Ask Vic Halftime: Fix what’s broken; don’t panic

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on September 14, 2014 – 5:03 pm


Kevin from Timmins, Ontario

So far, the Packers defense has done a great job at stopping the run. However, the passing game is hurting us. Do we have the depth on defense to make an adjustment to compensate for the pass?

I don’t agree the Packers are doing a great job against the run. The Jets are nearly at a hundred yards rushing as I’m answering this question.

Roger from Richmond, VA

Coach McCarthy promised the defense would be better this year. It isn’t proving to be true. Why?

The Packers aren’t whipping their man. It starts with winning the individual battles. That must change.

Robert from Boston, MA

Why am I not surprised the Packers are befuddled by simple college plays like a triple option? It would be nice if the Packers showed awareness of any football plays drawn up in the 21st century. Why don’t we ever use the pistol? Our personnel is basically perfect for it.

Simple? You’re looking at one of the game’s new-age quarterbacks: Geno Smith, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, RG3. This is the future of pro football and it includes the reigning Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

Dave from Colorado Springs, CO

Vic, just about the worst start the Packers could have hoped for, and the Jets get the ball to start the second half. I know this is only the second game of the season, but with the threat of an 0-2 start, what does Coach McCarthy say in the locker room to get these guys going? They have looked out of sorts since about midway through the Seahawks game.

This isn’t a time for calling guys out. Maybe you do that during the week, but not now. You spend halftime fixing what’s broken. You tell your team not to panic. You tell them this is what we’re going to do and this is how we’re going to do it.

Brian from Gurnee, IL

Vic, would you agree our offense isn’t anywhere near the offense it was back in 2011?

I want it to be what it was last season. I’d like to see last year’s mix of run and pass.

Eric from Raleigh, NC

Why are the Packers so insistent on going no-huddle? They have not done anything to stop the Jets offense, so shouldn’t the Packers offense stay on the field for as long as possible?

The no-huddle is the offense they want to run. It’s what they practiced all summer.

Tom from West Bend, WI

I’m guessing you don’t like to see defenders helping opponents up after a tackle.

First, I’d like to see the Packers help opponents down, and then they can help them up.

Dylan from Forty Fort, PA

The tackling looks improved. What’s impressed you most so far?

I’m stunned Geno Smith has been nearly unstoppable. He was the lowest rated passer in the league last season. Has he really improved this much in one offseason? With 5:43 to play in the half, the Jets were six of seven on third down.






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