Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers received criticism for a lack of fan support in the NFL. In response, he said that it’s been hard being “a really good player and have people just not want to watch you play.”
Highlights of the article:
- Merriman, Shawne, a retired All-Pro linebacker, slammed Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Jordan Love.
- In Week 9 in lieu of Aaron Rodgers, the Utah State product completed 19 of 34 pass attempts for 190 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
- Merriman, like any of Love’s other detractors, should give the backup quarterback more time to establish himself.
If any Green Bay Packers supporters were hoping to see what the rookie quarterback Jordan Love might accomplish if given the chance, they were almost definitely disappointed in Week 9.
Love took over as the starting quarterback after Aaron Rodgers was placed on the COVID-19 list for distributing false information while in quarantine. He struggled in a Week 9 defeat to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Don’t tell former All-Pro linebacker Shawne Merriman that 63 snaps shouldn’t make or break a career.
As the Packers’ starting quarterback, Shawne Merriman has had enough of Jordan Love.
Anyone expecting Love to pass for 350 yards and three touchdowns in an upset win at Arrowhead Stadium needed to keep their expectations in check. Anyone betting on Love achieving either of those goals would want to reconsider their strategy.
In the Packers’ 13-7 defeat, Love didn’t do much of anything well. The 2020 26th overall selection only completed 19 of 34 pass attempts for 190 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in his first professional start, despite his defense keeping him in the game.
Again, one start should not be used to define a player’s future performance. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts tossed three interceptions in his first professional start, but he was alright.
Merriman, a former Pro Bowl linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, isn’t in the mood to hear such a suggestion. In an interview with Gambling.com on Nov. 11, the Maryland product slammed the second-year quarterback for his poor performance, saying the Packers should rethink their long-term quarterback plans:
“I believe they should start treating Aaron Rodgers with respect from now on.” They need to acknowledge and own up to the fact that they made a mistake, and they need to do it openly, in my opinion. They didn’t do what was best for the Green Bay Packers by bringing in a first-round backup quarterback who, based on what I’ve seen, would most likely wind up being a backup for the rest of his career until they see something different.”
Tell us how you actually feel, Shawne.
Merriman, like any of Love’s other detractors, needs to take it easy after a terrible start.
Shawne Merriman, a retired All-Pro linebacker, favors Aaron Rodgers (No. 12) over Jordan Love (No. 10) | Quinn Harris/Getty Images
Merriman is not alone in his belief that the Packers should not have moved up to get a quarterback in 2020. The Packers had much more pressing needs than a quarterback who, barring injury or an unforeseen retirement, wouldn’t have seen meaningful action until at least 2022 or 2023.
Let’s ignore Love’s draft position for the time being and concentrate entirely on his first professional start. No one is defending his performance or claiming it was good. In a six-point defeat, the Packers were just 2-of-12 on third down and were one touchdown away from being shut out for the first time since Dec. 30, 2018. At best, such a performance is subpar, and at worst, it is unacceptably poor.
To be fair to Love, he just had a week of game preparation and was making his first career start on the road in a tough atmosphere. It wasn’t like beginning against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field or going up against the dismal Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
Fortunately for the Packers, who started the season 7-1 in a weak NFC North division. It would take a complete meltdown for them to allow the Vikings’ inconsistency to push them aside and win the division for the first time since 2017.
Merriman may be correct in his prediction that Love will spend the remainder of his career as a backup. Still, we have no idea what he’ll accomplish in the following decade based on his one start. In his first professional start, a three-point win against the Denver Broncos in December 2017, Mahomes completed 63 percent of his attempts and did not throw a touchdown. Do you think he’ll be the backup quarterback every week?
Packers fans should start getting ready for even more Love in 2022.
This is the fact that Merriman and Packers supporters must confront, and it is critical. If this is Rodgers’ last season and he moves on to another club in 2022, Love will almost probably take over as the Packers’ starting quarterback the following season.
Love cost the Packers a first-round selection, so they’ll be looking for a return on their investment. Will the Packers really spend top dollar or give up assets for a seasoned starter when Love is ready to play until Deshaun Watson or Russell Wilson become available through trade?
Of course, if Rodgers isn’t available, the Packers could bring in a proven veteran, like as Jimmy Garoppolo or Nick Foles, to fight for the starting position with Love. However, unless something unforeseen happens, Rodgers or Love will start Week 1 next season.
If the Packers don’t want to accept the latter, we recommend they listen to Merriman and start making nice. They’ll go ahead if they don’t, and Love will start shattering hearts. They should hope he’s harassing the rest of the NFC North, not his own supporters, for their sake.
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