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Pack­ers beat writer Ryan Wood an­swered ques­tions from read­ers Mon­day, a day af­ter Green Bay’s 31-12 vic­tory over the Mi­ami Dol­phins. Read the com­plete tran­script at json­­ers.

Q: All the fire Mc­Carthy re­port­ing is asi­nine and lazy. If I hear the word “stale” again I am go­ing to throw up. What is stale is all the food in the Packer cup­board from the 2015-2017 drafts. Not to men­tion draft­ing play­ers to play dif­fer­ent po­si­tions (Da­tone Jones, Nick Perry, Ty Mont­gomery, Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall) and not re­plac­ing O-line with qual­ity guards, and sev­eral other bad per­son­nel de­ci­sions (Jared Cook, Micah Hyde, Casey Hay­ward, J Pep­pers) and to top it all off Aaron Rodgers is still hurt. This is why we are strug­gling, not Mc­Carthy’s play­book.

A: Al­ways re­fresh­ing to hear an­other fan per­spec­tive. I’m not sure stale is the op­er­a­tive word here, ei­ther. I think the bet­ter term at 4-4-1 is medi­ocre. The Pack­ers gen­er­ally beat the teams they should, but they haven’t yet been able to beat good op­po­nents. Medi­ocre teams also strug­gle on the road and win at home; the Pack­ers are un­de­feated at home and win­less on the road this sea­son. Look, this is al­ways evolv­ing. The Pack­ers could change their per­cep­tion this week with a tough win in Seat­tle. But through nine games, they’ve been the pic­ture of medi­ocrity. That’s not what a team should be when Aaron Rodgers is the quar­ter­back.

Q: The (Mi­ami) vic­tory will bring out FALSE hopes in many fans — there are still ma­jor is­sues that can only be cor­rected by re­plac­ing the coaches in charge. Spe­cial teams have been a com­plete dis­as­ter. Zook must go and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween Mc­Carthy and Rodgers is frac­tured to the point that only re­plac­ing Mc­Carthy will solve it. Pass­ing game is hor­ri­ble. Same old plays. New

blood is needed.

A: Ah, yes, the other per­spec­tive. Here’s the deal: I’m go­ing to let this play out. The Pack­ers con­trol their own des­tiny right now, both in the di­vi­sion and wild-card races. They’ve been medi­ocre, but that doesn’t mean they’ll stay that way. Is it false hope? Only if the Pack­ers lose. If they win, it’s signs of a turn­around. I have no idea what will hap­pen. That’s why they play the games. My ad­vice would be to wait and watch.

Q: In hind­sight was trad­ing Clin­ton-Dix a great idea? Doesn’t seem like they are stacked at safety.

A: I still don’t think it was a bad idea. I’ll be hon­est, I’m not sure how Ha Ha has played in Wash­ing­ton, be­cause I haven’t watched them. I think the Pack­ers are bet­ter with Tra­mon Wil­liams as their deep safety than Clin­ton-Dix, but that does thin out their sec­ondary. Es­pe­cially when in­juries hit. Bot­tom line, they need to con­tinue the luck they’ve had with health.


Aaron Rodgers (left), Mike Mc­Carthy and the Pack­ers are 4-4-1 this sea­son.

Ryan Wood Colum­nist USA TO­DAY NET­WORK – WIS.

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