Some members of national media outlets have begun recognizing the potential of Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love. Let’s tap in to what people are saying and decide if it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Rich Eisen Says People may be “overlooking” the Packers
“Everybody get ready for Jordan Love to be really freaking good,” says long time NFL journalist Rich Eisen at the top of his segment about the Packers starting QB.
Eisen comments about how talented Love has looked throughout camp and during the preseason. He goes on to mention the benefits of sitting behind a quarterback as good as Aaron Rodgers before mentioning that this effect has even already begun to take effect on Jets QB Zach Wilson. Eisen also notes that it is particularly impressive, despite that it is preseason, for Love to have performed well against a Bill Belichick coached defense.
Dan Orlovsky Seems to be Very High on Jordan Love
Former NFL quarterback and current ESPN analyst Dan Orlovsky has sung praises about Jordan Love for quite some time, but his commentary on the new starter in Green Bay is heating up. Below we see a clip from a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up” program where Orlovsky breaks down some game film and gushes about Love’s mechanics.
Orlovsky has also touched on the common themes that Rich Eisen talked about. The fact that Jordan Love had the luxury to sit behind Aaron Rodgers and reinforce his mechanics for three years, the fact that Love has looked polished in his short time as the team’s new starter, all seem to be jumping off points for conversations about the young QB.
The less common theme about Orlovsky’s analysis of Love is his own connection to the game of football. Dan Orlovsky was a quarterback in the NFL for 13 years, although he spent much of that as a backup. Orlovsky forged many connections in the league, and even crossed paths with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur in 2017, when he played under the then Rams offensive coordinator before retiring during that season. There is even a clip of Orlovsky candidly referencing his connection to LaFleur, where he states, “I’ll say this, Matt LaFleur and I texted the other day and his words were ‘you would love him, he’s gonna be great.”
A seemingly candid opinion of the Packers current head coach is certainly an interesting piece to the puzzle, but is it ultimately that important?
What to Make of all of This
The larger point that I’ve been trying to get at is this; national media members don’t know any better than local media members when it comes to what Love brings to the table. I’d say that local reporters are your best bet given that they are watching practices every day and are the most tuned in to these particular topics.
I’m all for some Rich Eisen backed hype trains or some interesting insights from a former NFL quarterback with connections in the league, but it all means very little when we consider that these guys have to cover all 32 teams in the NFL.
Ultimately people are starting to notice what Packers fans have already seen; Jordan Love looks to be a mechanically sound QB with some real upside. For now all we have to work with is our knowledge of Jordan Love’s preseason and training camp performances, as well as about 83 pass attempts in the regular season throughout the course of his career.
Everything is in front of Love, and only time will tell what he’s really going to bring to offense of the Green Bay Packers.——————
Zack is a college student and cheesehead from California. When he’s not in class or writing, you can find him talking about the Packers on Twitter at @Zack_Upchurch.