Before the Green Bay Packers traded quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the organization made it clear how much confidence it has in Jordan Love heading into the 2023 season. In recent weeks, though, several actions and reports suggest there isn’t an abundance of confidence in Love.
Reports first surfaced in February that Green Bay viewed Love as the ‘second coming‘ with ‘considerable upside‘ as a starting quarterback. The organization was specifically prepared to tell Rodgers it was done with him because it had that much confidence in Love.
- Jordan Love stats (NFL): 79.7 QB rating, 3-3 TD-INT, 60.2% completion rate, 7.3 ypa
However, the tone started shifting as the Packers’ negotiations with the New York Jets advanced. Matt LaFleur publicly lowered expectations in late March and Green Bay’s general manager made it clear the team wasn’t comfortable exercising the fully-guaranteed team option for the 2024 season.
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Ultimately, Green Bay and Love’s representatives agreed to a compromise. The Packers signed Love to a one-year extension, significantly lowering his guarantees in 2024 and including incentives that would require outstanding production in order for him to make the money back.
As Love now prepares for his first minicamp and training camp as the Packers starting quarterback, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Green Bay wants to temper expectations for him heading into next season.
Appearing on ESPN, NFL insider Dianna Russini provided context on how the Packers view Love heading into the 2023 season.
“He’s not gonna be able to step out on the field and immediately light this up. It’s going to take some time.”Dianna Russini on the Green Bay Packers preaching patience with Jordan Love
Russini noted that the Packers’ coaching staff does have confidence in Love as their starting quarterback, but they also want everyone to be very patient. Even with a solid supporting cast around him, they aren’t setting expectations high for Love’s consistency and production.
It’s a reasonable approach, especially when factoring in how the Packers’ Hall of Fame quarterbacks performed in their first season as a starter.
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Love is walking into a favorable situation. The Packers’ offensive line is one of the best in the NFL and they boast a top-10 rushing attack. With young pass-catchers around him and an above-average defense, Love will have a sufficient environment around him to make a fair evaluation.