The Green Bay Packers’ selection of Jordan Love in the 2022 NFL Draft was an odd one, to say the least. Was he selected to light a fire underneath Aaron Rodgers or to be his replacement with his seemingly upcoming retirement?
With Rodgers going back-to-back with MVP seasons in both 2020 and 2021, Love’s future now hangs in the balance.
Love has now sat behind Rodgers for two years in Green Bay. Last season, the media presumed that Rodgers was going to either retire or leave for greener pastures. With the new extension that Rodgers signed, it has Love sitting behind Rodgers for another two years minimum.
So the two options that the Packers have at this point is having Love sit behind Rodgers for four years, a year longer than how long Rodgers sat behind Brett Favre. Or they trade Love away for a draft pick.
By having Love sit behind Rodgers, they have time for him to develop and learn from Rodgers, much like he did with Favre. This could make him a better quarterback. Developing behind Rodgers could give him an advantage against some of the potential rookies that could be joining the NFC North in the near future.
When Rodgers sat behind Favre, he was able to learn the ins and outs of the playbook without being thrown into the fire, and get tips from one of the best quarterbacks of all time. Rodgers was able to completely transform his mechanics from college, which allowed him to become a better quarterback in the future.
The time he sits on the bench and absorbs the knowledge from both Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers would be beneficial to a player. But, benching a quarterback could also be detrimental to him.
He could have been sitting on the bench for too long that he isn’t used to football compared to a player who has been playing for a while. In his start against the Kansas City Chiefs last season, Love wasn’t great but he wasn’t bad either.
He threw a touchdown and gave up an interception but he had a total of 213 yards. Then when he came in against the Detroit Lions in the final game of the season, he threw one touchdown and two interceptions.
But that could possibly be chalked up to the game not meaning anything because the Packers had already locked up the first-round bye. Despite popular beliefs, Love does still have potential to become a great NFL quarterback.
If the Packers were to trade Jordan Love, it would be a great decision but one that would cause an entire reset within the organization. Love could potentially get the Packers a second-round pick.
He still has potential to be a starting quarterback in the NFL and has never really had a chance to be a starter. Most sports fans knew that he wasn’t going to win the starting job against Aaron Rodgers. He could be a transitional guy for the 2022 season for a number of teams in the NFL.
Perhaps the Seattle Seahawks, Atlanta Falcons, or Houston Texans.
The Jordan Love pick in 2020 seemed to be an insurance selection. That the Packers would have had their “guy” if Rodgers decided not to stay with the Packers considering the unrest between him and the organization.
A serviceable quarterback who had potential to win games but not someone who would be able to fully fill the role of a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. Or, it could have been a selection that lit a fire under Rodgers considering he has gone back-to-back with MVP wins.
We will see what the future holds for Jordan Love.