"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Timothy from St. Louis, MO
What are your thoughts on Todd Gurley being released? Surprised?
We saw it coming. The Rams signed him to one of the worst contracts in NFL history. Even worse, they had to have known his knees were older than their years and Gurley's arrow was likely to begin pointing down before he played through the value of the guarantees. The Rams have done a terrible job of managing their future. They are moving into a fabulous new stadium and the team is potentially on the verge of a cut and gut. If the Chargers get lucky and push the right buttons, the Rams could lose that market to the stadium's secondary tenant.
Jeremy from Lethbridge, Canada
Do you think whether or not Clay reaches 100 sacks will matter as far as his Hall of Fame candidacy?
It could. Clay Matthews has the postseason moment I like a candidate to have and his sacks total suggests he has the body of work necessary to make it into the Hall of Fame, but I don't see him as a Hall of Famer and I think the main reason for that is his father was a better player and he's not in the Hall of Fame.
Joe from Bloomington, IN
Did the Packers players signing big contracts feed into Gute’s decision to hold back?
I'm not sure I understand the questions, but I think the Packers didn't spend big in free agency for two main reasons: The guy they need wasn't there and they didn't want to damage their salary cap for marginal talent. All in sounds good until you examine the cost of being all in.
Brett from Pasadena, CA
Not a question, wanted to put a yes vote for expanding the column. We need the wisdom and you need to do something once the quarantine starts.
I've been self-quarantining since I retired. That's why I live where I do. I love the solace. As for expanding the column, beginning this week I'm going to add a column a week and publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the draft. It's my version of coronavirus stimulus.
David from Madison, WI
What do you do differently in this sportsless purgatory?
I read and think more. I don't miss March Madness because it had become repetitive. Same song, same shocking upsets. I miss golf late on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Early-season baseball doesn't interest me. What if this happened during football season? We'd go crazy.
Henrik from Stockholm, Sweden
What exactly does a ”physical” mean and what does it take to pass (or fail) it?
As it pertains to football and especially to Gurley, a physical examination takes an especially close look at joints for clouding and muscles for scarring. They determine a player's football age.
Bruce from Greenville, WI
It looks like the Jags are going into a rebuild, so why sign Joe Schobert to a big contract?
They need to put a competitive team on the field and Schobert is young enough to still be in his football prime when the rebuild is complete.
Paul from Chicago, IL
Will the Packers regret letting any of their own free agents walk? Would GM Vic have made the same decisions?
Bulaga and Martinez weren't worth the money required to re-sign them. Bulaga was oft-injured and showing signs of breaking down, and Martinez gives ground to make tackles.
John from Edisto Island, SC
Vic, what do you think of the Panthers signing Teddy Bridgewater? The deal seems cap friendly for a good quarterback. Am I correct?
It's pricey but not a killer. Bridgewater will help the Panthers get in and out of the huddle as they tank for Trevor.
Dominic from Columbia, MD
Is Belichick trying to prove he can win without Brady? With no heir apparent at quarterback, what do you think is his plan?
His plan is to rebuild. Bill Belichick cut Bernie Kosar in midseason due to what he judged to be eroding skills. Browns fans were furious, but Belichick was absolutely correct. I think it was obvious in recent seasons Tom Brady's skills were eroding, and Belichick knows he rode that horse as far as he could. Belichick is a bold and cold evaluator of talent. He's all about winning football games, and it's what I like best about him.
Jason from Austin, TX
Vic, how long do you think it'll take before the wolves of New England start howling if the Patriots start losing?
The second loss. "Why didn't he re-sign Brady? Belichick's an idiot."
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Vic, in this time of no sports, what would Vic the sports writer be doing?
Shortly after I joined packers.com, the NFL locked out the players, which meant I was the editor of a team website that had no team. I wasn't permitted to interview the players and the team's general manager, Ted Thompson, wasn't a media friendly guy and wasn't about to offer the team's football operations people as assets. So, how did we create content? We did features on the past. I remember us doing a numbers series in which we selected the best players in Packers history representing each number. Fortunately, there was a draft in the middle of the lockout, so that gave us a chance to do some real reporting, but it wasn't long before the glow of the draft burned out. In the final days of the lockout, we were running out of ideas. The current situation is similar. The NFL has a treasure trove of game tapes it can use to fill time on NFL Network, and the draft will carry us deep into the spring but, eventually, we'll need new football. Somehow, we all need to use this time for gain. As I look back on the 2011 lockout, I can say without reservation the time I spent on the Packers' past gave me a feel for the new team I was covering I might never have otherwise achieved. The past is a teacher, the present is a test. This is a time for reflection. We need it.
David from Madison, WI
What are your thoughts on Sinclair Lewis?
Knee bender. Good bubble and wingspan. Plays with leverage. Strikes the rising blow. Gets to the edge of his blocks. Plays angry but coachable. Mother was in roller derby. Tougher than he is athletic.
Mike from Somerset, WI
How would a player like Ndamakong Suh fit in the Packers defense?
Signing or drafting a nose tackle would allow Kenny Clark to move outside, and I like that, but it could make re-signing or franchising Clark more expensive.
Frank from Beaverdam, VA
I'm a complete convert to the Vic school of the draft (get the big guys if they are there), but I was wondering what would the receiver look like that was No. 1 on Vic's draft board. If you thought he fit where you were, would you take him or try to trade back to where you thought a big guy would fit and get more picks?
You're describing what I call massaging the draft. It's not enough to just sit and pick. A good drafter has to treat the picks he has as puzzle pieces that need to fit economically into a strategy that addresses the team's roster needs without reaching. Often, that requires moving in the order. No. 30 is certainly not too high to pick a wide receiver, but I think getting a big guy is a higher priority. I don't think this concept is difficult to understand. A team's value board should reflect it because it should include weighting positions.
Daniel from Altoona, WI
I feel quilty. This is an emotional time we are all going through. People are losing jobs, businesses are having to close, personal events are having to be canceled due to rules regarding large gatherings. Day cares are closing. Working parents are struggling to keep jobs, yet, provide and take care of their kids as if there isn't a pandemic going on. My guilt is I am glued to my TV/phone to see who is being signed and let go. It's one thing that distracts me from reality, but I still feel quilty because at the end of the day none of the signings matter. When I turn on the news I'm brought back to reality. I'm a little scared at what the future holds when this is all over and what life will look like on the other end of all this.
I think free agency was vulgar and should've been postponed. The players and the league looked bad. A big chunk of our country is in lockdown, so to speak, and players are celebrating their freedom of movement. We're watching our financial futures decline by 5-10 percent a day and the players are being signed to huge contracts that secure their futures and will allow them to invest those sums of money in hugely discounted stocks when this crisis ends. Last week was insulting to fans, especially the Todd Gurley saga. He pocketed $34.5 million for not having done much and with the possible security of another $10.5 million if he can't do anything more. On top of that, teammates complained he had been treated unfairly. Will this crisis change us? Maybe it should.