The Green Bay Packers are 2-4 in the midst of a very frustrating season. With their Week Eight matchup against their division rival, the Minnesota Vikings, coming up, there are few people that are giving them a chance to win. Despite Minnesota being without Justin Jefferson, the Vikings are coming off of an upset win over the San Francisco 49ers and have leap-frogged Green Bay in the NFC North standings.
Of course, a great deal of attention has been, and will be, paid to the performance of Jordan Love in his first year as the Packers’ starting quarterback. After his first two starts saw Love throw for six touchdown passes and no interceptions, his performance, and that of the entire offense, has plummeted.
While Love has only started seven games in his entire career (six this season), many are ready to move on from the 24-year old quarterback. One former NFL cornerback believes that the Packers organization is among them.
Former NFL Cornerback Domonique Foxworth Claims the Green Bay Packers Have No Faith in Jordan Love
Domonique Foxworth is a former NFL cornerback that spent his six-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, and Baltimore Ravens. Now a NFL analyst with ESPN, Foxworth is a regular contributor to “Get Up,” one of the network’s morning shows.
Earlier this week, Foxworth was discussing the Packers and claimed that the way head coach Matt LaFleur is calling games is an indicator that he, and the organization, have lost faith in their starting quarterback:
“I think what makes it worse is when you watch the games, they call a game as if they don’t believe in him. And then when they give him a chance to throw the ball, he misses the target.
“If this is what we see for the rest of the season, they have no reason to bring him back. If this is what we see for the rest of the season, there is no hope. There’s nothing there.”
Foxworth is not alone in his opinion. There are many Packers fans who were never onboard the Love Train to begin with, and are relishing in his struggles this season.
That being said, the Packers coaches, Matt LaFleur especially, recently have reiterated their support for, and confidence in, Love.
Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur Is Still Confident in Jordan Love
Earlier this week, LaFleur addressed the media and answered questions regarding Love and the offense. He was asked if he was still confident in Love going forward as the team’s starting quarterback. He responded:
“It all works in unison, so the better everybody is around him, the better he’s going to look. Our confidence in him is not wavering one bit.
“Certainly as the play-caller you put a lot of onus on yourself when things aren’t going well, and we’ll continue to do that, but we’ve got to find a way to generate more points because when you’re generating points, it’s just a totally different narrative.”
As one can see, Foxworth’s notion that the Packers have lost faith in their quarterback is not true. Whether or not Packers fans feel the same way is a matter of who one asks.
Jordan Love Is Not the Only One Struggling on Offense
On top of being the youngest offense in the NFL, the Packers have also been dealt a long list of injuries. David Bakhtiari is out for the season, and star players such as Aaron Jones and Christian Watson have each missed multiple games.
As LaFleur is fond of saying, though, no one cares about how injuries affect a team’s performance. The next man up mentality means that backup players are expected to perform as well as the starters they replace. That is just the nature of the NFL.
The problem the Packers have faced this year is that their young players, both starters and backups, are still learning the NFL style of play. They are running wrong routes and making other mistakes with their techniques. These mistakes can be improved, but it takes time to fix.
Unfortunately, time is something the Packers and Love do not have much of when it comes down to making decisions for the future. Love is under contract through next season and then will hit free agency. The Packers need to make a decision soon, but the mistakes the offense makes around Love make it very hard for them to evaluate him.