Del from Sterling, IL
Mike? Are you back? I have the best question ever for you but I want to make sure you're back first.
Can’t wait, but you’re setting me up for a major letdown. I can feel it. Or is this your idea of an April Fool?
Rishit from Clarington, Canada
If you could overrule one rule change, which one would it be?
I don’t have a problem with any of the rule changes for this year. I would make one more change to replay review, though. I’ve always felt the two challenges per team should be a two-strikes-and-you’re-out system. Currently, coaches who go 1-for-2 and 0-for-2 are treated the same, and they have to go 2-for-2 to get a third challenge. If the officials keep botching calls and the coaches keep challenging correctly, I don’t like the limitations. But miss twice, you’re done. That would be my preference.
Scott from Mauston, WI
You guys get us hooked on podcasts, then all of a sudden no more podcast. If you're trying to sew dissatisfaction in me you've succeeded. Or I could just be having a bad day. Never mind.
“Packers Unscripted” is slated to return later this month. Stay tuned.
John from Philadelphia, PA
I actually thought Jeff from Pleasant Prairie had a good question. I am also interested in knowing how the GMs communicate with each other. I couldn't tell if your answer was over my head or if you were joking.
Too much snark on my first day back I guess. As far as I know, all the draft-day communication on trades, etc., is by telephone, but it’s not always the GMs on the line. There are personnel dedicated to working the phones on the team’s behalf in the draft room, sometimes to explore what might be out there, other times to pursue something specific. I’ve always thought it would be fascinating to be a fly on the wall in the draft room, even for just a few hours, but I’d need the Ocean’s Eleven crew to break in.
Milan from New York, NY
Hi, regarding the Ketchman Reality Tour, sign me up! But only if there is a raffle and the prize is one of Vic's old khaki pants that I can frame and hang on my wall.
Bill from Menominee, MI
I'm not sure how the "analysts" grade teams coming out of free agency, but I can say I've followed and worked to understand the Packers offseason very close for about five years now, and this is one of the most exciting so far. They aren't signing all big-name, game-changing free agents, but TT is addressing positions of need and building a larger roster going into the draft and more importantly, training camp. Higher sample size typically leads to higher success rate at filling voids.
The offseason is about building your 90-man roster, and taking the best 90-man roster you can into training camp. No one worries about the 53 until the preseason games start.
Justin from Tucumcari, NM
With social media so prominent in today's world, I found myself wanting to click the like button on some of your answers. Have you ever thought about adding like and dislike buttons under questions and answers with a not-so-subtle "burn" button under the responses? Might give you all some insight on what we like and give the column a little more umph.
I gave up umph for Lent.
Jon from Waukesha, WI
I saw that the Packers invited Joe Mixon for a visit. I understand doing one's due diligence, but there's no way the Packers draft him, right? The blowback would be enormous with this fan base. I know he's a first-round talent who might drop, but that incident seems pretty toxic to me. I wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot pole.
A ton of Mixon questions pouring in. If the reports on his visit are accurate, the Packers apparently have decided to do their own assessment. What it means beyond that, I have no idea. I’m not going to jump to conclusions.
Gary from Oostburg, WI
If they want to do away with some of the down time during a game, why not get rid of the two-minute warning? It's not like the coaches or players lose track of how much time is left on the clock. And where did the two-minute warning come from in the first place?
Advertisers, I’d think.
Dan from Golden Valley, MN
As Vic would say, “Richard Sherman, Richard Sherman, Richard Sherman.” Sounds like Seattle is willing to trade him. What do you think?
What’s the asking price? It would be tough to give up a lot and take on that contract at the same time. Regardless, my guess is he stays put.
Dan from Catonsville, MD
Wrestlers were mentioned yesterday, none better than Henry Jordan. His playoff performance vs. Roman Gabriel and the Rams in 1967 is legendary. Is the body leverage they learn the key ingredient to their success?
