Eric from Stramproy, Netherlands
Gents, I'm probably one of many to express their appreciation for your work on the Outsider Inbox this week. I wonder if you're astounded by the sheer number of fans replying. I know I am, this II thingy is definitely unstoppable. Well done!
We had 551 submissions this year, which I'm pretty sure is up from last year. I had fun with it. It's a lot of work sorting through everything and trying to be fair but this was my favorite Outsider Inbox to date. So thanks again to everyone who participated.
Margeaux from Tallahassee, FL
What other mountains of snow do I now have left to climb? I'm over the snow mound piled up in the Kohl's parking lot with glee! Actually, you just made my day, month and year!
Congratulations, Margeaux, and very well-deserved. We're thrilled and honored to have you part of our II community.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Wes and Mike, thank you for writing II through rain, snow, pandemic, and protests. You and this forum have been a huge blessing. It has been a very tough year. My spouse passed away and my children and I got COVID from a visiting relative. Through all of the trials and new beginnings, packers.com and II have been there. Even though I haven't been able to think of many questions to submit lately, I was surprised and humbled to be remembered during Insider Outbox days. I am grateful for you.
Lori, you are an absolute gem of a human being and the embodiment of everything the first-ever Insider Inbox MVP should be. We're incredibly thankful to have you apart of this column, written or otherwise. Our condolences again for everything you've been through over the last 12 months. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.
Fabrizio from Fossano from Italia
I thought you would have substituted "Have an answer?" for "Have a question?"
I know. I always forget that part.
Jon from Raleigh, NC
Can we let 2020 be the year we end this Outsider Inbox concept? It has been terrible internet from the beginning and continues to be. If you guys need a break, bring in a guest insider or simply take a few days off. I am OK with taking a couple of days off with you. A great sports radio personality regularly makes the statement, "More of me and less of you is better for the show." I think that concept applies here, as well. Say it with me, "Heck no, Outsider Inbox's got to go!"
The Insider Inbox column posts 312 times per year. Three (0.96%) are earmarked for Outsider Inbox, and always around Fourth of July. That means you get Spoff and me the other 99.04% of the time. That's more than enough. If it bothers you that much, I suggest you take a three-day sabbatical. Or go back and read old Ask Vics/Insider Inboxes that make you feel warm and fuzzy inside.
Doug from Union Grove, WI
Hey Wes! How about a "Lifetime Achievement Award?"
We can do that. We do make our own rules here, Doug. I could see Frank being the first recipient of that. Let's allow this COVID-19 storm to pass to revisit that down the road.
Leslie from Las Vegas, NV
As soon as I stop crying from the "What's your most memorable experience at a Packers game responses," I want to know how to hook up with Nate for a tailgate. I'll bring the paired beverages.
After reading everyone's favorite experience, I wanted to give that question its own day – which is why I flipped questions eight and nine. It was moving to see how many memories have been made at Packers games. I know I have a few of my own, including when my wife brought our son to his first game in 2018.
Tory from Milwaukee, WI
Another year of Outsider Inbox. I have to say it was hard moving from the memories everyone shared about their experience at Lambeau to the lighter side of those questions. To say we are all connected to something far bigger than a game is an understatement, and all of those stories and memories put that on full display. It really put things in perspective to our daily lives and how much those moments matter. Thanks again for giving us a great place to stay connected.
I'll tell you what, there is nothing on this earth like walking through the parking lot and into Lambeau Field on a game day with the smell of brats in the air and all the anticipation. It's a special, special deal. If there are no fans in the stands this year, that'll be what I miss the most. I continue doing my small part and hope many of you are doing the same, in hopes of getting life, and game days, back to normal.
Julian from Gastonia, NC
I absolutely love the new "How it happened" feature. Kudos to the person(s) who thought of it. Keep up the great entertainment.
That was Michael K. Spofford using his noodle. It was a great idea, bridging the gap between the end of our offseason program content and the start of our position-by-position series later this month. Be sure to check them out.
Donavon from Beaumont, TX
Gentlemen, my answer did not make the cut. After seeing all the wonderful responses, I know why. This was so much fun. Thank you so much.
I wish I could have posted every submission, but each column would've been like 20,000 words.
Take a look at the best photos of Packers Hall of Fame QB Lynn Dickey during his time in Green Bay.
Alfred from Kingston, Canada
I am wondering whether there will be a real battle for the right tackle spot this season or whether Rick Wagner will automatically be given the position. If Lane Taylor comes back and Billy Turner could be two of the people who could take the job away from Wagner. What do you think?
The right tackle post is Wagner's to lose. He has the experience to step in there and start, and he's still is only 30 years old. Taylor is a great insurance policy and certainly Turner could push outside, but the scenario you outline is Plan B at best. And I don't see anyone else challenging Wagner for the starting job at right tackle in this climate.
Bob from Racine, WI
In your article about Mercedes Lewis and tight ends, no mention was made of James Looney, who was moved from defense to TE by staff. Realistically, do you see him playing that position for the Pack?
I do. However, the focus of that specific story was geared towards Lewis and young tight ends who were on the active roster last season. There will be more on Looney in our position-by-position series later this month. If you've followed some of the stories on Looney this offseason, he's fully invested into being the best tight end he can be.
