"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday during the football season.
Here's the "Ask Vic" Week 10 power rankings:
1. Saints -- They beat the best.
2. Rams -- Dose of reality.
3. Patriots -- Won with WR playing RB.
4. Chiefs -- Cardinals and then the Rams.
5. Panthers -- Roaring into Pittsburgh.
6. Chargers -- They're for real.
7. Vikings -- Bye and then at the Bears.
8. Steelers -- Le'Veon Bell drama just beginning.
9. Bengals -- Saints game will define them.
10. Bears -- Feeding off bottom dwellers.
11. Washington -- Must win at Bucs to restart motor.
12. Falcons -- Beginning to make their move.
13. Seahawks -- No. 27 in passing.
14. Ravens -- In free fall.
15. Packers -- Who are they?
16. Texans -- Team to beat in AFC South.
17. Eagles -- Is Wentz all the way back?
18. Titans -- Mariota "The Little Girl With A Curl."
19. Jaguars -- Must-win game at Colts.
20. Lions -- Stop slouching!
21. Colts -- AFC South contender with win over Jags.
22. Cowboys -- Lacking focus.
23. Broncos -- Won't lose this week.
24. Dolphins -- Much worse than their record.
25. Jets -- Stinky game of the week vs. Bills.
26. Bucs -- I'd like to speak to Sybil now.
27. Browns -- Next loss, Falcons.
28. 49ers -- They found the next Jimmy Garoppolo.
29. Giants -- Titanic clash vs. 49ers.
30. Cardinals -- Just mail it in.
31. Bills -- You're going the wrong way!
32. Raiders -- Gruden is my hero.
Ramiro from Jurupa Valley, CA
Vic, the real heavyweight fight was the Rams at Saints. Barring a major injury and assuming they both get to the playoffs churning, who would you pick if they played each other in the NFC Championship?
I'd pick the Saints if the game was played in New Orleans, which is why last Sunday's game was so important. The Saints now own the homefield tiebreaker. The Superdome, in my opinion, is the toughest place in the league for a visiting team to play.
Tony from Onalaska, WI
I know the wolves are howling for McCarthy's removal. Do you suspect Brian Gutekunst has a different head coach in mind for the future, or is Mike his guy?
I have no reason to believe Mike McCarthy isn't Gutekunst's guy. In fact, I'm not sure Gutekunst is old enough and traveled enough to have a guy. He's just a young man in his first GM job doing the best he can to repair a roster. Frankly, I'm tired of the howl talk. I regret ever having introduced the term to this column. It's empowered fans to believe they're in control. Now my inbox is full of howl questions and comments. Vic to fans: A new coach isn't going to fix the Packers' problems; new players will.
Daniel from Cedar Rapids, IA
How do you think the Packers will finish this year? My prediction is 10-5-1. Who have the Packers lost to? Washington (leads division), Rams (that was on an insubordinate player who's no longer on the team. Plus, they lead the NFC), and the Patriots, who own the AFC. Oh, and Detroit due to Mason Crosby having the only off game he's had going back through high school. Who do the Packers play the next few weeks? Miami at home. If we lose this, someone should be fired. At Seattle on a short week. Not a gimme, but we should still win. At Vikings after a mini bye week; coin flip that we need to win for the division and maybe playoffs. Arizona at home should be a win. Atlanta at home; for various reasons we should be favored, but not a gimme. At Chicago not a gimme; I'm not sure we should be favored, but I like our chances. At Jets should be an easyish win. Detroit, without Golden Tate they need a deep threat; regardless, this is at home. I can see us going 7-1 and finishing 10-5-1. if we lose to Minnesota and Chicago, 9-6-1. I think we need to win at least one of those two games for the playoffs and both for the division. As for how we'd do in the playoffs, it depends on the development of our young talent, but we honestly need one more draft and free agency to be great (I think you said 1-2, right?).
You forgot the Super Bowl.
John from Sioux Falls, SD
Vic, I know better than to start asking play-calling questions, but here I go and please be gentle as I really am curious. When Rodgers gets pressured, there never seems to be a checkdown or some dump-off option to gain a few yards and avoid taking hits. Is it they don’t run those types of options or is it Rodgers doesn't like to utilize them?
