OTAs and minicamp are over which means one thing: training camp is coming.
This is usually a period of anticipation and excitement for teams and their fans but for the Green Bay Packers, the next month and a half will be tense as the standoff with Aaron Rodgers shows no sign of coming to a close. It’s a near certainty the quarterback’s status will remain unknown until camp opens in July at the absolute earliest.
Despite the giant question mark of who will be Green Bay’s QB1 for the 2021 season, head coach Matt LaFleur has a steady hand at the wheel of the team. Regardless of where the situation with Rodgers is, LaFleur told the media the team will have “one plan” in terms of the quarterback position and expressed confidence in the guys who did show up.
If Rodgers’ holdout lasts until the preseason, it’s a safe assumption Jordan Love will be the starting quarterback for the exhibition contests. After COVID-19 eliminated the 2020 preseason, all those live game reps will be crucial for Love to not only gain experience but also to give coaches a true gauge where he is at in his development.
It is that unknown that should both excite and terrify fans. The Packers have been steadfast in their support of their 2020 first round pick, which means they could have something in Love. Then again, the lack of game reps also creates a big unknown and that means he could also be bad.
It’s going to be an anxiety riddled summer in Titletown and the conclusion to this saga will be either satisfying or empty. It seems like there will be no middle ground.
It’s definitely complicated, fella.
Besides the quarterback situation, how the defense will look and perform under new coordinator Joe Barry will be the other big thing to watch during training camp and the preseason. Uncertainty on both sides of the ball is not a position the Packers have found themselves in very often over the past 30 years.
Rashan Gary came on strong late in the 2020 season and gives the Packers a possible three-headed pass rushing monster should Preston Smith also return to form.
After the 2018 draft, many thought the Packers had a good cornerback tandem of the future with Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson being their first two picks. Only one (Alexander) has played up to his draft position while Jackson finds himself on the roster bubble heading into his fourth year.
Rodgers at least avoids one similarity to Brett Favre’s exit from Green Bay: Favre ended up on the Madden cover before being traded to the Jets. Rodgers will suffer no such indignity.
I was hoping this would be the magic solution to the Rodgers dilemma but instead it was just a kid trying to talk to someone in England. Glad to see it worked though.