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Nothing beats young players on the rise

Playing will fix what's wrong


Peter from Yasashi, Japan

I'm sure you know this but in case you don't, your 1960 Game 7 is the only World Series game to not have a strikeout.

I didn't know that. Some call it the greatest baseball game ever played. Thanks for educating me.

Theologos from Athens, GA

Vic, yesterday you wrote: "Coaches are working feverishly to fix what's wrong." I believe this has been the case for the last three weeks. I don't deny they really are working feverishly, but if they don't fix it in time the season will be lost. So, if it's not a coaching problem, does it mean there isn't enough talent on the team to perform the way the coaches expect?

Well, Theologos, that's what we're going to find out. Just because you burned your boats doesn't mean you're going to win. You should know that.

P.J. from Pullman, WA

Vic, a month ago you mentioned how you wish you could go back to the time when close relationships were formed between reporters and athletes. We've recently covered "new journalism" in my sports journalism class; Gay Talese called it "the fine art of hanging out." Do you have any stories of relationships that helped shape your career?

I hung out in training camp in Joe Greene's room. He taught me what football was like for a player. I can never repay him fully for what I learned. I also hung out in Woody Widenhofer's room. He taught me what football was like for a coach. One of my fondest memories is of Woody looking down from his dorm window and giving the high sign to a young, aspiring coach who was hiding behind the dormitory, waiting for an interview with Coach Noll Woody would arrange. Tony Dungy was that young coach.

Dan from Colorado Springs, CO

What does a team do when a draft-and-develop philosophy isn't working?

It remains committed to that philosophy because it's at the core of its belief in how to build a lasting winner. Six consecutive playoff seasons, four consecutive division championships and a Super Bowl title are an example of a lasting winner and successful execution of a draft-and-develop philosophy.

Jeff from Victorville, CA

Vic, speaking of needing speed receivers, how is Montgomery doing? Do you feel he'll play this weekend? Also, what are your thoughts on Abbrederis' game on Sunday?

I sincerely hope Ty Montgomery can resume his rookie season, which was an arrow pointing due north when he sustained the ankle injury that has kept him out of the last three games. The Packers need his big-play ability. Jared Abbrederis is coming off his best game as a pro. Nothing beats young players on the rise.

Travis from Knoxville, TN

As a fan, I don't need to know what the problem is or how to fix it. It's not my responsibility. I am only responsible to watch and enjoy. Thanks for the perspective.

That's what works for me. They pay me to write, not to coach.

Ron from Mitchell, SD

I see the upcoming Vikings/Packers game as a fork in the road for the Packers. One fork leads us back to the division title, and the other, well, it's not very appealing. How much of this comes down to the players themselves meeting and looking each other in the eyes and saying "we are better than this"? It just seems like the team is in some sort of funk right now.

As Bill Walsh said, at some point in the season, the coach needs to turn the team over to the team. I think we've reached that point in the season. Playing will fix what's wrong.

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