"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Bryan from Bristol, TN
A shuffled offensive line gets mauled and the QB is pressured all night. By dumb mistakes and bad coaching decisions late in the first half, the favored team hands the other team 11 points. Sound familiar? Defense wins championships, this year anyway.
Bruce Arians was the star of the postseason. His coaching was superb. He peaked his team at the perfect time and then pencil-whipped every coach he faced. After the Packers fired Mike McCarthy, I suggested Arians would've been a good replacement. He was the perfect coach for an all-in, win-now team.
Kirsten from Madison, WI
As an NFL reporter, how did you feel the day after the end of a season; happy to get a breather or sad the most exciting part of your job was over for several months?
Usually, it was a combination of both, but as I watched that wacky halftime show last night with the cast from "The Day The Earth Stood Still," I was 100 percent happy to see the season ending. This year's Super Bowl was a bad game with an even worse presentation. As seasons go, it was good. The NFL did a heckuva job giving us safe entertainment through five months of a pandemic.
Justin from Waukesha, WI
Would you have fired Pettine?
Based on the defense's stats and rankings, no. I thought Coach Pettine did a fine job.
Steven from Ionia, MI
As a Packers fan, I was reluctant to anoint Brady the GOAT. However, after the most recent NFC title game, I will gladly declare Brady as the greatest, but I'm unsure of how he's managed to do it so much more than anyone else in history. Is he truly that much better than everyone else?
Tyler from Brooksville, FL
Did the Chiefs eat the pizza?
Andy Reid didn't have his team ready to play.
Tyler from Crane Lake, MN
As much as I felt like I was watching BIG 12 football, kudos to the Bucs defense. They play as close to Steelers defense as you can in the modern game. No question, just thinking about the time a wise old man told me you throw to score, you run to win.
The Bucs ran the ball and stopped the run. They protected Brady and they rushed the passer. They were the best team in the league in the final two months of the season.
J.R. from Castle Shannon, PA
Rumor has it Maurkice Pouncey is considering retirement. I began noticing in 2019 he was having issues with shotgun snaps. It continued this year, culminating in the opening snap of the playoff game. Is this a player on the backside of his career looking to make up for a lost step. Against Cleveland it was obvious he was in a big hurry to pull out in front of the play.
It happens to all players. As they age, their skills erode. Pouncey has had a long and distinguished career. I'd be more concerned about DeCastro. He should be in the prime of his career and I thought his play in 2020 was disappointing. He often looked stiff and overmatched, especially when pulling out. The Steelers need a major rebuild up front.
Tom from Iron River, WI
Vic, first a thank you for expanding my vocabulary with the "Omerta" response. Do you miss the old days when there seemed to be less drama?
I like real-life drama, which is what the Packers and Bucs gave us in the NFC title game. What happened after the game was theater.
Tucker from Lawrence, MA
How important is it to have a tight end who is primarily a blocker in today’s game?
He needs to present enough of a threat as a receiver to force defenses to keep a pass defender on the field, otherwise, you've lost the matchup.
Isaac from Nashville, TN
Vic, this talk of all in or all out has me wondering. At what point in a great quarterback's career does it make the most sense for an organization to spend big and surround him with talent: his rookie contract, his prime or his twilight years?
If you do it in his rookie contract years, he might not have a prime. If you do it in his twilight years, you might be wasting cap space on a quarterback who's over the hill. I'm not a fan of ever going all in but, if you're going to do it, it would make sense to do it when the quarterback is in his prime and at the height of his effectiveness. You'll get the most bang for your buck, right? Twilight years are a good time for the team to rebuild its roster and use their quarterback to allow the team to remain a playoff contender as it prepares to pass the torch. Roethlisberger is doing that for the Steelers and I think the same could be said of Rodgers, if it wasn't for the drama he manufactured following the NFC title game loss. I think the Packers rushed the pick of a new quarterback, so it can be said they brought this on themselves. The Steelers are at the point they must pick a new quarterback.
Chris from Lexington, KY
What did you think of Al Davis?
He wasn't a leaguethink guy, but he sure benefitted financially from the leaguethink mentality of the rest of the league. That always bothered me. It's like someone in a union shop getting paid a union wage without belonging to the union. Read the book "Slick" and then decide for yourself what you think of Davis.
Timothy from New York
That third MVP award felt a little bit like a third place trophy to me.
Polite applause, please.
Rob from Superior, CO
Did Jim Leonhard take the Packers for a ride?
A little bit.
Eric from West Salem, WI
What is your opinion of Joe Barry as the new defensive coordinator?
He joined Jack Del Rio's staff as linebackers coach when I was in Jacksonville. Shortly after being hired, Barry asked to be released from his contract so he could become the linebackers coach at USC. Same job at the college level? I saw it as taking a step down. A year later, Barry was back in the NFL as a linebackers coach. He's a job jumper, but he's either a very good coach or very good at making people think he's a good coach, because he's always had a job. In my opinion, the system the Packers will use under Barry is the big issue. Will the Packers remain a 3-4 defense or switch to a 4-3? A switch would require some re-tooling.