Brett Favre is back … with more opinions, that is.
Since Green Bay drafted Jordan Love with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Favre has offered plenty of insight into Aaron Rodgers and the Packers QB room, considering Rodgers found himself in the same situation with Favre as Love does now with Rodgers. While Rodgers is still the man in Green Bay, Favre offered some thoughts on how the Packers should use their current and future quarterbacks.
“I think there’s ways to incorporate it much like Taysom Hill with the Saints,” Favre said to TMZ Sports. “Use him as a halfback, a halfback pass, but occasionally let him run it just to show that you’ll do that. Something like that.”
While it’s a novel idea, there’s a few snags here: Love is known more as a traditional pocket passer than he is a dual-threat QB, despite having tons of physical tools, for one. In three seasons as Utah State Aggies signal caller, Love rushed for just 403 yards, with his highwater mark coming in 2018; In 13 games, he scored seven TDs on the ground, while 2019 showed a career-high in yards with 175.
The second is that Love’s ceiling is a lot higher than Hill’s, whose success is arguably a product of one of the smartest offensive minds in the modern NFL. The third is that Hill typically lines up as a QB, not as much a halfback. In any case, it’s just an idea.
Favre also admits that Love likely won’t see the field unless Rodgers suffers an injury, and his best shot at NFL action in 2020 might be to carry the clipboard and eventually enter games as a gadget back.
“The good news is, you’re not getting hit. You’re getting paid, your stock is not going down at all, unless you just tank in practice or are a totally different person than they thought they drafted, and I don’t think that’s the case,” Favre said. “So this is an opportunity for you to mature with the pro game. Soak it all in and get better.”
To Favre’s general point, there might be the start of a new trend brewing in the NFL with dual-QB systems. The Saints and Payton are the most famous to utilize a gadget QB, with Hill deployed as a Swiss army knife within their offense, albeit with limited snaps. The Eagles drafted quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, with reports saying Hurts playing that everyman-type role within the Philly offense. Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is a trend — if the Packers use Love like Favre says.
Green Bay certainly raised some eyebrows when they took Love with the No. 21 pick in this year’s draft, apparently selecting Rodgers’ heir apparent, proving that time in the NFL is a flat circle.
Published at Sun, 28 Jun 2020 15:25:49 +0000