It depends first on the blocking scheme. If the Packers are in max protect, which means a back and/or tight end is/are being held in to help block the rush, there is no checkdown receiver. I remember Aaron Rodgers completing a checkdown-type pass to Aaron Jones on Sunday night; Jones was tackled immediately. You have to know the scheme before you can judge Rodgers' willingness to dump the ball off.
Joe from Menomonee Falls, WI
Vic, the Pats and Brady have mastered the QB sneak. They use it a lot on third-and-short situations, and they are successful a lot. I don't see other teams trying to emulate this, why?
It's a skill and Brady has it. He finds a crease and he wedges into it. Most teams don't like their quarterback going shoulder first into the pile. The Steelers are just beginning to use Ben Roethlisberger in a sneak role. He scored a 1-yard touchdown on Sunday. I think we're going to see more of it because it's a sound strategy against penetrate-and-disrupt defensive schemes. Aaron Donald, for example, is just too quick off the ball to block in short-yardage if you're handing off deep to your running back. The QB sneak is a way to beat the defense to the punch, so to speak. I prefer a short-yardage back who can leap over the pile, as Sam Cunningham did. I think goal-line and short-yardage plays have become critical enough to have a back on your roster who specializes in getting up over the pile. Maybe it's something a wide receiver could add to his resume.
Sean from Denver, CO
Vic, you talk about repairing the Packers roster but also acknowledge the young talent in the secondary and offensive skill positions. I thought our offensive and defensive lines were better than average, at least. Obviously, we need a pass rush. What do we need on offense? What are the positions that need repair in your opinion?
The Packers need a couple of star-quality players, at any position. They're building depth. The young wide receivers, for example, are depth-type players, but I don't see star-quality in them. I could say the same about the running backs. Don't focus as much on positions; focus on impact.
Pete from Conway, AR
Vic, I watched two games before Packers/Patriots: Chiefs/Browns and Saints/Rams. Screen passes were everywhere. The Chiefs had four in the first quarter. Is there a reason the Packers refuse to run screens?
You run screens against teams that are weak at linebacker or like to drop their linebackers deep, or when you think you can catch them in a blitz. The Patriots' linebackers are, in my opinion, a good bunch; they don't usually invite the screen. Again, you have to know the overall design and concerns before you can pass play-calling judgment. Yes, the screen pass is great strategy for attacking deep-drop and up-the-field defenses, but it doesn't always meet with success. Do the Packers have the personnel to run it successfully? Eddie Lacy was a great screen back, and Sitton and Lang were great at getting out in front of it. In the final analysis, it's about players being able to execute the play.
Jerry from Grantsburg, WI
The Packers' primary needs seem to be pass blockers and pass rushers. What else is missing?
Stars! The Packers need young star players. Jaire Alexander might be one of those young star-type players. More are needed. Filling needs makes you 8-8. You win championships with stars. The Patriots do a lot of patching to fill needs, but they've had a lot of star players through the years: Brady, Law, Revis, Wilfork, Seymour, Dillon, Light, Bruschi, Gronkowski, etc.
Mike from St. Louis, MO
Vic, it seems good teams like the Saints, Rams, Chiefs, Pats, etc. take what they want from the opposing defense. In Green Bay, it seems like Rodgers spends too much time pre-snap trying to decipher what the opposition is doing. The play clock is always near zero or they end up wasting a timeout/delay-of-game penalty. Why is offense so difficult in Green Bay right now?
Your question doesn't mesh with your comment. The Packers' struggles on offense aren't about their pre-snap routine. Be that as it may, I am very tired of the catch-the-defense-with-12-on-the-field thing. It's an overused gimmick. It says we're gonna trick you because we can't beat you, and I hate that. I'd like to see more of a line-up-and-knock-them-off-the-ball mentality, instead of this catch-them-offside baloney. It feels bad inside. I thought the Packers should've committed more firmly to the running game on Sunday. I thought they were gashing the Patriots but they quit on it. The Packers averaged 4.7 per rush and 5.7 per pass and the Patriots were 4.0 per rush and 8.2 per pass, yet, the Packers were 25-43 in rush-pass attempts while the Patriots were 31-36. In other words, the Patriots had better balance, despite having less reason for it.
Travis from Plymouth, WI
Vic, two or three years ago, I seem to recall Aaron Rodgers discussing how he knew the red zone plays McCarthy was calling would result in TDs before the play was run. What happened to the confidence and ability to visualize such success in the few years that have elapsed since Rodgers expressed those sentiments?
