Jordan Love continues to struggle to find his footing as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Love and the Green Bay Packers recently fell to the reeling Denver Broncos by a final score of 19-17. The team was shut out in the first half of the game and on a potential game-winning drive, the young quarterback threw a deep ball which was picked off by safety, P.J. Locke, which was the game-sealing play. This isn’t the first time Love has struggled this year as the Packers are now 2-4 and in third place in the NFC North.
Green Bay Packers Still Sticking Jordan Love as Starting Quarterback Despite Struggles
Jordan Love’s Up and Down Season
The Packers are struggling so far in the post Aaron Rodgers era. Many predicted it would be rough going and they seem to be right thus far. While Love has shown flashes of greatness, his mistakes have been magnified more than his successes. For the season, the former Utah State product has a completion percentage of 57.5 percent to go along with an ESPN quarterback rating (QBR) of 49.8. On top of this, Love has also thrown for 1,263 yards, 10 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. Jordan Love has look flustered in big moments of games this year and is still clearly learning the ropes of being a starting NFL quarterback. However, the team is still backing him. Head coach, Matt LeFleur, had this to say.
“It all works in unison, so the better everybody is around him, the better he’s going to look,” Matt LaFleur said.
“Our confidence in him is not wavering one bit. Certainly as the play caller you put a lot of onus on yourself when things aren’t going well, and we’ll continue to do that, but we’ve got to find a way to generate more points because when you’re generating points, it’s just a totally different narrative.”
The team still has a lot of confidence in the young quarterback going forward.
Green Bay’s Team Struggles
The Packers overall as a team are not what they used to be and it would be unfair to pin all the blame on Jordan Love. Against the Broncos, the team was missing many key players including defensive back, Jaire Alexander. They also lost other key personnel throughout the game which hindered their chances even more. In the past four games before Denver, the Packers had also been outscored 63-6 in the first halves of said games.
They are one of the worst first-half teams in the NFL. As if that was not bad enough, Green Bay also rank 24th as a team in rushing yards per game at a rate of 90.8 yards per game. It does not help that running backs, Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, have both dealt with nagging injuries all season long. In terms of defense, the Packers currently rank 16th in opponents yard per game (338). With this mixture of mediocrity, it is easy to see why the Green Bay Packers are struggling to get going this year behind the new quarterback, Jordan Love.