Keith from Yorktown, VA
DeMarco Murray in November and December: 187 carries for 791 yards (4.2 average). Eddie Lacy over the same period: 141 carries for 711 yards (5.0 average). But most of the talk is about Murray. Lacy has gotten stronger as the year has gone on, while Murray’s production, although still solid, is down when compared to the first half of the year. Do you think Lacy’s second-half production is being overlooked and if so why?
Murray had some injury issues late in the season. Yes, I believe Lacy is somewhat overlooked in the Packers’ success on offense, and I think one of the reasons for that is that Lacy probably leads the league in “99-yard” games. I don’t know that for a fact, but what I’m saying is that he’s had a lot of games in his career when another yard or two would’ve put him at the magical 100-yard mark, and that’s a big deal because 100-yard games is a benchmark for running backs. In harsh weather conditions, give me the big back with the big, heavy feet. I can’t think of a better back for this Sunday’s conditions than Lacy.
Jon from Bath, England
What’s more important, the relationship between the head coach and general manager, or the one between the head coach and quarterback?
They’re both pretty important. Is it necessary that we decide which is more important? Look at this way, without a winning relationship between the coach and general manager, the quarterback might not be on the roster. So, I would say that on draft day the relationship between the coach and GM is of greatest importance. On game day, no relationship is more important than that of the coach and quarterback.
Walesh from Two Rivers, WI
Do you think the Packers will use the run game to set up the pass or the pass game to set up the run?
I think the Packers will use the run to create balance between run and pass and force the Cowboys to either play it straight or risk a guessing game that could result in a big play. If I was the Cowboys, I would fear Lacy as much as I would Aaron Rodgers.
Rick from Shawano, WI
If the Packers put all their effort into stopping the run, they will lose. The key is to make them one-dimensional and that is taking away Romo, not Murray. The Packers cannot be beat by anyone’s running game at this point. You disagree?
Yes, I disagree. I don’t think the Cowboys can be made to be one-dimensional without getting that eighth defender up into the box and focusing on stopping Murray. I think the formula for making the Cowboys one-dimensional is stop the run and score points early. They won’t do what they did in the second half of last year’s game. This is a different Cowboys team. This team is committed to running the ball.
Alan from Woodland Hills, CA
Who in the Dallas front office not named Jerry Jones has been responsible for the superior recent drafting that has given the Cowboys such a formidable offensive line?
It’s the guy that decided you gotta get the big guys early.
David from Longwood, FL
Vic, I would assume during the first Ice Bowl there was very little to keep the players warm other than the long overcoats they used to wear. What kinds of things will be available Sunday that the players will have to stay warm between their playing times?
They’ll be tucked into a heated-bench device, and they’ll be standing around the blowers that force hot air all along the sideline. In the Ice Bowl era, players went into the game to get warm; these days, they go to the sideline to get warm. The old guys didn’t have the kind of gloves the players have today. The fabrics available today weren’t even a thought back then. If Bob Hayes had been able to wear today’s gloves, he wouldn’t have had to stick his hands into his pants, which means he wouldn’t have tipped the plays to the Packers and he probably would’ve been inducted into Hall of Fame before he died, not after.
Jesse from Papillion, NE
Vic, NFL Network is showing the Ice Bowl. What do you suppose the over under would be for Ice Bowl references on Sunday?
It’s a nice story, but let’s consider the difference in these two franchises for that game nearly 50 years ago. The Cowboys were a fledging franchise trying to establish a fan base; today, the Cowboys have possibly the largest following of any team in the NFL. The Packers played their game in a no-frills Lambeau Field. They were less than a decade removed from abject losing and the threat of moving. Today, Lambeau Field is defined by its luxury suites, and the Packers are one of the most stable and rooted franchises in all of sports. Nothing about these franchises today is reminiscent of what they were in the Ice Bowl.
Brad from Gallatin, TN
GM Ketchman, you have the first pick in this year’s draft and you are on the clock. You’re in need of a QB. Do you select an unproven QB? Or do you pick up the phone to call Indianapolis and offer them all seven picks for Andrew Luck?
I doubt the Colts would trade Luck for all of your picks in the next five drafts.
Pete from Mt. Brydges, ON
I’m coming to the game. Will you be at the pep rally on Saturday?
I absolutely will be at the pep rally on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to it. The pep rallies in Chicago and Tampa this season are events that’ll help define the season for me, and I have a feeling this Saturday’s pep rally will be something I will never forget.
Troy from Stevens Point, WI
I just read that Gene Steratore will be the referee for the game. I believe he is one of the best in the league. What do you know about his crew and him?
I think Gene Steratore is the best in the league. I can hear him now: “After further review, Ralphie.”
Steve from Alexandria, VA
Do you think the weak NFC East contributed to the Cowboys success on the road and in the running game?
I don’t. I think this is a really good team coming to Green Bay this weekend. A large segment of my inbox is begging me to find reasons not to respect the threat the Cowboys pose. I’m sorry, I can’t do that because I’d be lying if I didn’t respect the Cowboys and the threat they pose.
Jan from Statesville, NC
Why is Troy Aikman allowed to broadcast Cowboys games? His bias is obvious.
That’s baloney. Aikman is as good as there is. He shows no bias at all.
Jarek from St. Cloud, MN
Vic, after waiting 23 years, I experienced my first trip to Lambeau and was absolutely amazed at the Lions game. I’ve always heard it’s amazing, but I couldn’t put into words how awesome it was. Can you comment on visiting other stadiums and the atmosphere they have in comparison to Lambeau?
Atmosphere is all about the heart. Your heart is in Lambeau.
Pat from Altoona, WI
Will anyone from packers.com be going to the Senior Bowl for some coverage?
I’m packers.com’s Senior Bowl correspondent. I love covering the Senior Bowl practices and I love Mobile, but I hope I don’t have to go there this year because I’d rather be covering the Packers in the NFC title game. Either way, Tony Pauline will be there, and I’ll make sure he provides reports for us.
Michael from Dubuque, IA
Vic, up until my lunch break, I was perfectly content with watching Sunday’s game against Dallas from the comfort of my own home. Every day on my lunch break, I read “Ask Vic,” and your question from Eric struck a nerve with me. His question/comment about the Cowboys planning a “Tundra Takeover” sent me over the edge to purchase two tickets to the game. Not on my watch, Dallas, not on my watch.
You won’t regret it. You will remember this game and where you were when you watched it for as long as you live.
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