It was the straightforward narrative after the Packers picked quarterback Jordan Love within the first spherical of the 2020 NFL Draft: Aaron Rodgers could be motivated by such a variety. He’d bounce again from an underwhelming 2019 after Inexperienced Bay lit a hearth below him by taking Love.
Rodgers’ prime receiver, Davante Adams, would not purchase that. Adams appeared just lately on Cris Collinsworth’s podcast, and he was requested how a lot the drafting of Love needed to do with Rodgers’ doubtless MVP season.
“Truthfully, I must say, one. If we needed to go scale from one to 10, I might say one,” Adams stated. “I feel that folks disrespect A-Rod, and stuff like that is not what drives Aaron.”
In April, Inexperienced Bay traded as much as choose Love out of Utah State. It took the No. 30 and No. 136 general picks to rise to No. 26 and draft Love. It was a transfer that instantly raised eyebrows, as a result of it could possibly be seen by means of two completely different damaging lenses from a Packers fan standpoint. One, Inexperienced Bay was signaling a sooner-than anticipated transfer on from Rodgers, or two, the Packers missed out on an opportunity to draft expertise to help Rodgers now to as an alternative decide a developmental quarterback prospect.
Rodgers himself has admitted he “wasn’t thrilled” with the number of Love. However he is additionally tried to embrace being a great teammate — Rodgers himself sat behind Brett Favre for 3 seasons earlier than taking up in Inexperienced Bay.
“A part of your legacy,” Rodgers said in the preseason, “is the way you deal with your teammates. I would like Jordan to have as nice of reminiscences as attainable of me being within the QB room and having some nice laughs and competing. I would like kinship, not animosity. That’s what I’ve all the time tried to do with all my backups.”
At the very least for the 2020 season, there wasn’t going to be any quarterback controversy. Rodgers got here out and had possibly the most effective 12 months of his profession, one which’s almost sure to earn him NFL MVP honors the night time earlier than the Tremendous Bowl. It would be his third such award.
Rodgers led the league in completion share (70.7) and landing passes (48), each career-highs, whereas extending a streak of seasons with single-digit interceptions to 10 consecutive years. He additionally led the NFL each within the old-school quarterback ranking and ESPN’s new-school QBR.
“I feel that (the Love decide) could have made him really feel some kind of means, however I do not assume that is what contributed to his profitable season,” Adams stated. “He is the kind of man who’s internally motivated, and he is a beast, and I feel like he stated a pair instances earlier than, his down years are actually profession years for sure guys.”
Love has but to see the sphere throughout his NFL profession. He is not even Rodgers’ backup — that position nonetheless falls to Tim Boyle. And whereas the 37-year outdated Rodgers is actually nearer to the tip of his profession than the beginning of it, he seems to be like he might hold taking part in for years to come back.
The Packers are one win from the Tremendous Bowl, wanting so as to add a second ring to Rodgers’ future Corridor of Fame proper hand. Love has gotten to be taught from an all-time nice, simply as Rodgers as soon as did with Favre. Rodgers has allowed Adams to point out he is one of many NFL’s prime receivers. Altogether, it has been one of the dominant seasons in Inexperienced Bay historical past, no less than up till this level.
No matter it took to inspire Rodgers, it labored. Possibly essentially the most superstitious of the bunch will recommend the Packers take one other first-round quarterback in 2021.