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Inbox: He seemed to be really coming on strong

It’s been expected by all parties all along

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DT T.J. Slaton

Jeffrey from Eveleth, MN

Congratulations to David Bakhtiari on his marriage. I hope he and Aaron Rodgers celebrated with a beer chug!

I'm sure plenty of beverages were consumed plenty quickly. But yes, all the best to Dave.

Mike from Lompoc, CA

The Wisconsin men's basketball game was not available here on the left coast and the outcome was disappointing to say the least. I watched the highlight of the flagrant foul on Johnny Davis and heard the commentators remark, "Not too much to see there." Hunh? It seemed like a textbook definition of a flagrant foul, or am I mistaken?

The officials got it right with the flagrant 2 call. I just hope Davis is OK, if not for this week then more importantly next.

Rod from Peoria, IL

LOVED the story you did on Marge Switzer! She is a quintessential PACKER. Quality all the way. Think how many players have worn the benefit of her work where the whole world could see it. She should be featured in a 50-yard line ceremony at halftime next season. Seriously.

It was a real treat (or shall I say, stitch? I'll see myself out) to chat with Marge about her memories and favorite stories. I could have listened for hours. What a wonderful person. I hope I did her amazing Packers career justice, and we all wish her well in retirement.

Blake from Wayzata, MN

The little kid with Packers helmet, and a Marge Switzer autograph? That story made my day! "He kept seeing me, so I had to be somebody important." A perfect example of how the Packers Nation truly stands out. Thank you, Spoff.

When she mentioned Bart Starr being a "rock star" in her eyes, I told her she had become a rock star on our website for all the videos we've posted regarding prep for third jerseys, captains' patches, etc. Truly special, and she'll be missed.

Todd from Brighton, MI

I believe Mr. Butler stated that Mrs. Butler would be his presenter for the HOF. This piece of news was from the Charlie Berens' podcast "Cripescast." It is episode No. 88. Kid you not. I highly recommend listening to these podcasts. Eclectic and informative. Watch out for deer.

OK then.

Lori from Heredia, Costa Rica

Hey Mike, I heard Mark Murphy talking in an interview recently that the Packers game in London will be either Week 4 or 7.

Yet another update from the readership. I had heard that internally as well but wasn't sure it was for public consumption. If Mark's talking about it, then we can too.

Michael from Burnsville, MN

Do we know if we have a bye after London, is that standard?

I believe that's the expectation, which would probably mean hoping the London game is Week 7, so the bye is more towards the middle of the season.

Brent from Embarrass, MN

Here's your OT solution. One possession, coin flip determines choice, kick or receive. Whoever is designated to kick gets spotted two points. The receiving team has one possession. TD or FG gives them the win. The D makes any sort of stop, including a missed FG, the defending team wins. Short, sweet, with an element of sudden death.

Not bad. Not the craziest idea in the world, and one that could get me on board. But again, another that'll never happen. I like the creativity and unconventionality in the thinking without being too gimmicky yet deciding the game quickly.

James from Asheville, NC

Which players from the 2021 draft that didn't, for whatever reason, make an impact on the Packers this past season do you most look forward to making that second-year (possibly Lambeau) leap?

The one that'll garner the most attention is Amari Rodgers. But the one I'll be watching just as closely is T.J. Slaton. He seemed to be really coming on strong as the season ended.

Laurie from Sheboygan, WI

In Saturday's II it was stated the Packers typically convert tackles to guards, but not the other way around. What are the differences in the position responsibilities which make it more difficult to convert guards to tackles?

It's not so much the responsibility as the athleticism required, particularly footwork, because tackles have to pass protect much more in space as opposed to in tighter quarters like guards. That's what makes what Elgton Jenkins has done his first three seasons in the league all the more remarkable.

Doug from Neenah, WI

Good morning. During the NFL Scouting Combine they referred to Utah's Devin Lloyd as an "off the ball" linebacker. Could you explain this position in layman's terms? Thanks.

It's just a reference to where the defender typically lines up – on the line of scrimmage, or a few yards off it. De'Vondre Campbell would be an example, for the most part, of an "off the ball" linebacker, whereas edge rushers like Rashan Gary are not considered such.

