Mitch from Milwaukee, WI
If Aaron Rodgers retired today, who would you consider to be a better quarterback, Brett Favre or Rodgers?
I think the answer to your question is a matter of personal preference, otherwise, the two men have enjoyed parallel levels of success. Do you prefer drama or consistency? I'll take the consistency. Rodgers would be my choice.
Jeff from Alexandria, VA
Is football becoming like basketball, where fans follow individuals rather than teams?
That happened a long time ago, when Fantasy Football became popular.
Roger from Chesterton, IN
My cousin is a construction worker in Chicago and he was recently doing renovations at Soldier Field. They showed up in their hi-visibility vests and Virginia McCaskey told everyone to take off the Green Bay Packers yellow vests, get orange vests, or find new work. Might be snow on the roof, but there's fire in the furnace. Thanks for your writing. You've given me perspective and great understanding that goes beyond football.
I think the Bears might be ready to hold up their end of the rivalry, and that would help re-launch it. As it stands right now, it's the most overrated rivalry in the NFL.
Matt from Christchurch, NZ
Is rugby the future of football?
I attended a dinner this past week at which Auburn Defensive Coordinator Kevin Steele was the guest speaker. Steele has also coached at Alabama, Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Florida State, Baylor and the Carolina Panthers. He's one of the most respected names in the coaching profession and he's one of my Edisto Island neighbors. I asked Kevin what he thought the concussion thing will do to college football. He said he wasn't sure what the specific impact would be, but the game will be unrecognizable in 30 years. I would agree.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, a preseason Internet prediction gives the Packers a 13-3 record, a first-round bye, a victory over the Vikings and an NFC Championship loss to the Panthers. How likely is this scenario?
It's possible but that would not be my expectation.
Dick from Watertown, SD
How about next Thursday's column is delayed until after the first round?
I'm going to do a column on Thursday and on Friday.
Stephen from Jacksonville, FL
The Jaguars finally got some teal pants. Does this news make you happy? Is it time to abandon the First Communion look?
I love the all-white and all-teal uniforms and wish those were the Jaguars' only two options. I don't like the black-pants looks and, in my opinion, five options are too many. In my opinion, uniforms are all about identity and the Jaguars need to embrace one. The really good news is the ugliest uniforms in the history of football are gone. The half-painted, primer-paint helmet has been replaced by the clean, shiny model of past successes, and the Jaguars will no longer look like Joe's Bar and Grill.
Jerry from Kansas City, MO
As a fan of Dorsey and Wolf, I am interested to see if their leadership can turn the Browns into a winning team. What do the Browns need to do in the coming season to prove they've turned the ship around?
They need to draft a quarterback and establish him as the future of the franchise. If they can achieve that goal in 2018, they'll be on their way to winning.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What do you think of the Packers' schedule?
The first two games are a daunting challenge. They smacked me right in the face. I don't think the Packers can win the NFC North without winning both of those games.
Sam from Saratoga Springs, NY
I've seen a lot of people express the opinion (and even expectation) Pettine is going to whip the Packers defense into shape and we'll see a different animal on that side of the ball. We have a transcendent QB, we have what seems to be a solid running game, we have a great offensive line, we have play-making pass catchers. In your opinion, what are we missing? What is going to be the key to getting back to the Super Bowl this year, and do we have it now or not?
I see a great quarterback. I don't see the rest of that stuff. I see questions. I believe you're thinking with your heart.
Jerry from Savannah, GA
Vic, some would argue it’s not in the Packers’ best interest to have the face of their franchise disgruntled. Isn’t that a valid point?
I don't think it's a big deal. The chatter ends when the playing begins. At that point, the scoreboard talks the loudest. That's why I say the baloney ends, except I don't say baloney.
Mike from Fort Wayne, IN
Considering all the safety concerns with football, do you think baseball will ever become "America's Game" again?
If football changes too much, it'll open the door for other sports to take market share. I think the NFL needs to be very careful about its pursuit of safety. I think the league is at the doorstep of going too far with the rules changes. As I've written, football's popularity wasn't built on it being safe.
Bianca from Brazil
Vic, say you replace Roger Goodell as the next NFL commissioner. What would be your first move?
I would try to establish a relationship with the players that would allow me to appeal to them to help protect the game. I don't think the rules changes and all the fines are achieving their intent. I think it has to come from within, so to speak.
Eric from Baker, FL
Over the years of reading your column, I've found you hold Coach McCarthy in high regards. My question is, what do you think some of his weaknesses or faults are?
I don't think he has any weaknesses as a coach. I think he needs more talent, especially on the defensive side of the ball. That's been his weakness, not enough talent on the defensive side of the ball.
Joe from Los Angeles, CA
Vic, will you ever attend a regular season game again?
I think I'm going to attend the Steelers at Jaguars game on Nov. 18.
Brad from La Crosse, WI
Have you ever been out in your kayak and suddenly thought, "Maybe I shouldn't be out here!"
Yeah, it was a couple of years ago, two days before Christmas. I was paddling on Scott Creek and all of a sudden a dolphin popped up out of the water near my kayak. Its wake made my kayak wobble. I turned around and paddled home.
Amis from Norwich, UK
Josh Rosen might be the most talented quarterback in this coming draft, but his personality is putting teams off because he has opinions. Is it fair (or wise) for teams to avoid him for this reason?
One of my scout friends was working in Kansas City in 1983, which was the year of the great quarterback draft. The coach, John Mackovic, told my scout friend to go to Penn State and work out Todd Blackledge and then go to Pitt and work out Dan Marino. Mackovic was committed to making one of the two quarterbacks the Chiefs' first-round pick. Well, my scout friend worked out the two quarterbacks and reported back to Mackovic Marino was clearly the better prospect. Mackovic agreed with my scout friend but said he was going to pick Blackledge because Marino's personality wouldn't be a good fit. How'd that decision turn out for the Chiefs? Hey, draft talent. Personalities change with maturity.