced to spend FA money and draft capital on the positions that Rodgers has asked them to do because with any other QB to be successful they need those around them. At least Rodgers could carry them and they took advantage. In the end they lose one of the best to play and will still need to do the one thing he has asked for. Go figure.

    Just to mention. I am not a Rodgers fan or a Packers fan. Just have enough common sense to understand the obvious without emotional attachment to it.

  20. It’s only June. Everything about this story is a rush to judgement. Some want to send Rodgers off to retirement. Some want to crown Jordan Love a bust. Some want to turn the page immediately and usher on the Love era. No one knows much of anything yet. August might be a different story. But it’s not even mid-June yet.

  21. Packers are in a tough spot. If I was them I’d move Rodgers. He has what, 2, 3 years left? And he’s miserable and looks like he’s not playing for them anyway. Move on…besides, he’s great in the regular season and has only come through in the clutch once. Like Doug Williams, Brad Johnson, etc, etc etc Get as much as you can for him and live to play another day

  22. Rodgers holding out is actually a help in preparing for the season. Packer fans will not “love” it, but at least it maximizes the oppotunity for the players that will actually be there. If anything, this is a favor to Love from Rodgers.

  23. Many make a big deal about the pracice of a QB in a camp that offers no real pressure on the QB that prohibits him from making a good throw to unpressured receivers, less the fail be from his own failing. The only thing of concern is how far apart the measure of consistency one day to another and whether it expands or contracts going forward.

  24. I’ll tell you what, if you give me $12,000,000 over 4 years I will happily put up with someone not liking me, and being disliked in the media.

  25. Based on the headline, I agree that the team must support Love and some of the so called big mouths need to stop the ‘hey Rodgers we got your back” talk. May as well tell Love to his face you not interested in him.
    Love is the guy right now this moment in time whether some of the players like it or not.

  26. So a guy drafted in the 1st round to play QB in the NFL can complete passes with no pads or pass rush? Color me not impressed.

  27. I don’t have any idea what Jordan Love could be capable of doing and probably wouldn’t know if I saw film on him. The one thing I do know is that GB has handled this badly from the BEGINNING. They drafted Love without saying anything to the current QB even though they had other positions that were more important. Then they let the situation fester and didn’t make much of an effort, if any, to trade him and get maximum value. Sure Rodgers may be a drama queen or whatever you want to call it, but as with any business management’s job is to handle the people they employ. Good managment knows this and does it well! Bad management ends up with a situation like GB has. Now they have to get out of it!!

  28. I am still not understanding what 12’s problem is? Perhaps Love wasn’t drafted to take his job.
    He claims to know a lot about history but he is missing 2 important history points: 1) NFL history. Typically teams who have a high end QB who is eating up such a big portion of the cap can’t afford a quality veteran backup. Just too much $$ to devote to one position. Teams/Fans hate when QB1 goes down and it is automatically the end of your season. Having a quality young back up is a good thing.
    2) Green Bay history. Under Favre, the Pack had on their roster and drafted many QB’s who were talented young guys who were able to be traded for quality draft picks. Mark Brunell, Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn. As long as AR plays at a high level, the Pack wouldn’t replace him.
    Either his ultra-sensitive ego is getting to him or this really is about the fact that the Pack released a couple of his friends.

  29. jimmysee says:
    June 10, 2021 at 11:45 am
    josh plum says:
    June 10, 2021 at 10:55 am

    I don’t think Jordan love is going to be a very impactful quarterback.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^

    And what’s the basis of that view? Two days’ practice?
    ———————–

    Well, there is that, PLUS the fact that he didn’t even suit up for a single game last year because he couldn’t even win the back up job. He can’t even sign a game worn jersey because he has never been issued one!

  30. Dont worry folks -AR is coming back – Just how much is it going to cost the team. I would hope it would be for a long term deal – 4 guaranteed money contract. But I dont think so – hope so but dont think so. I am in AR’s corner – he got disrespected – not by not taking a receiver with the first pick – but by taking his apparent replacement – or at the very very least – not being on the phone with him at the time – saying what they were going to do in taking Love. For example – we need you to train him to be your back up if you get hurt and if he good and you still want to stay and play – we can pull a Jimmy G and get a pick or 2. That would have been the diplomatic thing to do – they didnt disrespect Manning, Brees, Montana etc – first ballot HOF players – players who have been good team players and good if nor great community players both in GB and in Chico. I am getting tired of the prognosticators and talk show hosts etc – We need to focus on getting ready – and even if AR shows up half way through training camp he will be ready. My best guess is he will pull a Brady and either be in a Charger’s, 49ers (2 year deal) after this year as the young guy will struggle and then be able to learn from AR or be a bust. Think it is an outside chance that he wil be in Denver and definitely wont pull a Farve and go to Minnie so he can stick it to Gute and Murph.

  31. So a guy drafted in the 1st round to play QB in the NFL can complete passes with no pads or pass rush? Color me not impressed.
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    Well, the only other option is not completing them, so “color me not impressed” with your comment.

  32. ‘no stick up his butt, when Rodgers does’.

    I suggest that the stick accept the Hof award when it comes time….. Fitting to me I think LOL,

  33. Now the media’s an expert reading eyes… This was one of the first times Jordan faced reporters since becoming the teams starting quarterback this season. It seems like the national media is being unfair to him… is it because of color?