Gary from Cross Plains, WI

I couldn't agree with Mike more on the watering down of playoffs. But note the NBA is now to 20 of 32 making the playoffs by having the extra play-in for the bottom four of each conference. Maybe they don't call it playoffs, but it isn't regular season either. And the West pretty much is guaranteed at least one team well under .500 still playing after 82 games are done. What's the point? Way better with winning teams battling at the end of the regular season to see who's in and who's out.

My thoughts exactly.

Team photographer Evan Siegle shares his favorite photos from the 2021 Green Bay Packers season.

Steven from Silver Spring, MD

Well, if the regular season does become meaningless in MLB, you can't argue the business model hasn't worked elsewhere.

True that.

Kevin from Indianapolis, IN

Good morning! If you had the power to make just one change for the upcoming NFL season, what would that change be?

Revert to the pre-2020 NFL playoff format (six teams per conference, two byes) and 16 regular-season games. Unless that's two changes, in which case I'll go with the first one.

Mike from Cascade, ID

Hello Mike, as an amateur photographer I love the "Through The Lens" articles. Evan Siegle is a master at his art, and I enjoy his narratives and technical info he provides. The photograph of the embrace between Aaron and Alvin Jones was emotionally powerful. Is there an outlet to purchase any of his work?

Only what's reproduced in the Pro Shop, to my knowledge. I worked with Evan back in my newspaper days and it's been a privilege to see his work up close for more than 20 years now. There's no discounting how much better he makes all of our publications look (website, yearbook, game program), every single year. He's absolutely the best, and a great dude, too.

Mark from Cave Springs, AR

Regarding the CFL's version of "The Catch," what about the prior one also performed by Tom Clements while in college at Notre Dame during the 1973 Sugar Bowl for the national championship between undefeated Alabama and the Fighting Irish?

Oh, that one I knew about, the 35-yard strike on third down from his own end zone with two minutes left. I'd seen that highlight many times. I wasn't familiar with the big, historical CFL moment until the other day.

Eric from Green Bay, WI

What are the NFL salary cap rules regarding franchise tagging a player...when does GB need to be under the cap in order to tag Adams? If a tag is used, is there a date when being over the cap invalidates the tag? You get the idea. Thanks.

The franchise tender counts against the cap, even if the player hasn't signed it, and must fit under the cap by March 16.

Derek from Norton, KS

Do you think utilizing the franchise tag on Davante Adams will have a major impact on Aaron's decision?

Not really. With the tag, I think it's been expected by all parties all along. Where things stand on the progress toward a multi-year extension with Adams could factor, though.

Izzi from Raleigh, NC

I feel silly even asking this, but don't you think there's a case to be made that Aaron Rodgers (assuming he's our QB of the future) is a better QB without his security blanket, Davante Adams? Exhibit A is his record (10-1, 24 TD, three INT) without him. Exhibit B, our final play of the divisional round. Remember that after losing his security blanket, Sterling Sharpe, Brett Favre won the next three MVP awards and went to the next two Super Bowls.

I understand what you're saying, and you aren't the first one to say it. But I think in Favre's case, the difference is he was still developing his game at the time he lost Sharpe. He had only been a starting QB for three years at that point. Rodgers is in a much more advanced place. So I don't think the potential comparison applies. Also, surviving a few games here or there over the years without Adams is a different story than succeeding over the course of an entire season, start to finish. I think back to 2015, when the Packers lost Jordy Nelson for the year. Rodgers was still pretty darn good, but when you look at his stretch from 2009-16, the 2015 season was his lowest passer rating and lowest completion percentage over that time, and his fewest passing yards (except for 2013 when he missed half the year). Also, the Packers started 6-0 in 2015 before finishing 4-6 and then trying to make a playoff run. That speaks clearly to the "few games here and there" versus the long haul.

David from Cable, WI

When you have been in one place as long as Aaron Rodgers has you tend to focus on the negative. Familiarity does breed contempt. The only way for him to gain context is to go somewhere else. The problem is that you can't undo it if you change your mind.

Which is why the Packers are respecting Rodgers' thought process and giving him time and space, trusting he will reach his decision with the free-agent calendar and start of the new league year in mind.

Tim from Hales Corners, WI

When you consider what is going on in the Ukraine, it seems that in the grand scheme of things, what Aaron Rodgers chooses to do with his football life is really unimportant. Perspective.

That, too.

Brandon from Pleasant Prairie, WI

Does anyone else have the "Jeopardy!" theme song in their head waiting for Rodgers to decide?

Well, I do now. Thanks a lot. Happy Tuesday.

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