"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Dustin from Orlando, FL
You’re an active proponent of freedom of speech. Where do you draw the line?
I'm not going to let you drag me down this dark alley. I know what this issue is, and it's not about freedom of speech.
Dalton from Medford, WI
Hope you have a sturdy chair, as you'll be on the edge this weekend as the Packers-Bears play the latest iteration of the greatest NFL rivalry.
Nothing beats a Sunday afternoon in October, the leaves in full color and a chill coming off the lake as the Packers and Bears author another chapter of "The Most Overrated Rivalry in Professional Sports." I can't wait.
Michael from Orange Park, FL
Crosby's kick gets blocked against the Steelers, but the flag gets thrown and he thinks they were offsides. Then after seeing the film, he realizes they weren't offside and there is an issue with the protection. Could this have caused him to speed up his kick enough to push them all to the left? I thought the snap and holds looked good and he is always so consistent. Did you see anything different?
He wasn't pushing, he was pulling his kicks. In golf parlance, he was coming over the top of the ball, and it's something a golfer might do if there's water or out of bounds on the right. Know what I mean?
Richard from Jefferson, WI
How many questions do you get in a week during the football season?
I don't count them. What I can tell you is the visits to this column have grown so dramatically it would be a shame to stop doing it. I've considered it because the questions have become angrier and I don't enjoy being badgered, but the column's success won't let me quit. I see it as a credible voice, and I think everyone knows how dedicated I am to the right of free and responsible speech.
Chris from Jacksonville, FL
Does Bruce Arians go to the Hall of Fame if they win a Super Bowl this year with Brady?
Sean from Richmond, VA
I had a black coach in high school, an ex-Marine with a raspy drill sergeant voice/delivery tell one of my black teammates/friends he looked "like a monkey (expletive) a football." No one thought twice about it. We all (white and black) laughed about it for years after. It used to be getting your feelings hurt because someone said something negative towards you was frowned upon. It showed weakness. I miss those days. You and your liberal ilk have made this country soft and boring. "Game for tough men," he says. Now we have Randy Moss fake crying on TV and media talking about how brave that is? You’re all frauds.
Matt from Georgetown, KY
The draft order (hopefully) helps bad teams get good and it presents a challenge to good teams to stay that way. What about the teams stuck in the middle, getting enough talent to stay OK but not enough to move in either direction. How do those teams break that cycle?
Trade up or down. Moving in the order is critical in today's draft-for-need culture. If you need a headline player to put your team over the top, you might need to move up. If you're rebuilding and you have need at several positions to make your roster competitive, you'll probably need to move back in the order and collect extra picks. In today's game, a team's pick is usually indicative of its need. The player who fits in the middle of the draft might be exactly what it needs.
Jack from Jacksonville, FL
Why is the current Jaguars 20-game losing streak a big deal? I know the talking heads harp on it but if the Jaguars don't drop their last 15 last year they would not have secured their quarterback of the future. This year they are more competitive despite a limited roster. What am I missing?
I like your patience. Losing is good for a bad team. It'll keep that team at the top of the draft order. One day, after having collected a lineup of high picks, the team will begin a long run of success, but that can only happen if those high picks are spent wisely. The Jaguars' drafts don't look good right now. They've got to fix that situation or the losing won't stop. That's what this talking head is harping on.
Scott from Hamlin, NY
I'm surprised you believe Gruden needed to be gone, given your previous stance on giving people a second chance. I understand and agree he needed to go, but I can see how coaches (are being) held to a higher standard than players due to their position as leaders. Is that how you justify being less lenient on Gruden compared to past players who have had off-field issues such as domestic abuse?
If the NFL had ignored those emails, they likely would've leaked to the media and the league would've gone down even harder than Gruden. Gruden had to go. That's the only issue here. I'm not surprised the wackos in my inbox want to turn this into a sociological, philosophical, political issue, but that's not what it is. This is not about freedom of speech. The NFL was investigating the WFT when it found another problem. It acted as any corporation would: It protected itself. It's professional football; it's about the money.
Scott from Hamlin, NY
The Bears seem poised to beat the Packers this weekend. The Packers defense still has trouble stopping a team committed to the run and the Bears have a QB to keep that run defense guessing. What does it mean for each team if the Bears win on Sunday?
It means the inevitable will be delayed.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
Who does James Robinson remind you of?
Leandro from Lexington, KY
Does the fact Adams has three times as many targets as any other receiver count as the offense taking what it wants?