The Green Bay Packers are 2-3 on the season following two frustrating losses, one to the Detroit Lions and another to the Las Vegas Raiders. In both games, starting quarterback Jordan Love experienced the bumps that Green Bay coaches predicted he would when they discussed the goal for the season during training camp.
Back then, head coach Matt LaFleur reiterated time and time again that there would be ups and downs. After all, Love is not the only first-year starter on offense. Zach Tom is starting at right tackle after being a backup lineman last year. Tucker Kraft and Luke Musgrave are both rookies at the tight end position. Rasheed Walker has been forced into starting duties after the season-ending injury to David Bakhtiari.
But in football, the primary focus is on the quarterback. Due to the offense’s struggles, there are some that believe Love should be benched in favor of rookie quarterback Sean Clifford. One of these people is Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report.
NFL Analyst Believes the Green Bay Packers Should Bench Jordan Love for Sean Clifford
In the Packers’ most recent loss to the Raiders, Love threw three interceptions and no touchdowns. In was the first time in his young career that he failed to throw a single touchdown pass.
Through five games, Love has a 55.6% completion percentage, 1,083 yards, eight touchdowns, six interceptions, and a 77.3 passer rating.
Due to his poor production, Gagnon writes in Bleacher Report that the time may be coming for the Packers to bench Love in favor of Clifford:
“Jordan Love is the league’s sixth-lowest-rated qualified passer in his first full season as a starter for a Green Bay Packers team that is 2-3. That’s not great, even though he’s displayed some game-breaking ability on occasion.
“That said, there’s at least an element of unknown worth exploring with Clifford, who was a consistent four-year starter at Penn State. If the Packers fall out of the playoff picture, they’d be unwise not to take an extended look at the alternative. That’s especially the case if Love’s numbers continue to decline, as they have since Week 2.
“If the Packers don’t have more than a few wins when they leave Pittsburgh in Week 10, it might be time to think about a break for Love and an audition for his understudy.”
There are, of course, a few Packers fans that feel this way too. Some of them were even calling for Clifford to start over Love to begin the season.