  34. Obviously spoon fed easy trail practice scenarios?
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    Obviously. Anytime he does well there will be a complicit reason in your mind and any time he fails that’ll be the real J. Love. We know how you are cheesey. Perhaps you should worry more about your best defender not wanting to live up to his contract rather than our guy?

  35. Jordan Love will not know what hit him once the season starts. The front office keeps trying to cover up this miserable draft choice! And it get worse when Murphy keeps stating that fans are divided about wanting Rodgers gone. He is fanning the flames of controversy hoping to get fans on his side by talking about it. Green Bay fans deserve more from their front office. Keep Rodgers, let Love or someone else continue be back up, and fire Murphy and Gutie. Get people who communicates better with the team.

  36. cheeseisfattening says:
    June 10, 2021 at 1:24 pm
    Day 1 looks terrible. Day 2, ok everybody let’s dumb things down
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    My attitude about the Packers would likely be the same as yours if I too had to endure the Vikings and the rest of the NFCN bowing to them for three decades. Your angst is very understandable.

  37. Remember everyone: Aaron Rodgers didn’t set the League on fire right off the bat. Give Love a chance. And sit AR at the end of the bench or he can retired.

    SO sick of the guy.

  38. The Packers need to see if Love will keep us together and do what it takes to get to the Love shack.

  39. So we now have to assume that EVERY time Florio writes a Packer article that he has an agenda and that he will write anything to influence or sway in any way he can to the detriment of the Packers. As if we didn’t already know this, but there is no reason for Green Bay management to worry AT ALL about a backup QB who is 1 to 2yrs from being someone else’s roster space.

  40. 4gone says:
    June 10, 2021 at 12:44 pm
    I am still not understanding what 12’s problem is? Perhaps Love wasn’t drafted to take his job.
    He claims to know a lot about history but he is missing 2 important history points: 1) NFL history. Typically teams who have a high end QB who is eating up such a big portion of the cap can’t afford a quality veteran backup. Just too much $$ to devote to one position. Teams/Fans hate when QB1 goes down and it is automatically the end of your season. Having a quality young back up is a good thing.
    2) Green Bay history. Under Favre, the Pack had on their roster and drafted many QB’s who were talented young guys who were able to be traded for quality draft picks. Mark Brunell, Aaron Brooks, Matt Hasselbeck, Matt Flynn. As long as AR plays at a high level, the Pack wouldn’t replace him.
    Either his ultra-sensitive ego is getting to him or this really is about the fact that the Pack released a couple of his friends.
    ———————————————————————————————
    You conveniently omitted the fact the Packers had 2 yrs to show their commitment to Rodgers by redoing his deal . They chose not to so Rodgers is just returning the favor . Green Bay fans should stock up on scuba equipment because your team is going to do a deep dive in the standings for the next few years .

  41. Love, “He isn’t Aaron Rodgers.” That said, no one is…..
    Well except for Brady and his 7 rings…..Rodgers is and always will be a malcontent wannabe.

  42. Too early to say he’s the next Pat Mahomes but I’ve heard those comparisons. Imagine if he develops into what the Packers think he could be. Potential to have a franchise with 3 straight MVP QB’s. Long way to go but what if? That would be pretty special. My guess is if Rodgers doesnt show up and Love can get them to 9 or 10 wins they trade Rodgers before the 2022 draft and rebuild around Love.

  43. I think it’s fair to say Aaron Rodgers won’t forget the way Love feels right now. In fact, I bet he would do anything for Love, but he won’t do that….

  44. You know what would support him? Let’s trade our best draft asset and also our 4th for a guy who has no opportunity to help him in any fashion. Oh wait, my bad, that’s what they did to Rodgers when they drafted Love.

  45. This is a Packers pattern. Rodgers was a first round draft pick that sat behind Favre and dealt with Favre’s drama in leaving the Packers. Was anyone clamoring to “support” him? What did he do? Rodgers went out and won the Super Bowl and became a league MVP. Packers now 26-6 the last two seasons. Love is a first round draft pick and a grown man. High expectations come with the job. Either you’re up to it or not. Super Bowl and 13 wins is the standard. Rooting for Love. But no excuses.

  46. put what the packers did for him last year into context and then factor in covid and his development and the monkey is off JLove’s back. back to fixing what ails qb1

  47. It seems like everyone has to make Jordan Love feel comfortable in hopes he can be decent instead of his play making it hard to not keep him in the game. What were the Packers thinking drafting him.

  48. Rodgers and Alex Smith both thought they were going to be the first pick in the draft, Aaron awkwardly sat there waiting to get drafted and the Packers got a steal. Then they shocked everyone overpaying for Jordan Love.

  49. Hard not to feel sorry for him? Yeah, it’s a tough situation. But Jordan Love had an income last year of over $7M for being the third string QB, which means he didn’t even run the scout team. That’s more than most people make in a lifetime, and he could retire today from football and still have a few decades jump on income compared to most people his age. By contrast, the cashier in the self-check section of my local grocery store makes less that $30K/year, risked COVID more than the vast majority of people, and got punched in the face by a crazy homeless guy for having the audacity to ask if he’d paid for the food he was walking away with. I’ll save my sympathy for people with real problems.

  50. One has to assume that Rodgers won’t be back and have no alternative to throw their support behind Love.
    You really can’t judge how well anyone is doing in shorts. Let’s see how he does when the pads are on and there is a pass rush to a degree.

  51. Jordan Love vs Justin Fields is going to be the next great rivalry in sports.

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