‘He Got Dinged’ – Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur Gives His Verdict on Jordan Love’s NFL Debut

Published 08/15/2021, 10:19 AM EDT
Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur gestures following a time out call during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


The Green Bay Packers raised quite a few eyebrows in the NFL Draft last season by picking quarterback Jordan Love with their first-round pick. With Aaron Rodgers already on their roster, the move to draft a quarterback instead of acquiring a wide receiver was frowned upon by many. 

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With Aaron Rodgers putting on an MVP display in 2020, the Packers were forced to keep Love on the bench throughout the season. And much of the same is expected in 2021. 

ASHWAUBENON, WISCONSIN – JULY 29: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers works out during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on July 29, 2021 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

While Rodgers was close to calling it quits, the quarterback has returned to play at least another season for the Packers. But the alarm bells are ringing. With a trade involving Aaron Rodgers very much a possibility, the franchise is making sure Jordan Love is ready to take over whenever needed. 

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And finally, after a season of being a benchwarmer, Jordan Love was given his first NFL start, albeit in a preseason game. The quarterback played till halftime and garnered some mixed reviews. But what did Head Coach Matt LaFleur have to say about the young QB’s debut outing?

Green Bay Packers see positives in Jordan Love debut

The Green Bay Packers took on the Houston Texans in their first preseason game of the season. Jordan Love got the first start of his Packers career but his debut was short-lived.

Strip-sacked in the second quarter of the tie, the quarterback didn’t feature in the second half. But that was all that LaFleur needed to see from his young QB.

“He kind of got dinged on that strip-sack, so we just thought it was best to let him rest the second half,” LaFleur said while addressing the media.

While the side lost to the Texans 26-7, LaFleur definitely ended up seeing some positives from Love’s debut outing. 

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“I thought there was a lot of good things he did. He made really solid decisions. There were a couple of balls he gotta let it rip a little more, and not try to aim it. But overall, just the command, getting in and out of the huddle, it was a pretty clean operation, which was a positive,” LaFleur said.

Aug 14, 2021; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love (10) passes the ball against the Houston Texans in the first quarter during the game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Love completed 12 of his 17 attempted passes and racked up 122 yards and a touchdown in the process. The quarterback ended the night with a solid passer rating of 110.4.

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While Love’s showing wasn’t anything spectacular it definitely was solid. And with plenty of time to grow, the Packers can breathe easy knowing they have a competent QB in Jordan Love to take over.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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