The clock is officially ticking for Jordan Love to prove he can be the long-term replacement at quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. President Mark Murphy recently gave Love a deadline to show the staff and front office he’s capable of succeeding Aaron Rodgers.
The Packers haven’t had to navigate this unknown territory since after the 2007 season when the Packers traded Brett Favre to the New York Jets. The Packers were fortunate they struck gold at the quarterback position when Rodgers earned the trust of the front office during his first season as the starter. The team hopes they can have similar success with Love a decade-and-a-half later now that Rodgers has been traded to the Jets.
The Green Bay Packers issue Jordan Love a deadline
According to a report by Rob Demovsky with ESPN, Murphy said Love would have to show he’s capable of being the Packers’ long-term starter by the middle of this season. If he can’t, the Packers will make plans for another starting quarterback in Green Bay:
Patience now has a timeline, at least for how long it might take to find out whether Love can extend the Packers’ 30-year run of MVP-level quarterback play from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers and beyond or if they will have to search for another quarterback perhaps as early as next offseason.
“I’m comparing it a little bit to Aaron’s first year as a starter, yeah, I’d say at least half a season to know,” Packers president Mark Murphy said Monday. “And I think even though we ended up with a losing record that year, but we saw enough of Aaron to know that we had something special.”
Love showed enough talent last season that the Packers were willing to give him a shot at starting this season instead of being overly aggressive in trying to keep Rodgers on the roster. They made the transition during Love’s fourth season, which gives the Packers some wriggle room before they have to sign him to a long-term deal.
The Packers hedged their bets on Love already this offseason. They chose to decline Love’s fifth-year option in favor of a “prove-it” extension. Love stands to make less than he would with the fifth-year option. However, with incentives, Love could make more.
Murphy said he didn’t want to give Love the option because of his lack of experience on the playing field. We now know Murphy’s skepticism has a timeline this season. Love will have the first half of the season to prove he’s the guy.
Love is working a bunch of young pass catchers
It won’t be easy. Love is working with an inexperienced pass-catching group. In their second NFL season, Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson will be the most experienced starters of the Packers’ wide receivers and tight ends. Both starting tight-end options of Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft are rookies.
Love will have to prove to Murphy he’s the next Rodgers or Favre with first and second-year guys catching balls. Fortunately for Love, he is inheriting a tremendous offensive line and backfield situation. It’s up to Love to cook with those groceries.
If he’s the guy, Love will find a way to overcome it. That’s what great quarterbacks can do. The Packers won’t settle for less.
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