Matt LaFleur: We installed our offense and threw everything at Jordan Love

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With Aaron Rodgers holding out, Jordan Love was the No. 1 quarterback at the Packers’ minicamp this week, and coach Matt LaFleur says Love wasn’t being coddled.

LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett didn’t dumb anything down when replacing a first-ballot Hall of Famer with a second-year player who has never appeared in a game. LaFleur said the coaching staff demanded that Love do everything.

“No, we installed our offense and kind of threw everything at him,” LaFleur said, via ESPN.

The Packers are still hoping they won’t have to find out when the season starts whether Love can run the offense. But if Rodgers’ holdout extends into the regular season, or becomes a full-fledged retirement, Love will be the man. And LaFleur wants to see right now how well Love can handle the offense.

54 responses to “Matt LaFleur: We installed our offense and threw everything at Jordan Love

  1. From listening to the reports out of Packer mini-camp, it seems Jordan Love is not only the best QB to ever appear in Green Bay, but possibly the best QB to ever step on a field in the NFL. Impressive.

  2. I remember feeling similarly optimistic when Rodgers supplanted Favre. Nobody knew what would happen, following a sixteen year performance like that. Nobody knows now either. Nobody.

  3. It looks like we may find out if the Packers chose the right QB in the draft last year.

  4. Looking back on things, I don’t blame Rodgers at all for his stance or his dissatisfaction. First, it was the Packers’ run defense, not Rodgers, that ended the Packers’ season prematurely in 2019; nevertheless, just 4 months later the Packers drafted Jordan Love instead of a d-lineman or linebacker in the 2020 draft.

    Second, with the timing of the Love draft, the Packers will have to give Love significant playing time before the end of the 2022 season at the latest, if they’re going to see what they’ve got so they can decide whether they’re going to pick up his fifth-year option.

    Third, Rodgers’ contract is not guaranteed from this point forward, but it nevertheless still ties him to the Packers through 2023 unless the Packers decide to trade him or cut him (those are their unrestricted options, not his). So yeah, I’d be p.o.’ed too, and I’d want either some assurances (such as a no-tag, no-trade clause and guaranteed money tied to the duration of the contract), or I’d want out.

    It’s as clear as a bell to Rodgers that his career at Green Bay is heading for a train wreck that’s not of his own making, by the end of the 2022 season at the latest. That should be clear to any thinking man as well, once they put the pieces of the puzzle together.

  5. Not sure why people have this unrealistic expectation for this kid. This is actually his first year because last year shouldn’t count because of all the covid stuff where he didn’t have a decent training camp. Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for 4 years before he started. The first year he played they won 6 games. Give Jordan Love a break!

  6. If you want to see what the real experts think of Jordan, check the Vegas odds of the Packer’s win total with him as QB vs AR.

  7. The Rodgers-ship has left the dock, time to load-up the Love Boat and sail for the next 12-15 years!!

  8. if he thinks this is a genius idea then maybe the job is too much for him. Just like his stupid call at the end of the playoff game to kick a field goal versus going for a td and the lead.
    Rodgers made him look a lot better then he really is. Being able to work under pro bowl QB’s kind of makes your life easier.

  9. Rodgers is a prima donna whose ego is hurt but he will show up for training camp, he knows it and thus hasnt said anything directly only threw his stooges. Not turning it over to Love any time soon

  10. We threw everything at him. Then we say his day 1 performance and dumbed things dowm

  11. KCFinfan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm
    If you want to see what the real experts think of Jordan, check the Vegas odds of the Packer’s win total with him as QB vs AR.

    Vegas odds are not set by experts. They are set by the amount of money being bet on either side of the proposition.

  12. hawkwind8 says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:17 pm
    KCFinfan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm
    If you want to see what the real experts think of Jordan, check the Vegas odds of the Packer’s win total with him as QB vs AR.

    Vegas odds are not set by experts. They are set by the amount of money being bet on either side of the proposition.

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    Nobody know whether this kid will be any good or not….but chances are as are as a 1st time starter, he will struggle. It is amazing how badly the Packers management has mismanaged this situation

  13. People have to remember that Rodgers didn’t rack up any great numbers the first year he took over from Favre. So even if Love doesn’t do well his first year, he could do well down the road.

  14. The Love situation somewhat mirrors Trubisky. Neither asked nor are responsible for being first round picks of their respective teams, but both faced or face pretty unrealistic expectations as a result of their draft status.

  15. And only a year later than most teams who draft a QB in the first round do this.

    It’s all they can do, but it shows how far off course they’ve gotten.

    I wish Love the best, but when your organization has made two HOF QBs in a row unhappy and dysfunctional, it’s just not a good sign for anyone’s prospects.

  16. mikestan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:02 pm

    Not sure why people have this unrealistic expectation for this kid. This is actually his first year because last year shouldn’t count because of all the covid stuff where he didn’t have a decent training camp. Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for 4 years before he started. The first year he played they won 6 games. Give Jordan Love a break!

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    Of all the QBs taken in the first three rounds in 2020, he is the only one who hasn’t started games last year. Not only did he not start, his coaches didn’t think enough to elevate him to the #2 QB spot ahead of Tim Boyle so he could get work running the practice squad. It seems last year counted for everyone else, why not him?

  17. I’m sure he will quickly go from third stringer to quality starter in no time.

  18. Longtimepackerfan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 12:28 pm
    Welcome to 6-11 seasons Packer fans if Love is the QB.

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    A rough spot is bound to happen. AR went what 6-10 his first year starting. Look how that turned out. BF was 8-8 his first year. Green Bay’s time at the top may come to an end in the future for a year or two maybe but when you are out in front of things and have your QB of he future it’s an easier transition. Go Pack.

