Mike McCarthy and His Quarterback Obsession
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy hearts quarterbacks. I think we (Packer fans) all get that. But it’s still a little too much, sometimes. Lately, it seems the only news we have of how coach McCarthy is spending his days, all has something to do with big-name quarterbacks.
At the NFL Combine, McCarthy was asked quite a few quarterback-related questions. Not his fault, of course, but it seems the national media might view him as more of a QB Guru than a head coach. Ironically, as McCarthy was at the podium, an announcement came over the PA system that “some guy named Tebow will be at podium C.” In a matter of seconds, more than half of the media types got up and scurried out of McCarthy’s press conference.
At the NFL Owner’s meetings, also the week of the University of Florida’s Pro Day, McCarthy was quoted on Tim Tebow and expressed how he “would love the opportunity to develop him”.
The following week, McCarthy showed up a both the Oklahoma and Texas Pro Days, keeping a close watch on Sam Bradford and Colt McCoy. McCarthy’s comments were used as the basis of an article by the Dallas Morning News comparing the workouts of the two quarterbacks. While McCarthy may not have been there just to see those two quarterbacks, that was all he talked about (publicly, at least).
While McCarthy chooses to use quite a bit of his time obsessing over quarterbacks, I could understand that a bit more if it were quarterbacks the Packers were actually interested in. Can anyone possibly see the Packers drafting a top quarterback at mega dollars with Aaron Rodgers on this team?
What makes much more sense is what the Packers have been quietly doing with their scouts. The Packers have been working out later-round quarterbacks and I can definitely see the Packers taking a QB with one of their 5th round picks.
Noah Shepard of South Dakota State, a double threat during his college career as a passer (8900yds) and runner (2100yds), is one player it has been confirmed the Packers have worked out. Can you say Wildcat?
After being snubbed by the NFL Combine and impressing Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie at Tennessee’s Pro day, QB Jonathan Crompton has a private workout scheduled with the Packers April 13, according to Packer Report. Originally thought of as a late-round pick, Crompton is seeing his stock rise considerably and may end up out of the Packers reach.
In any case, my point is that as the Packers’ resident quarterbacks guru, Mike McCarthy, should be spending a lot more time looking at the guys Green Bay could actually pick, rather than the marquee quarterbacks that will go way too early for the Packers. Forget about Bradford, McCoy, Clausen and Tebow.
And please, I don’t want to hear about how you’re taking notes for the future. If you ever have a chance to work with one of those players, it most likely won’t be as the Packers head coach, so that doesn’t interest me.
As a selfish Packers fan, I want you focused only on things that will help the Green Bay Packers. Study the lesser-known guys and let Ted pick you up a new toy to play with in Round 5. Then develop away, Mike, and work your magic.
Jersey Al Bracco is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.