Packers coach McCarthy quiets free agent QB talk after Rodgers injury
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy appeared to put to bed talk of them signing a free agent quarterback after Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone in their loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Rodgers sustained the injury in the first quarter of the 23-10 defeat on Sunday as he was hit by Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr on a pass intended for Martellus Bennett.
The Packers have already indicated Rodgers could miss the rest of the season, naturally leading to suggestions Green Bay may look to the open market for a quarterback, with former Dallas Cowboy and TV pundit Tony Romo and ex-San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick the obvious candidates were a team that is consistently in play-off contention look to sign a free agent.
But McCarthy moved quickly to scotch such talk, insisting that the offense of the 4-2 Packers will now be in the hands of backup Brett Hundley, a third-year fifth-round pick out of UCLA who led one touchdown drive in Rodgers' stead.
"Losing Aaron Rodgers speaks for itself, in my opinion he's the best player in football," McCarthy said in his post-game media conference.
"But this is a team game, it's the ultimate team game, and we need to be better. We need to be better with the 11 players we have, with the phase that we're in, and ultimately that's my responsibility.
"Brett Hundley is my quarterback, Joe Callahan is the backup, that is the direction we're going, that is the focus and that's where we are as a football team."
But wide receiver Jordy Nelson helped illustrate how difficult it will be for the Packers without Rodgers, underlining the importance of a player regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of all time.
Asked what Rodgers means to the Packers, Nelson replied: "Everything. He's our leader, he's our quarterback. Great person on and off the field, great guy in the locker room, old guys, young guys, best quarterback in the game."
Next up for Hundley and the Packers are the resurgent New Orleans Saints (3-2).