The players around Rodgers have changed. Rodgers had Sitton and Lang in front of him, Lacy, Kuhn and Starks behind him, and Jordy Nelson on the outside. In 2014, Lacy, Kuhn, Starks and Nelson accounted for 3,666 yards and 29 touchdowns. In a few short years, they were all gone, and that's why I say it's a game of replacement. Replacing that kind of talent is difficult, especially when you're sitting at the bottom of the draft. From 2011-17, the Packers' average first-round draft position was 27-28, and that's not where you find star-quality players. In retrospect, the Packers probably should've tried to trade up more often to find star-quality players to replace the star players they would lose, but moving up is easier said than done.
Tom from Bismarck, ND
Vic, it seems the Packers went from having the slowest tight ends in the NFL to having, well, the slowest tight ends in the past 20 years in the NFL. Wow! The lack of athletes on this team the past 7-8 years is staggering. The laughably poor athletes on our defense, especially in the front seven, is a reflection of a systematic problem in this team's upper levels. Yes, we know about Ted, and it's as we expected. But wasn't there a little check and balance in the leadership room? How could this have happened? No one had the ability to step in? Why weren't you saying something? Isn't a good reporter's No. 1 job to see and report this?
They were drafting at the bottom. I think I warned everyone it would take its toll. What happened to the Packers is the inevitable for a draft-and-develop football team. Patch-and-plug like the Patriots? That's easier said than done, too, and it just wasn't the Packers' way under Ted Thompson. The Packers wanted to execute a self-sustaining process of acquiring and replacing talent, and I think they did. They had a good, long run of success. Eventually drafting at the bottom caught up to them, but it's not as though they're facing a cut and gut. They just need some repair. Why aren't fans more understanding? Isn't it a good fan's No. 1 job to be supportive?
Brian from Yakima, WA
How important is play-calling in a game?
It's critically important. The coach needs to put his players into favorable positions to make plays, and that's a process that begins early in the week when the coach and his offensive staff identify favorable personnel matchups and create a corresponding play sheet. Once all of that has been accomplished, it's up to the players to execute the team's play choices. It's not a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants process. Play-calling involves hours of tape study and advance scouting.
Matthew from Madison, WI
Vic, did you cringe at the Packers passing three straight times from the 2-yard line early in the game?
Craig from Cedarburg, WI
Why do fans want to declare a season lost before it truly is?
Their emotions are fragile. If they'd learn to discipline their passion for winning, they'd find more enjoyment in watching the Packers evolve. Change is happening and it's growth. We're going to see the Packers' roster improve as the team picks higher. The next big issue confronting the Packers will be having to replace Rodgers. I consider this to be an exciting time for Packers fans. They're seeing the future reveal itself.
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Simon from Santa Clara, CA
The Packers offense isn't getting it done when it needs to. What's wrong?
The Rams and Patriots took their pass rushes to a higher level late in the last two games. I don't know if it's age or the knee injury, but Aaron Rodgers has lost some mobility. That's obvious on tape for opponents to see, so we can expect more pass-rush emphasis in the future. Giving Rodgers time to throw is, in my opinion, job one on offense.
Brian from Vancouver, BC
If Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery don't fumble those balls, how are we looking at the Packers?
Unrealistically, but happily.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, please give your impressions and perspective on the Packers after the Patriots game.
To the casual observer, the Packers are still all about Aaron Rodgers, but to those who follow the Packers' every move, I think it's obvious it's a team defined by young talent on the rise. It's a team in the midst of change, which means repair. I like the rebuilt young secondary. I like the young backs and receivers. Repair requires patience, and I'm not sensing much of it in my inbox. This will be hardest on the fans, for there are many steps to be taken before the Packers are the team its fans have come to expect.
Luke from Rochester, MN
The Packers don't appear to be a Super Bowl team. Heck, they don't really even resemble a playoff team, and help is not on the way with the trade deadline already passed. What can we be hopeful for as fans at this point?
Be hopeful for patience and the wisdom that allows it.
Matt from Boomsgrove, UK
Vic, a 29-0 final for college football's mega-hype matchup on Saturday is very disappointing. How can the NCAA level the recruiting game?
Reduce scholarships so there are five-star players left over for everyone.
Phil from Madison, WI
Vic, as a young fan who is accustomed to seeing championship-level football teams, this season has been an adjustment for me. However, your messages over the years have taught me how to be a better football fan than the howling wolves who call for firings after each loss. What are some pieces of the team we can build around? What does this team need to point the arrow up again?
