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Platform leads to performance

Every young player needs that first opportunity


Marco from Garden City, KS

I may be too late but it's worth a shot. Back when Vic started this column was when I got a job as a parts man at a truck shop. Needless to say the computer quickly had the Packers site added to the favorites tab. I appreciate what you taught us about football and more importantly life. I wish you the best in your new journey. Farewell, Vic.

You're too late, but Vic said he'll keep reading so here's hoping he'll get a peek at this.

Brian from Mather, CA

Mike and Wes, I have no doubt that Vic has left us in very capable hands to cover the exciting season ahead...and hopefully many more. I have no idea where you guys find the energy to keep up with all you do, but I can only imagine it helps to really love what you do (as did Vic). Here's hoping for a great season for you guys as well as our Pack!

The coffee is brewing. The 2017 season is almost here. It's a new day. Let's get started.

Ron from Waukesha, WI

I'm liking how Ted Thompson has rebuilt our defensive line. It starts with Daniels, then add two ascending second-year players in Clark and Lowry, then sign a solid free agent in Francois and finish it with Adams, a third-round draft pick. The arrow is pointing straight up. Should we then expect to see more three-man fronts this year versus the two-man fronts we saw so much of last year?

I don't know whether the depth on the defensive line is going to result in more three-man fronts. It's certainly a possibility. What they are in position to do is**have more natural defensive linemen on the field in nickel and dime situations**. Dom Capers and Mike Trgovac have a lot of combinations to work with.

Greg from Perkasie, PA

I heard Rodgers, and now Mike, mention home-field advantage for the playoffs as being a critical factor in getting back to the Super Bowl. I understand teams don't like to play up north in the winter, but it sounds like too much of an excuse to me. Bostick didn't muff the onside kick because that game was in Seattle, and the Packers didn't get blown out because the game was in Atlanta. It shouldn't matter where the game is, just win it.

It's about putting yourself in the best position possible. There's a big advantage playing in front of your home crowd and not traveling the day before a game. Plus, do you remember what happened before the NFC title game? Fog forced the team to fly out of Milwaukee. The team didn't arrive at the hotel until like 10 p.m. Was that why the Packers lost the game? No, but there's a big difference between traveling the day before a game and being at home.

Alex from Indianapolis, IN

Who is the biggest guy, the strongest guy and the fastest guy on Green Bay's 2017 roster currently?

Martellus Bennett is the tallest, Lane Taylor is listed as the heaviest, Corey Linsley might be the strongest and Trevor Davis probably is the fastest.

Monty from Hazen, ND

Hey guys, less than two weeks until camp starts and wondering what roster battles you are watching closest. I am looking forward to seeing who wins the starting guard spot. Not a sexy spot, but probably the most important.

Jahri Evans appears to be the leader in the clubhouse based on his experience and how well he performed for the Saints last season. The question is**who will emerge as that “next man up” inside**now that Lane Taylor is a starter. Don Barclay, Kyle Murphy, Kofi Amichia and Lucas Patrick are all in the running.

Ken from Wolcott, CT

I'm hoping the Packers are not thinking about using Jason Spriggs as a starter. I just don't see him getting that much better than how he was a year ago. I'm sorry, but every time he came in Aaron got hit from that side and he cannot run block also. My question is are we all set with our O-line without him as a starter? Please get back. Thank you.

I'd caution against drawing any conclusions about Spriggs or any other rookie from one season. It took T.J. Lang and Lane Taylor a few seasons before they became bona-fide starters. In Spriggs' case, he was playing out of position at guard. The Packers are in a good spot with Bryan Bulaga and David Bakhtiari at tackle, but they're high on Spriggs' potential. It's only the beginning.

Norm from Dalton, WI

What are your thoughts on Thursday Night Football? I personally could live without it.

Player safety is No. 1 in my book. I grimace listening to guys talk about the difficulties of getting their bodies right on short rest. At the same time, I'd be lying to you if I told you I didn't watch it. I see both sides of the argument.

Richard from Santa Ana, CA

Do you think we have enough depth at OLB to withstand an injury to either Perry or Matthews?

Yes. You know why? Because last year at this time everyone was asking if the Packers had enough depth at receiver. Jordy Nelson bounced back in a big way, Davante Adams had a career year and Geronimo Allison made some big plays down the stretch. A few years ago, there was concern about the defensive line and then Mike Daniels developed into an every-down threat. Every young player needs that first opportunity. Kyler Fackrell, Jayrone Elliott, Vince Biegel and Reggie Gilbert are no different. Platform leads to performance.

Lawrence from Onalaska, WI

Randall Cobb was deservingly inducted into the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame. What he did for the football program was incredible. Unfortunately, John Wall was also inducted, and he was just a one-year mercenary for the basketball team. Do you have an opinion on college athletes being honored for just one year of performance? To me, it just doesn't seem right at all.

I'm not a huge fan of the one-and-done rule, but you can't dismiss what Wall accomplished at UK. Both he and Cobb left a mark on the Kentucky athletic program in their own way.