  19. mikestan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:02 pm
    Not sure why people have this unrealistic expectation for this kid. This is actually his first year because last year shouldn’t count because of all the covid stuff where he didn’t have a decent training camp. Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for 4 years before he started. The first year he played they won 6 games. Give Jordan Love a break!
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    It was actually 3 seasons , not 4. Of which, he dressed and was on the sidelines and saw limited action.

  20. Yes, it’s quite “amazing” how good everybody looks in early June. With no pads, against scripted defenses, no pass rush, and no tackling.

  21. So am I to understand the kid already has the ability to repeat a play from his headset to guys in the huddle? Wow! Hardly any QBs can do that!

  22. Looking forward to a great year in the NFL lots of good storylines! Good luck Jordan!!

  23. They’ll have a top ten pick next year if Love is their starter this year.

  24. If they want Rodgers, they should stop talking about his replacement. Where is LaFleur’s replacement?

  25. Well, judging by all the excitement coming out of OTA’s (t-shirts and shorts), it looks like the future of the NFL is going to come down to The Love Dynasty vs The Stidham Decade of Dominance (as I’ve heard it described). I’m betting on Stiddy.

  26. unknownvikingfan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 3:47 pm
    I like the Vikes’ offseason chances this year.
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    I would think a Packers fan would be talking about the Packers, on a packers article. But perhaps I’m just being nieve.

  27. Love may end up being a very good NFL starter. Nobody knows. But, what we do know today is; the Packers fans expectations are way too high for him this early on. And that isn’t good for the kid. And no, he hasn’t absorbed the entire playbook. And no, June isn’t a good indication of where he is at in his development.

  28. This story line out of Green Bay is so obviously manufactured to get Rodgers back into camp. Rodgers holds out and low n behold a story comes out that the kid who’s been garbage to this point is all of the sudden balling. I’m not buying what they’re selling .

  29. Christopher Allan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 2:44 pm
    mikestan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:02 pm
    Not sure why people have this unrealistic expectation for this kid. This is actually his first year because last year shouldn’t count because of all the covid stuff where he didn’t have a decent training camp. Aaron Rodgers sat on the bench for 4 years before he started. The first year he played they won 6 games. Give Jordan Love a break!
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    It was actually 3 seasons , not 4. Of which, he dressed and was on the sidelines and saw limited action.
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    He had 1 TD pass in his first three seasons, and went 6-10 in season four. I think the dudes point was made.

  30. packrule says:
    June 11, 2021 at 2:39 pm
    when you are out in front of things and have your QB of he future it’s an easier transition. Go Pack.
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    Wow. Your QB of the future you say? You learned that already after a couple practices in June? Amazing.

  31. KCFinfan says:
    June 11, 2021 at 1:04 pm
    If you want to see what the real experts think of Jordan, check the Vegas odds of the Packer’s win total with him as QB vs AR.

    I see where you’re going but Vegas odds aren’t set by experts. They set by money flows. 50/50 for any given outcome with some play in there so the edge goes to the house. If the experts who pick Brady to win most everything most every year were even relevant we’d have a better than 50% success rate in the draft too. Not feeling it.

  32. Patience, people. This kid has all the physical tools, but needs to learn how to play QB. It doesn’t happen overnight. After 2 1/2 years, lots of “experts” were ready to call Josh Allen a bust, and now he’s a top 3 or 4 QB. You really have to wait 30-40 games to see if a guy is picking up NFL defenses. The fact that the Packers traded up to draft this kid, and basically kicked a reigning MVP QB to the curb tells me Love will get every opportunity, and then some.

  33. If you don’t throw your entire offense at last year’s no. 1 pick, something is wrong.

  34. dejadoh says:
    June 11, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    If they want Rodgers, they should stop talking about his replacement. Where is LaFleur’s replacement?

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    So the Pack is not allowed to talk about Love at all if the team wants Rodgers back. lol

  35. Eventually he’s going have to play. Either they prepare him in case Rodgers is no longer a Packer or they get him ready in case Rodgers breaks (knock on wood) another collarbone. Weird that Rodgers would think that Green Bay would pull the current MVP during the season to start his backup…unless that dude turns into Joe Flacco game 2, i doubt that is happening.

  36. First thing I thought of when reading this title was G.W. dodging a shoe thrown at him.

  37. “Welcome to 6-11 seasons Packer fans if Love is the QB.” did you look in your crystal ball and saw him failing so miserably or are you just hoping and praying?most young first time starting quarterbacks fail to be successful because the team behind them are not very good to start with but that is not the Packers case here,they are still a very good team and will rally behind Love to help make him very successful this season should mr ego not return.

  38. Rogers is the only reason the pacckers haven’t gone 0-16 the last 5 years. Packers fans should remember that.

  39. billh1947 says:
    June 12, 2021 at 8:52 am
    “Welcome to 6-11 seasons Packer fans if Love is the QB.” did you look in your crystal ball and saw him failing so miserably or are you just hoping and praying?most young first time starting quarterbacks fail to be successful because the team behind them are not very good to start with but that is not the Packers case here,they are still a very good team and will rally behind Love to help make him very successful this season should mr ego not return.
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    Ok. Give a prediction. “Very successful” means what? For a rookie, I would say .500 ball is very successful. And yes, consider him a rookie. If Love starts all 17 games, I would say 8-9 would be the upside.

  40. This is all great, but the kid likely won’t ever top 20 TD’s in a season, and likely won’t make it to a second contract with the Packers. There are way more Mitchell Trubisky’s than Patrick Mahomes’.

    First round QB’s are risky, and usually rarely end up being a good value.

    Keep in mind, he would have been the 7th QB on the board if he were drafted this year. He was taken in bad QB draft. Packers made a big mistake, and should have waited another year for a QB.

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