The Packers can build a genuinely strong defense around the young talent they have in their secondary. They might only need a couple of young pass rushers. I give Brian Gutekunst major credit for identifying the problem on defense, clearing out the dead wood and rebuilding the secondary. The Packers' arrow is pointing up because they finally have some young players on defense who can run and hit. They need to do the same thing on offense: find young players with impact talent. Gutekunst knows who those players are, and I believe he'll be picking high enough to draft them.
Jarad from Stevens Point, WI
Vic, I’ve remained pro-McCarthy, particularly since, as you like to point out, the talent on the Packers just isn’t there at the moment. The fans, however, seem to have settled on a scapegoat. Honestly, in your estimation, does McCarthy have the respect of the locker room right now? Can he weather this?
You're being overly dramatic. This isn't about respect of the locker room, it's about finding more good football players and using the time between now and then to develop the talent that exists on the roster. Yeah, Coach McCarthy can weather the storm. Can the fans? I think that's the bigger question.
Dan from Madison, WI
What has surprised you about the Packers this season?
I'm pleasantly surprised the Packers' young secondary has evolved as quickly as it has. That's about it. I'm not surprised by their record or their apparent struggles. I identified the need to repair their roster and I adjusted my expectations accordingly.
Jonas from St. Paul, MN
I feel emotional.
I'm sorry. Give it time; it'll pass.
Alison from Minneapolis, MN
Vic, you have discussed a winning team’s ability to make plays in crunch time. This Packers team seems incapable of doing so. Can you share your thoughts on why that is the case?
Crunch time is that point late in the game when each team's game plan has been diagnosed and the guess work is over. At that point, the more talented team plays with the confidence of knowing it's the more talented team, and that's the team that makes game-winning plays at crunch time. Aaron Rodgers masks a lot of deficiencies and he has always tilted the field, but he can't do it all. He needs more talent around him, and I think he'll get it.
John from Jacksonville Beach, FL
Any thoughts or stories in regards to Vince Manuwai? He passed too young and I’ll always remember him opening holes for Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew. What a joy all of them were to watch.
I was crushed when I saw the news of Vince's passing. I was immediately flooded with memories of Vince walking the rubber hallway, his flip flops slapping the floor with the distinctive sound of Vince's waddle. I would hear them coming and I always turned to look out my door as Vince passed, to exchange smiles and nods. He was a friendly man. Everybody loved him. Jack Del Rio thought he was one of the league's most underrated players. I am truly sad today for his passing. These are the days when I count most on memories.
Dan from Austin, TX
Battle of the GOATs? Color me unimpressed. Brady looks off a depleted secondary for one big play and Rodgers completes a couple of decent passes to MVS. These are not great defenses. Mahomes vs Wentz/Watson seems more exciting. Maybe the torch is being passed?
It wasn't what we expected, was it?
Kabir from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
The Packers got sloppy and got penalties at critical moments. More than the fumble, the roughing the kicker and the Whitehead personal fouls cost the game.
The Aaron Jones fumble was the game-changer. That was the play the Packers couldn't overcome. It changed momentum and there wasn't enough time left in the game to change it back. Jones is a good-looking back. I like him, but he's got to be a more dependable player. The fans see the talent; Mike McCarthy sees the flaws. McCarthy's job is to eliminate the flaws, develop the talent and fit it into the offense. That's how I judge a coach's performance. Time management isn't the benchmark; developing and utilizing talent is. Jones is a project. He's going to define McCarthy.
Mike from McFarland, WI
Did anyone get pencil whipped in that game?
Mike Pettine did a great job of disguising coverages and directing the ball. During Brady's incompletions streak in the second half, he missed a wide open receiver on a critical conversion down. It was very un-Brady like. Late in the game, Josh McDaniels did a good job of attacking Pettine's scheme and forcing the Packers' corners to support against the run, which caused some hesitation. I attribute the last touchdown pass to that hesitation. Last night's game was loaded with scheme.
Tom from Hamden, CT
Do you think Aaron Rodgers will ever win another Super Bowl?
I think the Packers can get back into title contention within two years; in my opinion, it'll take two drafts and free agency periods to surround Rodgers with the talent he needs. Will he still be on top of his game at that point? The answer to that question will determine whether or not Rodgers can win another Super Bowl.
