Ron from Bethesda, MD
We are all missing football.
Indeed. All sports for that matter. Their return promises to be meaningful in a multitude of ways.
Bob from Cortez, CO
Will the VR camera season ticket holders get mounted on their seats still be blocked by VR fans standing up on big plays?
That's a pretty good laugh for a Monday.
Jeff from Belton, TX
What is the current plan with staff and players? Is everything still remote?
LaFleur indicated last Friday he's back in the office and leaving it up to his assistants whether they want to come back in or continue working remotely. The players are not back and LaFleur said they would continue with their virtual offseason program for a few more weeks.
Jason from Vernon Hills, IL
Do you think that rooking running back AJ Dillon will make an impact in his first year? If so, how so?
Yes, he has a tough-to-tackle quality I think can wear on a defense that must constantly adjust to handling it and a shiftier back like Aaron Jones.
Don from Stevens Point, WI
During WWII the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League filled the void for American sports fans. Why not now? I could really get behind the Rockford Peaches because as we all know there is no crying in baseball.
I'll just say this – the inability of the players and owners in MLB to reach an agreement to bring the game back in a pandemic (short of the commissioner unilaterally declaring a greatly shortened season) would be a larger embarrassment to the sport than the canceling of the 1994 World Series. From a health standpoint, it's the least risky of all the sports to play, yet neither side has the greater public good anywhere on its radar. It's a shame, but I can't say I'm surprised.
Dan from Rice Lake, WI
I agree with Tony from River Falls that football has probably "evolved " more than other pro sports via rule changes. But baseball took a monumental evolutionary leap by instituting the designated hitter rule. Frankly, I consider it "devolution " as it eliminated a significant element of coaching and, in essence, declared that pitchers aren't really players. At least we have the National League.
I'm not sure how much longer that distinction will continue.
Julian from Gastonia, NC
Will the uncertainty re: the 2021 salary cap have a substantial impact on whether or not GB can sign Kenny Clark to a second contract before his first contract runs out?
I've been saying for weeks it very well may be a factor, but I don't really know.
Jim from Woodbury, MN
With college players returning to campus, can NFL players be far behind?
Multiple positive virus tests at Oklahoma State and Alabama last week would indicate that rushing back into things carries significant risk.
Sue from Tomah, WI
Social distancing? There's no such thing as social distancing in football!
And therein lies a legitimate problem. Don't get me wrong here, I want football back as much as the next fan, and I do think with proper steps and precautions taken, and enough time passing, we can have a football season. But I stand by what I said a few weeks ago – I wouldn't blame a single player for not wanting to play.
Brian from Menominee, MI
One of the laziest and most ridiculous "arguments" you can hear is that these professional athletes are whiny millionaires and should stick to playing sports. They weren't born millionaires and so many of them have lived and still live through these injustices. The fact that they have made it and are still using their platform to speak out is unselfish and should be applauded. They could take the easy route and be silent, but they didn't get to where they are by taking the easy route.
Couldn't agree more. The "stick to sports" folks are going to do nothing but keep getting angry if they don't comprehend what you just said. There were several submissions over the weekend from very irate fans saying they're done with the Packers and the NFL. Their choice, and while I don't really believe them, that's beside the point. There's a bigger picture here, and to not even attempt to get in touch with it is unfortunate, in my view. Not every question is a personal attack. Not every point of discussion should be characterized as a lecture. Not every criticism is utter condemnation. While I truly hope meaningful progress can be made on racial issues moving forward, I also hope for a return to some level of civility in our discourse. That alone would be a plus for society.
Take a look at Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke through the years.
Eric from Reedsburg, WI
If we have a season, do you believe Roger Goodell will let players protest in the manner that they feel they need to? In the past kneeling during the anthem or messages on clothing was not allowed unless prior permission was given.
To be determined. I expect there will be extensive discussions as to what the league will or will not support.
Ryan from State College, PA
"Because I've been listening to these players' stories for eight years now but I cannot say I truly heard them – and that bothers me." It takes a person of true character to admit that, especially to a global audience. It is great though to finally see some moments of positive change.
