The Packers never explicitly said they wanted Jordan Love to be the successor to Aaron Rodgers, but the message came through loud enough when they traded up to take him in the first round in 2020.
But then there was an MVP season for Rodgers. And then another. And then a lucrative contract extension. And then the Packers were staring down the possibility of having to make a call on Jordan Love’s fifth-year option without really having seen him play.
Now, it seems, Love is finally about to get an opportunity for some extending time as the Packers’ starting quarterback. That it comes in what will amount to a lost season can’t be too encouraging for the Packers’ front office, but you take what you can get at this point. They’ll have the chance — perhaps once the Packers are mathematically eliminated, perhaps before — to see what they have in Love.
I think you can take issue with the entire plan surrounding Jordan Love starting with the moment they drafted him, but, much like the Packers’ season as a whole, you can also argue that this wasn’t how they thought it would go. Whatever Love does yet this season, they’re still going to be more in “let’s hope we can salvage this situation” mode more than preparing to build around Love.
That’s how it goes at times, of course. No plan survives contact with reality. The only hope now is that Love can show himself to have been worth the wait. If he guides the Packers into another era of high-level quarterback play, it will still all have been worth it. If not, well, he shouldn’t be the only one looking to restart his career outside Green Bay.
Jordan Love’s opportunity as Packers starting QB should be rapidly approaching | Packers Wire
Sooner or later, Love is going to get a chance to start some games for the Packers this year. Here’s a case that it should be “sooner.”
Missed tackles doomed Packers’ defense vs. Eagles | Packers.com
The defense would have been bad enough without missing tons of tackles, but they did that too.
NBC did the unthinkable during Eagles-Packers broadcast | The Philadelphia Inquirer
Apparently, NBC didn’t show any B-roll footage of cheesesteaks during the Packers/Eagles game on Sunday night, a rare tendency breaker from the Sunday Night Football crew. I’m amused that the article wants to call out networks for consistently using the same tropes about Philly, though. If the only things people know about your city are sandwiches and a fictional boxer, perhaps you need to be more interesting?
Josh Jacobs: Jewel of the 2023 Free-Agent Class | Football Outsiders
It’s never too early to think about 2023, especially if your team is in free fall, and Josh Jacobs looks to be the best player hitting the free agent market next spring.
About 20 escaped ostriches run loose through Canadian town | UPI
The story is interesting enough on its own, but what’s the deal with “about” 20 ostriches? Seems like you’d want to know exactly how many giant escaped birds you’re dealing with.