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Is Aaron Rodgers' lack of mobility a good thing?

Have the Packers closed the gap?


Dominick from Berwyn, IL

Vic, on they laid out a formula for the Packers to beat the Seahawks. Run the ball between the tackles, throw away from Sherman, use exotic formations and play dink and dunk football to eat up time and wear down the defense. Do you agree?

A lot of that is similar to the Packers' Week 1 game plan. Uhhh, it didn't work. The bottom line is you must execute whatever your game plan is. The worst game plan executed is better than the best game plan not executed.

Doug from Saint Paul, MN

Since it's clearly players, not plays, how much sense does it make to you that every year the coordinators from the best teams (those with the best players, not schemes) are fought over so fervently for the handful of head coaching vacancies?

It makes sense because coordinators have risen through the ranks of position coaches to a place where they can be identified for executing the greatest responsibility afforded an assistant coach. Be that as it may, I would not be opposed to hiring a head coach from the ranks of the position coaches, if I believed he had the leadership and management skills to be a head coach. I don't want schemes. You can find schemes and play-callers anywhere. I want a man that can lead and manage. You find those men where you find those men.

Justin from St. Louis, MO

Do you think the Packers still have a need at tight end like many draft experts do?

For depth, yeah, but I think it's time for everyone to get off the tight end kick. It's been going on since early last spring when it became apparent Jermichael Finley wasn't going to be re-signed. Andrew Quarless and Richard Rodgers have been difference-makers in recent games.

John from Grand Forks, ND

Vic, is Aaron Rodgers perhaps playing better with his injury because he has one less read to focus on, when to run? He makes fantastic plays with his legs but forcing him to be a pocket passer maybe gives him even more focus.

I like that thought, John. That's the kind of against-the-grain thinking that gives us all a broader perspective. In other words, his lack of mobility is making him be a passer, right? Well, Rodgers is a pretty good passer, so maybe that's not a bad thing. Bravo!

Ed from Des Plaines, IL

A lot has been said about how much the Packers have improved since their first meeting with Seattle, due to the growth of their rookies. Doesn't Seattle also have rookies who have improved since the first meeting?

Both teams are better than they were in Week 1. We know that about the Seahawks because at one point they were 3-3. The Packers started 2-2. Look at what the two teams have done since those slow starts. I think the Packers had a bigger gap to close on defense than the Seahawks faced on either side of the ball, and I think the Packers have closed that gap. We'll see on Sunday.

Joe from Bloomington, IN

Vic, I hope your doctor told you to knock off the hot dogs, free or not. Seriously.

My doctor said no red meat and the whiter the bread, the sooner you're dead. I thought to myself, now he tells me. I've spent a lifetime eating lips and snouts on dough, and now I'm going to start eating healthy? Are those giant pretzels with the big chunks of salt on them white bread? They look brown to me.

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