Craig from Miami, FL
Fans will call for coaching changes, but the problems run much deeper than that. Rodgers misses throws he never used to. Will his contract inhibit the Packers’ ability to get much better during the duration of his contract?
No, because it can be re-structured to push money out and create room for free-agent signings. I'm not a fan of that strategy, but it's a common practice. The Saints have sold out for one last push with Brees, and the Packers can do the same thing with Rodgers.
Tyler from Augusta, GA
Players, not plays. I feel like we have a soft roster and Brian G knows it. We're definitely not a player away.
I think that's a healthy attitude.
Garrett from Knoxville, TN
What are your thoughts on how the Patriots play on offense?
It's a scheme offense and they execute the scheme beautifully. They were playing without Gronkowski and Michel and they still got it done. That's impressive.
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Travis from Sobieski, WI
I feel I've been defending Mike McCarthy a lot recently to friends and family, as I still think he's a great coach. Your comments in this column seem to agree with me. However, when do you believe it is time to make a head coaching change? What signs do you look for?
Is the coach getting the most out of his talent? That's the question that needs to be answered. In Mike McCarthy's case, I think the answer is yes. The Packers have an ordinary roster. They lack talent at most positions, except for quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is both the best and the worst thing to happen to McCarthy. He's the best because he keeps the Packers competitive; he's the worst because he masks deficiencies and that causes unrealistic expectations among fans and media.
Chase from Madisonville, KY
I recently watched an interview with Marcedes Lewis. He mentioned Rodgers made up a play during the game. Is this typical behavior from the QB?
The only game the 1984 49ers lost was the result of a play Mark Malone drew up in the dirt, so to speak. Yeah, Mark Malone. It happens. The quarterback sees something he thinks he can exploit so he adds a little twist to the formation or the route tree that isolates a back or a receiver on a particular defender.
Pat from Seneca, SC
What do you think will happen once Le'Veon Bell reports to the Steelers? He doesn’t want to be there and I’m guessing most of the players and coaches don’t want him there, either.
The first question that has to be answered is whether or not Bell reports in shape. If he comes in heavy, the Steelers will likely use a two-week roster exemption on him. Assuming at some point he rounds into playing shape, I would expect Bell and James Conner to be used in a complementary way. It would be ideal because Bell doesn't want to be overused and Conner is a high-character, team-first guy who would never complain about his role being reduced. If the Steelers found themselves in playoff contention, and that's a big if given their schedule, the Bell-Conner combination could make the Steelers a hot team at the right time. I'm not a fan of Bell's style of running -- I've made that known -- but I love Conner and his ability to pound and catch. It's a rare skill set. I thought Conner was the perfect back to replace Eddie Lacy.
Nathan from Tiffin, OH
Vic, maybe it's too early to ask this, but what are your thoughts or feelings on the job Brian Gutekunst has done so far?
He assembled a good draft class and he's expressed a desire to use free agency to complement the draft. I'm not crazy about this year's free-agent additions, but I want to give him time to see if he can affordably patch what the draft can't fully address. I think he's upgraded the roster, and that's a very good thing because it had become obvious the roster was in decline.
Milan from New York, NY
Re: Jaire Alexander. It's easier to draft good future players after a losing season, ain't it?
Ask the Steelers if they'd like to have Alexander. In the NFL, to the loser goes the spoils.
Kelvin from Kenilworth, UK
Is Rodgers vs. Brady the closest thing to a matchup of the two greatest quarterbacks to play than, say, Manning vs. Brady, or has there been two better that played each other in previous decades?
I can't imagine a better big-game matchup of quarterbacks than Joe Montana vs. Dan Marino in Super Bowl XIX. Bradshaw vs. Staubach is the best I've covered. I think it has to happen in a postseason game for it to really count.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Vic, it's been an interesting year for the Packers, to say the least. Moving forward, what will you be looking at the most within their organization?
I'm looking forward to getting a read on their personnel philosophy under Brian Gutekunst. To what degree will they use free agency? Will they re-structure contracts and push money out? Will they target a player and trade up? I sense Gutekunst wants to be more aggressive than the Packers were under Ted Thompson. How much more aggressive?
Loftur from Columbus, OH
I saw the Malcolm Butler interception against the Seahawks in the Super Bowl mentioned as the best interception in NFL history. What do you think are the best plays of each type in NFL history? Pass, run, reception, interception, sack, fumble recovery, etc.
