Read here for more McCarthy praise of Poppinga. It’s just very interesting the way McCarthy is going about this – as he talks to the reporter, it’s almost as though he’s trying to justify having such an affinity for Poppinga because he is anticipating criticism for this. As well he should be.
Look, I want to clarify that I don’t dislike Brady Poppinga personally. He is a lively interview and an interesting character. And, importantly, if McCarthy stands firm and keeps him as the starter, I really want him to do well because I just want our team to do well. I’d rather have him do well and make me look like a fool than have him continue to suck so I can be right about him. But I also have seen him struggle on the field for 3+ years as a starter and it’s just time someone else gets a chance.