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Packer Plus - - Commentary - Bob McGinn

Pack­ers beat writer Bob McGinn an­swered ques­tions from read­ers be­fore the game vs. the Pan­thers. Read the com­plete tran­script at www.json­line.com/pack­ers. Q: Bob do you re­ally think that this bunch of Pack­ers can even come close to win­ning a Su­per Bowl? They are aw­ful!

A: Not only do I think the Pack­ers can come close to win­ning the Su­per Bowl, I think they can and, bar­ring an in­jury at quar­ter­back or in­side line­backer, maybe should win the Su­per Bowl. This is an ex­cel­lent team.

Q: Hi Bob, for years now we have re­joiced in hav­ing a HOF QB who doesn't take un­nec­es­sary risks and re­fuses to throw the silly in­ter­cep­tion. Is AROD per­haps now tak­ing this to the op­po­site ex­treme? That he is cost­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties even just a lit­tle by not at­tempt­ing to throw the ball into tighter win­dows?

A: Only Aaron could an­swer that. He is an elite player. Some would call him the finest player in the NFL.

Q: Ku­dos to you and Michael Co­hen for your ter­rific in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism over the week­end about the Letroy Guion sit­u­a­tion and over­all ques­tion­able de­ci­sions the team has made with some play­ers with char­ac­ter risks. The rea­son a lot of Pack­ers fans come to JSOn­line.com first is be­cause you guys tell it like it is and stay away from the puff-piece ar­ti­cles that lit­ter some other sites. My ques­tion: Why is TT so stub­born to think that his team, as cur­rently con­structed, can com­pete for a ti­tle with no one to stretch the mid­dle of the field at TE and not a sin­gle re­ceiver that can take the top off the de­fense?

A: Thanks. I agree with Ted Thomp­son. He has the coaches, the play­ers, the re­sources and the or­ga­ni­za­tion to win the Su­per Bowl. A few other teams do as well.

Q: I want to pref­ace my ques­tion with the fact that Aaron Rodgers is my fa­vorite foot­ball player of all time. That be­ing said, when things haven't been go­ing right this year he has thrown the WR corps un­der the bus by stat­ing they aren't get­ting open. While this is true on many oc­ca­sions, there were mul­ti­ple missed throws by Rodgers on Sun­day night (against Den­ver), in­clud­ing one to Ran­dall Cobb that could have gone the dis­tance. Also, I don't think pass pro­tec­tion was as bad as his happy feet may have led us to be­lieve. Rodgers comes across a lit­tle smug post-game by men­tion­ing the WR first and then, offhand­edly, men­tion­ing some throws were missed. Does he need a re­al­ity check and is there some­one in the or­ga­ni­za­tion with the brass to tell him this?

A: I find Rodgers' postgame pressers in­for­ma­tive, some­times hu­mor­ous and hon­est. I ap­plaud his ef­forts at ex­plain­ing what went on from his per­spec­tive. Every­one has their own opin­ion, but I want to know what Rodgers thinks un­fil­tered. His opin­ions carry weight with me. I read his words, or lis­ten to his words, very care­fully when­ever I have time to do so.

Q: It ap­pears like our left tackle is con­stantly get­ting walked back into Rodgers. Do the Pack­ers have any­one on the ros­ter or prac­tice squad that may be a bet­ter op­tion in the fu­ture, or are we wait­ing un­til the draft?

A: David Bakhtiari an­chors bet­ter against the power rush than he did as a rookie. He still could stand to get stronger, and at age 24 I think he will get stronger. Lot of bad LTs start­ing in the league. He isn't one of them.

Q: How hard would it be for a new ILB to come in and make a con­tri­bu­tion this year? Is the scheme so baked that a new player wouldn't be more ef­fec­tive than Nate Palmer, just be­cause of the learn­ing curve?

A: The loss of Sam Bar­ring­ton hurt. He prob­a­bly would have played 100% of the snaps. He's a war­rior. Hits any­thing that moves. Of course, he has short­com­ings, but he has played so much more in­side LB than Nate Palmer dat­ing back to col­lege. Jake Ryan, a D4, must not be ready and might never be ready. Who knows? Palmer has been OK un­til Sun­day. What re­ally needs to hap­pen is Palmer hav­ing a bounce-back game. I ap­pre­ci­ate all your ques­tions.

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