Letters To Majik

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It's great to have the Majik Man back. What is your honest opinion on Aaron Rodgers, and was it a great draft pick for the Packers? Like I said it's good to have the Majik Man back and I wish you and your family the best. - Steve, Follansbee, W. Va.

Thanks, Steve. Aaron Rodgers has a lot of talent and a strong arm. But we really won't know how good he can be until we see him in real NFL game action for at least a couple of years.

What do you consider your biggest win as a Packer? As a fan, there were a lot of big wins in 1989, but a road win at San Francisco, where you scored a key TD on the ground, was my personal favorite. You were also the quarterback when we were regarded as the 'Cardiac Pack,' and if I'm not mistaken, the QB when Chris Berman coined the phrase 'Frozen Tundra.' Thank You! - Jim, Belleville, Mich.

Jim, the road win at San Francisco was probably the second biggest win in 1989. The biggest win in my opinion was the 'Instant Replay Game' against the Bears. To finally beat the Bears after 8 consecutive losses was a huge victory. Especially in the dramatic fashion that game ended in. "After further review, we have a reversal.....Touchdown!"

It's great that you are contributing your insights to football on Packers.com. Because of you I became an even bigger fan of the Packers. I'll give you an easy question to start off with. Who was the toughest defense you faced at quarterback? - Michael, Winnipeg, Canada

Michael, there were a lot of great defenses that our teams of the late 80s and early 90s faced. The team that probably gave me the most difficult time was the Kansas City Chiefs of the '89 season. Led by the late Derrick Thomas, they were as tough as they get.

Wow! - Great first entry, Don! That was a really incisive analysis of the Packers issues going into their game with Detriot. I got a lot out of it. In your opinion, how will the addition of Coach Bates and his new defensive scheme affect GB's defensive productivity this season? - Ted, Burlington, N.C.

I think the hiring of coach Bates was an outstanding addition to this football team. His defenses in Miami were always very sound. I would expect the Packers' defense to be much more disciplined this year. He has a hard working group of players who really need to buy into his scheme and play together as a unit. If they can do this, the defense should be much improved from last year.

When you were playing and Brett Favre joined the team - what was (your honest) first impression? - Gregg, Colts Neck, N.J.

I thought he was a guy with one of the strongest arms that I've ever seen who couldn't hit the side of the Don Hutson Center if he tried.

How does the offense bounce back after such an abysmal performance against a Lions team who has simply been lackluster on defense for years? On top of such a poor performance, losing your best wide receiver must make the offense worried. Granted, it's only one game, but for a team that has relied on their offense to win, it's not a good way to start. - Craig, Minneapolis, Minn.

The most important areas this offense needs to improve on based on last week's performance versus Detroit are penalties and third down conversions. They can definitely correct both of these concerns with more concentration and focus. That's the good news. Losing a receiver like Javon Walker definitely hurts. However, some other players will have to step up and try to fill that void. This is where a player who hasn't played as a starter can really become a star. It's a story that I know all too well.

  • Don "Majik" Majkowski was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame earlier this year. His career for the Packers spanned six seasons (1987-92), including being named to the Pro Bowl in 1989 when he led the NFL in passing yards. In addition to his duties with Packers.com, Majik provides football analysis for WSSP-AM - SportsRadio 1250 in Milwaukee; WDUZ 107.5 & 1400 (The Fan) in Green Bay; WTSO - ESPN 1070 in Madison; WDEZ - 101.9 FM in Wausau; and WIZD - 99.9 FM in Plover/Stevens Point. Visit Majik's Web site, www.majiknetwork.net, for more information.*
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