"Ask Vic" is published M-W-F through the football season.
Bob from Houston, TX
The Packers caught some lucky breaks with the nullified FG block and Jones stepping out of bounds, but did they really just do what I thought I just watched them do?
They played to their identity. They got a big early lead and took the Titans out of what they do best. Aaron Rodgers is playing a style of quarterback I had never seen previously. He almost never needs to make a tight-window throw. He's playing lob ball to receivers who are wide open. It's as though he's playing a video game. He's beating teams with his brains.
Larry from Syracuse, NY
Vic, hope you had a good Christmas! I was worried about this Packers team being a scheme football team, but this looked like it was just the Packers doing whatever they wanted, and against a good, well-coached Titans team. Maybe they can play December/January football after all.
We will have a new No. 1 on Wednesday.
Michael from Eau Claire, WI
Vic, who does Aaron Jones play for next year? I like what A.J. Dillon brings to that backfield.
That's why the Packers drafted him. It's a game of replacement. In the salary cap era, you have to be willing to let players leave.
Ray from Clark, NJ
How about A.J. Dillon being a difference-maker in January?
Did Aaron Jones do something wrong?
Allison from Sioux City, IA
What are the repercussions for officials on blown calls? For instance, the highly questionable offsides penalty on Tennessee before the blocked kick. Do they re-watch tape, determine which calls they missed, which calls they got wrong, etc.?
Officials are reviewed and graded. The linesman who blew the offsides call will be downgraded, and I have a feeling he's the same guy who missed the call on Aaron Jones stepping out of bounds.
Travis from Stratford, WI
The crown made me cringe.
He looked like King Friday.
Justin from Canton, NC
When they ran Dillon up the gut on third and three in the red zone, in the snow, how did that make you feel? It was like a late Christmas present.
I peed my pants and forgot who I was for half an hour.
Dale from Lodi, WI
Does A.J. Dillon have light feet?
He's Peter Pan in cleats.
Nicholas from Owego, NY
Has the new playoff format affected the number of late-season meaningful games?
Whatever the NFL is doing, they should keep doing it. Week 16 might've been the best week of the season. Colts-Steelers, Browns-Jets, Falcons-Chiefs were great games, and those weren't the only ones.
Stern from Cedar Rapids, IA
Should the Steelers have drafted A.J. Dillon instead of Chase Claypool?
Fifty-seven catches, 772 yards, eight touchdowns; that's not good enough for you? Are you chortling?
Aidan from Jacksonville, FL
Do you think Trevor Lawrence is the clear best option for the Jaguars with the now-clinched first overall pick, or do you think they could look at their options and possibly trade away for more picks?
Does this question have to be answered now? What's the rush?
Jonathan from Southern Pines, NC
Vic, "Shade Man" here. I'll admit, I was getting way too high on the horse through 11-0. Steelers have been served some big humble pie the last few weeks. The line and Ben looked old and done. The offense looked horrid. The defense looked gassed. But then that second half comeback against the Colts was like a new team. What do you make of it?
It is one of the greatest comebacks of Ben Roethlisberger's career. He threw for nearly 250 yards in the second half. He put that lousy offense on his shoulders and carried it to victory. He made the know-nothing, click-bait website reporters who clamored for his retirement look like fools. If they knew anything about football they would've known Roethlisberger wasn't the problem, his offensive line was. He needs time to throw. All of those short passes shrunk the field and he needed to get the ball downfield to back defenders away from the line of scrimmage. The deep ball touchdown to Johnson changed the game. Following that play, the Colts had no answer for Roethlisberger. A very good defense was brought to its knees by one man, and without the help of a running game. He's not the Big Ben of old. He can't extend plays as he once did, but he still throws one of the most beautiful deep balls I've ever seen. The second one, the game-winner, was picturesque. He pump faked and then dropped a dead-armed throw softly into the receiver's waiting hands. "Shade Man," I hope you enjoyed the win because I think it'll be the last for the Steelers this season, but I also think it was a defining win for a team that over-achieved and for one of the great fourth-quarter quarterbacks in NFL history.
Brent from Nova Scotia, Canada
"This is a bad defense. The worst one I've ever had." How do you feel about Zimmer's comment?
It's either a parting shot or it's something an angry coach says when he knows his job is safe.
Dan from Rapid City, SD
What does Aaron Jones do that you don't like? Don't you mean Jamal Williams?
A backup running back? TV is now showing the pregame dance routine of a backup running back? You're probably right. I avert my eyes as soon as I see that stuff.
Darren from Alice Springs, Australia
Is Anthony Lynn the right head coach to lead Herbert and the arrow-pointing-up Chargers in the years to come?
I know Coach Lynn from my years in Jacksonville, where I came to regard him as a friendly man with a strong football acumen and leadership qualities. Why would you fire the coach of a team on the rise?
Dan from Varna, Bulgaria
In your honest opinion, do you believe spending billions on a new stadium will make any difference in Jacksonville if the product on the field doesn't change? The second part is building that new shiny stadium will cause price increases across the board. Do you think the market in the Jacksonville area is ready for that, given that even with the lowest ticket prices in the league the Jaguars are still having issues selling out?
The product on the field is about to change, so we're going to get an answer to your question in the next few years. In my opinion, Jacksonville is ready to blossom as an NFL market.
Paul from New Mexico
It seems pro scouts are vital to a team’s success, yet, we rarely hear of them. Do they prefer to work in the background, does the team prefer that they do, or am I misunderstanding this?
It all begins with scouting. How could any football fan not know that? Good teams have good scouts who provide solid information. It begins with that. The second phase of building a good football team is using that information to massage the draft and collect talent. Scouting isn't picking. Picking requires a distinctly different skill. A good scouting department relies on a GM who knows how to pick and move within the order. The Steelers' Kevin Colbert is expert at picking and moving. Brian Gutekunst is in the process of establishing a reputation for the same. The Jaguars haven't picked well, and that's why they're interviewing GM candidates.
Aaron from White Hall, AR
Vic, I understand about the Jaguars needing to take their time to figure out the difference between Lawrence and the rest of the quarterbacks. I’ve always believed in having as many picks as possible because you never know who that extra pick might become. My thing is the Jags have passed on so many guys that became someone, I would rather risk it with Lawrence and whiff than trade out and he live up to the hype.
You're drafting scared. You're not afraid of passing on the next Patrick Mahomes?
Braden from Milwaukee, WI
The college football playoffs are a joke. Two of these three have been in the playoffs for the last seven years: Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State. How exciting. How do you name a bowl game the Duke's Mayo Bowl and expect people to take your organization seriously? The money grab makes me sick.
College football TV ratings were down 30 percent over last year, in a Covid year when it was believed Americans were so starved for sports on TV ratings would spike. It was just the opposite and that's alarming for college football. The worst part is the majority of games that drew an audience of at least four million viewers were in minor league markets that don't offer the dollar reward major markets do. College football is dead where it counts. It lives where people don't.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Vic, did you get to see any of the PGA father-son tournament? Charlie Woods looks like a natural.
Yeah. He's 11 years old and I'm already tired of him.
Morgan from Little Chute, WI
Is it a travesty the Lions have had a once-in-a-generation talent but literally nothing to show for it?
Stafford is not a generational talent. You're chortling. Be careful.