The 7,825 fans gathered inside Lambeau Field for the Green Bay Packers' annual shareholders meeting on Monday responded enthusiastically to Packers President Mark Murphy's mention of quarterback Jordan Love.
Although the gathering is more like a pep rally than a board meeting, occasionally some of the devout have not always been that kind.
Despite the fact that there is still much to learn about how Love will perform in the role of Aaron Rodgers' replacement, Murphy indicated in his news conference following the event that he was happy with the reception Love received.
We're a very different squad from the one from last year, and I think that's one of the reasons people are excited, Murphy said. "I don't know if I'd call it uncertainty, but yeah, we're a much different team," he said. We'll have more youth. I have optimism.
Given that even Rodgers, who waited the same number of years as Love for his shot, didn't completely destroy the house in his debut, it appears that the team has made a concentrated effort to temper expectations for Love's first full season as the starter.
Mark Murphy advises Packers supporters to wait until the second half of the season before making any judgments about Jordan Love. Murphy stated that a realistic time frame for making such a determination would be well into this season.
"Comparing it a little bit to Aaron's first year, his first year as a starter, I'd say at least half a season," said Murphy. We saw enough of Aaron that year to know we had something great, even though I believe we ended up with a losing record.
General manager Ted Thompson was trying to salvage all he could from an elderly squad that had participated in the NFC Championship game the year before when Aaron Rodgers took over for Brett Favre in 2008.
It's not much different from what the current general manager, Brian Gutekunst, has done this summer. He elected to deal quarterback Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets rather than attempting to stretch out the QB's enormous $40.3 million salary cap over several seasons. He made the most of the remaining salary cap to re-sign several of his free agents.
He didn't sign any high-profile free agents as a result, leaving Love and coach Matt LaFleur alone.
Expect the Packers offense to have some ups and downs with a young quarterback and receivers.
In the last two seasons, he has invested substantially in the draft in the hopes of finding guys who will develop alongside Love. Wide receivers Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, Samori Toure, Jayden Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and Grant DuBose, as well as tight ends Luke Musgrave and Tucker Kraft, are some of the offensive talent he has added over the previous two seasons.