Chris from New Richmond, IN
I once drove through Grafton. Does that count?
This crowd just never quits.
Mark from San Antonio, TX
I'm still waiting for Dak from Prescott, WI, to submit a question. Sorry, it's the offseason, I'll see myself out.
Matt from Green Bay, WI
Best way to find out the OTA schedule?
We know the dates, but we don't know if/when any of the OTA workouts will be open to the public.
Jamie from Manchester, UK
How likely do you think it is, at some point in the future, that the Tailgate Tour will go international and make a stop on this side of the pond?
I don't think the tour bus can float, or handle those ocean waves. Once again, I'm here all week folks.
Michelle from Ringgold, GA
Do you think the Packers will have a rebuilding year next season?
It's definitely a reset when a new QB takes over, but rebuild? Barring injury, the only spots I see rookies potentially starting in Week 1 would be tight end, safety and edge rusher (only until Gary returns). Three spots, maybe. That doesn't sound like a rebuild to me.
Ted from Findley, OH
Regarding your response to George from Olympia, WA, I would consider Keisean Nixon as another player who requires an opponent's extra attention in game-planning. It is a significant advantage to the Packers when teams have to consider how and where they are going to kick the football. Or am I missing something? I remember a few years ago when we sent a lot of popup kickoffs to a certain Bear.
You're right, and you weren't the only reader to point out my oversight. I should've included Nixon on the list for his special-teams impact. My bad. Mike from Cascade, ID, also reiterated the idea Nixon might get some chances on offense. If that indeed comes to pass, how much attention it warrants from opponents will be intriguing to follow.
Keith from Lincoln, IL
There are a lot of things that stack up to make the learning curve for young quarterbacks trying to excel in the NFL quite steep. Where does the length and grind of the NFL schedule fall in that stack? And when do young quarterbacks usually conquer that one? Thanks.
There's no definite "when" for everybody. Each QB's pace is his pace. But once he goes through the 17-game grind once, then he knows what it feels like, physically and mentally, at different stages of the season each year thereafter. I think the bigger adjustment in that regard is playing three teams on the schedule twice each in the same season, and how what's on film from the first matchup factors into the plans and preparations for the rematch. Playing the same team twice in one year isn't part of a college schedule, unless it occurs in the postseason (conference title game, CFP, etc.).
Grant from Hoopeston, IL
Do you feel having Tom Clements as Jordan Love's coach makes it less necessary to have a veteran backup QB?
I think players still need experienced peers in whom to confide and with whom to process their jobs, and a veteran would benefit Love in that regard. The question is whether the Packers can find one at the right price.
Kyle from Waunakee, WI
How much of an impact on Jordan Love's development do you think Aaron Rodgers has had? I've been thinking about Zach Wilson and thinking how it would be neat if he went from No. 2 pick and playing immediately to being not ready to sitting with Rodgers for 1-X years, and then ready to go after Rodgers is done. But I sent know how much of Love's progression is Love vs. coaches vs. Rodgers vs...?
I hate to sound like the father of two I am, but in many respects it takes a village. Rodgers learned plenty from Favre, and Love from Rodgers, and we've already talked about Clements regarding both. But guys like Darrell Bevell and Craig Nall were around when Rodgers arrived, as were Luke Getsy and Tim Boyle with Love. Joe Philbin was a part of Rodgers' early development as well, Nathaniel Hackett with Love. I don't know how to quantify or rank each individual's influence, but the young QBs willing and able to absorb everything they can early on, when they're surrounded by quality mentors, reap the benefits.
James from Appleton, WI
I liked your comment about the Packers drafting someone who requires extra attention from opponents during their game-planning. It crystallized the hope I have that the Packers don't trade down from their spot. Green Bay isn't often in the top half of the first round and should grab an attention-getter while they can.
Provided such a player is there. You never know how the draft is going to fall, nor how the Packers have evaluated the players on their board.
Jeff from Meridian, ID
Vic used to talk about shaking the Big Men Who Move Well tree and what a limited crop that typically is. With Marcedes Lewis' future unknown and his value as a blocking pass catcher, is this the year Gutekunst takes a TE of that profile, potential-wise anyway, in the first round? Would support two aspects of the offense in one value pick IMHO.
Tight ends with those all-around characteristics – blocking and pass catching – are difficult to come by, but that combination is what might warrant using a first-round pick at the position, an idea from which I'd normally shy away.
Patrick from Folly Beach, SC
Hey guys! Thanks for your publishing the Prospect Primer. It gives me something to think about (other than you know what) in waiting for the draft. I was wondering if, sometime before the draft, you would publish a list of the pre-draft visits?
Sorry, but we are not provided that list for publication.
Dean from Leavenworth, IN
In the draft Gutey hasn't been afraid to double-up on positions of need and I expect the same this year. There's a lot of choices, S, TE, WR, DL, Edge, and? What do you think are the most likely and any he might triple-down on?
