ASK THE EXPERT
Packers columnist Pete Dougherty answered questions from readers last Thursday . Read the transcript at www.jsonline.com/packers.
Q: If Brett Hundley falls flat on his face in the next, say 3 games, will (Mike) McCarthy consider bringing in a veteran QB?
A: He might have to. That will be the real test for how he feels about Hundley. The more highly he regards Hundley, the longer he’ll stick with him through early struggles. I’d think he needs to give him several games though to see what he really has.
Q: Lets cut to the chase. Isn’t Dom Capers and his insanely complicated defense that takes years to internalize THE problem and always will be? 10 men on the field in multiple games truly inexcusable.
A: The 10 men on the field was bad. But I thought it was much worse that nobody called timeout. Somebody on the field or sidelines has to recognize that.
Q: It sounds like the likelihood of (Aaron) Rodgers returning this year is slim to none. Obviously coaches and players won’t roll over. But as a fan do I hope they make the playoffs with little chance to make a Super Bowl, or hope they lose out and get a high draft pick?
A: That’s a good question. I’m inclined to think the latter but don’t have a strong feeling one way or the other. If they go to the playoffs but don’t have a chance at the SB, which they would with Rodgers, then part of me says, what’s the point? Drafting late every year contributes to their roster issues. So the higher the pick the better. But jobs are on the line — as you’ve seen from the questions about Capers, and there have been a lot of them in the inbox that proved redundant to the ones I answered — the performance for the rest of the year matters, a lot. There’s no way they’re tanking. I guess it’s up to fans to look at it as they choose.