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That was definitely a huge break

QB Jordan Love
QB Jordan Love

Dennis from Parrish, FL

I am pretty sure that if I buy a T-shirt from the Packers Pro Shop, the Packers keep the entire profit. BUT, if I buy the same T-shirt from the NFL Shop, that money gets split 32 ways?

Or helps pay the commissioner's salary. Take your pick.

Rodney from Gladstone, OR

Guys, given the limited earning windows of RBs, do you think the NFLPA should push for RBs to be able to renegotiate rookie contracts after Year 2? It seems fair. The team has insurance in paying a rookie bust for anything but a rookie contract. Yet the guys outplaying their contracts can renegotiate and make a little more on the front end before they are discarded. Just a thought.

I could see that coming up in the next CBA negotiations perhaps, but the current CBA runs through the end of the decade, so I don't see anything changing soon.

Jim from West Hills, CA

I believe it's five Cal QBs to start in Super Bowls as Joe Kapp started SB IV. Although never getting to a SB, Steve Bartkowski had a pretty good run as well.

You're right, I forgot Kapp started the Vikings' first Super Bowl before Tarkenton started the other three. Bartkowski did have a good run, but he won only one playoff game for the Falcons and never reached a conference championship.

Justin from Los Angeles, CA

Here's a dead-zone question I've always been curious about: When a scout goes to watch a player and/or a team, where do they sit? Further back to see the whole field? Closer in to watch the player interact on the sidelines? Box so it's easier to take notes?

The general MO is they sit in the press box and bring binoculars.

Bob from Port St. Lucie, FL

Mike, are the rules in a joint practice different from the preseason games? Are QBs red-shirted or any other changes to avoid injuries?

There's no live tackling and QBs still wear the red, no-contact jerseys.

TK from Grafton, WI

In my lifetime of watching Packer football (1977-present), GB has had several receivers that one could argue were the best in the league (Lofton, Sharpe, Adams) but only Ahman Green could be viewed as the best running back. Am I forgetting anyone? Aaron Jones is really good, but it would hard to say he's No. 1 in the NFL.

He's not, but it's hard to see any of the running backs ranked ahead of him meaning any more to GB's offense than Jones does. That's how I view it. Actually, I'm not sure Green was ever considered the league's best running back, though he was in the conversation for sure. His best year, when he rushed for a franchise-record 1,883 yards, Jamal Lewis topped 2,000, but Green was far superior to Lewis as a pass-catcher out of the backfield. Only one Packers running back has ever led the league in rushing – Jim Taylor in 1962.

Viv from Yuma, AZ

Do all the players at training camp expect to at least make the practice squad?

Not including the international player exemption, there will be 90 players on the camp roster with 53 active-roster spots available and 16 more on the practice squad. I know we stress no math in the Inbox so I'll leave it there.

Jason from Austin, TX

Mike, I have a question for you regarding historical nomenclature. At what point did Lambeau Field become "the historic Lambeau Field"? The team has been around since the mid-'20s, but Lambeau Field wasn't built until the late '50s. I get that Alaska and Hawaii weren't states yet, so it sounds old, but was it already considered "historic" in the '70s? Is there an old name evolution it goes through? Classic...time-honored...historic...ancient.

The team has been around since 1919, just to be clear. I think Lambeau Field became "historic" the day the Ice Bowl was played and Bart Starr snuck that ball across the goal line in the final seconds.

Ummy from Two Rivers, WI

About the '80s jersey. I believe it was the G on the sleeves and the numbers on the side of the pants. I think the white jerseys with gold on top of the shoulder pads (I believe from the '40s) would be cool looking.

Yes, thanks for clarifying on the '80s jersey. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the gold-yoke look, but it might be better on a white or green jersey instead of the blue that was tried.

Dano from Seal Beach, CA

Would like your words of wisdom about bringing a veteran in to mentor the "room" or even the QB Jordan Love. If you bring in that veteran, you lose one new player who may have potential. I have read where tight ends need a vet and even Love needs a veteran QB just to give tips to him. What does that experienced player really add that the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the position coach doesn't already add each and every day? Rodgers gave Love training for three years.

It could mean a lot to have an experienced backup QB working with Love, and in a perfect world, I believe the Packers would bring one in. But I've said all along it's not about the 53rd roster spot, it's about the cap. Backup QBs with that kind of value aren't signing for the league minimum. They carry a price tag that would pinch the Packers' finances even tighter than they already are, which would affect the overall makeup of the roster. If there's one out there whose price comes down, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Packers sign him.

