"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
Has anyone really ever shot up a draft board because of a combine performance?
Mike Mamula is the definitive answer. Dontari Poe and Bruce Irvin exploded up boards. Nick Perry was a combine star. Aaron Donald used the combine to confirm the talent he showed during the season and at the Senior Bowl. I think the combine is best used to support evaluation, not change it.
Isaac from Nashville, TN
Vic, someone I respect once told me the Shanahan offense was dirty and it injured defenders. Could you give any insight on why someone might feel that way?
It's because of the backside cut-blocking in Alex Gibbs' zone-blocking scheme.
Ted from Clarkes Beach, Newfoundland
Glad you are still sharing your insights. Outside of the QB, what position group on offense and defense respectively, do you see as a strength on the Packers going into the draft?
The Packers are strong at cornerback and quarterback. Everywhere else, help would be welcome.
Travis from Indianapolis, IN
Vic, what’s the cure for wide receiver fever?
Big guy pills. Take two and call me in the morning.
Andy from New York, NY
Will the day ever come the Packers are bought by a billionaire?
I don't know what the legalities would be for changing the public ownership structure, but I'm sure the NFL would favor private ownership. It's expected the secrecy of the Kaepernick settlement will end as soon as the Packers release their financials.
Bryan from Neenah, WI
Vic, I was very surprised to see the news on McCarthy having an altercation with prep basketball refs. He handled himself with dignity, even going out of his way to help the ref who messed up the "Fail Mary." What changed with him?
He became a fan. It's much more difficult being a fan than it is being a coach.
Peter Benton City, AR
Vic, your son is wrong. We are exiting a 50-million-year cold period. Warming is a good thing.
Joey from Venice, CA
What advice would you give someone who is uncertain about what career path to follow?
Mike McCarthy had a sign in his office that read: "Find something you'd die for and then live for it."
Jacob from Green Bay, WI
What was free agency like before 1992? What would happen when contracts were up?
Free agency was restricted. The compensation was so high, teams wouldn't sign free agents. Walter Payton is the perfect example. The advent of unrestricted free agency changed the game. Chuck Noll said he retired because he didn't want to coach a game that had a graduating class every year. Chuck wanted to work with a player through his career and develop his talent, instead of seeing his work benefit the competition. I covered the game in restricted and unrestricted free agency. I think unrestricted free agency has been good for the game and the players. It's allowed for options and creativity. It's demanded change and I think change can be a good thing.
Ben from London, England
Vic, which two presidents, past or present, would you most like to see perform an Oklahoma drill against one another?
Obama vs. Trump. Just think of the crowd that would attract. The TV ratings would be bigger than the Super Bowl's.
Eric from San Francisco, CA
I'm not sure if you were the one who called this development, but I saw an article today that Pop Warner football is banning the three-point stance for the youngest divisions. Does change bubble up from the bottom? Are we not too far away from such a ban in college or the NFL?
It's just a matter of time. One more wave of CTE exposes or an on-field catastrophic could result in another major player-safety emphasis. Hands off the ground could be the next move.
Josh from Tucson, AZ
Vic, would an appropriate justification for the Jags signing Foles be they don't think the top QBs in the draft are worth where they are picking?
The most appropriate justification would be the belief the Jaguars are built to win now and Nick Foles is the guy who can take them to a title. The money they'd have to pay to sign Foles would probably cause the Jaguars to push it out and/or restructure contracts to create more room. The irony of that situation is that's exactly what the Jaguars did in 1999 when they went all in for the Super Bowl and created a cap mess that cost Tom Coughlin his job and the team an era of repair. Will they try it again?
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Vic, did you ever ask a question that noticeably made the person angry or defensive? If so, what was the question?
It happened so often I can't remember a particular incident or question. It's what we do in press conferences. The media asks questions, the answers to which the person being interviewed doesn't want to fully reveal, so an evasive answer results. It's ritualistic. When is the last time a reporter got an honest answer to a question about a player's injury? I have a greater recollection for the questions that didn't result in the coach becoming defensive. Chuck, what are your thoughts on Atkinson's hit on Swann? I didn't expect that question to be answered as honestly as it was. The result was a lawsuit.
Mike from Somerset, WI
Vic, prostitution and sex slavery is a horrible thing that results in rape, domestic violence and slavery of women. Prostitution's darkness being supported by an NFL owner should not be tolerated by the league or its fans. I don't get why there is no outrage on this topic, yet, people went bonkers on Kaepernick. Robert Kraft has committed a much worse injustice in my eyes.
I'll wait for a verdict on this subject. Once the truth is clear, and if it's bad, I won't hold back.