Caroline from Olympia, WA
How will they make roster cuts without any evaluations if they cancel all preseason games?
Preseason games matter, but they're often just confirmation of what we've been seeing in practice. Tim Boyle, Allen Lazard and Chandon Sullivan all showed out on Nitschke Field before any of them made a play in preseason game. No preseason games would make scouts' job a little more difficult, but it's not impossible to evaluate players.
Ronald from Edison, NJ
Any changes in our defensive secondary?
Tramon Williams remains a free agent and Ibraheim Campbell signed with the Tennessee Titans this offseason. Other than that, the rest of the secondary is intact.
Kristofer from Atlanta, GA
Is there anything in the CBA that indicates how players will be paid should the season be cancelled/shortened?
Nothing set in stone but the NFL and NFLPA have previsions to negotiate in "good faith" in the event of a natural disaster. So the league and the player union would have to come to an agreement on how they proceed if the season is shortened or cancelled.
Eric from Honolulu, HI
If there's no preseason, will our players stay healthier throughout the season?
It would be quite the experiment, wouldn't it? We've never seen anything like this before in the NFL so it's difficult to prophesy. It seems like this would be the healthiest the NFL has started a regular season but I'm curious to see how their bodies hold up to the stress of a full schedule without building up that early wear-and-tear? If it's not an issue, this could be an eye-opening year when it comes to training and preparation.
Terrance from Sun Prairie, WI
Who would be consider the top 10 wide receivers in Packers history?
This is probably a better question for Cliff. My 1½ cents, and in no particular order: Don Hutson, James Lofton, Billy Howton, Sterling Sharpe, Davante Adams, Jordy Nelson, Boyd Dowler, Max McGee, Antonio Freeman and Donald Driver.
Chun from El Monte, CA
How do you expect the Packers will utilize Jordan Love? It doesn't appear he is as fast or nifty as Taysom Hill so not sure using him on designed runs will work as well.
I think the Packers should use him as a rookie learning to play quarterback at the game's highest level.
Joe from Wausau, WI
I read recently that if the season were starting now, the Buffalo Bills would not be allowed to have any fans attend games due to Covid-19 guidelines in the state of New York. I suspect this is the case in other states as well. Would the NFL allow a situation where some teams where there are not restrictions can admit fans and other teams like the Bills cannot?
I thought there's no way at first, but now I'm not so certain after reading some of these initial reports. There is revenue-sharing, after all. I honestly don't know.
Allan from Holmen, WI
Will players that have their own residences near Lambeau Field be allowed to stay there during training camp now that the Packers have announced they will not be at St. Norbert College?
That's the plan.
Ross from Roswell, GA
Is the Hall of Fame open by appointment only?
Correct. You can buy tickets and set up a visit here.
Daniel from Allen, TX
I want to congratulate Dean from Leavenworth IN for attending a Packer game in the year 196. And how the heck does he not get Insider MVP for that?!
I'm sorry Dean. That's totally my fault. When editing Wednesday's column, I cut the zero off 1960.
Dick from Four Oaks, NC
To Dominic from Chesapeake, VA: When you boil your brats in beer, be sure to add an onion!
It ain't the same without that onion.
Cindy from Mesa, AZ
Hi Insiders, would you consider Patrick Mahomes' contract to be a team-friendly deal? Both he and Sammy Watkins have said that they value leaving money to pay for a quality team, over taking the most money and having to play on a lesser team.
So the league's top young quarterback, who just won a Super Bowl, is under contract for the next decade? Yeah, I'd consider that a team-friendly deal. I don't even care what the numbers are.
Matt from Sheboygan, WI
The latest installment of "MT5" gave me a new appreciation for Mark Murphy, so the disrespect in some readers' reactions to his thoughts felt like a new low in my experience as a Packers fan. Social media seems to be able to enhance and diminish that experience in equal measures. Mike and Wes, knowing that you must see the worst of it, I also have a new appreciation for your focus on the positives in our team and our lives, which is what belonging to a community of fans should really be all about.
I have such a deep and profound respect for Mark Murphy. Not because he's the Packers President/CEO and I feel obligated to follow his lead, but because of the grace with which he leads the organization for whom I work. He's at the very top of the pyramid with all corners of the Packers' organization ascending to his point. But he doesn't rub that in anyone's face. He goes about it the right way. When push comes to shove on matters, Murphy has been an independent thinker at the league level who does what he feels is best for the Packers organization, the football team and society as a whole. And if you read "MT5" regularly, he tackles tough questions every month and gives real answers. It's not easy following in the footsteps of a titan like Bob Harlan but I think history will look back kindly on Murphy's stewardship of football's most historic franchise. I say that not as a writer or digital reporter, but as a Packers employee with a young family to feed and a mortgage to pay.
Steven from Redlands, CA
"What is the first time Insider/Outsider Inbox made you cry (in a happy way)?" Wednesday's incredible stories of Packers memories brought genuine tears of nostalgia, followed by tears of laughter at the T-shirt suggestion, and ending with tears of determination on re-reading Wes's response to the need for change in our society's attitudes and actions. Great job Wes! Great job Insider Inbox World!
I look forward to Outsider Inbox IV…and hopefully a healthy and peaceful world for all of us to share.