Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur had an interesting response when asked recently why he had four quarterbacks in camp.
As has been stated before, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers has said he no longer wants to be in Green Bay, and it looks like he may even sit out this season, leaving the Packers with several inexperienced quarterbacks.
No Aaron Rodgers, no problem
Besides backup quarterback Jordan Love, who may end up starting for Rodgers, LaFleur brought in Blake Bortles, Kurt Benkert, and former Cincinnati Bengals backup Jake Dolegala.
LaFleur explained why he felt the need to have four quarterbacks in minicamp.
“I think there’s so many more components than just the 11-on-11 team drills or the 7-on-7s,” LaFleur said. “You’re throwing routes on-air and as good as I like to think I can throw the ball or (quarterbacks coach Luke) Getsy can throw the ball, you want NFL quarterbacks throwing those to the receivers, (running) backs, whoever they may be so you need those arms. I’m sure as we get closer to training camp things can become a little bit more clear for us and we could potentially make an adjustment there.”
In other words, it sounds like LaFleur is still holding out hope for Rodgers to return.
Is Blake Bortles the x-factor in this?
Many close to the Packers seem to believe that unless or until Rodgers returns to the team, this is Love’s team for the time being, if not for good.
But if Love fails to live up to expectations, could the Jacksonville Jaguars’ former starting quarterback swoop in and take the starting job from him?
He does have more experience than Love and led the Jags to the 2018 AFC Championship Game before losing to the New England Patriots, so it wouldn’t be totally out of the question for Bortles to come in and beat out Love for the starting position.
The problem with Bortles is although he has a lot working in his favor, he is mistake-prone. Unlike Rodgers, who can normally come back from an error, Bortles has struggled to do so. He plays his best when he doesn’t make a bunch of mistakes, which he has a tendency to do.
Jordan Love is the starter for now
LaFleur has made it clear in past comments that Love will be the Packers’ starter if Rodgers doesn’t return, which right now seems unlikely.
However, according to some reports, Love struggled at times during minicamp, throwing a pick-six to 2021 first-round draft choice Eric Stokes.
You have to wonder if the pressure is getting to Love, knowing that the organization and its fans are expecting him to lead them back to the NFC Championship Game, but the Packers may have to be patient with their new starting quarterback.
The question is: How much patience will they have?