Aaron Rodgers is now on the New York Jets, and it means it is time for Jordan Love to see if he can carry on the Green Bay Packers’ great quarterback tradition.
If he fails, the green and gold nation will see bad quarterback play for the first time since 1992. Well, let me clarify and say bad starting quarterback play because T.J. Rubley needed to finish out a game once.
Millennials and Generation Z have known nothing but Hall of Fame starting quarterbacks in Green Bay. You would have to ask someone born in the 1970s to give you clear memories of the last time the Packers had a terrible QB1.
Although Don Majkowski and Lynn Dickey were at least entertaining to watch.
Still, Mike Tomczak was once signed to compete for the starting job with Majkowski. So that goes to show you that the “Majik Man” was not going to take the Green Bay Packers to the promised land.
Instead, you would have to seek out an old-timer to tell you about the quarterbacks who came after Bart Starr.
They could tell you the horrors of watching Zeke Bratkowski, Scott Hunter, Jerry Tagge, John Hadl, and David Whitehurst line up under center.
When Starr hung up his cleats after the 1970 season, it was the last time the Green Bay Packers were in quarterback purgatory.
If Jordan Love fails to carry on the tradition that Favre and Rodgers started, the franchise could potentially enter QB purgatory again after a long hiatus.
It will take some time to find out if Love can take the torch passed him. If you think about, Love has played in five quarters of competitive football in the NFL (I am not counting the random mop up duty).
Training camp reports have the offense and him struggling, but remember it has been one week of practice.
Quarterback “heck” is a place all franchises want to avoid. It means losing and watching the playoffs from home.
Making the playoffs was a birthright for the Packers when Favre and Rodgers were the starting quarterbacks. Since the franchise typically failed to surround them with enough talent to win multiple Super Bowls, it was usually their play that got them to the postseason.
The Pack made the playoffs 22 times with Favre or Rodgers as QB1. Green Bay made the playoffs just twice before Favre showed up. I repeat, just two playoff appearances in 22 years.
In QB purgatory, the only other way a team gets to the playoffs is with a great defense and run game. It usually ends with a short stay in the postseason. It rarely ends with a Vince Lombardi trophy or a long run of making the playoffs.