Mike McCarthy said he wasn’t involved in any QB discussions

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Mike McCarthy’s tone was much different this time, when someone asked him whether the Packers were interested in adding a veteran quarterback.

After reports the team was interested in veteran Brian Hoyer before he signed with the Patriots, McCarthy was asked about that in relation to his previous (and thunderous) declaration that they weren’t looking at Colin Kaepernick or any other veteran after Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone.

Essentially, McCarthy’s stance Thursday was that the team’s personnel department may have made a call on Hoyer or others, but he didn’t know about it.

“From the time Aaron’s been injured I’ve never once been involved in a conversation about bringing in a veteran quarterback,” McCarthy said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. “From the Minnesota to here today, the direction that we’re going with the quarterbacks is Brett Hundley and the guys we have here.”

But he also acknowledged other calls were probably made, couching them as “Yeah, those guys [in personnel] are doing their job.”

While the emotion that came with the Kaepernick question was something you wouldn’t suspect, the reality that a personnel department is looking at options seems reasonable. It’s what they do. Or at least it’s what a qualified personnel department does when there are issues at the most important position on the field.

60 responses to “Mike McCarthy said he wasn’t involved in any QB discussions

  1. Not sure why this keeps getting misrepresented, but McCarthy didn’t become upset at the question about adding Kaepernick. He became upset about having to answer nearly the EXACT same question after he just answered. He was livid with a reporter for not listening to what he just said.

  2. While I agree that McCarthy was wise in how he handled the previous interview, I have trouble believing that the Packers personnel department would make any calls about a QB he hadn’t been asked about.

    Seriously, why inquire about a QB your coach doesn’t want?

  3. “After reports the team was interested in veteran Brian Hoyer before he signed with the Patriots, McCarthy was asked about that in relation to his previous (and thunderous) declaration that they weren’t looking at Colin Kaepernick or any other veteran after Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone.”

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    McCarthy didnt get upset about being asked about Kaepernick. He got upset because a reporter asked a question that McCarthy literally answered the question before.

    If you’re gonna write a story about someone’s reaction, at least be accurate about it.

  4. Nobody has an issue on this matter except those who WANT to have an issue with ANY Packers related topic.

  5. wouldn’t you contact him in advance?

    Oh, by the way, we signed Hoyer to the most important position that has been keeping you employed since 2013. Just so ya know…

    Who’s running the insane asylum in Green Bay anyway???
    Certainly not ownership.

  6. Word from insiders is that Packers were not looking at Hoyer as a QB but that’s all I’m going to say about that. #HundleyExpress

    >>>

    Going to move him to running back to ruin his career too?

  7. gtodriver says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:08 pm
    While I agree that McCarthy was wise in how he handled the previous interview, I have trouble believing that the Packers personnel department would make any calls about a QB he hadn’t been asked about.

    Seriously, why inquire about a QB your coach doesn’t want?
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    Wow. A poignant observation coupled with a reasonable question, without the spiteful and obnoxious slap that adds nothing to the conversation.
    I’m honestly impressed.

  8. Is it possible that M.M.’s reaction to the initial question (thunderous), was fueled by the loss of his starting QB? Not, C.K. per say? As stated in the writer’s, the personnel dept has to do their job as well.

  9. Mike is a successful coach… that is what he told everyone not to long ago. Now is the time to put up or shut for him. Ohh, wait what about Thompson and that defensive speed. Sam Shields was really good because he was fast. Look at our slow corners now. Yikes. Lastly is the Dom’ster. Stop giving up 85% on 4th down geez.

    Anyways, I am huge Packer fan but its time for a change.

    Go Pack GO and prove me wrong and win a Superbowl.

  10. Or at least it’s what a qualified personnel department does when there are issues at the most important position on the field.
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    A qualified personnel department would pay attention to issues at all positions on the field. An unqualified personnel department only pays attention to the quarterback position, and this one stopped paying attention in 2008.

  11. .
    This is a total non story. It never hurts to give a guy a courtesy call. It’s all part of due diligence.
    .

  12. So….the Super Bowl winning head coach who’s been there 10 years was NOT involved in the team nearly acquiring a different starting quarterback????

    Either Fat MAC is lying, or the Packers brass doesn’t respect him
    There’s no 3rd option

  13. It’s totally understandable why the Viking trolls are so petty, testy, and snarky. They think they can finally smell greatness this year, and they know we’ve enjoyed greatness for nearly a quarter-century. They want that. They’re desperate for it. They want to stop eating our crap sandwiches once and for all, right now, not after they finally win a SuperBowl. Right now.

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

    Bon Appetit’

  14. It cannot be stated enough. McCarthy was not mad at a question about Kaep he was mad that the question was almost ver batem the question that had just been asked. This was immediately after losing to a divisional foe in a game where he lost the best player in the NFL.

    Context is everything. People often get excessively angry at something smaller when another bigger issue is looming over then. In this case, McCarthy blew up at a reporter for stupidly asking the same question as a different reporter. It’s not hard to understand.

