Dean from Leavenworth, IN
Groundhog day? So, what year will the Packers trade future Hall of Fame quarterback Jordan Love to the Jets?
I’m sure Packers fans would be thrilled to see such a scenario unfold. Quarterbacks are currency in this sport. At the end of the day, it’s a predicament that any NFL would love to be in.
It’s hard to lose superstars who were part of your football family. I am saddened by the departure of Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers. They provided moments that brought smiles to the faces of millions of fans, and for that I am grateful. Knowing that each player’s tenure will inevitably come to an end, I’m also grateful that their departures have resulted in some change (obviously, the deal with Rodgers hasn’t been finalized yet) that will ease the transition to some degree.
In the NFL, that wheel never stops spinning. As we discussed earlier this week, Joe Montana was traded, Peyton Manning was dropped, and Tom Brady left New England as a free agent. Brett Favre was traded for a third round pick. Dave Robinson was traded for a second round pick. Herb Adderley was traded to Dallas for Malcolm Walker and Clarence Williams.
Mark from San Antonio, Texas
Now that we’re heading towards QB1, do you have any idea how the players are feeling (remember what Aaron Jones said a while ago, lobbying for AR to return)? Personally, I’m extremely excited about the Jordan Love era.
Well, Jones was also equally complementary to Love. De’Vondre Campbell also had kind words for the young QB’s readiness during his appearance on the Appleton Post-Crescent’s Clubhouse Live last year. I can’t tell you how players feel right now, except that Love has earned the respect of the locker room over the years. I feel confident saying that.
Joe from Ormond Beach, FL
I’m submitting my nominee for next season’s Most Valuable Packer: Tom Clements. Rodgers was a work in progress after college and credits Clements with developing him into the quarterback he became. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jordan Love has shown dramatic improvements over the past year under Clements’ leadership. I hope he is well compensated.
He is one of the best in this business. Clements is an extremely intelligent individual with a Midas touch for teaching footwork and fundamentals – two areas where I felt Love showed significant growth last season. Clements has extensive experience mentoring young QBs (Rodgers, Matt Flynn and Kyler Murray). He also helped get the most out of Tommy Maddox in Pittsburgh and Kelly Holcomb in Buffalo. Clements was built for this assignment.
Jeff from Indian Lake, NY
As inevitable as it has felt for a while, there’s a part of me that still can’t believe I’ll never see Aaron Rodgers wearing green and gold again. Now we collectively turn the page to the Jordan Love era. He has handled his apprenticeship under “12” with true professionalism. I look forward to his next interview. I’m curious to hear his thoughts on everything that happened and his view on the future of the franchise. He has been waiting for this moment for a long time, go out and grab it!
Again, this is a process and there is still work to be done. But Jordan Love has said the right things and done everything the Packers have asked. Love has also been a respectful student under Rodgers and has never caused a stir. There may be a lot of unknowns about Jordan Love as a QB, but I think we’ve learned what type of guy he is.
Matthew from Clarkston, MI
If (when) Love and the Packers continue on the successful path with winning seasons, do you think a multi-year QB development/transition process would be emulated by other teams? In my opinion, learning the NFL QB position and slowing down the game before taking the reins is an advantage. But with the potential short lives of NFL coaches and GMs, this may not be possible in other NFL markets.
I don’t know if QBs have to wait three full seasons, but way too many teams throw rookies out when A) they’re not ready and B) their offensive support isn’t stable. Teams might be able to get by if one of those things is true, but not both. In this particular case, I don’t think a young QB could ask for a better offense to get in. The Packers have two Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen protecting Love’s blindside, speed on the rim, and a pair of veterans tying the backfield together.
Not a question, just a thought. With it looking like AR won’t be playing for the Packers, I think it’s time for Packer Nation to rally behind JL and help this young man start his era off right. I look forward to what the future holds for JL and the Packer organization as a whole. Can the salary limit for AR be limited in any way? Thanks for all the great work you do keeping Packer Nation up to date.
One thing that helps Green Bay is that Love still has a rookie contract. That gives the Packers more breathing room than a year from now, when Love would play on a guaranteed fifth-year exercised option or enter unlimited free agency.