When it comes to the Jordan Love conversation, there hasn’t been much nuance. Analysts and experts generally have their hot takes and they’re usually black and white. “This guy doesn’t have what it takes!” “The Packers made a mistake!” And on and on.
But leave it to ESPN’s Dan Orlovsky to bring some rational thought to the conversation. The former quarterback, appearing on The Pat McAfee Show, both concisely broke down what he believed to be Jordan Love’s biggest problem, while also defending the situation he’s in.
“So Jordan Love there are moments when he makes great throws. Like the ball to Musgrave down the middle of the field, obviously the late one on the deep crosser, there’s moments when he makes great throws. There’s not enough good throws. And the good throws are sometimes the layups that are just a part of that offense. The layups Matt LaFleur calls into the game plan or the game and sometimes they become completions but instead of being like a 12 or 15 yard gain it’s like a five or six yard gain because the ball placement forces the guy to adjust his body to make a catch where it’s a more difficult catch and you sit there and go it’s a completion, but it’s not a good throw. And so there are moments of good throws, and hear me out when I say this, I think the pass pro struggles have thrown the timing off of their pass game so it feels like with Jordan it’s get the ball out now or move around in the pocket and try to create something and that’s a bad place to be for a guy who’s playing for their first time.”
Extremely well stated by the analyst. Given all the youth and inexperience on this team, the Aaron Jones injury through the first part of the year, and the difficulties along the o-line it’s truly difficult to say whether or not Jordan Love can be the guy going forward. Love deserves the time and attention to prove himself. Hopefully, despite the high expectations, he will get just that.