The team lost all-word QB Aaron Rodgers likely for the season to a broken collarbone during the team’s 23-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
In Rodgers’ place, Brett Hundley was not only bad, he was an active deterrent to victory, completing 18 of 33 passes for 157 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Hundley also fumbled.
Considering how visibly helpless the Packers were, many speculated whether Green Bay would be willing to add Kaepernick, a Wisconsin native who grew up a Packers fan and began the trend of protests during the national anthem in the NFL.
Much like McCarthy on a racetrack, not so fast.
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?” the coach told a reporter on Monday. “I got three years invested in Brett Hundley. Two years invested in Joe Callahan. The quarterback room is exactly where it needs to be. Okay? 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.”
McCarthy apparently stresses the importance of the national anthem in training camp, and has since 2006.
McCarthy said he has used the same PowerPoint presentation each year since his first as the Green Bay Packers coach in 2006. Before the Packers’ exhibition opener – this year it was before the Family Night practice, McCarthy said – players are taught the national anthem’s meaning. They learn about its connection with sports, why it has been played before kickoffs and tip-offs and first pitches and puck drops since World War II.
Kaepernick is 4-1 against the Packers in his career, including 2-0 in the playoffs. Before Kaepernick’s protests, McCarthy gave a glowing review of the QB.
“We have a lot of respect for Colin,” McCarthy said in 2015, before his team’s lone win against Kaepernick. “He’s had a lot of success against us in the past. … He’s definitely a challenge to prepare for.”