David from Janesville, WI

Mike, I'm no expert but it seems quarterback play comes down to three things: physical talent, mental toughness, and football intelligence. Love has talent, after all he was a first-round pick. All signs point to him being mentally tough with how he handled himself so far, both on and off the field coming in as Rodgers' backup. How long do you think it will take to verify his football intelligence? Not just understanding the playbook, but the ability to diagnose things quickly as a play unfolds?

This timeline question regarding the QB transition has been asked a gazillion different ways but the answer remains the same: We'll know when we know.

Dan from Cross Plains, WI

How do coaches prepare a team to be the best in the last five minutes of a game? Are they doing extra conditioning at the end of practice? Some other mental exercises? Or is it an intangible where the team simply has it or they don't?

A team's conditioning can certainly factor, but I've always chalked it up to more of an intangible and the ability to handle the moment better than the opponent. It's understanding the urgency, the stakes, and everything that goes into crunch time without letting it negatively affect focus, concentration, physical execution, and the like. If there were a specific way to train to be at your best when it matters most, everyone would do it.

David from Zephyrhills, FL

Your answer to Mike from Ames, Iowa, about running a short-yardage play behind a subbed lineman. If the defense was not expecting a run there because he was a sub and did not have a defender in that slot, couldn't it be a good call at the line of scrimmage pre-snap? Part of the guessing game.

Let me know the next time you see a short-yardage play with an offensive lineman uncovered.

The following is the sixth installment in a series of photos examining the Packers' roster position by position. This installment examines the linebackers.

Mark from Bettendorf, IA

Mike, as an older fan, I don't bemoan the lack of attention span or need for instant gratification. I don't regret free agency or big trades. It's really the attitude that NOT doing this is a sign of not trying to win. And then it's "fire everybody." And also the platforms available to hide behind the keyboard and say these things. These fans need you guys to teach them about the salary cap, and Cliff to teach them about the history of the team. If this is hard to understand, I can't help them.

Careful, you're starting to sound like me.

Mike from Franksville, WI

It's easy for us fans to remember when the Packers have been wronged by the officiating: Jerry Rice's fumble, the Fail Mary … but can you think of any instances where the Packers have benefitted from a referee's blown call?

It wasn't a blown call based on the way the catch rule was written at the time, but the Dez Bryant play in the 2014 playoffs comes to mind as fortunate. I remember Don Beebe's long touchdown against the 49ers on that Monday night in 1996. That was definitely a huge break. He clearly was touched while on the ground, but got up and ran 40-some yards for the score, and there was no replay to fix the call.

Rudy from Cedarburg, WI

Which safety has been lining up with Darnell Savage on the No. 1 defense? I like Jonathan Owens, tough experienced and smart. That was a great signing (IMHO).

During OTAs and minicamp, three safeties rotated alongside Savage with the first-team defense – Jonathan Owens, Rudy Ford and Tarvarius Moore. We shall see if the rotation continues during training camp, or if the coaches decided on a front-runner at the end of the spring.

Joseph from Sioux Falls, SD

All this talk of Vegas recently...I might think about Davante Adams too much. I don't think I'm over him. I have tried hedonic consumption. I have tried expressive suppression. I know life must move along, but I don't want to believe it. What Packers departure during your time on the job took or is taking you the longest to cope with?

I don't really rank them. But just when I think I've grown immune to it after all these years, I bumped into Mason Crosby at a local restaurant a couple weeks back, had a brief chat to say hi and catch up, then sat back down at my table and felt sad. So there's that.

Shane from Saxon, WI

Good evening, I'm watching the 2007 NFC Championship Game on the NFL Network. I was at the game. Mason Crosby was a rookie. Which Packers player has played in the most postseason games? Mason must be in the top three. Plaxico Burress was unstoppable.

I've always felt that game began to popularize the back-shoulder throw. It seemed to become more prevalent across the league after Burress had that huge game on a big stage, catching almost exclusively back-shoulder throws from Eli along the sideline. Crosby has played in the most postseason games in franchise history, with 23, just ahead of both Favre and Rodgers at 22 apiece (though one of Rodgers' playoff appearances wasn't as a starter … he mopped up the Snow Globe blowout of the Seahawks the week before the game you just mentioned). After them, it's William Henderson and T.J. Lang at 16 each, followed by six players with 15 playoff games (Gilbert Brown, Earl Dotson, Donald Driver, John Kuhn, Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams).

Brandon from Mondovi, WI

Hello guys, I see players sometimes after a play hold their hand up and look to the sidelines. Why do they do that?

They're tired and want to sub out. I've just about reached that point with this column. My hand goes up after tomorrow morning. Happy Wednesday.

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