If you want to know why the Green Bay Packers said little to nothing as Aaron Rodgers passive-aggressively complained about front-office decisions, mocked coaching calls, skipped minicamps, tried out to be a gameshow host, intimated he might leave the franchise after the season and refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19 – which put him in NFL protocol crosshairs – all you needed to do was tune into Sunday’s 13-7 loss to Kansas City.
The game also explains why Rodgers felt emboldened enough to act that way.
The Packers have no chance but to bend their knee to Rodgers. It’s either that or take a step back from Super Bowl contention.
And Rodgers knows it because while Sunday was the public’s first glimpse of his supposed eventual replacement – second-year quarterback Jordan Love – Rodgers has had a front-row seat for a year and a half to scout him.
Here’s guessing Love’s performance in K.C. wasn’t a surprise to No. 12, who was forced to miss the game after testing positive for COVID.
“Aaron talked to me before and said, ‘Just go out there and ball out,’” said Love, who finished 19-of-34 for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception. “He was excited to watch me.”
No doubt he was.
QB Jordan Love lost in his first start with the Packers. (Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Perhaps Love will develop into a quality NFL quarterback. There’s no need to classify him as a forever bust after just one start.
That said, he isn’t very good right now and he showed little Sunday to suggest he is close to being a viable starter, let alone one on a team with Super Bowl aspirations.
Love didn’t deliver much of a stat line, but his play was even less inspiring. While he avoided a ton of crushing mistakes, and showed plenty of resilience, he also made very few plays of note.
“Really disappointed,” Love said. “Obviously you never know when the opportunity is going to come … not being able to go win that game … I wasn’t able to execute….