He’s one of the best in this business

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Groundhog Day? So, what year will the Packers be trading future Hall of Fame quarterback Jordan Love to the Jets?

I’m sure Packers fans would be thrilled with such scenario unfolding. Quarterbacks are currency in this sport. At the end of the day, it’s a predicament every NFL would love to be in.

Losing superstars who have been part of your football family is tough. I’m sad about the departures of Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers. They delivered moments that brought smiles to the faces of millions of fans, and for that I’m thankful. In knowing that the tenure of every player will inevitably come to an end, I’m also thankful that their departures have resulted in draft capital (obviously the Rodgers deal isn’t finalized yet) that will help ease the transition to some degree.

In the NFL, that wheel never stops turning. As we talked about earlier this week, Joe Montana was traded, Peyton Manning was cut, and Tom Brady left New England as a free agent. Brett Favre was traded for a third-round pick. Dave Robinson was traded for a second-round pick. Herb Adderley was traded to Dallas for Malcolm Walker and Clarence Williams.

Mark from San Antonio, TX

Now that we have direction at QB1, do you have a sense how the players are feeling (thinking of what Aaron Jones said a little while back, lobbying for AR to return)? I, personally, am extremely excited for the era of Jordan Love.

Well, Jones was equally complementary of Love, too. De’Vondre Campbell also had kind words for the young QB’s readiness during his appearance on the Appleton Post-Crescent’s Clubhouse Live last year. I couldn’t tell you how players feel right now other than Love has earned the respect of the locker room over the last there years. I feel confident in saying that.

Joe from Ormond Beach, FL

I submit my nominee for most valuable Packer for the upcoming season: Tom Clements. Rodgers was a work in progress out of college and credits Clements for developing him into the quarterback he became. I don’t think it’s a coincidence Jordan Love showed dramatic improvement this past year under Clements’ leadership. I hope he is well-compensated.

He’s one of the best in this business. Clements is extremely intelligent individual who has a Midas touch for teaching footwork and fundamentals – two areas I felt Love showed significant growth last season. Clements possesses extensive experience mentoring young QBs (Rodgers, Matt Flynn and Kyler Murray). He also helped get the most out of Tommy Maddox in Pittsburgh and Kelly Holcomb in Buffalo. Clements was built for this assignment.

Jeff from Indian Lake, NY

As inevitable as it has felt for some time now, there is part of me that still can’t believe I’ll never see Aaron Rodgers don the green and gold again. Now we collectively turn the page to the Jordan Love era. He has handled his apprenticeship under “12” with true professionalism. I look forward to his next interview. I am eager to hear his point of view on all that’s happened and his take on the future of the franchise. He’s waited a long time for this moment, go out and seize it!

Again, this is a process and there’s still work to be done. But Jordan Love has said all the right things and done everything the Packers have asked. Love also has been a respectful apprentice under Rodgers and never raised a fuss. There might be a lot of unknowns about Jordan Love as a QB, but I think we’ve learned the type of man he is.

Matthew from Clarkston, MI

If (when) Love and the Packers continue down the successful path with winning seasons, do you think a multiyear QB development/transition process would be emulated by other teams? In my opinion, there is a benefit to learn the NFL QB position and slow the game down before taking control of the reins. But with the potential short lives of NFL coaches and GMs, maybe this is not possible in other NFL markets.

I don’t know if QBs need to wait three full seasons, but far too many teams throw rookies out there when A) they’re not ready and B) their offensive support is not stable. Teams might get by with one of those things being true, but not both. In this particular case, I don’t think a young QB could ask for a better offense to step into. The Packers have two Pro Bowl-caliber offensive linemen protecting Love’s blindside, speed on the perimeter and a pair of veterans tying the backfield together.

Not a question, just a thought. Now that it appears AR will not be playing for the Packers, I believe it’s time for Packer Nation to rally behind JL and help this young man get his era off to a great start. Looking forward to what the future brings for JL and the Packer organization as a whole. Can the salary cap hit for AR be mitigated in any manner? Thank you for all the great work you do to keep Packer Nation up to date.

One thing that helps Green Bay is Love is still on his rookie contract. That gives the Packers more breathing room than a year from now, when Love would either be playing on a guaranteed fifth-year option exercised or entering unrestricted free agency.

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