Probably will like some of it, but let's face it, quarterback is everything in this league.
My guess is McCarthy's going to go with his most experienced guys, so that wouldn't include Janis. Throwing deep requires protecting longer, so that could be an issue too. But who knows? They probably get more snaps together in practice because they're both backups, and they have connected in some preseason games. Maybe on a second or third and short McCarthy will put Janis in there for a deep shot. But I'm not betting on it.
I'm not sure Mad Dog. I actually like Prescott, so we probably disagree some there. Agreed on Hundley's demeanor, he seems calm under fire and showed poise last week after the bad start, and he took some hits and didn't blanch. I'm just not sure about his throwing accuracy. From the coaches and scouts I've talked to over the years, the most important quality in a QB is toughness, followed by throwing accuracy. They're certainly not the only important qualities -- overall arm talent is huge as well -- but you don't have both those things it's ain't ever happening. You have to put the ability to play fast in there as well, they have to be able to see things quickly and translate thought to action in an instant. I'm unsure whether Hundley has the accuracy and play speed. The play speed especially is something that you only know once they get out there in a real game.
Can't disagree there. Funny, one of the knocks on King coming out was that he tended to slide off tacklers. But he's looked like a good tackler so far, good quickness and athleticism to close fast. Willing to tackler.
I don't think there's any reason to think this will be a long-term issue as far as affecting his throwing even though it's on the right side. I haven't seen or read anything to suggest that. I haven't asked any medical experts this, but I'd wonder if the bigger concern is that it might happen again, this is his second one. From a quick Google search on Sunday it looked like Romo had at least two and maybe three broken collarbones in his career. But it at least sounds like the back injury last year was the bigger issue. Maybe that's part of the reason why they're doing surgery, to ensure it heals as close to perfectly as possible, though the surgery also could be based strictly on the kind of break it is.
That injury history is a real issue, as is his age (27). He's had all sorts of injuries, and while sliding more would help he's also going to get hit in the pocket. Compare his age, for instance, to Hundley, who's in his third season yet only 24. If they liked him enough to trade a sixth-rounder for him, they should have kept him on their 53. What's done is done, so I guess they'll have to look at what's available in this draft and decide whether they can get a prospect they like a lot in the fourth round or later. If not, then maybe a Hill trade would be in play, though I'd guess a seven, not a six.
Wondering the same thing myself. They're going to need more turnovers to win without Rodgers, but that might mean taking chances. I very well could see McCarthy asking him to get more conservative.
I can't say this for sure, but I think he meant that he didn't adjust well enough for Hundley. Maybe he asked Hundley to do some things he shouldn't have, especially considering the OL has lost three starters by the end of the game. That's the way I interpreted it.
Can't imagine him playing this week, but I'd think there's a decent chance after his three-week practicing window is up, assuming he's not having any issues. Maybe because the bye in there they'd activate him but have him go through a third padded practice (they only get I think it's 14 a season, so they never do more than one padded practice a week) before putting him out there. But they can use him, they need help on that outside rush.
That's always an issue with Brees, He really plays on his toes, more than other QBs. I'll be watching to see whether Montravius Adams is active, he might provide some inside rush but he's been a healthy scratch the last couple weeks.
Yeah, they're separate. PUP means you didn't pass the physical at the start of camp so you never practiced. If you stay on PUP after final cuts, then you miss at least six weeks, and once you start practicing you then have three weeks to put the guy on the 53 or move him to IR. IR means you had a season-ending injury after camp started, with the exception that two guys can come off after eight weeks.
They are responsible for the entire roster, and how this team plays from here on out matters. But I leave open the door for them playing OK and winning only, say, four games. Not saying that four wins means they played reasonably well, just saying that could happen. But I think this goes without saying: if you take a top quarterback off a team, that team's Super Bowl hopes are shot, and even making the playoffs gets really tough. It's a quarterback league. If New England loses Brady, the Patriots are done. Luck and the Colts. The Steelers without Roethlisberger. The Falcons without Ryan. With rare exceptions for the truly excellent defensive teams and maybe a running back or two who can help a QB quite a bit, the difference between teams in this league is the quarterbacks. Put it this way: Put Andy Dalton on the Packers, and Rodgers on the Bengals, and what happens? The Bengals are the Packers, and the Packers the Bengals.
I think Hawkins might. King definitely has the ability, though he sometimes gives up too much cushion.
They still definitely have a shot at the playoffs. For one reason, 8-8 might win the division (remember, 8-7-1 did in '13), or 9-7. You can't rule that out, not yet anyway. It seems like Rodgers' return this season is a long-shot because the break is on his throwing side this time, but they haven't put him on IR yet or said he's done for the season, so you never know.
Couldn't agree more. They need somebody with the speed to put some fear in defenses.
Don't know how much he was in the meetings and how much he was either resting or getting some kind of treatment on his injury. I'd think he'll be on the sidelines to help Hundley. He was there in '13.
Yeah, I'm coming around to that kind of thinking. I know Belichick wants it.
OK everybody, went long today but have to move on to other duties. Too many questions to get to them all, but thanks for stopping by. As for Hundley, it's more about getting almost all the practice reps, that's really important, to physically see the defenses and have to make the reads and throws. That should help him more than anything, though I'm sure it's been an intense week in the classroom also. And that does it. Thanks again, always enjoy chatting with you. As always, too many questions to even see them all, so if I didn't get to yours try again next week. Until then, take care.