Adam from Racine, WI

Is it me, or does this dead zone seem worse than ones in years past? There seems to be a lack of controversy right now. No deflate-gate, Tim Tebow, Johnny Manziel, or Aaron Hernandez to report on...all we're getting from most outlets are top 10 something-or-others. Thanks for providing original content with the position summaries.

It's actually a positive to not have an overabundance of offseason controversy, but that doesn't make for good headlines. I think it's more insightful to**set the table for the upcoming season**rather than creating subjective lists.

Travis from Houston, TX

This past Sunday, I watched "Game of Thrones" on the HBO Now app. It was affordable and super easy to use. How much longer before there is an NFL Now app that lets you stream games? I know the current broadcasting rights are lucrative for the NFL, but the networks wouldn't agree to them if they weren't making their money back. Why doesn't the NFL cut out the middleman? If the league is concerned about viewership, they shouldn't make it so incredibly difficult/expensive for someone outside of Wisconsin to watch the Packers.

I know it might sound silly, but this is why a lot of sports organizations have looked at the model the WWE developed to create its own network to stream pay per views. I can't predict the future and I'm not smart enough to tell you all the ins and outs of TV contracts. However, they're paying attention to your issue. I assure you they're listening.

Todd from Shawano, WI

Since it's the "offseason," have either of you headed up to the Shawano speedway to watch Joe Reuter race his Late Model on a Saturday night?

Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to see a race this summer. Reuter Racing is on the rise. I need to get there while there's still room on the bandwagon.

Brett from Merrill, WI

Is there one position that seems to get injured more than others in the NFL? I would guess lineman or running back. Thanks for whatever info you can provide.

*I don't have numbers on which positions tend to get more banged up than others, but your guesses are valid. Linebackers and running backs see contact. I think safety is a tough spot to play, as well. It's so important to protect yourself on the back end.  *

Darin from Madisonville, KY

Spoff's answer about press box seating got me thinking; what some of the pros/cons of your job that the average person wouldn't think about? I have to admit I had never thought about looking forward to going to certain stadiums because of the seating/amenities.

I'm not really looking forward to going back to Washington. You're pinched in the end zone with a narrow view of the field. Buffalo is also tough since you have to walk out of the stadium to get to the locker room. The biggest headache forever will be Candlestick. The press box didn't connect to the rest of the building, so you had to go down the stands with the exiting fans to get to the locker room. We're spoiled at Lambeau.

Jacob from Decorah, IA

Wes, I think the Inbox has created a nice meme with the Ty Montgomery number saga. Well done to you, sir. Unfortunately it won't last much longer since he should be picking his new number soon, right?

*The only thing better than these recurring comments are the growing number of people writing into the Inbox asking why they're being asked. This thing has taken on a life of its own. *

Lucas from Stevens Point, WI

I see the Raiders have picked up John Crockett. I wish him best of luck. To me, he always ran "angry," which is one of my favorite terms to describe running backs/styles.

I always enjoyed talking with Crockett, who suffered an ill-timed injury at the end of camp last year. It's a great opportunity for him in Oakland. I wish him well.

Jeff from South Bend, IN

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So, how hard do you think Rodgers could throw a dodgeball anyway?

I don't want to find out. I'm terrible at dodging wrenches.

Dean from Leavenworth, IN

Wes, what's more impressive, Roger Federer's eight Wimbledon titles, Rafa Nadal's 10 French Opens, or Brady's five rings?


Lori from Brookfield, WI

Wes, did you weave a gender reveal for your baby into last week's Q&A? First, there was the subtitle, "Are you ready for the suspense?" Then, to give us a hint about the real meaning of the subtitle, there was a picture of a lot of people wearing green and gold hats. A pink hat and a blue hat stood out among the hat crowd. Boy or girl? Finally, you wrote about hoping to be a good sport at Junior's Pop Warner football game someday. A boy! Congratulations. Cleverly done.

We try. I now have five months to sell my wife on "Easton" for his first name.

Rob from Louisville, CO

Mike and Wes, with Vic I could always tell when he was writing the column, but I can't tell you guys apart. Do you have your own trademark styles, or is it like Bucky Badger, where you're not supposed to know who's in the suit?

*I'm the long-winded one. *

Pat from Marquette, MI

There used to be "Ask Vic" days. Will there be an "Insiders Day" event?

Do you really want to spend a day with me? What would we do? Go to a movie?

Blaine from Bagley, WI

Wes, what did you think of the "Game of Thrones" premiere?

Great. It was the best premiere since Season 2.

Greg from Columbus, MT

"Love is the answer. With love, there are no wars. With love, there are no poor. Commit your life to love, and then, on Sundays in the fall, take a three-hour break to hate." That is one of my all-time favorite quotes. Not just a favorite Vic quote or football quote. Do you have an all-time favorite quote?

We can't run from who we are. Our destiny chooses us. RIP Martin Landau (Abe Petrovsky).

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