Each week throughout the season, PFW executive editor and resident Packers expert Dan Arkush hooks up with a personality who has connections with the Packers and asks him five Packer-related questions. Today Dan hooks up with former Packers DE Robert Brown, who ranks 11th in team history in sacks and played in more games than any Packers defensive lineman in team history.
1. To what extent do you keep up with the current Packers?
Brown: I still keep up with them pretty regularly and was at Lambeau Field earlier this season for the Miami game.
2. Assess the Packers’ playoff potential.
Brown: I think they have an excellent shot at going a long way. The last four weeks will obviously will be a huge key, with both the Packers and Bears having some tough games coming up before playing each other in a game that could decide the division winner. In any event, I think they have a great shot for (at least) a wild card.
3. How much does the calf injury that has temporarily shut down DE Cullen Jenkins hurt?
Brown: That will be a huge factor. Cullen has been a very productive player. He was having a career season, just managing the most sacks in a season for him when he went down. He displays a lot of great leadership and is a highly productive veteran player. Coach (Dom) Capers is just going to have to plug in some guys again.
4. While the Packers’ D-line has had its share of injuries, B.J. Raji has been solid on the nose. What do you think of his play this season?
Brown: Well, I’ve watched B.J. since his college days at Boston College, since I like to keep up with the ACC [Brown's a North Carolina native and a Virginia Tech product]. I think he is having a Pro Bowl-type season. He’s really come through despite all those injuries.
5. What do you think are the major concerns facing the 2010 Packers down the stretch?
Brown: They have to run the ball a little bit better on offense and protect Aaron Rodgers from getting hit too much. On defense, they have to create more turnovers and make sure they can stop the run. If they can do all that, I see them making it to the next level.