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Rodgers, Smith above 'chip' storyline

Has the game really changed?


Jake from Wauwatosa, WI

Vic, I read the James Jones Twitter takeover and Mason Crosby's chat transcript. It was fun to learn about the everyday side of them and I want to learn more. What are the chances of bumping into players at a local bar in Green Bay?

I don't know about a bar, but I've seen them in food stores and at the mall. They're real people in a real community and Packers players love to interact with the fans.

John from Ashburn, VA

Vic, how long did it take you to develop your football thesis? Would this column have looked differently if it was written 20 years ago?

"Ask Vic" is 15 years old and when it began it was all about the salary cap. That was the column's original intent, to answer questions about the salary cap. If it was 30 years old, it probably would've included a lot of commentary on run the ball, stop the run. If it was 40 years old, it would've no doubt been all about violence and the controversy it created. It makes me wonder: Has the game really changed?

Dain from Columbus, WI

Alex Smith was drafted before Aaron Rodgers. Do you think that gives him extra motivation to win this game?

I think the chip-on-the-shoulder storyline is old and worn out. It's too trivial for a player of Rodgers' esteem, and it's disrespectful of Smith. Smith has played a long time in this league. I can think of a lot of first picks that didn't last long at all. You want a storyline for tonight's game? OK, here it is: Which defense will play better? I think the answer to that question will determine the winner.

Robert from Saint Paul, MN

The Vikings are no joke.

Neither are the Chiefs. The closer we get to this game, the more excited I get for it.

Wes from Valparaiso, IN

Vic, how significant is the loss of Burnett for this game and how can the Packers make up for his absence?

Morgan Burnett is a force against the run. I see Sean Richardson getting more playing time tonight. He's a force against the run, too.

Lonny from Aberdeen, SD

"Some say the 46 defense is just an eight-man front. That's like saying Marilyn Monroe's just a girl." – Buddy Ryan. I wish we still had coaches that talked to us this way, instead of answering every question with, "We're on to Cincinnati."

Coach Ryan also said this: "I'll trade him for a six pack, and it doesn't have to be cold." Why did we stop having fun? Oh, yeah, I remember.

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