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Reaffirming belief in Packers

Expressing doubt accomplishes nothing


Justin from Virden, IL

Vic, if there's one thing I can't stand it's an army of fans ready to sell the farm after a loss to a very good team. The Broncos are legit, as I suspect we are. What sort of attack do you see the Panthers throwing at us?

Run, run, run, and then run. The Packers know it's coming and the Panthers know the Packers will focus their preparation on stopping it.

Tom from Irvine, CA

Vic, you say there are too many penalties, but the fact is defensive backs are holding on almost every play. The calls have to be made!

The game needs a rules makeover. That's my opinion. I saw a running back caught in a human vice on Sunday. His head was popping out of a pile of bodies, half of which were pushing him one way and the other half of which were pushing him in the opposite direction. His eyes were squinted shut and his cheeks were bulging. I thought he was going to explode. That rule has to go. The offense should not be permitted to assist its running back by pushing him. It's a player-safety thing, plus, it looks stupid. As far as I'm concerned, the rules changes of 1978 are now the worst thing that's ever happened to football. They have truly given us holding on every play. Go back to allowing defensive backs to jostle the receiver until the ball is in the air, but all defenders must be required to be within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage at the snap of the ball. It'll reduce pass-defense penalties but give offense back the advantage it lost. It'll also help bring back the deep ball. Penalties are ruining the game for me, and I suspect a lot of fans feel the same way.

Gareth from Lauderdale, MN

Denver's corners jammed the Packers' receivers at the line of scrimmage, and people are saying that's why they couldn't get open. How do you defeat that, and why isn't jamming at the line of scrimmage what corners always do?

Players, not plays. Players defeat plays.

Dean from Pinehurst, NC

Vic, would you explain scheme?

It's a plan for what you believe you can do.

Brian from Columbus, OH

Vic, what did you think of the Packers bringing Cobb in the backfield on the second series? I think it reeked of desperation. I thought they moved the ball on the ground OK on the first series.

That's the kind of creative play-calling fans want, and I have no problem with it if it creates matchups that stress a defense. If it's a scheme without regard for personnel, then it's just drawing pictures. Scheme personnel, don't scheme schemes.

Eric from Mullica Hill, NJ

Upon finishing a thorough beat down of the Packers, the Broncos go out and trade for an offensive playmaker at TE for back end draft picks. I suppose GM Vic is going to tell us to trust the talent we have on this team and keep harping on running the ball with Lacy while other contenders get better.

That's correct.

Rick from Wyoming, OH

I know you're a proponent of keep the faith and stay the course, however, seeing the Packers offense was ranked 22nd going into the Broncos game and the defense gave up 500 yards again, aren't you getting a little nervous, considering we're at midseason?

No, I am a man of belief. What would doubt accomplish?

Rob from Webb City, MO

Vic, what can the Packers do differently to try and get the receivers open? Is there any choice other than the dink and dunk style of play you detest?

The Packers averaged 2.0 yards per pass play on Sunday. Randall Cobb caught six passes for 27 yards. These numbers, in my opinion, need to change. They will change when the Packers begin drawing the safeties toward the line of scrimmage and getting the safeties to peek into the backfield.

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