The Green Bay Packers are teetering on a disastrous season in their first year without Aaron Rodgers, but head coach Matt LaFleur is continuing to back his guy in former first-round quarterback Jordan Love.
Love struggled once again in the team's 17-19 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday, throwing for just 180 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. After a strong start to the season, Love has come back down to earth and is struggling to put up consistent production, posting a passer rating of only 79.4 with 1,263 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions.
However, LaFleur has made it clear that he has no intentions on moving on from Love, at least during the season. When asked about Love's struggles during his regular Monday press conference, LaFleur made it clear how he feels about his quarterback.
"Our confidence in [Love] is not wavering one bit," LaFleur said. "Certainly, I think, as the play-caller you put a lot of onus on yourself when things aren't going well. We'll continue to do that, but we've got to find a way to generate more points because when you're generating points, it's just a totally different narrative."
Despite LaFleur's confidence, it's clear that Love is struggling to generate explosive plays, especially deep down field. According to Pro Football Focus, Love has completed just seven of his 28 pass attempts 20-plus yards down the field, with those throws resulting in just one touchdown compared to three interceptions.
There are some excuses that can be made to defend Love. The team has an extremely young group of wide receivers still working on developing, with the most seasoned of the bunch being two second-year wideouts in Romeo Doubs and Christian Watson. Meanwhile, the team has consistently been dealing with injuries around Love, including another season-ending knee issue for David Bakhtiari and extended absences from both Watson and star running back Aaron Jones.
However, until Love can put together another strong passing performance, Packers fans will continue to wonder whether or not the former first-round pick out of Utah State really is the long-term answer under center in Green Bay.
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