Over the last four games, the Green Bay Packers are 1-3 — due to an improbably fourth-quarter effort against the New Orleans Saints — while quarterback Jordan Love has thrown four touchdowns and seven interceptions to go along with a 64.9 passer rating. This has led many to question whether or not the 2020 first-round pick is going to be The Guy in Green Bay moving forward, but head coach Matt LaFleur didn’t seem to lack any faith that Love is going to be the Packers’ long-term quarterback during Monday’s press conference.
LaFleur had the following to say about Love’s situation, when questioned by the media about the young quarterback:
There was a lot of things that I thought he did really well, and there’s some things that, obviously, I think at the end of the game we missed [receiver] Christian [Watson] on that in cut. I think he got caught up on the right side a little too long.
That’s just part of it. I think for him, just the feel you have in the pocket, when to move, how much you have to move — it’s part of our journey together. He’s done enough, for me, to show me that it’s all right there.
And it’s not just him. It’s getting the other 10, everybody, on the same page. We can’t have breakdowns up front, and we gotta make sure that we don’t have busts — whether it’s receivers, tight ends and backs — it all works in unison. The better everyone is around him, the better he’s going to look. Our confidence in him is not wavering one bit.
Maybe LaFleur realizes that there’s no reason but to fully back Love this season, as the team isn’t really in a position to find an alternative option. It’s possible that LaFleur is simply confident in Love because he absolutely must believe that they can get this train back on the rails if they want to ensure that they’ll both be around in 2024.
At the end of the day, it’s been 680 days (h/t Ken Ingalls) since the Packers last had their most recent 300-yard passing day. Since the 2022 season began, 30 teams — every NFL squad other than the Arizona Cardinals and Packers — have recorded a 300-yard passing game. The Cardinals, who are dealing with an ACL tear to starting quarterback Kyler Murray, have even hit that number multiple times since the Packers’ last 300-yard game, if you exclude sack yardage that Murray took in his high-volume efforts.
Packers fans, who are accustomed to high-flying aerial attacks, are having their faith shaken much more quickly than LaFleur is, apparently. They’re going to want to see a high-volume performance out of Love soon, especially after he failed to crack 200 yards against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL on Sunday.