I could see him doubling-up on any of those spots you noted, if the board falls certain ways. Triple picks? Collectively, the defensive front seven can't be ruled out there.
Ray from Phoenix, AZ
I keep reading that GB does not have the cap room to re-sign Mason Crosby. If that is correct, tell us something about the other kicker on the roster. This being such an important player, do you see the Packers drafting a kicker?
Here are some stats on Parker White. Courtesy of Bill Huber, I also know he started a trucking company in South Carolina with his long snapper. I'm not sure the Packers will draft a kicker, but I could see another one being signed after the draft if Crosby doesn't return.
Mike from Baraboo, WI
Which team do you think will have more primetime games this year, the Packers or the Jets?
I would imagine the Jets will get the maximum five, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Packers don't. But back in 2008, the Packers still were scheduled for four, so …
Jim from Maple Grove, MN
Just to throw even more "coulda woulda shoulda" fuel on the 2022 season, the Washington game was certainly winnable, and the Tennessee game felt like the high-water mark of a team in collapse. What does the 2022 season look like if the Packers take care of business in those games and Rodgers only has a losing record against the Colts at the end?
Ha, I hadn't thought of it within the context of that trivia question from yesterday. Interesting how that worked out. To your larger question, heck, I don't know. If the Packers aren't desperate in the final month of the season, do they win that Christmas game in Miami or blow out the Vikings on New Year's Day? Nothing happens in a vacuum.
Santi from Staten Island, NY
Don't think it's the Packers or the Jets holding up the Rodgers trade. It's Rodgers not giving the Jets a guarantee on number of years he will play. Jets don't want to give up a first-round pick for just one year.
I don't think they want to give up their first-round pick at all because No. 13 could be a sweet spot to get one of the top offensive tackles in this draft, and that's their primary need. I read a report last week that the holdup could be the Jets asking for a conditional pick in return from the Packers if Rodgers only plays one year. I can understand New York's desire for that consideration, as well as Green Bay's possible lack of interest in providing it.
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Chip from Bev Hills, MI
So many factors in the Rodgers to Jets trade! Do you think we'll ever get an inside account of how the back and forth of it really went? And a baseball aside: With the clock on the pitcher/batter seeming to be so popular, which major league hitter of the past do you think is proudly saying today, "Yah, my slow-at-bats caused that."
I doubt anyone from the Packers will ever spill all the beans. It's not in this organization's MO. I can't speak for the Jets, however. As for baseball's pitch clock, Nomar Garciaparra and his batting gloves were probably part of the genesis, but in no way can it be pinned on one or just a few players. Your question reminded me of one of the greatest baseball nicknames of all-time, though: Mike Hargrove, the human rain delay.
Jeffrey from Eveleth, MN
I once called the Packer postgame radio show after a tough loss and insisted that the Packers bench Favre and start Mark Brunell.
I guarantee you weren't the only one.
Keith from Bakersfield, CA
Taking a break from criticizing NFL refs, I'd like instead to criticize the officiating in the women's NCAA final. An outstanding tournament with compelling stories led to record viewership, only to see the refs wreck the game from the jump. I doubt Iowa could've done much the way LSU was shooting, but I was terribly disappointed and feel like women's basketball was cheated out of a golden opportunity.
I think the women's game actually maximized on its opportunity, despite the officiating and taunting storylines grabbing unwanted and unnecessary attention.
Luke from La Crosse, WI
Now that we've got baseball figured out with the pitch clock, can we focus on basketball's last two minutes taking two hours?
Boy, you talk about a sport that needs a time limit on replay reviews …
Tom from Harker Heights, TX
Spoff, you missed out on an exciting running game in the early '70s with Brockington and Lane. They were just Thunder and Thunder (with a bit of steamroller). During the offseason there was a TV series in those days called "Superstars," featuring athletes from all sports competing in sports events they had shared capabilities in. One episode featured everyone throwing a football for distance. Surprisingly, MacArthur Lane stepped up and flung it for 74 yards! What an arm he had.
I watched plenty of "Superstars" as a kid. I remember James Lofton just blowing guys away in the sprint competitions.
Keith from Dodgeville, WI
Mike, with the speed the Brewers now have it seems to fit well with the changes in the game. They have speed up the middle and a very fast outfield to make up for the shift rules. Did you make it to the home opener?
I did not, because Wes needed the vacation day and I was coming off my Chicago trip anyway. Brice Turang's memorable grand slam notwithstanding, I do like how these young guys in Milwaukee profile differently with their speed and defense, and balance out a lineup that has otherwise just waited for home runs in recent years.
Richard from Madison, WI
"Could packers.com stop mentioning the John Hadl trade?" I'll always be grateful to the Vikings, who gave away most of the store and about 5,000 of Minnesota's lakes to land Herschel Walker, thereby supplanting the Packers as the team that made the worst trade in NFL history.
"…about 5,000 of Minnesota's lakes." Nicely done. Happy Tuesday.
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