Report: Packers tried to sign Brian Hoyer

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Brian Hoyer is back with the Patriots, but New England isn’t his only option.

The Packers tried to sign Hoyer before he agreed to go to New England, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Rapoport’s report calls into question Packers coach Mike McCarthy’s claim that the team was fully committed to Brett Hundley as the starter and Joe Callahan as the backup and didn’t need to bring in a veteran after Aaron Rodgers was hurt. McCarthy got angry when he was asked whether the Packers would consider Colin Kaepernick, and the Packers insisted that McCarthy wasn’t angry to be asked specifically about Kaepernick and would have reacted the same way if asked about any veteran quarterback.

And now we have a report that a veteran quarterback would have become a Packer, if the team had gotten its way. That suggests that the Packers aren’t quite as confident in Hundley as they’re letting on.

68 responses to “Report: Packers tried to sign Brian Hoyer

  1. Let it go! For god sake, they will not hire Kaep. First of all the PR, but he would never play for what GB would offer to pay him. That horse is already dead, stop beating it.

  2. If true that doesn’t bode well for Hundley’s career… 3rd year in the same system, watching & learning from one of the best and still can’t run the offense?

  3. How about Ted Thompson? Is anyone confident in him? Or maybe Dom Capers?

    Hey, Mark zmurphy, how ’bout a housecleaning?

  4. It says nothing about their confidence in Hundley that they wanted to bring in an experienced backup for him. The only way Brett Hundley doesn’t start is if he gets injured or Rodgers comes back. Until then, he’s the guy. Anybody they bring in will be only to strengthen the depth behind him.

    Fake drama.

  5. .
    If the Packers had any brains they would have called Carolina yesterday and acquired Cam Newton for a fourth rounder.
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  6. Hoyer is far closer to the system type QB that would be a backup than Kaep. Stop creating this fake claim that Colin is a general purpose QB. He is a specialty QB and not a very good one at that.

  7. Packernet says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Hoyer wasn’t available when McCarthy made is comment. Hundley over Kap is a no-brainer.

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    Except according to this story, the Packers said he would have reacted the same way if he was asked about any veteran QB. Hoyer is the very definition of “any veteran QB”.

  8. Dear Packer fans,

    What you are experiencing this season at QB is what we experience every season. Be grateful that Rodgers will return.

    Jets fan

  9. The Pats obviously had a deal done on the side or BB never would have traded Garappolo leaving nobody as a backup.

  10. Free agents just don’t want to live in Green Bay. That’s why TT hardly ever can sign free agents and when he does they want to retire only after a handful of games there.

  11. How about Ted Thompson? Is anyone confident in him?
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    I have stronger belief in Ted Thompsons ability to build a team than I do in Mike McCarthy’s ability to get the most out of it.

  12. That ‘report’ doesn’t stand much scrutiny. It’s hard to believe Thompson was the only person in North America that even remotely follows football that didn’t know Hoyer to New England was a done deal before he was even cut, more than likely their efforts to sign him consisted of no more than than a call to confirm it.

  13. Packernet says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Hoyer wasn’t available when McCarthy made is comment. Hundley over Kap is a no-brainer.
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    That timing is the WHOLE KEY that ruins your point!!!! Had McCarthy publicly committed to Hundley after quietly exploring other options is not unreasonable, but saying he was committed to Hundley, to the point of getting angry, AND THEN trying to pick up Hoyer, shows McCarthy was full of BS.

  14. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:

    #FreeKap
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    In the communist system that he prefers, nobody would be free.

  15. “Free agents just don’t want to live in Green Bay. That’s why TT hardly ever can sign free agents and when he does they want to retire only after a handful of games there.”

    Yeah right. Free agents typically sign to whoever offers them the most money, regardless of the geographical location. Green Bay, Minnesota, Cleveland, Cincy, quite a few NFL cities aren’t exactly attractive for one reason or another. Doesn’t stop any of them from getting FAs if they pony up the cash.

  16. Gee, a football coach was less than fully honest when questioned about the status of one of his players? And a front office looked for a way to make their team better?

    Who the heck is surprised by this? I mean, I think McCarthy and Thompson are over rated and have been saved by Rodgers for years, but I can’t fault them for anything here.

