After Bart Starr retired following the 1971 season, head coach and general manager Dan Devine knew he needed to find another quarterback. Devine already had second-year quarterback Scott Hunter, who he had drafted in the sixth round of the 1971 NFL draft, but Hunter had some shoulder issues going back to his time at Alabama.
Devine decided to draft quarterback Jerry Tagge out of Nebraska as one of his two first-round draft picks that he had in 1972. The other Devine used on cornerback Willie Buchanon, who played his college ball at San Diego State.
Hunter played adequately in 1972 as the starting quarterback of the Packers, as the team went 10-4 and won the NFC Central Division. Hunter only threw six touchdown passes, however, compared to nine picks for just 1,252 yards.
Tagge was never able to take over fully as the Packers signal-caller in his three years with the team, although he started 12 games and went 6-6.
But Tagge's stats were horrendous, as he only threw three touchdown passes, compared to 17 interceptions in his Green Bay career.
Ironically, Tagge was a Green Bay native.
Devine kept searching for a quarterback, and he made a number of mind-boggling trades to try to find one. First, he traded two second-round draft picks to the Miami Dolphins in 1973 for Jim Del Gaizo, who ended up throwing just two touchdown passes to six interceptions in his one and only year with the Pack.
Devine also traded a fifth-round pick to the Dallas Cowboys for quarterback Jack Concannon in 1974.
But the trade that just made people around the NFL scratch their heads was the one Devine also made in 1974. Devine gave the Los Angeles Rams the first-, second- and third-round picks from the Pack in 1975, plus the first- and second-round picks in 1976 for aging quarterback John Hadl.
Hadl was a good player in both the AFL and NFL at one time, but by the time Devine traded for him he was well past his prime. Hadl ended up throwing just nine touchdowns and a whopping 29 picks in about a season and a half with the Packers.