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- When Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone, Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy insisted that the team’s quarterback situation was fine. McCarthy snapped at a reporter who asked if the team would look at Colin Kaepernick as an option. The Packers reportedly chased free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer this week, drawing criticism from some in the NFL world.
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy insisted the team’s quarterback depth was fine two weeks ago when Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone.
However, with backup Brett Hundley slated to continue to start, McCarthy and the Packers chased after free agent quarterback Brian Hoyer (who was released by the San Francisco 49ers) before losing him to the New England Patriots, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Packers’ reported interest in Hoyer drew criticism after McCarthy snapped at a reporter who asked about Colin Kaepernick as a possibility for the Packers after Rodgers’ injury in Week 5.
After McCarthy said the Packers’ quarterback room has a “structure” and “philosophy” to it, McCarthy was asked if the team would consider looking at Kaepernick as a quarterback.
“Did you just listen to the question I just answered?” McCarthy said. “I’ve got three years invested in Brett Hundley, two years invested in Joe Callahan, the quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be, okay?”
In the Packers’ Week 7 loss to the New Orleans Saints, the offense struggled, with Hundley throwing for 87 yards on 12-of-25 passing, with no touchdowns and one interception.
Whether it was McCarthy specifically who wanted Hoyer or someone else in the front office is unknown, but clearly the Packers don’t feel entirely confident in their quarterback situation.
Some in the NFL world criticized the Packers for it.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 1, 2017
Oh wait!! I thought Mike McCarthy was. SOOOOOOOO happy with his qb room he spent time investing in. Told you he was full of it. https://t.co/41rEIEtLGL
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) November 1, 2017
McCarthy said he wasn't gonna look outside the building tho https://t.co/x3iZylaJgx
— Doug Farrar (@BR_DougFarrar) November 1, 2017
That’s weird, because the Packers invested a lot in their QBs, they had their QB room right where they wanted it https://t.co/mSfV9FpdKB
— David Steele (@David_C_Steele) November 1, 2017
There’s no guarantee that Kaepernick could fill in for the Packers and play any better than Hundley did in Week 7. However, as many have argued when teams have signed other backup quarterbacks, Kaepernick’s record is far superior to a lot of other quarterbacks. Hoyer, for example, fell out of favor with the winless 49ers.
The Packers are clearly looking for help at quarterback, so whether Kaepernick comes up in the discussion again will be worth monitoring.