Definitely. I remember Scott Wells was supposedly too short to play center in the NFL. He lasted until the seventh round of the draft and began in Green Bay on the practice squad. He carved out a pretty nice career for himself, and it was his wrestling background that made up for any measurables he supposedly lacked.
JJ from Cape Coral, FL
So Mike, did you have a nice vacation? Any good vacation stories?
Nothing too exotic. Drinking an evening butterbeer on Diagon Alley (the Florida version) was a nice moment.
Thomas from Dunkerton, IA
A lot of questions recently about Rodgers' "window." My opinion is that we should all just relax and enjoy his play. We should be more worried about McCarthy's window. As long as he is in Green Bay to groom Rodgers' replacement, whenever that may be, we will have a fighting chance.
Ted Thompson’s foresight in hiring McCarthy with a huge QB transition on the horizon was a stroke of genius. He found his next QB and the guy to develop him within nine months’ time. I’d love to see McCarthy stick around for the next QB transition, but if it’s as far off as I think it is, he may have had enough by then, and I wouldn’t blame him. We’ll see.
Malte from Odense, Denmark
If we have all now agreed that Rodgers is gonna play a couple of more years, can we please talk about Jordy? He's probably Aaron's best weapon, but how long do you guys he can keep up the good numbers, with receivers mostly declining faster than quarterbacks? Also would love to see Jordy in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Can he achieve that?
Canton will be tough for Nelson, with very little statistically in his first three seasons and then missing a whole year in his prime. As for his longevity, I’ve mentioned before I think Nelson can play as long as he wants to. When his outside/boundary production diminishes, which I don’t see in the immediate future, he could be a dynamite slot receiver for quite a while, a la Anquan Boldin.
Dale from Selinsgrove, PA
The discussion about poor trades made also makes me think of draft choices that were never done. Do you have a favorite choice the fans wanted that was never made, for the better? Ricky Williams made me think of all the Philadelphia fans that were not happy with Donovan McNabb. That worked out for the better for the Eagles for sure.
Houston fans booed like crazy when the Texans drafted J.J. Watt six years ago. I’m not sure who the fan favorite was at the time, but that’s a heck of a pick at No. 11 overall.
Davy from Chetek, WI
I'm disappointed, Mike. You've had a nice vacation, and your first day back you miss a perfect Margeaux reference opportunity. Did the spelling throw you off?
Shame on me.
Jared from Philadelphia, PA
Are pre-draft visits for players and teams something organizations usually like to keep secret? I feel like I have heard rumors of some visits but are they supposed to be public knowledge?
Most teams would prefer to keep that under wraps, but among agents, family members, social media, etc., some info on player travels is bound to get out.
Ian from Tamatava, Madagascar
The other day it came out that some politicians are pushing for Mark Tauscher to run for Wisconsin governor. My question is what current Packer(s) do you think could successfully run and win a political race?
On the current roster, the names that first come to my mind are Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Brett Hundley and Blake Martinez. Back when I was in grad school covering Capitol Hill in D.C., I remember walking past Steve Largent in a hallway. I almost stopped in my tracks, and that didn’t happen with anyone else I saw while in Washington for three months. I guess that was the last clue I needed that my passion was to cover sports.
Jesse from Bismarck, ND
In the required fields that you have to check to ask a question, there should be another box. In that box would be a dropdown of: A – Team question; B – I wanna tell the Insiders they suck; C – Did TT/MM really do that yesterday; D – I have no clue how subject/predicate works. I'm sure you have an E and F?
E – The Packers’ greatness is great; F – Fire everyone. I think that covers it. I’m getting the tech guys on this, pronto.
Chase from Fort Huachuca, AZ
For the April Fools’ Inbox I think you should post the questions and let the fans answer and then post the best ones. Or let fans answer questions in your Inbox.
My apologies, folks. I had too many things to catch up on after returning from my time off to create a true April Fools’ column for you. I’m blaming Wes. Have a great weekend.
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