Yes, the 2020 season ended in disappointing fashion.
If just one play or one call or one playcall would have been different, the Packers could have been in the Super Bowl. Based on the disarray the Chiefs were in from injuries and off-the-field issues, the Packers may very well have won.
But it didn’t happen.
There’s looming salary cap issues in 2021 and not everyone will be back, but there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the 2021 season and we’ll be counting them throughout the offseason.
Today we look at Reason #10: Jordan Love.
Hear me out.
I’m not some “Push Rodgers Out” conspiracy theorist.
Jordan Love isn’t going to be taking over the starting role in 2021…
Aaron Rodgers gets injured.
Sure, we don’t want to think about it, but it’s happened before and the older someone gets, the more likely injuries become. Potentially missing All Pro Left Tackle David Bakhtiari for the beginning of the season won’t help matters.
Now, I don’t want Aaron Rodgers to get hurt, but look what happened the last times he was injured.
Guys like Scott Tolzien and Brett Hundley had to carry the mantle. The results were not impressive. Now, those guys are certainly better quarterbacks than me, but they proved to not be cut out to be NFL starters. Even Tim Boyle probably wasn’t going to take his laser show to the Super Bowl.
I know that Jordan Love hasn’t stepped foot on the field yet, or even suited up, but he does have talent.
He wasn’t an undrafted free agent or a Day 3 project like those other guys, he was a premier passer worthy of trading up for in the 1st round.
He’s the most talented backup Aaron Rodgers has ever had. He’s the most talented backup the Packers have had since, well, Aaron Rodgers.
Having a quality backup – who now has a full year in the system – means that if anything happens to Rodgers, this team will still have a shot. It might be a handful of games that they need to win to hold their playoff seed or they might actually need him to guide the team through the playoffs.
Whatever, the case, if Aaron Rodgers goes down for any amount of time, the Packers have a prospect with premier talent ready to take over the helm.
That’s a reason to be optimistic.
Want to learn more!?
Want more insight into how winning teams build through the draft (and how losing teams fail)? We’ve got you covered!
Start shallow, then get deep into understanding draft strategy with our draft book (rated a #1 New Release): A Fan’s Guide To Understanding The NFL Draft: Strategies, Tactics, And Case Studies For Building A Professional Football Team
Then jump into free agency with another #1 New Release: A Fan’s Guide To NFL Free Agency Hits and Misses to better understand this critical part of the NFL offseason and see where teams have found (or missed) success in this critical component of team-building.
Finally, get to the game behind the game with our new must-have book for 2021: A Fan’s Guide To Understanding The NFL Salary Cap – which lays out detailed, easy-to-follow scenarios to explain exactly how contract structures and salary cap rules impact teams.
All these great books are available in ebook and paperback – and free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers!
If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited, you can get a free trial of Kindle Unlimited here!
Don’t just watch the draft – understand it and learn why GMs make the moves they do.
Check out our PFTW 2021 Mock Draft Archive to see how other scenarios played out!
Check out Packers Draft Central 2021 for all our 2020 NFL Draft coverage!