April 13, 2021

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They’re only scratching the surface

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They’re only scratching the surface



Rodney from Covington, VA

I was thinking about quarterbacks over the years with Brett and Aaron but we have also had some other good quarterbacks with the magic man and Lynn Dickey coming to mind, but in those years, we didn’t have much of a supporting cast. Just goes to show you that there is no I in team when it comes to the NFL.

Dickey had a heck of a supporting cast on offense but that’s just one-third of the puzzle.

Good morning: To piggyback on Robert from Burke, VA comment about character. I felt Bart Starr was doing an excellent job evidenced by the team’s performance in 1982 and a near playoff miss in 1983. Character matters to me, as well. The mention of the G.O.A.T. at the QB position and no one in the conversation can match Bart. He could have gone somewhere else and coached, but it wouldn’t have seemed right. Bart started and ended his career with the Packers even through difficult times.

Scott from Albertville, MN

What Green Bay Packers running back had the highest yards per carry average for their career?

Gerry Ellis (4.58) leads all Packers running backs with at least 750 carries, edging out Jim Taylor (4.53) and Ahman Green (4.50).

Chase from Fort Leonard Wood, MO

Do players record commercials during the season, or is that strictly done during the off season?

There’s no rule saying players can’t do commercials in-season. It’s just most guys arrange for those marketing agreements to be fulfilled during the offseason.

Paul from Minneapolis, MN

Last summer, I ordered two loads of dirt for a landscaping project. After the first load was dumped in front of my garage, I realized I overestimated so called to cancel the remainder. Word didn’t reach the driver in time, so the second load was dumped regardless. Don’t know what this means exactly, but surely there’s a salary cap metaphor in this story somewhere. And please don’t call me Shirley.

Too bad you didn’t have an NFL cap specialist on speed dial.

Reading about the new TV deal, it looks like Thursday night games will not be available unless you have Amazon Prime?

That’s correct, beginning in 2023.

All teams seem to be performing the salary cap sin of pushing significant money into future years. Even more so than normal. Do you feel this is because they expect the cap to catch up to old levels quickly and be over 230 million by 2023 or have we seen more of a reset where the cap will only go up about 10 million as usual from this point and be closer to 205-210 by 2023?

Most teams will have to tread water a little these next two years, but everyone can see the shore. It’s just making contracts fit until we get to 2023.

I don’t usually catch the movie line references in II not (I’d like to think) because I am dense but because I don’t watch a lot of movies. I couldn’t miss the “Dodgeball” reference today which made me smile and reminded me (one of my favorite movie quotes of all time). “If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball”.

I can’t believe that movie is almost 17 years old.

No question, just a comment. “Dodgeball” and “Hellraiser” referred to in the same II. Brilliance!

“Hellraiser” is the one I was really hoping someone would notice. Congrats on being the only one, Greg.

William from Traverse City, MI

“A RB/WR/KR who could wear multiple hats on offense and special teams…” Multiple hats but one number right? Maybe 88?

Thank goodness we made it through the week. Enjoy the weekend, everybody. I’m looking forward to some news conferences once we get back.

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