Letters To Majik

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With the Packers now very thin at running back and wide receiver because of the injuries to Ahman Green and Robert Ferguson, what are the chances of two former Packers, Dorsey Levens and Antonio Freeman being brought back? - Julian, San Antonio, Texas

Julian, I think the chances of bringing back either one of those players is slim and none.

Neither one of those guys were in a training camp this year, and they are both getting up there in age. Realistically, I don't know if either player would still be able to contribute at this point of their careers.

Hey Don, I am very impressed how Brett Favre always spreads the ball out. From a quarterback's standpoint, do you try to do that or does it just happen that way because of the play calling? Thanks Majik! - Jerry, Stevens Point, Wis.

Jerry, offenses in the NFL will often call plays to get different receivers involved in the game plan. Most of the time the way a defense plays coverage will determine which receiver will get the ball. If an offensive play is called for a particular receiver, and the defense rotates his way and takes away the throw, the quarterback must try to find his second and third receivers in the progression.

Majik, with all the missed field goals, I am starting to wonder if it is Ryan Longwell's or the holder's fault? If it is the holder, who else would be able to hold the ball for Longwell? - Ian, Sussex, Wis.

Ian, I think Ryan Longwell and B.J. Sander are still working out some kinks in the kicking game. It is critical for the long snapper, holder and kicker to be exactly on the same page when it involves field goal attempts. Quite frankly I'm a bit surprised that it is taking this long to figure things out.

Do you think the Packers can still move the ball on the ground without Ahman Green? - Mitch, Sumter, Wis.

Mitch, the team was having trouble moving the ball on the ground with Ahman Green. I don't see why it would be any different now that Green is on injured reserve. Hopefully, the line will continue to improve and start to give Tony Fisher and Walt Williams an opportunity to gain some positive yardage. I think it's going to be a tough road, however, Fish has the ability to be a good running back. I think if the team game plans to his strengths, he could be effective.

If there was one primary reason for the Packers' poor season this year, what do you think it would be? - Keith, Roselle, Ill.

Keith, the obvious reason for the Packers record so far is injuries and or the lack of a running game.

Do you think Brett Favre will pass Dan Marino for yards passing and touchdowns? - Gary, Murrieta, Calif.

Gary, in order for Favre to pass Dan Marino in passing yards, he would probably have to play three more years after this year. I really don't see that happening. I certainly hope he proves me wrong. I would love to see him accomplish that.

Majik, I want to know how on earth does a fan get far enough on the field that he can touch Brett Favre? Could he have interrupted a scoring drive for us (possibly), and why did we have to pay the piper for poor Cincy fans? I have never seen this happen in the NFL (on TV), and I say.... it obviously was not the best timing for us. We could very well have been the winners. - Kristie

Kristie, I certainly agree with you in that the fan interference interrupted the flow of the Packers' offense. It came at critical time of the game. It allowed the Bengals to huddle up and regroup. It's a shame that an ignorant fan would go to that extreme. NFL security needs to address this issue.

Don "Majik" Majkowski was inducted into the Green Bay Packer 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 SportsRadio 107.5 & 1400 The Fan in Green Bay, WTSO - ESPN 1070 in Madison, WDEZ in Wausau, and WIZD in Stevens Point. Visit Majik's Web site, www.majiknetwork.net, for more information.

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