As someone who's been in this business roughly 15 years longer than Wes, I can attest that it's easy to become somewhat emotionally flat-lined to the stories of personal hardships and sacrifices. You know a good one when you hear it, you write it, and you work on finding the next one. That can be the job. A lot of times we reflect for a moment on the finished product. Wes's words have made me realize an additional moment of reflection on the subject would be worthwhile.
Kelly from Green Bay, WI
Will the Packers join another team again this year during training camp?
No. The league is prohibiting joint practices in 2020.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Reporters have always swarmed around athletes and coaches after a football game to interview them. What do you envision the interview process will look like this season?
I anticipate it'll be much the same as it's been the last few months – online access through a screen.
Mark from Sturgeon Bay, WI
Rewatching SB XLV, GB won the toss, elected to defer. They then said, "Pittsburgh is receiving the kickoff, Green Bay, which goal do you defend?" I thought if you defer, you're choosing to kick off/return the second-half kickoff … So shouldn't Pittsburgh have elected which goal to defend?
Only if it wanted to let the Packers receive both kickoffs. If the Packers defer, the opponent gets the choice of kick, receive, or defend a certain goal. If the opponent chooses to receive, the choice to defend a certain goal reverts back to the other team.
Sean from Menominee, MI
I'm not so sure I agree with Mike's response to the question from Dennis in Beavercreek. Getting the revenue where you can is all well and good, but some teams having a home crowd and other teams not would be a competitive advantage or disadvantage. Would the league court that controversy and compromise the parity and integrity of the game for the money?
I think in these highly unusual circumstances the league would give up some elements of absolute fairness for revenue, yes.
John from Evans, GA
I just applied for Masters tickets and for one day they are $115 for the equivalent of the Super Bowl of golf. The club is flush with money even with one event a year because they own everything around the club, similar to what Green Bay is trying to accomplish. Do you think Green Bay would ever adopt an approach similar to Augusta National where they keep prices low and people apply for tickets to allow more fans an opportunity to watch a game live that maybe couldn't afford it otherwise?
While I appreciate the sentiment, the short answer is no. Roughly one-third of gate receipts are shared, so the Packers' position has long been to keep ticket prices at or just below the league's middle to be a good partner to the other teams without gouging the fans.
Jake from Milwaukee, WI
Hello, with the return to sports, especially where fans are not permitted, there seems to be some creative opportunities for camera angles to further improve the at-home fan experience. What, if any, new camera angles would you be interested in seeing? For me, I'd love to have a camera that could show what a QB sees during a play. I think some fans might further appreciate the QB position if they see the windows the QB has to complete passes in the NFL, not to mention the size of the OL.
I could see various camera angles added that are just above the players' heads – on the field and from the sideline – that are much closer to the action than we've seen before because they wouldn't be blocking any spectator views.
Team photographer Evan Siegle's final installment reviewing photos from the 2019 season.
Steven from Silver Spring, MD
Jon Runyan has been reviewed as an interior player due to his smaller size, yet when I look across various sites, his lowest posted weight is 306. When I look at other tackles on our roster, 310 is about where they are listed. Can those four pounds really matter? What about at LT where we are currently only one player deep? Runyan's size does not look too small especially for the zone-type attack ML is emphasizing. You would think he would at least get a look.
I thought so, too, and I guess we'll wait and see. But I don't think it's just the size. It could be arm length, footwork on film, or any number of other factors. Regardless, the Packers have been listing Runyan on the roster as a guard since the day they drafted him. That appears to be his first spot.
TK from Grafton, WI
I really hate it when, after a loss, fans blame "play-calling." Do they not realize that you can't cherry-pick particular instances and WISH something else would have happened? I swear, without ever having seen one, that no team's offensive playbook has a section for Stuffed Runs, Dropped Passes, Poor Throws, and Sacks.
How this shows up in the Inbox in early June is a mystery to me, but I needed another good laugh.
Jeff from Greenwood, MN
Mike, respectfully asking what your stat line for the day was against the lefty. I do believe hitting a pitched baseball especially at the level you played at is the hardest thing to do in sports.
I went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a slow roller (or maybe it was a lazy popup). Either way, none to weak contact. Best cut I had was at a fastball I fouled straight back. It was the only pitch I felt like I saw. Happy Monday.