After almost two decades of spectacular play at the quarterback position with Aaron Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers turn the page to a new chapter with Jordan Love. A different QB with different players around him. Is it really all that different though? It might not be all that different, though. It may just be a repeat of the same exact thing. Let’s take a look at what happened with the Packers in the past.
The Brett Farve Era
Brett Farve may not have been drafted by Green Bay, since he was actually drafted 33rd overall by the Atlanta Falcons, but the Packers traded a 1st round pick to acquire him in 1992. From there, he provided 16 years of steady quarterback play for the team. He even brought home a Super Bowl. His career is what any team would ask for when drafting, or trading for, a quarterback. A Super Bowl win, three MVPs, three first team all-pro selections, and eight pro bowls. Afterwards he announced his retirement in 2008. He would come our of retirement and some drama happened which eventually had him traded to the New York Jets. However, that is a whole other story completely. After his trade, we move on to…
The Aaron Rodgers Era
Aaron Rodgers was selected by the Green Bay Packers 24th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. This was at a time when Farve was still slinging it downfield and giving the packers good stats and winning records. This meant there was no rush to get Rodgers on the field. They could take their time grooming him and getting him ready for the pro level. Well, that’s exactly what they did.
Rodgers spent his first three seasons in the NFL on the sidelines. He learned all he could from Brett Farve and learned the system as well. When Farve finally retired and then was traded away in 2008, everyone wondered how Rodgers would do at the helms. Fortunately for Rodgers, he came out firing. In his first year as a starter, he threw for 4,038 yards and 28 touchdowns for a QB rating of around 106. That is a great first year for any quarterback. It seemed like the Packers were in goods hands. It turns our they were. Rodgers went on to win them a Super Bowl in 2011. Not only that, he won four MVPs, was a four time first team all-pro, and was selected to ten pro bowls. Those are great numbers for a QB. He provided the Packers with 15 more years of steady quarterback play after Farve. Not we catch up to today, where we move on to…
The Jordan Love Era
After all the history lessons, it’s time to get to the main stuff. Rodgers is officially a New York Jet, just like Brett Farve was. Jordan Love has spent three years on the sideline learning from Rodgers, just like Rodgers did. Jordan Love was also a 1st round pick like Rodgers. In fact, only two spots later than Rodgers was. Love was selected 26th overall while Rodgers was selected 24th overall.
Both Jordan Love’s and Aaron Rodger’s paths are about as close as you can get. If they continue to lead this way, love will give the Packers a 4,000+ yard and 25+ season. Love hasn’t wowed anyone over his first three season and doesn’t seem to have a lot of faith from the fan base. The coaching staff does think he has improved though. I’m sure everyone is hoping that time repeats itself and Love turns out to be the next era for the team. His era can either last a year or two, or it could last longer than ten. This year we’ll see if we get deja vu with Love.
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