Why did the Packers draft QB Jordan Love? A case for the shocking first-round pick

first_imgThe Packers taking Jordan Love in the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday despite Aaron Rodgers still playing quarterback at an above-average level has drawn comparisons to when the franchise selected Rodgers in 2005 when Brett Favre was its starting quarterback.Favre would go 4-12 in Rodgers’ rookie year, throwing a league-high 29 interceptions in the process. Right away, then, Green Bay’s decision to look to the future appeared wise. MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardRodgers is a different breed. He’s coming off a season in which he tossed 26 touchdowns to just four picks; he hasn’t thrown 10 interceptions in a season since 2010. His ability to avoid the turnovers that accompanied Favre’s whole career could boost his longevity at Lambeau beyond what Favre managed.So, the move to trade up for Love at No. 26 — at a time the 36-year-old Rodgers has gone public with his desire for the team to draft a receiver in the early rounds — might seem like more of a reach than what happened 15 years ago. Future-focused draft methodology for a contender is inherently controversial. It isn’t necessarily wrong, though.BENDER: Too soon for Pack to put pressure on RodgersGreen Bay doesn’t need to look far to see what happens when a team doesn’t have a good quarterback. Two of its three NFC North rivals have trotted out average quarterbacks, at best, for more than a decade. The Lions could be lumped into that category, too, depending on one’s view of Matthew Stafford. So rather than waiting until a draft in which they were forced to add a signal-caller, the Packers leapt at an opportunity to take someone they clearly admire. Love won’t be taking Rodgers’ job anytime soon. His role is to learn under a future Hall of Famer for a couple of years, and then take over or get traded for draft picks a la Jimmy Garoppolo should Rodgers still be productive. If he’s as good as the Packers think, annoying Rodgers and Packers fans in the short term would be worth the drama.MORE: Rodgers sees NFL mortality come into focus in loss to 49ersWhat does Green Bay see in Love? A potentially generational all-around passer who needs time to fine-tune his decision-making and accuracy. In other words, the kind of high-upside quarterback not always available at the back of the first round, where the Packers will likely be picking for the foreseeable future.  “He’s got more talent than any other passer in this entire draft.”Let’s go to the tape on @jordan3love. 🎥#PackersDraft | #GoPackGo📺: #NFLDraft on ABC, ESPN + NFLN pic.twitter.com/7MAKHtXvbz— Green Bay Packers (@packers) April 24, 2020There is obviously a great deal of risk in selecting Love under these circumstances. The Utah State product needs tough skin to navigate media prodding and handle potentially cold treatment from Rodgers, who was iced by Favre when he joined the Packers. He also needs to be able to withstand a prolonged reserve role without stagnating.Green Bay’s front office is putting its reputation on the line. If Love flops, then its talent evaluators will forever be tagged as the ones who angered the best quarterback in franchise history for no reason. The best-case scenario, though, was apparently too sweet to pass up. To the Packers’ brass, it was worth the gamble. A possible franchise quarterback is always worth the gamble.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter After 2016s Cyclone Wi

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAfter 2016’s Cyclone Winston, Fiji is re-emerging on the luxury travel scene with new resorts that are putting an emphasis on conservation and sustainability. New authentic, cultural experiences showcase the island group’s diversity and are drawing Australian travellers to Fiji’s lesser-known outer islands.In 2017, Fiji saw the opening of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay and Kokomo Private Island Fiji, while 2018 saw the opening of the hotly anticipated Six Senses Fiji in the Mamanuca Islands. These resorts are attracting those who seek luxury, authentic and immersive activities, as well as guests with an interest in eco-tourism.Fiji Marriott Resort Momi BaySix Senses Fiji is focused on sustainability and social responsibility. The resort is 100% solar powered by the largest microgrid in Fiji using Tesla batteries. The resort has its own garden and water-bottling plant using glass bottles (no plastics), and it will be sourcing all fish from local fisherman. The Alchemy Bar will produce its own tonics, ginger beers and probiotics using fresh ingredients from The Garden: the Living Cocktail menu is well worth trying.Kokomo Private Island has a coral gardening and restoration project allowing guests to harvest and propagate healthy super-coral fragments. The resort has an on-island water filtration system, greywater system and sewage treatment plant. There is a four-hectare tiered organic garden, free-range chicken coop, beehives and a flock of ducks.Nanuku Auberge has introduced a new Treetop Dining experience under the leadership of Executive Chef Oliver Scarf and Food & Beverage Director, Logan Miller. Nestled in a 70-year-old dilo tree, a suspended platform provides private over-ocean dining, allowing guests to enjoy the sound of waves lapping beneath them. The dining experience is completely personalised to the guests’ individual tastes and at any time of the day – champagne breakfast, private lunch, afternoon Devonshire tea or a romantic dinner with a private chef.Nanuku Auberge Resort’s Treetop DiningIt has also recently banned single-use plastics, such as straws and shampoo bottles, and has introduced coral nurseries and mangrove restoration projects with reused plastic water bottles to grow seedlings.Castaway Island has appointed an environment officer at the resort. He will be responsible for the environmentally sustainable use of both the marine and land-based resources of the resort.There have also been a number of resort refurbishments at destinations such as Yasawa Island Resort, Tropica, Matamanoa and Volivoli Beach Resort.Lead image: Kokomo Private Island ResortGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more