    I can see how someone could easily believe in collusion against CK, I really do understand the points people are making, but you have to have integrity and you cant lie about situations to further your point. This writer should be ashamed at misrepresenting context you further an agenda.

  15. Word from insiders is that Packers were not looking at Hoyer as a QB but that’s all I’m going to say about that. #HundleyExpress..

    They have used basketball players for defensive backs, so this make about as much sense..

  16. It’s totally understandable why the Viking trolls are so petty, testy, and snarky. They think they can finally smell greatness this year, and they know we’ve enjoyed greatness for nearly a quarter-century. They want that. They’re desperate for it. They want to stop eating our crap sandwiches once and for all, right now, not after they finally win a SuperBowl. Right now.

    Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

    Bon Appetit…

    No it doesn’t work that way. What does work is watching the truth unfold week after week of the Green Bay Rodgers being a one man team

  17. “But he also acknowledged other calls were probably made, couching them as “Yeah, those guys [in personnel] are doing their job.”
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    How is that ‘couching’ his response? The conversation probably consisted of someone in player personnel contacting Hoyer’s representatives and asking “So is Brian headed to New England like everyone thinks or will he be available if the need arises?”

  18. They have used basketball players for defensive backs, so this make about as much sense..
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    Goodson was a 6th round pick. Its not like they spent a top 20 pick on LeBron James.

    Find better material.. McCarthy is a perfect target.

  19. The media is just falling all over themselves to make something out of nothing in Green Bay. First, Coach McCarthy gets irritated answering a really, really stupid question, and hes the bad guy? He spent the better part of two minutes talking about how much work and time and confidence he had in Hundley. The next question had nothing to do with Kaep, it could have been any veteran.

    The question ticked him off because the reporter basically said, “I know you are a head coach and you know quarterbacks, and you have invested a ton of time and work in your guys, and you think they are good to go, but have you considered the idea that you are completely incompetent and would be better off bringing in a has-been off his couch?”

    Seriously, the media thinks they have some ridiculous obligation to inject the Kaep drama in every little crack they see. It was a question Im sure the reporter felt he needed to ask, but come on. Have some tact or timing. Or maybe he planned to use it as a follow up, just to increase his odds of getting a reaction.

    Now someone from GB called Hoyer, so what? You think it was to make an offer on the spot? You think they had a suitcase full of money and were ready to pull the trigger? Of course not. If it became serious, they would involve MM. He doesnt need to know about every little phone call anyome in GB makes.

    The media is just so, so stupid sometimes. But, I guess that makes me stupid, too. I clicked on it and got irritated. Well done, morons.

  20. The jealous trolls can comment all they want, but by season’s end Hundley will have a higher trade value than anyone QB on the Minny roster.

  21. So the front office is making moves without informing the head coach.

    You just dont do that unless…

    Sounds like the head coach is out the door soon.

  22. I love Vikings fans. They have one good start to a season and all of the sudden they have been More successful than Green Bay?

    Haha… please they were the Buffalo Bills with Suoer bowls before the Buffalo Bills were…

  23. stellarperformance says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:43 pm
    It’s totally understandable why the Viking trolls are so petty, testy, and snarky.
    //////////
    Nah. We’re just having fun watching you and your team implode. Seriously. 1 guy goes down and you’re no longer the darlings of the NFL. Which is weird actually. Not that your team is imploding after 1 guy went down. We all saw that coming. It’s weird that anybody ever thought your team was favored to reach the SB with just one good player.

  24. He was not involved because they could not find him, he was out buying donuts.

    But seriously this is evidence that McCarthy lies just like it was apparent Rodgers was lying last week.

  25. Based on newspaper accounts, here’s what happened. The Packer’s personnel people reached out to Hoyer’s agent to check on availability. By the time messages were exchanged, Hoyer got an offer from the Patriots so there was never an opportunity to go back to McCarthy to assess his opinion because it was no longer viable.

    Make what you want out of the rest of the story but but its like the Viking’s Superbowl chances, a big Nothing Burger.

  26. Unfortunately for Viking fans, the writing may be on the wall for MM with Green Bay brass contemplating personnel moves without including him in the discussions.

    Please keep MM!

  27. If McCarthy wasn’t discussing this with his scouts, it’s only because he likely had a mouthful of ring-dings.

  28. Maybe they wanted to see if Hoyer was even interested before running it by McCarthy. If they keep trending down though there will be changes next year. My order of who should be most nervous:

    1. Capers
    2. Thompson (drafted Randall, Spriggs. Fackrell, traded up for Spriggs)
    3. McCarthy

  29. milkcan44 says:

    November 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The jealous trolls can comment all they want, but by season’s end Hundley will have a higher trade value than anyone QB on the Minny roster.
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    No way! Bradford > Hundley. I root for the Pack when they don’t play the Raiders…

  30. If Green Bay picks up Kaepernick then they have a good shot at winning the division and going deep in the playoffs. He’s a good fit for McCarthy’s offense. But let’s put politics in front of football. Packers fan would be in an uproar if they sign CK. I mean, there maybe a boycott. When was the last time you saw empty seats at Lambeau?

