Backups become the primary plan
And you thought the worst thing you’d hear on Sunday afternoon was the guy playing the Vikings’ horn.
Clearly that fellow is no Herb Alpert.
Well, halftime ended on a sour note when this happened: “QB Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken collarbone. There's a chance he could miss the rest of the season,” the Packers tweeted. Ouch! As soon as Rodgers was carted off, the speculation started.
Poor Brett Hundley was running for his life behind a paper-thin line and people were calling for somebody else to get sacked.
Colin Kaepernick’s name was bandied about even though he has more rust on him than the Tin Man who hangs out by the Yellowbrick Road.
Then there was Tony Romo — the pride of Burlington, Wis. This is a reach, too. Why in the world would he leave his cushy TV gig? It makes sense to stay just in case Jim Nantz starts talking about The Masters on CBS.
Of course there was Brett Favre’s old helmet (it’s not leather) being tossed in the ring.
Surely the Packers could fork over enough loot to get Brad “The Chiller” Childress to drive him from the airport to Lambeau Field. The ’ol gunslinger probably still has the itch.
But let’s face it, this makes as much sense as hiring a guy who rarely shaves to do shaving commercials.
The opportunities are still endless.
Can Ted Thompson trade some draft picks for John Hadl?
What about Zeke Bratkowski? Doesn’t the greatest Pack- er backup QB of all time have any eligibility left?
What about the tag team of Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace? There are a lot of Packers fans just waiting to put their Wallace jerseys on again.
Or maybe they can get Travis Jervey to run the Wildcat.
Perhaps they could smuggle Taysom Hill out of New Orleans.
All that stuff was fun while it lasted. Party-pooper McCarthy quickly shot down every candidate after the carnage.
The backup plan is, well, to stick with the backups.
“Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan, that’s what we’re going with,” he said.
Hundley has victories in the Alamo Bowl and the Shrine Game under his belt. Those are big ones right there, although some may argue that the upcoming tussle with the Saints may be a tad bit more important.
At any rate, the Green and Gold has had pretty good success with QBs named Brett.
Callahan has being cut by the Cleveland Browns on his resume. That is exactly why Wite-Out was invented.
Now, if this duo is less than dynamic, people are going to say they’ve seen Tim Tebow checking in at the Midway Motor Lodge in Green Bay.
As a side note to the Rodgers situation, the Packers had so many guys hurt against the Vikings that they almost called Laacke & Joys for a bigger medical tent.
At least the team physician didn’t get hurt reaching for another ice pack.
He could have be out for the year, too. Then who would they get? Trapper John?
It’s Week 7 already and look on the bright side, the Packers will still finish with more wins than the Browns or the 49ers. Remember these selections are not for those of the faint of
heart. Don’t swim for a half an hour after digesting this information.
Game of the week: Redskins at Eagles: Somehow the Philadelphia 11 is the cream of the NFC crop. Some people would call this fake news. Washington has hit the part of the year where it usually selfdestructs. But enough about Congress. Eagles 23, Redskins 20, OT.
Game of the weak: Cowboys at 49ers: This used to be a heavyweight battle. Now both teams are featherweights. Can anyone name somebody on the 49ers? Cowboys 30, 49ers 14.
Saints at Packers: Anyone who picks the Packers has to be out of their mind. Packers 17, Saints 16.
David Letterman, former TV funnyman, at the unveiling of Peyton Manning’s statue in Indianapolis (before the Giants’ victory Sunday): “By the way, if you like football trivia, so far this year Eli and Peyton have won the same number of games.”...
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel: “So now we know why the Dolphins could never find the goalline. Their offensive line coach kept snorting it!”...
Norman Chad, syndicated columnist: “If Donald Trump could get to the White House, I guess Blake Bortles could get to the Super Bowl.”...
Mike Florio of NBCsports.com, on the Colts’ surprising start: “They just might be able to tread water long enough for Andrew Luck to come back and get injured again.”... Rams defensive coordinator
Wade Phillips on why he has no hard feelings about the Cowboys canning him seven years ago: “If I had a vendetta against any team that fired me, I’d have a quarter of the league.”
Former UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley reacts after scoring a touchdown during the 2015 Alamo Bowl against Kansas State at the Alamodome, the scene of one of Hundley’s greatest victories.