Ballsy Move 😤
Even if Love never played, his mere existence already helped Green Bay…
If you follow NFL news, you know the Green Bay Packers do not wait until the team needs a quarterback to make sure there is a surplus on the roster. If you are anything like me, you plan out the food situation for these fleeting playoff weekends of NFL games.
Oftentimes, this means ordering food in advance before you are hungry. You know, wise reader, that at some point shortly you will indeed be hungry for your favorite Chinese dish and will have that Kung Pao chicken at the ready.
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The Packers never get hungry at quarterback, even if it means sometimes kicking the veteran in the cheeks on their way out the door. Green Bay seamlessly transitioned from Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers.
Jordan Love really went full Brett Favre pic.twitter.com/KqkxrnztnU
— Tony Clements (@TonyCMKE) January 21, 2024
Eventually, there would be a mix of darkness retreats and weird Pat McAfee interviews that would lead to the start of the Jordan Love era. You may remember things were not exactly euphoric between Favre and Rodgers as the Hall-of-Famer’s semi-retirement became an annual topic of conversation.
The #Packers had HOF QBs Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers for 32 years. And now they have Jordan Love, who in his first year has done what never of them did – making and now winning a playoff game. A historic road victory over Dallas. https://t.co/yjrqUaR7P7
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) January 17, 2024
Don’t forget the Packers also had Matt Flynn sandwiched in there as Rodgers’ backup before landing a sizable deal with the Seahawks.
How did the Packers do it? It’s not that complicated.
Quarterback Is the Most Important Position in Sports, so Why Not Have Two QBs
All of this is just basic math that started with former Packers general manager Ron Wolf. If a quarterback is indeed the most important position in sports, then why not have more than one?
At the very least, your QB2 is one play away from seeing the field. If the backup quarterback is never needed, there are plenty of other teams that will be in the trade market for a signal-caller.
— EVAN MARKHAM 🤙🏻 (@EvanMarkham4) January 22, 2024
Green Bay was willing to risk an angry Rodgers pouring an extra glass of tequila after the team drafted Love. Likewise, the front office was cool risking a beef with Favre after selecting Rodgers.
In the long run, it was worth the bumpy breakups as the Packers appear to once again be set at the position for years to come.
The Packers Went From Favre to Rodgers to Love
The Packers gave up just a fourth-round pick to move up four spots to snag Love in the 2020 NFL draft. Rodgers may have been angry, but Love’s presence motivated Rodgers to win back-to-back MVPs. Even if Love never played, his mere existence already helped Green Bay.
Hey Packer fans, do yall miss Aaron Rodgers?
Packers fans.. pic.twitter.com/vSj6m6vAmR
— Gee Scott Sr. 🎙️ (@GeeScottSr) January 21, 2024
Wolf’s quarterback philosophy has gone on to shape other NFL franchises like the Seahawks. Seattle general manager John Schneider discussed Wolf’s approach to quarterbacks.
“I was really blessed to start with Ron Wolf,” Schneider said in 2018, per ESPN’s Brady Henderson. “He was the general manager in Green Bay for, I believe, 10 or 11 years, and he traded for Brett Favre right when get got there, and he acquired Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Brunell, Ty Detmer, Aaron Brooks.”
…It’s 2034 and Love is giving an interview to a shirtless McAfee in the metaverse. After months of NFL rumors, the Packers have just drafted another quarterback in the first round, and are on the verge of trading Love.
Don’t say Rodgers didn’t warn you.
The Packers really went 3/3 on quarterbacks for 30 years pic.twitter.com/PWkzhv7g8z
— Ty Rushing (@Rushthewriter) January 21, 2024