  31. milkcan44 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    The jealous trolls can comment all they want, but by season’s end Hundley will have a higher trade value than anyone QB on the Minny roster.
    _______

    You’re almost correct, because Bradford, Bridgewater, and Keenum will all be free agents at the end of the season and can’t be traded. However, Kyle Sloter will still be under contract and will have more trade value than Hundley.

  32. Based on newspaper accounts, here’s what happened. The Packer’s personnel people reached out to Hoyer’s agent to check on availability. By the time messages were exchanged, Hoyer got an offer from the Patriots so there was never an opportunity to go back to McCarthy to assess his opinion because it was no longer viable.

    Make what you want out of the rest of the story but but its like the Viking’s Superbowl chances, a big Nothing Burger…

    In other words, a day late and a dollar short…

  33. The Almighty Cabbage says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:17 pm
    And yet, he’s been more successful than every coach in Minnesota’s pathetic history… combined.
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    I don’t think anybody in the world would deny that Rodgers has allowed McCarthy to get wins and keep his job. Technically, that is “success”. But, is MM a good coach? I believe we can wait and answer that question at the end of the season. But we have a good idea what the answer is.

  34. milkcan44 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 2:05 pm
    The jealous trolls can comment all they want, but by season’s end Hundley will have a higher trade value than anyone QB on the Minny roster.
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    All jokes and craziness aside, but your QB has a QBR of 40 in his only two games. 40. With an avg of 122 yards per game, 1 TD passing, 2 fumbles, and 4 ints. Over 10 games that would be 1,220 yards, 5 TD’s, 10 fumbles, and 20 int’s. Does Hundley have a career in the NFL? I have no idea. But he sure looks like the worst QB I’ve ever seen so far. And that includes Johnny Manziel.

  35. If Green Bay picks up Kaepernick then they have a good shot at winning the division and going deep in the playoffs.
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    And I could walk into the nearest 7-Eleven and win a powerball jackpot.

    Even $$ on those two scenarios.

  36. And yet, he’s been more successful than every coach in Minnesota’s pathetic history…
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    McCarthy has coached half as long as Bud Grant but has already suffered as many horrendous losses.

  37. Hey you can jump on MM all you like, but Green Bays problem starts with that sorry DC Capers, why is every team successful running 3rd AND 30 EVERYTIME? it drives me crazy. Second is at the top brass because we won’t bring in veterans it’s always building. Rodgers is down, Packers are done and my football viewing is over for the year. It’s actually nice getting out with the family on Sunday, it really is. Till 2018-19…

  38. As much a Big Mac’s nose grows, kaepernick very well could suit up in pre yellow & moldy cheese green.

  39. Hey you can jump on MM all you like, but Green Bays problem starts with that sorry DC Capers, why is every team successful running 3rd AND 30 EVERYTIME? it drives me crazy. Second is at the top brass because we won’t bring in veterans it’s always building.
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    If McCarthy doesn’t trust his coaches, why are they in the building?

    .. fact is NEITHER McCarthy nor Capers have answers for the problems that constantly hit them right between the eyes.

    As for management.. the Packers are a draft and develop team, they have been for almost all of the last 20 years.. but tell me about the “develop” part?

    Name one young player who has ‘developed’ since winning the Super Bowl? The coaches are failing here, considerably. Either the players Thompson picks contribute immediately (HHC-D, Martinez, Adams, Daniels, Bak, Linsley..) or they wash out just as fast (Datone Jones, Mike Neal, Khyri Thornton, Jerel Worthy..)

  40. ackzilla says:
    November 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    Hey you can jump on MM all you like, but Green Bays problem starts with that sorry DC Capers, why is every team successful running 3rd AND 30 EVERYTIME? it drives me crazy. Second is at the top brass because we won’t bring in veterans it’s always building. Rodgers is down, Packers are done and my football viewing is over for the year. It’s actually nice getting out with the family on Sunday, it really is. Till 2018-19…
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    Right there with you about Capers.

  41. Much ado about nothing with the MM answer to the reporter who asked AGAIN about acquiring Kap or another QB. MM is about as even keeled as they come. He did not raise his voice. You might say he was vehement, that’s about it. florio trying to manufacture controversy here.

  42. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    November 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm
    Word from insiders is that Packers were not looking at Hoyer as a QB but that’s all I’m going to say about that. #HundleyExpress

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    Funny, I had dinner last night with TT and he confirmed they were looking at Hoyer

  43. These comments… wow. That Packers are still 4-3. Minnesota fans act like they already won the Super Bowl. I guess that’s what it must feel like in Minnesota to finally be boasting a winning record after the first five games.

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