  17. Wise choice Hoyer. Better to sign with a legit contender versus a team who loses one single player and becomes a joke. He probably took less money to be Brady’s backup then he was offered to be the starter in GB. That tells you what the players of the nfl outside of LameBlow are thinking. Good choice Hoyer, good choice.

  18. Brian Hoyer took one look at the Packers Oline and then with Marty Bennett’s comments about retiring before the end of the season and decided he didn’t want to go down with the ship…. 😋

    Holding a clipboard in New England seemed like a much wiser career choice.

  19. The story isn’t Kap, or that Hoyer chose the Patriots. The story is; the Packers are in full on desperation mode and know Huntley is not the temporary answer. I mean, we all knew that, but the Packers just admitted it out loud.

  20. Hoyer would have been toast in GB in short order. In NE, he knows the system and will get at least two years as the Patriots develop Brady’s successor.

  21. Can’t blame Hoyer for wanting to go play for a real title town… not an archaic one (GB fans – archaic means old/ out of touch). But then again, no other modern team or fan base sits there and says “look at all of these ancient relics” when trying to recruit FA’s like GB does.

  22. Ted Thompson and Ozzie Newsome are the most overrated GMs of the last decade.
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    In comparison to your guy. But that’s not exactly a fair comparison, is it?

    In comparison with anyone else? Who’s better?

    Thats the problem with your blasting everyone. How can you say Kevin Colbert is beter than those 2? Or John Schneider? You rip Colbert endlessly, any chance you get. And there isn’t any other name worth keystrokes here.

    They’re as good as anyone not named Belichick. Thats a fact.

  23. diveleft says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    Free agents just don’t want to live in Green Bay. That’s why TT hardly ever can sign free agents and when he does they want to retire only after a handful of games there.
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    And yet, somehow, they’ve been much more successful than all the other teams in the North Division in the last decade, and drafting behind them every year. Is that why the haters are all so testy and snarky?

  24. That must have done wonders for Brett Hundley’s confidence, knowing McCarthy preferred Brian Hoyer over him. I’m glad it failed and I’m glad Hoyer is back where he wanted to be.

  25. Why is it assumed that interest in Hoyer indicates a lack of commitment to Hundley. They have two QBs on the active roster. Maybe they felt Hoyer would be an upgrade to Callahan as a back-up. This is just another case of PFT trying to stir up dram where none exists.

  26. gbpackersfan12 says:

    Clearly the answer is a QB who led his team to an 0-6 record. That would make me feel better.
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    As much as it pains me to say this, what is left of the Packers is a better foundation of a team than the 49ers.

    FWIW – that ain’t sayin’ much.

  27. voddyt says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Packernet says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:21 pm
    Hoyer wasn’t available when McCarthy made is comment. Hundley over Kap is a no-brainer.

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    Except according to this story, the Packers said he would have reacted the same way if he was asked about any veteran QB. Hoyer is the very definition of “any veteran QB”.

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    Except, commenting on a player on another team could be constructed as tampering. The Packers are still smarter than you are.

  28. nathanp2013 says:
    November 1, 2017 at 2:19 pm
    Can’t blame Hoyer for wanting to go play for a real title town… not an archaic one (GB fans – archaic means old/ out of touch). But then again, no other modern team or fan base sits there and says “look at all of these ancient relics” when trying to recruit FA’s like GB does.

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    Amen Brother

  29. coltluger says:
    November 1, 2017 at 9:49 pm
    Playing for a good coach was important to Hoyer.
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    Playing behind a 40 year old QB with twig legs was more important.

  30. stellarperformance says:

    November 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    diveleft says:
    November 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    Free agents just don’t want to live in Green Bay. That’s why TT hardly ever can sign free agents and when he does they want to retire only after a handful of games there.
    ///////////////////////////

    And yet, somehow, they’ve been much more successful than all the other teams in the North Division in the last decade, and drafting behind them every year. Is that why the haters are all so testy and snarky?

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    This post wasn’t about successful/ not being successful in the NFC North. The post was about how people don’t like Wisconsin and why free agents to go there. People don’t want to live there if they have a choice. That’s why free agents don’t come here. Green Bay drafts well, yes. When players are drafted they don’t have a choice where to go. You ever notice how people from WI, move to MN for school, and they end up staying here? Well people from MN (and everywhere else) don’t want to move to Green Bay. And so do free agents in the NFL.

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