Brett Favre has been in Aaron Rodgers’ shoes, but still thinks Jordan Love should see some action this fall — just not at quarterback.
While Rodgers sat behind Favre and rode the bench for three years after the Packers drafted him in the first round in 2005, Favre believes there’s a way for the franchise’s newest first-round quarterback to be more involved.
“I think there’s ways to incorporate it much like Taysom Hill with the Saints,” Favre told 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.
“But I don’t know if you take Aaron out on the goal line and put Jordan in and run an option. Then you get crushed and everyone says, ‘Why didn’t you just use Aaron, like you always do, and let him use his legs, buy time to make a play and we win the game?’ So you gotta be careful. In can cost you your job doing foolish stuff. But I think there’s a way to do it that can please everyone.”
Sean Payton has found a way to balance Hill’s role in the Saints offense without it backfiring or disrupting Drew Brees, and now Packers coach Matt LaFleur will be tasked with doing the same.
In May, Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said it was too early to tell if they could use Love in a special package like the Saints do with Hill.
“Haven’t even really gotten to sit in a meeting room at Lambeau,” Hackett told reporters. “I haven’t gotten to talk with him much or work face to face. I think there’s so much yet to be seen. You never know. Anything can happen.”
The Packers made waves in April when they traded up to draft Love out of Utah State with the No. 26 pick, instead of taking a weapon for Rodgers. The team seemed to be in a win-now mode, after reaching the NFC championship last season, but the Love pick struck most as a move for the future, given that the 36-year-old Rodgers is under contract through 2023.
“My discussions with Aaron, I never got the sense that he was upset that they had [drafted] a quarterback but more so didn’t get immediate help,” Favre said. “And, it just sends the wrong message.”