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Pack­ers beat writer Ryan Wood an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s vic­tory over the Cincin­nati Ben­gals. Read the com­plete tran­script at www.json­line.com/pack­ers.

Q: Ted Thomp­son made some good moves dur­ing the off­sea­son. But it sure looks like his missed by choos­ing (Martel­lus) Ben­nett over Jared Cook. Ben­nett doesn't seem to be able to get down­field.

A: Way too early to know whether this was a good swap or not. Jared Cook didn't do much in his first three weeks, ex­cept get in­jured in his third game. It takes time for new weapons to im­ple­ment them­selves in the of­fense. There's just no know­ing how Martel­lus

Ben­nett will pan out yet.

Q: What does Mike McCarthy bring to the ta­ble? It seems like the ma­jor­ity of the Pack­ers big plays are a re­sult of Aaron Rodgers im­pro­vis­ing and mak­ing some­thing out of noth­ing. Pack­ers are win­ning be­cause of Aaron Rodgers and noth­ing in­no­va­tive that McCarthy is do­ing.

A: Con­sid­er­ing he was the coach of a team that went from 4-6 to the NFC cham­pi­onship game, prob­a­bly a good deal. I think Mike McCarthy showed his strengths last year. That team could have ab­so­lutely folded at 4-6. A lot of teams would. The best thing Aaron Rodgers does is ex­tend plays, and any coach worth their salt tailors game plans to their quar­ter­back's strength. So I'm not in the camp that slams McCarthy for his of­fense. He's shown him­self to be one of the best coaches in the NFL.

Q: I am not an of­fen­sive line guru by all means but it sure looked like (Kyle) Mur­phy was schooled out there on a con­stant ba­sis. Do we need to pick some­one up? He looked lost and not ca­pa­ble of keep­ing up with the speed of the game.

A: Fran­chise left tack­les aren't a whole lot dif­fer­ent than fran­chise quar­ter­backs: when they aren't on the field, it's no­tice­able. David Bakhtiari is a fran­chise left tackle. Those guys aren't avail­able on the open market. No trade is re­plac­ing him. Of the six starters in­ac­tive Sun­day, Bakhtiari was eas­ily the big­gest loss. Kyle Mur­phy is a ser­vice­able right tackle; he's not a left tackle. The Pack­ers badly need Bakhtiari to get healthy.

Q: Did (Blake) Martinez look as good in per­son as he looked on TV?

A: Yes, he did. Think the Pack­ers might have some­thing with Blake Martinez and Josh Jones at ILB. More than that, I've been think­ing since the start of camp the Pack­ers need to find a way to get their top four safeties on the field. On Sun­day, we fi­nally saw how that's pos­si­ble. If Mor­gan Burnett can hold down the slot cor­ner spot most weeks, it would al­low the Pack­ers to get Ken­trell Brice and Jones on the field to­gether. Join­ing Ha Ha Clin­ton-Dix, that's an ath­letic cen­ter of the de­fense.

Q: Ty Mont­gomery looked more in­de­ci­sive and hes­i­tant that he has in the past. On a few runs, it looked like if he puts his shoul­ders down he gets a cou­ple more yards in­stead of be­ing blown back­wards. Is he nicked up? Maybe just nowhere to run? Did you see this dif­fer­ently?

A: I'm not sure how many holes Ty Mont­gomery has had through the first three weeks. Of course, two of those games in­cluded a heavy dose of backup tack­les, and for all the prob­lems that causes in pass pro, it also doesn't help the run game. The Pack­ers re­ally need to get more out of their run game. Is it a mat­ter of of­fen­sive in­juries? Will Mont­gomery sim­ply al­ways be a bet­ter re­ceiver than run­ner? I'm not sure yet, but it'll be im­por­tant to find more pro­duc­tion on the ground.

Wood

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