"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Another season is upon us and naturally we are seeing more rule changes. With the proposed pass interference rule change, is it necessary or is it a knee-jerk reaction to the missed PI call in the Rams-Saints? What's your perspective?
It's pandering to the fans. All indications are the fans want replay's use to be expanded.
Frank from Lillington, NC
Vic, as I age, my love of the NFL wanes. This week they made it possible to review pass interference calls. Can we just review every play and get it over with? Will that make all of the Madden football playing world happy? It has most podcast hosts excited. Now we can right the wrong that happened to the Saints. The popular media is too much and I find myself seeking few opinions because everything I hear is the same. Matt LaFleur will save the Packers because McCarthy's offense was stale; those are the opinions I hear. I'm not sure how good the Packers offense can be with a QB that has two surgically repaired collarbones and an attitude. The Packers might be best suited to let Rodgers call his own plays. Would the fans try to fire him if the offense sputters?
You have an interesting perspective.
Mike from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, you’re a running back afficionado. Is Frank Gore a Hall of Famer?
Gore reminds me of Hall of Famer Curtis Martin. They each had long careers and were durable, dependable and versatile. They were complete backs but they were never regarded to be among the elite running backs in the league. Their stats are nearly identical and they are impressive: each rushed for more than 14,000 yards, more than 3,000 yards receiving, similar touchdown totals; Martin topped the 1,000-yard rushing mark 10 times, Gore nine times. Martin has a couple of defining postseason moments; Gore has nice stats from the 2012 postseason but nothing dramatic. I would support Gore for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Aiden from Jacksonville, FL
Do you think Fred Taylor is one of the most underrated players in recent memory?
The die was cast in Fred's rookie year. His stats were every bit the equal of Randy Moss' stats, but Fred was hardly mentioned as a rookie of the year candidate. Fred is the best combination of size and speed I've ever covered.
Stephen from Jacksonville, FL
If you had to build an offense for today’s pass-first game using only players who played in the 1960's and '70's, who would you select for your starting eleven? Who from that period would you want to coach (head or coordinator) and draw up plays?
The quarterback would be Ken Anderson and the coach would be Sid Gillman.
Josh from Madison, WI
The Ted Thompson Packers had a long stretch of success with limited free-agent help, and many of us fans (myself included) chortled over his draft-first shrewdness until their inevitable decline silenced support for Ted's firmly disciplined approach to roster building. Now, with Gute at the helm, the team dipped heavily into free agency and made pricey moves in the draft, and expectations are sky high before the team has even played a down. I'm as hopeful for this season as anyone, but what if the chortle is coming due?
This will afford an opportunity to compare the two styles. A couple of years from now, which will we favor as the best way to build a football team? I favor building through the draft and patching in affordable free agency.
Kent from Flanagan, IL
One of my regrets, having grown up in the 1960's, was I seldom got to see Sonny Jurgensen play on television. He sounds like a talented and colorful man. Do you have any memories you can share?
I saw him play in person and often on television for both the Redskins and the Eagles. He was a gunslinger. He would've been a huge star in today's game. Unfortunately for Jurgensen, he played for two franchises struggling to be competitive during the AFL war years. I've heard it said Lombardi loved Jurgensen for the one year they spent together.
Clark from Boise, ID
Florida State University announced it will privatize its athletic department (as did Florida and Central Florida). How do you think this will change the landscape of college sports in the future?
The cheating will go to new heights.
Nathan from New York, NY
Vic, who are your top five regular season quarterbacks of all time?
1) Peyton Manning, 2) Dan Fouts, 3) Dan Marino, 4) Drew Brees, 5) Brett Favre.
Randy from Medicine Hat, AB
Did the Brown/Graham coach/quarterback combo have the biggest impact on the modern game? I would think the Walsh/Montana combo would get some votes, not to mention Coryell/Fouts or Lombardi/Starr.
I think it's Walsh/Montana. Noll/Bradshaw identified the impact of the rules changes of 1978, Walsh/Montana provided an attack strategy for the ages.
Jesus from El Paso, TX
Is it possible to learn to love a sport, or does something in our nature determine what we enjoy watching?
I think it has to be in your DNA. As a kid, I wandered onto a high school football practice. Immediately, I fell in love with football. Day after day, I went back for more. All these years later, I still feel some of that initial attraction.
Bob from Mystic, CT
How long do you keep a player who looks like Tarzan but plays like Jane?
Get him good or get him gone.
Larry from Goldsboro, NC
In memory of Bart Starr, I have seen some fans putting forth the idea of placing a star with the number 15 on the goal line at the place of the sneak. I like the idea. Would you be in favor of such a memorial for the season or do you think that would be over the top? What are the chances they actually do it?
The league would have to approve it, and I remember the league making the Jaguars remove the Santa hat they put on the Jaguars logo at midfield during the holidays season. I also remember the league allowing the Cowboys to put red and blue stripes along the 20-yard-line stripes (America's team baloney), so maybe the league would give the Packers approval. Personally, I think it's over the top. I'd like to see the Packers become a little more subtle in celebrating themselves.