You can file this one under, well, what else are they going to say? Everyone is down on quarterback Brett Hundley, but his coaches continue to find positive things to say about him.
Hundley threw for just 84 yards and an interception on Sunday, while his running game and defense kept the Green Bay Packers in the game.
Coach Mike McCarthy says Hundley is a winner.
“He wants to win,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Just to see his excitement after the game, it’s about winning for him. He knows that he has things that he’ll continue to work on and will improve. But he’s been around. This is his third season.
“He knows how hard it is to win in December and how important these games are. We’re going to get him ready. We’re going to do a good job and make sure he gets what he needs on Sunday to be productive.”
I enjoy how McCarthy always notes that Hundley has been in the system for three seasons. I would currently look at that as a negative considering how poorly Hundley has played. Shouldn’t he be further along in his development in his third season with the team?
Anyway, offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett says Hundley is clutch.
“As far as when we needed him the most, he made plays,” offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett said. “You can go back to the fourth-quarter drive to get that field goal to put us in position to go into overtime and then you come back out in the overtime period and we drive the ball down the field with him making quite a few plays to put us in a position to win.
“I kind of look at it from a positive standpoint: When we needed him the most he made the plays that were necessary for us to win the game.”
Edgar Bennett can apparently find a positive in anything… kind of. Had Hundley made more plays earlier in the game, the Packers wouldn’t have been in a position to have to play for overtime.
With the defense sacking the quarterback and scoring points, the special teams playing uncharacteristically well and the running game gaining chunks of yardage, it’s pretty clear why this game wasn’t a blowout.
Poor quarterback play.
If you look at quarterback rating, there are only two worse quarterbacks in the NFL. Hundley’s 70.6 rates ahead of only 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard (69.2), who has been benched, and Browns rookie DeShone Kizer (58.1), who has repeatedly been benched.
Hundley’s only good game this season came against the Pittsburgh Steelers, when he threw for 245 yards and three scores. The Packers will have to hope that Hundley shows up this week or their playoff hopes just might be toast.