Letters To Majik

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I would like to compare the loss of Javon Walker to the loss of Sterling Sharpe several years ago. When Sterling went down and subsequently out of the game, Brett was forced to "discover" his other options and spread the ball around more. All he did then was go deeper into the playoffs and eventually win a Super Bowl. Now, a lot has to happen and of course time is running out on his illustrious career, but don't give-up on this team quite yet. There is still a lot of "magiC" left in this offense. What's your opinion? - Brian, Grand Island, Neb.

Brian, there's no question our offense can play better than they did against Detroit & Cleveland. The offensive line will begin to build more continuity and our running game will benefit greatly. Once we become more balanced again, I'm certain that the fans will see the positive results. Replacing Javon will be a huge task. It is going to take a complete team effort offensively to do so.

When you got hurt in 1992, and Brett Favre took over, did you give him advice? If so, what was it? - David, Hopkinton, Iowa

David, I've always enjoyed a great relationship with Brett. When he replaced me I tried to help him as much as possible. I remember I told him that it wasn't his fault that I got hurt so he needed to get out there and do the best job possible. I couldn't hold that against him.

Hello Sir, It is wonderful to have you back! It was a Pleasure watching you play! The run seemed to be working quite well against the Lions. Do you believe they didn't use the run enough? We have one of the best backs in the league and he was just getting warmed up! Why shy away from that kind of advantage? I would love to hear an insider's view? Thank You. - Troy, Chesterfield, Mich.

Troy, you're right about the Packers having a great running back in Ahman Green. I agree with you that we need to stay more committed to the run throughout the game. I'm certain they will.

The Packers have only five noon games this year; the Vikings have 13 noon games. Does this schedule give the Packers a disadvantage at preparing, practicing and establishing a routine for each regular season game? - Brett, Manitowoc, Wis.

Brett, I don't think playing at noon or at 3 o'clock really matters much. I wouldn't say it gives either team an advantage or disadvantage. Playing three Monday night games, however, definitely shortens the next week's preparation time.

Don, it seems that many ex-Packer players stay or return to Green Bay after their retirement. I don't notice this with other teams. What is it about the Packers that makes this happen? Thanks. - Bob, Dubuque, Iowa

Bob, in a word, it's the fans. Packer fans treat ex-players with so much love and admiration that it makes a lot of us want to come back to Green Bay as often as possible.

Brett came into this season with a renewed (or a totally new) emphasis on physical conditioning, evidently determined to be the Packers' QB for perhaps several more years. Question: what evidence have you seen by Brett's play that would indicate the conditioning has paid off (pro or con)? Follow-up: conditioning needs to be position specific. If you could, what advice would you offer Brett to strengthen (what you view as) an area that could be improved? - Dan, Springfield, Mo.

Dan, like a lot of fans and insiders I have noticed that Brett does look extra fit this year. It has already been evident that he is in shape to be able to have taken some of the hits he's already endured. Lastly, there's not much advice I could give a guy who hasn't missed a game in 15 years!

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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