Ask Vic Halftime: Defense keeping Packers in the game

Posted by Vic Ketchman, editor on September 21, 2014 – 1:30 pm


James from Freeport, IL
Does A.J. Hawk not fully strap his helmet on, because it always seems to come off at least one or two plays a game?

I don’t know. It happens a lot. Fans are troubled by it. It doesn’t bother me if it doesn’t bother him. It’s his head.


Bryan from Myrtle Beach, SC
Not a question, but that third-down completion by Rodgers to Nelson on the right sideline toward the end of the first quarter was a thing of beauty.

First, he had to have the mobility to scramble and buy time. Then he had to have the vision to see Nelson coming open late. Finally, Rodgers had to have the arm to throw a dart to Nelson while Rodgers was on the run. He is an amazing talent.


Toni from Dane, WI
So, do you think we will be the team with the ball at the end of the game?

You’re referring to my prediction the team with the ball last will win. I’ll stick with it.


Annie from Rose Lawn, WI
Is Starks in more now since the Lacy fumble or is that part of the game plan?

I think it was part of the game plan to get James Starks playing time, but I also think the Eddie Lacy fumble is playing into Starks’ playing time. Lacy is not in a groove. The concussion might be the cause, but we can’t know for sure.


Dave from Colorado Springs, CO
Vic, I asked this last week and I think it applies again. Another bad start for the Packers. When things happen that quickly in a game, does Coach McCarthy have to make adjustments immediately?

Not that quickly. You spend all week preparing and practicing a game plan; you don’t abandon it within the first few minutes of a game. Bad stuff happens. You have to be patient and trust your plan and your players.


Chad from Menasha, WI
Is your inbox about to explode about a Packers safety making an interception?

Seriously, 90 percent of the questions were about Ha Ha’s pick, until the safety. My inbox was a place of great celebration.


Todd from Knoxville, TN
Vic, that is why you have your best punt returner return punts, regardless of what else he does.

I agree. Randall Cobb’s 22-yard punt return was a thing of beauty in how he made the first guy miss and then set up his blocking until he hit the wall along the sideline. He’s too valuable returning punts for him not to do it.


Rebekah from Germantown, TN
The defense is looking pretty solid. How can offense improve in the second half?

The defense has been fantastic. They’ve kept the Packers in the game. If you’re looking for a positive, that’s it. If the Packers play defense like this all year, good things will result. The offense needs to find a rhythm. It’s trying a little of this and a little of that. It needs to find something that works and stick with it. Balance will come in time. Right now, just find a way to win.


Chenc from Calgary, Alberta
Vic, I’m all for aggressive play calling, however, I think that run at the 1-yard line after the interception was a little too aggressive. What are your thoughts?

Too aggressive or not aggressive enough? I’m not sure what you’re saying. What I can tell you is that somebody didn’t secure a gap. DeAndre Levy came late and unblocked. I saw Richard Rodgers bump into somebody. I have a feeling somebody miscounted a gap and didn’t slide over, or something to that effect.


Jeff from Sun Prairie, WI
Clay Matthews is playing like his hair is on fire. Are you surprised this is a defensive game so far?



Paul from LaPorte, IN
Vic, after the House interception, why did they blow the play dead and not allow for a return?

I think he elected not to come out of the end zone; Calvin Johnson grabbed House and House gave himself up. He was ruled down at the 1-yard line because he touched down there before sliding into the end zone. Think of that play as forward progress in reverse.


Evan from Eau Claire, WI
I hate how it feels like the Packers got penalized for getting an interception.

I call it throwing a punt. Not all interceptions are bad.

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