Rob DemovskiESPN Writer3 minute read
GREEN BAY, Wis. –The running joke this offseason has been that with Aaron Rodgers out and Jordan Love, the Green Bay Packers’ offense will look more like the scheme coach Matt LaFleur wanted to implement all along.
“I heard that a lot,” LaFleur said with a chuckle earlier this offseason.
Now that the Rodgers-to-Love transition process is in full swing, it’s become more apparent to the coaching staff what the offense will look like. And different it might seem indeed.
“It might yeah it might,” Packers offensive coordinator Adam Stenavich said Tuesday. “I think it’s possible. And it’s not just because there’s no Aaron Rodgers. It’s maybe those other elements that we’ve added as well. So again, those are OTAs right now, so we’re just going to kind of see how it all fits together and once we figure out how we’re going to attack defenses, we’ll go from there, but I think it’s possible.
It could also be because Love may not have as much freedom to adjust plays at the line of scrimmage; LaFleur gave Rodgers the green light to do it often.
“Obviously he doesn’t have the playing experience that Aaron had, but from a playbook perspective, I think pretty much everything is on the table,” Stenavich said. “He’s been around for three years and really attacked him. Even last year you could see him coming into his own, feeling a lot more comfortable, so this year he’s really hitting on all cylinders, so I’m really excited to see what he’s going to bring.”
Although this is Love’s first year as a starter, it’s not the first offseason he’s worked as a QB1. Rodgers has skipped the offseason program each of the past two years, and that has not only given Love the experience in this role, but also allowed coaches to see what suits him differently than Rodgers.
Love has been a regular on the offseason schedule, which began April 17. This will intensify next week when full workouts begin during the organized team activity phase of the program.
“We’re starting at Stage 1 instead of starting at Stage 8, where you can start with Aaron Rodgers,” Stenavich said. “So you’re going to take a step back and you’re just going to keep working. I can’t really look at the end result right now. We’re just going to take it one day at a time and just go from there, but he’s ready, he I think all the guys, you can feel good vibes, good energy around the locker room, so it’s going to be fun.