Let's start with this: The James Harrison interception and 102-yard return for a touchdown on the final play of the first half in Super Bowl XLIII is not only the greatest interception in Super Bowl history, it might be the greatest play in Super Bowl history. He ran through the whole team and fell across the goal line as time expired. It's the greatest play by one man I have ever seen. The other stuff? I don't know, coach, that's a lot of work.
Maggie from Kenosha, WI
I truly believe Mike McCarthy is one of the better head coaches in the NFL. If the Packers do indeed move on from him in the offseason, do you think he would land elsewhere right away?
He would likely become the head coach in Cleveland, where he would lead a roster full of high picks into the playoffs -- maybe even win a Super Bowl -- and make the Packers and their fans look like fools. Be very careful, folks. You have a great coach and he's all over your record book. The Jaguars fired Tom Coughlin and then he won two Super Bowls. The Browns fired Bill Belichick and he's since won five Super Bowls.
Shane from York, NE
Vic, what do the Packers' trades tell you?
The Ty Montgomery trade tells me nothing more than we already knew: Circumstances following the Rams game made it impossible to keep him on the roster. The Ha Ha trade speaks volumes about the Packers' opinion of him as a player and of their personnel strategy going forward. They intend to be players in free agency, which meant they weren't going to get a compensatory pick for losing Ha Ha.
Craig from Miami, FL
It cannot come as a surprise the Packers traded both Montgomery and Clinton-Dix, albeit for different reasons. A change of scenery will be good for Montgomery and Clinton-Dix fell out of favor since his Pro Bowl season in 2016. What do you think of the value the Packers received?
The Packers got a pick a year earlier than they might've gotten as compensation for losing Ha Ha in free agency, but they would've only received that compensatory pick if they had sustained a net loss in free agency, which they don't intend to happen. They plan to be a player in free agency, which means they wouldn't show the net loss required to receive compensatory pick consideration. Losing Ha Ha in free agency would've netted the Packers nada.
Robert from Arizona
As one of the fans who "picked" Clinton-Dix, I'm pretty bummed out to see him go. Honestly, I just want some insight from somebody more experienced than I am. Are we officially in rebuilding mode?
Ha Ha's play was soft. He got some interceptions as a centerfielder, but he was weak at the point of attack. He reminded me of another safety I covered, Reggie Nelson. The Packers need muscle in that defense. They need some guys who'll bang. That's not Ha Ha. Beyond that, as I mentioned, his I-won't-be-here whine was getting old. You don't want your young players being subjected to that kind of self-absorbed attitude. It's not rebuilding, it's sound personnel management. Gutekunst has a roster to repair, not rebuild. The Raiders have a roster to rebuild. That's the difference.
Tyler from Dunellon, FL
Maybe I’m not remembering correctly, but it seemed in years past it was rare to see in-season trades, especially so close to the trade deadline. But these past two seasons, it looks Iike there’s been a flurry of them. What do you think has caused a change?
They're cheap patches for teams that think they're contenders. They dovetail with a team's overall personnel strategy. Teams are using every means available to improve their roster. They're better personnel managers than they were 20 years ago because they're better salary cap managers. The first indication of this change was the flurry of draft-day trading. It's all a result of the salary cap. Everybody is trying to find a way to address need without sacrificing value.
Dave from Madison, WI
Why has pro-style offenses disappeared from college football?
Generally speaking, the defensive backfield talent in college football isn't good enough or deep enough -- college programs have traditionally put their best players on offense -- to play man to man. For example, four wide receivers are usually covered by six defensive backs, which leaves five in the box against seven and the defense at a numbers disadvantage, but only if the quarterback is a runner. I'm sure you can figure out the rest.
Ron from Boise, ID
Vic, I noticed the Packers are carrying a little over $2 million in dead money for Ha Ha. I thought once a player was traded, that included the contract. Where does this dead money come from?
A player's bonus proration remains with the team that traded him. You pay it, you claim it. Remember? The contract goes with the player, but the cap hit changes. The Packers will get a credit for the salary they won't pay Ha Ha, and that will help offset the dead money he leaves behind.
Mike from Glen Allen, VA
"I like a day that begins with truth and ends with hope." That is lovely, Vic. I am going to use that along with my other favorite Vic quote, "Memories make us rich." There is much more to life than football. Thank you for enriching mine.
I was just trying to capture the spirit of the thing, Reg.