Following a few unflattering comments about the Packers from Bears defensive tackle Zacch Pickens, and a harsh assessment of their fans by his fellow tackle Justin Jones, Green Bay’s Jordan Love is attempting to pick up where Aaron Rodgers left off.
Bears’ Jaquan Brisker Calls Out Packers’ Jordan Love
Bears Brisker Fires Back at Packers’ Love
“Happy Father’s Day to all the Bears fans out there,” Love said in a video shared by Dov Kleiman of BroBible on June 18.
Second-year Bears safety Jaquan Brisker was having none of it. He made sure to remind everyone just how soon Love will get the chance to back up that bravado. Bravado that he is happy to assume from his predecessors’ success. The Bears have not beaten the Packers since the 2018 season – a string of eight consecutive losses.
“He doesn’t even believe what he just said,” tweeted Brisker. “we going see.”
Love, 24, has thrown 84 career passes in 10 games with one start. None of those have come against the Bears.
He is set to embark on his first season as the starting quarterback for the Packers. It is his fourth season in the NFL. The Packers are coming off of 65 games combined of Rodgers (24-5) and, before him, Brett Favre (23-13) against the Bears.
Jordan Love to Christian Watson on final day of minicamp.
Next up: training camp. pic.twitter.com/1BB19u1DOE
— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) June 14, 2023
That includes a 4-0 mark for Rodgers against Bears quarterback Justin Fields whose offseason progress has gotten plenty of people talking.
Brisker, 24, was the second of the Bears’ two second-round selections in the 2022 NFL Draft.
He started 15 games as a rookie tallying 104 combined tackles, four sacks, two pass deflections, one forced fumble, and one recovery. The hard-hitting safety set a high for the season with seven solo tackles against the Packers in Week 2 of last season. He tied the mark two more times – once in Week 8 and again in Week 11.
His high for total tackles was 11 stops in Week Week 11 versus the Atlanta Falcons, a 27-24 Bears loss.
Justin Fields Impressed Coaches in Minicamp
“The people I’ve spoken to out of Chicago say that Justin Fields is ‘slingin’ it’ this offseason and that he’s had a nice command of the Bears offense,” reported ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on June 18, per Chicago sports reporter Daniel Greenberg. “He’s changing plays at the line of scrimmage and feels good about taking ownership of things.”
That all tracks with what the coaches have said publicly about Fields going into the second year of Luke Getsy’s offense.
Fields is coming off a franchise record-breaking season as a runner in 2022. But he needs to be better as a passer for the Bears to fare any better next season than they did this past year.
Chicago ranked 32nd in net yards per pass attempt on both offense and defense last season.
Justin Fields Teaming Up With Jordan Love
The biggest bit of irony in all of this is that Fields and Love share the same agent. And, along with Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, train together during the offseason. Fields even announced that he and his Packers counterpart will be conducting a youth football camp in France.
Two rival starting QBs working out together? Jordan Love and Justin Fields (and Deshaun Watson) here, via their agent David Mulugheta. pic.twitter.com/GhJuZfbYmE
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) July 8, 2021
This is quite the juxtaposition to sentiments often shared between the two fan bases. And even, as we see, others on the respective rosters are ready for their Week 1 showdown.