"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Dan from Orlando, FL
Do you consider running backs a dime a dozen like wide receivers? I figure if the offense line is doing its job, then even grandma could run the ball.
Running backs the equal of Derrick Henry are in much shorter supply than wide receivers the equal of Davante Adams. What lessens the demand for running backs is the shrinking importance placed on the running game. A lot of coaches believe the importance of the running game is carries, not yards; balance between run and pass is the real issue. Given that philosophy, running backs are a dime a dozen. If, however, you truly want to run the ball to control the game, which means using it to gain yards, make big plays and dominate time of possession, you need a dominant talent at the position and they are not a dime a dozen.
Dustin from Orlando, FL
Speaking of Bortles, what famous QB threw the ugliest ball and can you give a shot at describing it like Jim Murray would have?
Joe Kapp's passes reminded me of an overweight bird looking for a place to land.
Daniel from Richmond, TX
Even if Jordan Love isn't "The Man," I respect the boldness it took to make the trade and draft pick, as it would have been much easier to avoid the drama. Gute put his reputation on the line for the sake of the team's future. I can't help but respect the approach.
I can think of some other things he put on the line.
Pat from Seneca, SC
I realize winning the Super Bowl is the primary goal of every team, but should that be the only index of success? I get enjoyment from watching outstanding plays, happiness from seeing the Packers win any game, and I refuse to take those experiences and memories for granted because they didn’t result in enough Lombardi trophies. I feel sad for the fans who feel a failure to win the Super Bowl means it was a wasted season.
That's a healthy attitude.
Peter from Eagle River, WI
Some of the most balanced people I know experienced much nature as a child. Did you experience wilderness and the elements as a youth?
No, which explains why I spent my life covering football, because it is not a game for the well-adjusted.
Michael from Santa Rosa, CA
Recently you stated the public opinion was overwhelmingly in favor of the Packers. Did Rodgers misread the whole situation hoping he would be the hero? Or is he so hurt and offended he doesn’t care how he tarnishes his legacy? Or is it only about more money?
He didn't misread anything. If he gets a new contract with the Packers, the fans will love him because he's the Packers quarterback. If he's traded, it won't matter because he'll be with another team. Either way, he's going to get the money.
Dan from Green Bay, WI
Isn't the whole community-owned franchise thing just a bunch of baloney, and I don't mean baloney? Any serious NFL fan knows it's all about the money and those shares are worthless. Murphy doesn't have any shareholders to please. They're just fans like every other owner needs to please. It seems pretty easy to me. Decide what's best for the franchise and do it. Your $100 million in dead money vs. a clean cap and extra draft picks example makes it a pretty easy decision for me. What am I missing?
You're missing the howl of the wolves. It can cost a man his job, but I've never known of an owner who was fired from owning his team because the fans were critical of him.
Dave from Savage, MN
Have you watched much baseball this year? It is a much different game to me than what I have been watching for 50 years, and not for the better. I understand analytics have made pitching better and it is hard to go back on that, but the launch angle/swing as hard as you can movement has contributed to making the pitching overwhelming. What do you think?
The difference between the baseball of my youth and the baseball of today is the difference between the golf course and the driving range.
Alex from Milwaukee, WI
He is under contract. He signed that contract. He plays under it or he doesn't. The Packers have all the leverage here. Strength is standing still. The Packers have not a decision to make. Rodgers decides to play or not? My guess is he plays.
Without peace, life would become unbearable. Negotiate peace or trade him.
David from Rochester, MN
Assuming Rodgers plays for the Packers in the fall, what do you think are the strongest and weakest position groups for all three teams you covered?
The secondary better be the Packers' strongest position group or they will have wasted a lot of high picks. The offensive line is a place of mild concern. The Jaguars have depth and versatility at running back. Concerns are many. The Steelers are building a nice cast of young linebackers. The offensive line is the obvious weak spot.
Brock from Clive, IA
PGA Championship week. Being so close, have you ever played the Ocean Course? What will coastal Carolina golf in the spring reward and penalize for the world’s best?
I haven't played the Kiawah Island Ocean Course but I love the visuals. I think it's going to captivate golf fans, as it did years ago in the Ryder Cup. If the wind is up, the golfers could be embarrassed, as they were on No. 17 in the Ryder Cup. I am really looking forward to this weekend's golf. I think it's going to be special.
Levi from Irwin, PA
What’s your take on the Pittsburgh Pirates organization? It appears they are a team that develops super stars for MLB. How can this change and do you think it will change?
The Pirates are a bottom feeder. They have no intent of going up. They're waiting for baseball to come down. It will.
Justin from Delavan, WI
What did the old-day football look like without mini-camp in the spring?
We said goodbye when the season ended and, if they lived out of town, we usually didn't see the players again until training camp, but we would do interviews on the phone and the players welcomed the communication. "What's going on back there?" they'd ask. It was a different world. Information wasn't as easily acquired.
K.J. from Washington, MO
If Jordan Love plays this season, how many rookie quarterbacks will have started their career with a better all-around offensive roster (besides Patrick Mahomes)?
It happens. Dan Marino inherited an offense that was in the Super Bowl the previous season: Duper and Clayton, Dwight Stephenson. Ben Roethlisberger was surrounded by a cast that included Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Alan Faneca. Russell Wilson had Marshawn Lynch, Golden Tate and Russell Okung. Would you like to go all the way back to Sid Luckman? He had three future Hall of Famers in front of him: Dan Fortmann, George Musso and Joe Stydahar. Johnny Unitas didn't win it all right away, but a year after he quarterbacked the Bloomfield Rams in a Pittsburgh sandlot league, he was the starting quarterback of a Colts offense that included Lenny Moore and Raymond Berry.