Maybe you read the story about Green Bay Packers tight end Andrew Quarless going off in his description about Aaron Rodgers’ participation in practice and working with the first team … well, we want to have a little bit of fun here and imagine what may be the case when head coach Mike McCarthy catches up with Quarless on Thursday morning and how we think he may react …
Head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t have to say anything, he just glared at his talkative tight end Andrew Quarless and motioned for him into his office into which Quarless slinked like the puppy who knew he was in trouble.
It was just the day before that McCarthy was all about being coy once again, laying the blame on the doctors for the fact that his all-world quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, wasn’t cleared to game-ready yet. The media accepted that reasoning, buying into the fact that in today’s NFL, it’s all about players’ safety. It was pretty clear that $120 million players don’t play until they are 100 percent.
But that all got washed down the drain when Quarless started running his mouth after practice, gushing about his favorite starting quarterback.
“Andrew, what the hell are you doing?” McCarthy didn’t disguise his anger. “Do you know that what’s said and done here, stays here? Do you not understand that? This is the Green Bay Packers and we do things a certain way. That way doesn’t include flapping your lips about what’s going on in practice … and you surely don’t have my permission to be talking about Aaron Rodgers!”
Do you know what you said, Andrew? Wait, don’t answer that … I’m going to read it to you and you tell me what you think: ‘Oh man, 12 looked real good today. It was good to see him out there really working with the offense. He was out there before but wasn’t working as much with the offense. But today he took some offensive reps, which is a great thing for the team, definitely.’”
Well, you damned well be sorry. We were hoping we could keep this under wraps because not only am I going to have to try to do damage control, but the Cowboys now know what the hell we’re up to. Damn.
“Is that all you’ve got to say?”
“Alright, Andrew. I’ll chalk this one up to you just not thinking. But for the love of God, keep your mouth shut from now on, OK? ”
“Get the hell out of here and if I see you going anywhere near the media I’m going to make your life a living hell.”
“Oh, and Andrew?”
“If I were you, you might want to throw an apology toward Aaron. He’ll be covering your ass, too.”
“You better be ready for some fastballs coming your way. I think maybe Aaron will be letting off some steam today.”