NFL: Jordan Love and the Green Bay Packers are in the midst of a new era. The massive amount of personnel turnover from 2022 to 2023 is impossible to ignore. Of course, that turnover was headlined by the massive Aaron Rodgers trade that sent the four-time MVP to the New York Jets. Other players who left the team this off-season included Allen Lazard, Robert Tonyan, Marcedes Lewis, and Randall Cobb. The Packers’ offense got significantly younger and faster in one off-season. Jordan Love recently spoke about replacing Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay Packers’ Jordan Love Speaks About Replacing Legendary Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (NFL)
The Packers recently faced the Patriots in the pre-season. Mac Jones of the Patriots opened up about it last week about what its like to replace a legendary quarterback. He admitted that he is “trying to chase the standard that (Brady) set every day” and would tell Love “just continue to grow and be yourself” in the role that he is taking over this season.
Love has been receiving advice from plenty of people this offseason, including Rodgers and Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. He also had a response to what Jones said about following the standard that has been set:
“I mean, I think, like he said, the standards have been set from the quarterbacks that have been here before us,” Love told reporters, as shared by Sean T. McGuire of NESN. “Obviously, we’ve had some really great quarterbacks here. The standard is kind of set and you’re trying to continue to raise your game until you get to that bar and continue to go past it once you get there.
“With standards, I don’t think it means you have to try and play like somebody else,” Love continued. “It’s just kind of what’s been done here, what’s happened in the past. And you can see something that’s been done at a really high level and that’s where you want to take your game to.”
Jordan Love Is Under A Ton Of Pressure In 2023 For The Green Bay Packers
The Packers don’t need to win the Super Bowl in 2023 in order for fans to consider the season a success, however, they do need to see “enough” to be convinced that Love can be “the guy.”
For months following the trade of Rodgers to the Jets, fans in particular have been quick to criticize the move claiming that when Rodgers took over in 2008, everyone knew what they had in him. They recall players in the locker room praising the up-and-coming Rodgers to quell concerns of the fans.
Pete Dougherty, however, does not remember the media being as hyped or quick to praise Rodgers as they are towards Love now. Heller asked him to compare the amount of buzz surrounding Love now to the things the media was saying about Rodgers when he took over for Favre. Dougherty responded:
“I don’t remember ever feeling that way [that Rodgers was lighting it up in camp]. I wouldn’t say great, but I always ask other reporters what they think. I don’t remember anyone ever saying through camp of ’08, ‘Yeah, I think this guy is going to be really, really good.’ I don’t remember anyone saying that.
“The only thing I remember is by halfway through the season, when they extended Rodgers’ contract, I think it was after seven or eight games, I remember thinking, ‘Yeah, if I were them, I would do this too. I think he’s been pretty good; he’s going to be a real starter in this league.’
“But even then, I never would have predicted Hall of Fame for him.”
In 2008, Rodgers ended with a 63.6 completion percentage, 4,038 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions. So far through two 2023 pre-season games, Love has completed 12 of his 18 passing attempts, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and 130 passing yards. He also has yet to take a sack.
While the pre-season is a far cry from what the regular season will bring, the excitement fans are feeling seems warranted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Aaron Rodgers expressed his commitment to mentoring young players like Jordan Love, stating it was part of his job to help them prepare. Rodgers highlighted Love as a talented player from his time in Green Bay. This statement shows Rodgers' support and willingness to guide his teammates.
No, Aaron Rodgers did not directly teach Jordan Love, but Love had the opportunity to learn from Rodgers during his three years with the Green Bay Packers. Love is now ready to step up and become the franchise quarterback, aiming to emulate Rodgers's success as a four-time MVP.
Jordan Love has been the backup to Aaron Rodgers for three years, patiently awaiting his turn as the starting quarterback for the Green Bay Packers. A well-deserved opportunity for Love finally arrived, bringing an end to his time in Rodgers' shadow.
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