Michael from Palm City, FL

I’m just looking for more knowledge on the game, and not to open the players, not plays can of worms. When talking about the pass rush against Cam Newton, Mike McCarthy mentioned the Panthers “setting their protection to our rush” as part of the chess match. Is there anything you noticed?

I have a favorite story that might apply to your question. I remember the day late in L.C. Greenwood’s career he was benched in favor of a younger player. After the first quarter, the young player was benched and Greenwood took his place. After the game, Coach Noll was asked why he took the young player out of the game. Coach Noll said, slowly and for effect, “Because he was being blocked.” It is the most direct answer to a question I have ever heard. There was no follow up question. To answer your question, I noticed the Packers were being blocked.

Kevin from Palm Bay, FL

Vic, I was doing CPR on a patient in the back of an ambulance during the final drive of last week’s game; the guy made it, so I was glad, then I found out Rodgers threw a pick on fourth down and my happiness quickly faded to sadness. What kind of fan does that make me?

Fortunately, Aaron Rodgers didn’t throw the interception as you were doing CPR, so the patient had that going for him, which was nice.

C.J. from Edinboro, PA

How long would a player like Cam Newton last in the ’70s with his on-field antics?

He’s not the only quarterback in the game that likes to express himself. In the ’70s, you didn’t do that stuff unless you had a death wish. Smart quarterbacks were also good politicians. They made friends of the guys rushing them. I remember Kenny Anderson telling me a story about missing the Bengals’ bus to the airport after a game. Kenny told me that late in a game, after Joe Greene had knocked Kenny to the ground, Joe invited Kenny to come over to the sauna for a beer. Kenny must’ve had two beers. The point is this: If Joe Greene invited you to have a beer, you didn’t say no; not in those days.

Tom from West Bend, WI

Is there too much parity in the NFL for any team to consistently impose its will on its opponent week after week?

Yes.

Sammy from Oakland, CA

So, taunting a police dog is a felony in Pennsylvania. Did you ever taunt a police dog during your time in Pittsburgh?

I would never do that. They are wonderful animals that provide an invaluable service. On road trips, we are instructed to take our bags to a place in the hotel so the dog can sniff them. I always look forward to watching the dog work, and then petting the dog as I retrieve my bag. As he’s sniffing my bag, I can’t help but wonder what he’s thinking. Cheap cologne? Stinky feet?

Beau from Lancaster, PA

Vic, do you believe Mike McCarthy downplayed the performance of Jake Ryan in order to motivate him?

I don’t think Coach McCarthy was in the mood on Monday to find the positives in Sunday’s loss.

Matt from Bloomington, IN

You said, regarding ticket holders, “It’s their ticket and they can do as they wish with it.” You also answered a question from a man claiming to have spent 30 years on the waiting list. I haven’t even lived 30 years. My question is how do the Packers get tickets to those who are waiting if the current holders would rather sell their tickets than give them up to someone who has been waiting?

That’s a wonderfully innocent question, and it deserves an answer. Once upon a time, there was a law that forbid a ticket to be resold for more than face value. That law has since been repealed. If it still existed, teams could provide a ticket exchange service that would put tickets in the hands of fans on the team’s waiting list. Repeal of that law, however, created a cottage industry. A bad thing? Well, look at this way, it’s allowed a lot of Packers fans to attend games in places such as Carolina. We’re a free-markets society. Regulation is a good thing, but we’re vigilant about keeping it to a minimum. I sincerely hope you’ll have a chance to buy a ticket affordably to see the Packers play.

Jamie from Boston, MA

Vic, tell us what the locker room feels like after a 6-0 team has lost two games on the trot. Do the players feel anger? Disappointment? Are some joking around and laughing, perhaps trying to lighten the mood.? Paint the picture for me.

They dress and they leave. That’s the way it is, win or lose. Following a road game, there’s a mad rush to get to the airport and get home. I’ll paint you a better picture. As I got on the plane Sunday night in Charlotte, the first-class cabin was full of coaches, each of them looking at video on their iPads and grading their players’ performances, play by play. It was fewer than two hours since the game had ended, and the coaches had already begun the next week’s work. This fascination fans have with emotions just doesn’t exist in the coaches’ world. There’s no time for it. If you’re not working on the next game, you’re losing, because the other team’s coaches are working on it.


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