The Inexperienced Bay Packers’ brass has been steadfast in its perception in taking a affected person strategy in Jordan Love’s first yr as a beginning quarterback.
This week, crew President and CEO Mark Murphy mentioned it can seemingly take “not less than half a season” for the group to decide about whether or not Love is the quarterback who generally is a centerpiece.
If the Packers are within the quarterback market subsequent summer time, they may attempt to pull off a commerce for a veteran quarterback or look to the draft, the place Caleb Williams and Drake Maye are anticipated to attract the curiosity of a number of groups.
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Murphy famous the parallels between Love’s set of circumstances to 2008, when Aaron Rodgers took over after backing up Corridor of Famer Brett Favre for 3 seasons. The Packers went 6-10 in 2008 however received their most up-to-date Tremendous Bowl title two years later.
Rodgers’ commerce to the New York Jets cleared the way in which for Love, who has made one begin because the Packers chosen him out of Utah State with the twenty sixth total decide within the 2020 draft.
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“Evaluating it somewhat bit to Aaron’s first yr as a starter, yeah, I’d say not less than half a season to know,” Murphy mentioned Monday after the NFL’s lone publicly owned crew held its annual shareholders assembly. “And I believe regardless that we ended up with a shedding file that yr, we noticed sufficient of Aaron to know that we had one thing particular.”
The Packers open coaching camp this week with a a lot much less skilled crew than they’ve had in latest seasons. Along with Rodgers’ departure, the Packers additionally misplaced large receiver Allen Lazard this offseason. In the meantime, kicker Mason Crosby isn’t anticipated again after the crew drafted Auburn kicker Anders Carlson within the sixth spherical.
“We’re a a lot completely different crew than we have been final yr,” Murphy mentioned. “We’ll be youthful, however I’m optimistic. I clearly have numerous confidence in (coach) Matt (LaFleur). I believe our protection most likely should carry us somewhat bit within the early season. I believe, offensively, you’re going to see most likely somewhat bit extra of Matt’s true offense.
“Clearly, when you’ve gotten an important quarterback like Aaron and someone who’s been within the league so long as he has, we gave him the flexibleness to vary performs and get out and in of issues that basically helped. However I might anticipate a robust operating recreation and play-action off of that.”
The Packers’ youth on the offensive aspect is tough to overlook.
Inexperienced Bay’s solely large receivers or tight ends who caught greater than 13 passes final season are Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, each coming into their second season. The Packers drafted Oregon State tight finish Luke Musgrave and Michigan State receiver Jayden Reed within the second spherical and added South Dakota State tight finish Tucker Kraft within the third spherical.
“There’ll most likely be some ups and downs with Jordan, and we’ve bought younger receivers. However we’ve bought numerous expertise there, and I believe our thought is — or our hope is — that they’ll all get higher and develop collectively,” Murphy mentioned.
Mruphy conceded that “it was the fitting time” to make a change at quarterback and praised normal supervisor Brian Gutekunst for his negotiations with the Jets and for making the choice to draft Love 4 years in the past.
“He was extremely criticized when he drafted Jordan Love,” Murphy mentioned. “That draft, although, now put us ready the place we really feel we may be aggressive in the long run. There’s an outdated saying within the NFL: ‘One of the best time to draft a quarterback is while you don’t want one.’”
Gutekunst additionally talked about that Love is “able to make his mark within the Nationwide Soccer League after patiently ready his flip.”
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Murphy mentioned he expects Rodgers to have his quantity retired “most likely a yr after” the quarterback’s profession is over.
“It’ll most likely be another person in my place making that call,” mentioned Murphy, who will retire after turning 70 on July 2025. “However I might suppose it could be shortly after his profession ends formally.
The Related Press contributed to this report.