ASK THE EXPERT
Q: It has been said that this draft is weak for QBs. Is there any chance that we can flip either Hundley or Callahan for a pick?
A: Callahan? Really? He was on the street some of the year. He has no market value. Hundley? The Packers drafted him for protection at the most important position. They need him. Rodgers was remarkably durable this season but given how many hits he decides to take and the amount of running that he does, the Packers need a capable backup. Not a warm body like Graham Harrell.
Q: Very logical to release Shields and Starks. Logical to let Peppers be done — no need to resign. Cap space is freeing up. Boy it would be nice to spend a little (not break the bank) to fill a gap or two. CB especially. Do you think there is a chance?
A: The Packers will have a ton of cap space. Is Ted Thompson the man to take advantage of it? That is the question.
Q: Could the Packers really stand pat at CB, thinking Rollins and Randall just had “bad” years?
A: They’d be fools if they did.
Q: Is Clay destined to be a MLB now? He can’t seem to stay healthy/ take the beating at OLB. Adding him to the existing 3 MLBs, assuming they have normal development/growth, it could be a pretty solid unit.
A: I see ILB as a more punishing position than OLB. Matthews is an outside backer. He just needs to stop taking so many chances and play his position. His dad played to 40 or something like that. So did his uncle. I expect Clay to play well and for a long time.
Q: Who is the GM for the Patriots?
A: Belichick is the GM. He does the jobs of Thompson and McCarthy, and he does some of Russ Ball’s negotiating job, too.
Q: Mark Murphy claims he hasn’t settled on a successor to Ted Thompson, but somehow the Packers manage to keep two hot execs waiting in the wings. What’s going on?
A: Murphy is dead right in not declaring a successor to Thompson. The best successors presently are under contract in KC (John Dorsey), Sea (John Schneider) and Oak (Reggie McKenzie). You can throw in Scot McCloughan in Washington, too. Wolf and Gutekunst have never made GM decisions. Neither has Ball, but at least he has worked several other places. Dorsey, Schneider, McKenzie and McCloughan are GMs. It’s not really a young man’s gig in Green Bay right now. The pressure to win is unbearable. It requires seasoning under pressure. Sports Illustrated’s Austin Murphy referred to Green Bay this fall as “EnTitletown.” He was comically spot on.
Q: Have you weighed in on the Greatest Quarterback of All Time discussion? To me, Tom Brady settled the issue on Sunday, but some in Packer Nation still say Favre. Thoughts?
A: Joe Montana was 4-0 in Super Bowls. It’s either Montana or Brady (5-2 in Super Bowls). 1-2 or 2-1. It’s that close. For younger readers, Montana was a more athletic, faster Aaron Rodgers with somewhat less of an arm. Bill Walsh described him as poetry in motion, and he was. Favre sits somewhere in that 6-9 range.
Q: Do you think if the Pack went into the playoffs with only 3 players on IR, like the Patriots, the results would have been different?
A: The Packers had a pretty good go with injuries this year. Of their 7 guys on IR at end, only Shields and Lacy were factors. NE played 4 games without Brady, their best player, and 11 games without Rob Gronkowski, their second-best player.