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Jordan Love’s Time To Show He Can Be The Green Bay Packers’ Future Quarterback Has Arrived

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at November 7, 2021

In just a few short days, Aaron Rodgers’ popularity has plummeted like the stock market in 1929.

Talk of “woke mobs”, comparisons to Martin Luther King and a refusal to take any responsibility for lying and/or deceiving will do that to a fellow.

The chaos surrounding Rodgers’ vaccination status, plus the drama that took place last summer when the MVP quarterback demanded out of Green Bay has made it a virtual certainty he’ll be playing elsewhere in 2022.

Throw in the fact Green Bay is roughly $36 million over the projected 2022 salary cap — and Rodgers counts $46.15 against next year’s cap — and it’s easy to see why this marriage is almost certain to end.

After Sunday, the Packers will have a much better idea about where things are headed with their new partner.

Second-year quarterback Jordan Love will make his first start for the Packers when they travel to Kansas City. Rodgers will miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19.

Green Bay general manager Brian Gutekunst traded up for Love and used the 26th pick in the first round of the 2020 draft on his next quarterback.

The day that happened, the clock started ticking on Rodgers’ time in Green Bay.

NLF teams that have first round quarterbacks on rookie deals don’t keep those players on the bench for long. In fact, the last first round quarterback to sit for three years was Rodgers himself from 2005-07.

Love’s time is coming fast. And the Packers will have more answers by Sunday night what the future might look like.

“I’m super-excited to see him go out there and have fun,” Packers running back A.J. Dillon said of Love. “He hasn’t had an opportunity to play in an NFL game that’s not preseason, so, as a friend, of course, I’m super-excited to see him go out there, have fun and do what he does. Also, as a teammate, we all believe in him, we all know he’s capable. So, looking forward to the game.”

So is all of Packer Nation, which understands this game has more mystery and intrigue than any Green Bay contest in years.

If Love shines, the Packers can undoubtedly sleep a little easier knowing their quarterback of tomorrow might be ready to roll in 2022. That’s how Green Bay felt about Rodgers after he took advantage of his first big break back in 2007.

The Packers and Dallas were both 10-1 when they met on a Thursday night in late-November that year. Starter Brett Favre suffered an elbow injury early in the second quarter with the Packers trailing, 27-10.

Rodgers — who was in his third year — came off the bench and completed 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards, threw his first NFL touchdown and had an impressive quarterback rating of 104.8.

“I thought Aaron played very well,” then-Packers coach Mike McCarthy said that night. “I’m proud of him.”

Green Bay lost the game, 37-27, but even in defeat, Rodgers convinced many in the organization that he was indeed Green Bay’s quarterback of the future. Love will have that same chance Sunday.

“My mindset’s the same,” Love said. “One play away, you never know what happens, especially with this COVID stuff going on, crazy things happen. So, you have to be ready for whatever. So, I’ve been preparing myself for that moment, and now’s the time.”

Of course, the other scenario isn’t as rosy. It’s the one where Love struggles and Packer Nation screams bloody murder when Green Bay trades Rodgers this offseason.

If that happens, remember this: it took Favre and Rodgers — a pair of Hall of Fame quarterbacks — several years to play at an elite level.

Favre threw more interceptions (24) than touchdowns (19) in 1993 — his third year in the NFL. And when he was still struggling in 1994, many coaches on Mike Holmgren’s staff wanted to bench Favre and play Mark Brunell.

By 1995, though, Favre had figured it out, won three straight MVPs and led the Packers to a Super Bowl championship in 1996.

Things weren’t all seashells and balloons for Rodgers either.

Green Bay went just 6-10 in 2008, which was Rodgers’ first season as a starter and his fourth year in the league. When the Packers started the 2009 season 4-4 — leaving Rodgers with a 10-14 overall record — many were screaming for the removal of Rodgers, McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson.

Rodgers and the Packers went 7-1 in the second half of 2009, though, then won a Super Bowl the following season.

“I can tell you that ‘09 was a tense season for everybody, especially coming off of ’08 the way we played,” Rodgers said in the book ‘Leaders of the Pack’. “That was a pretty tense year. We all kind of felt like we were playing for our jobs.”

Love certainly isn’t playing for his job today. Barring Green Bay winning the Super Bowl in February, Rodgers will almost certainly be gone next season and Love will take over.

Love would like to show people why he was a first round draft pick, though, and why many in the organization believe Green Bay’s three decades of winning will continue even when Rodgers moves on.

“I mean, it is a big deal, stepping in behind (Rodgers),” Love said. “But I try and not put that extra pressure on myself by making it bigger than it needs to be. Really it’s just next man up, I’m a quarterback on this team as well. So I just gotta go out there and play my game.”

Packer Nation can’t wait to see what that game looks like.


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