It would be easy to forgive Packers coach Mike McCarthy for being a little gruff on Monday.
His team just lost a road game to a bitter division rival and his roster has been decimated by injuries, none bigger than the broken collarbone suffered by quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter. Rodgers will have surgery on the injury this week, and will miss most, if not all, of the remainder of the season.
No sooner had Rodgers been carted into the locker room in Minneapolis did the questions surface about whether the Packers would consider signing free agent Colin Kaepernick. He has more NFL experience than either of the two backups on the Green Bay roster, Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan.
At his weekly press conference Monday, McCarthy was asked about his thoughts on his two healthy quarterbacks.
“I’ve got three years invested in Brett Hundley, I’ve got great confidence in Brett Hundley, I’ve got two years invested in Joe Callahan,” McCarthy said. “It’s a quarterback room that has structure and has a philosophy behind the development of it.”
At that point, a reporter asked the inevitable question, “Are you entertaining the idea of bringing Colin Kaepernick in to compete for that backup job?”
An already grumpy McCarthy became downright agitated.
Don't think Mike McCarthy has any interest in answering questions about Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/CbMrLlBS7L
— Steven Ruiz (@theStevenRuiz) October 16, 2017
“Did you just listen to that question I just answered” McCarthy shot back. “I got three years invested in Brett Hundley. Two years invested in Joe Callahan. The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be. OK? We’re fortunate to have a great quarterback in Aaron Rodgers. We’re committed to the path that we’re on. We need to play better as a football team. Brett Hundley will start this week and Joe Callahan will be the backup.”
There are some reasons why Kaepernick might actually be a decent fit for Green Bay’s offense. He’s obviously very mobile, perhaps even more so than Rodgers. Kaepernick was born in Wisconsin and grew up a Packers fan. And he’s had success against Green Bay, including two playoff wins, one of which came on a brutally cold day at Lambeau Field.
But Green Bay’s offense is far from a boilerplate scheme that anyone who can throw a spiral can learn in a week or two. Mobility is key for any quarterback, but knowing all of the reads based on opposing defenses is not easy for someone with no previous knowledge of the offense.
That hasn’t stopped some fans from starting online campaigns to get Kaepernick to Green Bay, and while McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson will always consider football ability over political philosophies, there’s one more reason why Kaepernick might not be such a good fit for the Packers.
Ever since he took over the Packers in 2006, McCarthy uses the night before the first preseason game to show his players a PowerPoint presentation that explains the national anthem’s meaning and its historical connection to sports.
“He just tells you to put your hand over your heart,” guard Lane Taylor said. “I think he says it’s something he appreciates and stuff. I think it’s been pretty standard, and I know it’s a big subject nowadays, but he hasn’t changed the way he presents it to us or anything.”
Of course, if Green Bay’s patchwork offensive line can’t protect Hundley and he gets hurt, the Packers will be desperate enough that they might reach out to Kaepernick, and he might be desperate enough to return to the NFL that he’d be willing to listen to McCarthy’s presentation.
But for now, it appears the coach isn’t looking for any additional quarterbacks.
H/T U Conservative