When you fail to throw a single touchdown pass in five full games at your home stadium, something just isn’t right.
That was the case for Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley this season, as the third-year quarterback struggled mightily at times when filling in for an injured Aaron Rodgers. The Packers’ went 3-6 under Hundley this season, but won just one of five games at home with him under center — a 26-20 overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Quarterbacks and offenses are supposed to function better at home. There’s no crowd noise to deal with, the hard count can be more effective, and it should be a more comfortable environment.
Instead, Hundley had a passer rating of just 50.6 at Lambeau Field this season, while putting up a respectable 91.7 mark on the road. It’s safe to say that if the Packers got the road version of Hundley at home — 66% completions, over 200 yards per game, and nearly twice as many touchdowns (9) as interceptions (5) — they would have been right in the thick of the playoff race at the end of the season.
Alas, they finished 7-9 and are now going through their biggest shakeup in over a decade, as both offensive and defensive coordinator jobs are up for grabs, along with the general manager position.
In today’s curds, we look at Hundley’s performance, some of his head coach’s comments, and much more.
New coaches must fit McCarthy's vision for 2018 Packers | Packers.com
McCarthy says he has a direction in mind for next season, particularly on defense, but wouldn't say what that vision is. Still, the three internal candidates for the defensive coordinator job suggest that he wants some continuity in the scheme on that side of the football.
Who's in, who's out (and who could be out) on Packers' coaching staff - ESPN
Here's an excellent roundup of all the changes on the Packers' staff, just in case you missed anything over the past few days.
Brett Hundley finishes last in NFL.com’s QB Index in 2017 | Packers Wire
Gregg Rosenthal has an annual ranking of all of the qualifying quarterbacks in the NFL, and Hundley finished in 33rd place, even behind DeShone Kizer.
Brett Hundley ‘should’ve been better prepared’ to be Packers’ starter | Packersnews.com
Those are Mike McCarthy’s words from Thursday, though he did not clarify who is to blame for that. Certainly, it probably should be shared between McCarthy and two coaches who recently vacated their jobs: offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett and quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt. However, Hundley himself should be included in that group as well.
Head coaches are not coordinators - Pride Of Detroit
The Lions are interviewing no fewer than seven candidates for their head coaching job, including Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss. Here's a look from our SB Nation brethren about just what differences there are between coordinators and head coaches, which is useful even though the Packers aren't looking to replace Mike McCarthy this offseason.
For Kraft, Brady and Belichick, is this the beginning of the end? | ESPN
Seth Wickersham discusses some odd goings-on in the Patriots’ facilities over the past year, which point to a possible breakup of the triumvirate that has been responsible for so much success over the past decade-and-a-half.