Expectations are high for Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love. There's no doubt about that.
The Packers traded up to draft Love three years ago, and his arrival eventually pushed Aaron Rodgers out of the door. Green Bay has committed to Love, moving on from Rodgers to give him the reins.
However, patience is also required. Rodgers entered a similar situation to Love in 2008, but the Packers went 6-10. Rodgers didn't immediately become an MVP quarterback in his first season as a starter. The signs were there, but the Packers didn't have to win a championship for Rodgers' first year to be considered a success.
ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky fired off a hot take about Love on an episode of Get Up.
Orlovsky ranked the top five NFC quarterbacks under the most pressure this season. He put Love at No. 1.
"They ran a Hall-of-Fame quarterback out of town for you," said Orlovsky. "You've got to go prove that you are the right guy. You've got two really good young receivers, a rookie draft pick in Jayden Reed, two young rookie tight ends, a very healthy roster, and a conference and division that is not loaded."
"The expectation shouldn't be that Jordan Love's OK. The expectation should be that Jordan Love doesn't skip a beat to what the Packers have been."
Orlovsky also had Justin Fields, Daniel Jones, Dak Prescott, and Kyler Murray in his top five.
Is there pressure on Love this season? Absolutely. The most pressure of any NFC quarterback? Not even close.
Let's break it down.
Kyler Murray could be playing for his job this season. He is a former No. 1 overall pick, but if the Arizona Cardinals struggle again this year, they could draft a top quarterback prospect next offseason.
Dak Prescott is one of the best quarterbacks in the conference, but the Dallas Cowboys have failed in the playoffs. The pressure is on Prescott to help lead his team to the Super Bowl.
The New York Giants signed Daniel Jones to a four-year, $160 million contract this offseason. He has to deliver. And let's not forget that Dan Orlovsky put Justin Fields in the MVP conversation a couple of weeks ago. Talk about pressure.
Jordan Love is ready to handle pressure in first year as Packers starter
Is there pressure on Love? Of course. But he's ready.
"You're an NFL quarterback, there's only so many of you. Everyone's watching you. Everyone's watching every move you make on the field," Love said. "It's pressure, but that's what comes with the position. That's what I signed up for, that's what I knew I was getting myself into. It comes down to me just making the most of that."
Love isn't under more pressure than the other NFC quarterbacks mentioned.
This offseason, Green Bay moved on from Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Robert Tonyan, and Marcedes Lewis.
Love has an inexperienced receiving corps. Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure are second-year players, while Jayden Reed, Luke Musgrave, Tucker Kraft, and Dontayvion Wicks are rookies.
Green Bay went 8-9 last year, missed the playoffs, then moved on from several veterans. Expectations are relatively low for this team entering 2023.
It's going to take time for them to grow together.
Yes, there's pressure on Love. The Packers will want to see him continue to develop and show potential this season. But there's no way Love is under more pressure than any other NFC quarterback.