Luke from La Crosse, WI

What must the Packers do to be the unanimous team of the decade?

It’s impossible to become the unanimous team of the decade because there is no such official title or voting board. It’s a mythical distinction, one generally accepted and promoted by common sense. The winner is the team that won the most Super Bowls and, as a tiebreaker, played in the most Super Bowls. Right now, the Patriots, Seahawks and Broncos are tied for that distinction, but I think a second Super Bowl win by any of the teams that currently own one in this decade would trump the Patriots’, Seahawks’ and Broncos’ 1+1. The Packers have a lot of wins in this decade. They haven’t suffered a non-playoff season in this decade. Win one more Super Bowl and that might do it.

Randy from Green Bay, WI

What are we missing to have a top 10 defense?

You don’t have to be a pressure defense to be a top 10 defense. The Packers were sixth in the NFL against the pass and 21st against the run last season, which left them No. 15 overall. I think it’s logical to say the Packers can become a top 10 defense by merely doing a better job against the run, and I think it’s logical to expect Kenny Clark and Blake Martinez to help in that pursuit. My interest for the Packers defense goes beyond being a top 10 defense. I’d like to see it become an elite defense. For that to happen, it has to become a pressure defense. Elite defenses sack the quarterback. Moving Clay Matthews back outside should help in that pursuit.

Justin from Gilbert, WI

The answer to your question yesterday is White, Favre and Rodgers. You can’t disagree.

Those are all solid candidates.

Les from Las Vegas, NV

Our high school field was a tilled mix of dirt and sawdust. A guy would pull a contraption behind him that marked the down lines and raked away his footprints. I’ll never forget the look and smell of that field.

I remember an inner city field in Pittsburgh on which fresh dirt was spread over a spray of oil that helped keep the dust down. It’s not the field, it’s the player, and you find football players where you find football players. Larry Brown played on that field.

Christian from New Orleans, LA

Vic, for the third Packer not named Lombardi, I put forth Ron Wolf. I’m sure I’m not the only one to write that, but he was truly the turning point back to the glory days.

Wolf and Brett Favre are the overwhelming nominees in my inbox for the No. 3 distinction, but here’s the surprise: Wolf has strongly outpointed Favre. I didn’t expect that to happen. I get it, Wolf beget Favre, but it was Favre who threw all those touchdown passes. He’s the guy who saved the franchise, so to speak. Cliff Christl thinks Favre is the greatest player in Packers history. I’m inclined to wait until Aaron Rodgers’ career is complete before I weigh in on the subject but, at this point in time, I think Favre is the answer to yesterday’s question.

Peter from Las Vegas, NV

Vic, for those of us who endured the ’70s and ’80s Packers teams, we have enjoyed much success since then. When does it end? As long as the Packers have “The Man” it will continue, right?

As long as the Packers draft well and maintain a healthy salary cap, they’ll be a playoff contender. “The Man” makes them an elite contender.

Greg from Saint Helens, OR

Vic, as I understand it, OTAs are where schemes and plays are installed. I presume execution is practiced but, unlike training camp, the emphasis is not about beating your man or winning the one-on-ones. Is there anything else fans can take from OTAs?

No. We try too hard to form opinions from OTAs. OTAs are about learning; that’s all. Be that as it may, soon the dominant question in my inbox will be: How does (player name) look?

Jerry from Wilmington, NC

Vic, Lambeau, Starr and Jack Vainisi. Without Vainisi, there’s no Jim Taylor, Ray Nitschke, Jerry Kramer, Bart Starr, Forrest Gregg, Willie Wood or Paul Hornung.

Vainisi is the most underrated and underappreciated person in Packers history. He not only brought all of those players to Green Bay, he brought Lombardi to Green Bay.

Dante from Temple Hills, MD

Vic, I saw a column written by Bucky Brooks about the top 10 most talented rosters and, to my amazement, he did not have the Packers on that list: Seahawks, Cardinals, Cowboys, Bengals, Giants, Vikings, Broncos, Panthers, Chiefs, Steelers made the list. What do you have to say about that?

The Packers would make my top 10.

Mike from Las Vegas, NV

You’ve made me realize it was not the Packers sweep that won games, it was the players executing it and the coach that challenged them to perfect it.

