Ask the Expert
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.