Tal­ent lack­ing in key spots

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Pack­ers beat writer Ryan Wood an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s 31-23 loss to the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Read the tran­script at json­line.com/pack­ers.

Q: Ryan, this is a tal­ented team, and yet each game we find a new way to un­der­achieve, where do we point the fin­ger?

A: I’m not sure we can say this is a tal­ented team. A tal­ented quar­ter­back, yes. But where’s ev­ery­thing else? The Pack­ers have no edge rush, their cor­ner­backs are greener than their home jer­seys, and so are their re­ceivers. Lots of holes on the ros­ter, too. I’m not sure that’s Brian Gutekunst’s fault, ei­ther. He was left with a lot of up­grades to make.

Q: Any ob­vi­ous rea­son for the missed kicks? The snap? The hold? Or just plain bad kicks?

A: Sure looked like it was just bad kicks. On re­plays, thought the op­er­a­tion looked fine. Ma­son Crosby said as much yes­ter­day. Just a kicker who couldn’t split the up­rights. Such a bizarre thing to see, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing it was in­doors.

Q: So any re­vised pre­dic­tions on the Pack­ers fi­nal W/L record this year?

A: I mean, they’re in a lot of trou­ble. The Pack­ers needed to rack up wins in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. That didn’t hap­pen. I think No­vem­ber is go­ing to be messy. They might ben­e­fit from play­ing in a sus­pect NFC North, but it’s very plau­si­ble at this point they could miss the play­offs. At the very least, they have to play sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter.

Q: Do you con­sider your­self a Jour­nal­ist or En­ter­tainer?

A: Jour­nal­ist. The two pil­lars of such are to in­form and en­ter­tain.

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