Bill Austin was Lombardi’s esteemed offensive line coach, and Austin was hired to be the Steelers’ head coach largely due to the fame of the Packers sweep. Why didn’t the Steelers sweep achieve the same success? Same play, different results.

Ryan from Des Moines, IA

Vic, I don’t know about you, but I am deeply concerned about the Packers’ future following this upcoming season. Will it even be possible to retain most of the fantastic players from the Packers who will be entering free agency following the conclusion of the season?

Yes.

Bryan from North Bay, Ontario

You’re the expert, but you really think the 1963 Chargers, who put up 50 points in the title game, would have lost to the Bears?

Yeah, I do. I don’t think the Chargers could’ve played the wide open game against the Bears the Chargers played against the rest of the AFL, which was clearly an inferior league in just its fourth season of existence. Be that as it may, that Chargers team was more than just a powerful offense led by one of the great offensive minds in football history, Sid Gillman. Ernie Ladd and Earl Faison were powerful defensive linemen. The ’63 Chargers also had an up-and-coming defensive coach named Chuck Noll.

Tim from Greensboro, NC

Vic, I would submit the gap never closed, considering original AFL teams have only won 14 of the 50 Super Bowls.

That’s an interesting perspective.

Tyler from Homer, AK

Why is such a big deal made of titles won pre and post merger? The AFC didn’t have near the talent or the skill until after the merger. The fact is the first two Super Bowls were less of an accomplishment and not nearly as competitive as many of the previous titles the Packers had won.

The NFL championship game was the Super Bowl the first two times the Packers won the Super Bowl. I think everyone would agree with that opinion. The Super Bowl began with Super Bowl III.

Mark from Tampa, FL

Is the Packers’ organization the black sheep of the NFL?

Because it’s publicly owned? I think the Packers are the shining example of what can be accomplished when you touch peoples’ hearts.

Andrew from Los Angeles, CA

I knew nothing of Edisto Island, SC, so I did what any good millennial would do and Googled it. I notice your name is absent from the “notable residents” section.

At last count, Edisto Beach had 448 registered voters. In all other ways we have one of everything, except for traffic lights and hotels, of which we have neither, and liquor stores, of which we have two.

Tom from Poplar Grove, IL

Hard counts are nothing more than the NFL’s version of baseball’s brush-back pitch.

I would compare the hard count to the pitch out.

Will from Oakland, CA

Eldridge Dickey’s story is sad on many levels.

It’s tragic. It’s an embarrassment, but his story is one of many. Who might’ve been the first Michael Vick? Willie Thrower? Sandy Stephens? I wonder how many Vikings/Minnesota fans know of Stephens. He might be the greatest player in Gophers football history.

Randy from Portage, WI

Vic, the Brady Deflategate case is in court. How much chance it ends up in the Supreme Court?

I have no idea. I’ve tuned this out because it has moved into an arena with which I am not familiar. I’m disappointed this is continuing.

Josh from Morganton, NC

Vic, a lot of Packers fans think the G stands for greatness. However, Cliff Christl stated the G does, in fact, stand for Green Bay. The greatness rumor started before Super Bowl XLV, thanks to Tiki Barber. It’s amazing how gullible people are just because they read something on the Internet.

People believe what they want to believe. On another subject, Cliff has responded to the question about the Packers playing games in Milwaukee to block AFL expansion there. Cliff is a Packers treasure. Here’s his answer: “The Packers played their first home game in Milwaukee in 1933 at the old Borchert Field minor league baseball park. At the time, they were in receivership and essentially on their deathbed. The Packers needed Milwaukee to be part of their home territory in order to survive, and they continued to play there – next at State Fair Park, then Marquette Stadium for a year and, finally, County Stadium – through 1994. In the early 1960s, Marv Fishman, a Milwaukee businessman, tried to lure an AFL franchise to the city. Talks were serious and the Packers and Lombardi were obviously opposed and greatly concerned. So they fought it and won. Lombardi, as did other Packers coaches, felt it was essential for the Packers to play games in Milwaukee and liked playing there. In 1961, when the NFL expanded from 12 to 14 games, the Packers – with Lombardi certainly signing off on it and maybe dictating it – awarded the extra home game to Milwaukee rather than to Green Bay.”


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