"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Randy from Medicine Hat, AB
Who is the best little quarterback you ever saw play?
It's Russell Wilson. I interviewed him at the Senior Bowl. We were standing and I was struck by how short he is. He's an amazing quarterback.
Paul from Apalachicola, FL
Will someone have to die? Vic, given our nation’s multiple-front wars on truth, reason, humility and grace, over 23,000 (it was more than 33,000 this morning) Americans have already answered that question.
No more than 10-20 million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks.
Pete from Hudson, WI
I was reading an article about the passing of the great Willie Davis and it made reference to the Playoff Bowl, aka the Bert Bell Benefit Bowl. I'm 41 and I had never heard of this game before now. Do you have any stories you could share about this chapter in league history?
It was a money-making idea that lasted only a few years in the early-'60's before it was discontinued because it didn't make much money. I think it was best known and remembered as the Runnerup Bowl, as it pitted the second-place teams from the league's two conferences. The game has one great significance. It was the game in which the Steelers switched from their traditional yellow helmets with a black stripe to the black helmets with the yellow stripe they've won ever since. It was late that season, 1962, the Steelers put the steel logo on the right side of their helmet.
Pat from Seneca, SC
Do you think there would be benefits to having games without fans? For example, might it decrease the juvenile TD celebrations?
No, and it would make them look even more ridiculous, which I think would be entertaining. Change creates new ideas and I have no doubt that would happen should the league decide to play games without fans in the stadiums. Change would likely occur in how TV presented the game. I continue to give a lot of thought to this subject. A part of me thinks playing games without fans will be a bad look and it might be best to allow absence to make the heart grow fonder.
Mark from Bettendorf, IA
Your thoughts on Willie Davis? Any personal stories?
He was a great player and a great ambassador for the Packers and the Lombardi era of the team's great history. I have no personal stories to relate other than attending Packers functions at which Willie was in attendance. It always touched me that he fought through his physical struggles with age to celebrate the game and the team he loved. Seeing Willie in a wheelchair always reminded me of how punishing the game is. The old guys gave so much. Their memories made them rich because football certainly didn't.
Ken from Arlington, VA
The thing I remember about Roman Gabriel's games against the Packers was his fakes with the football. You couldn't tell if he had handed it off to the running back or still had it to pass. That must have made a difference in the pass rush, how open the receivers were, etc. I personally never saw anyone as skilled at that. I wonder why more quarterbacks don't hone that skill. Or maybe it doesn't give as much benefit as I'm thinking.
Boomer Esiason is the best at it I ever saw. It's a lost art.
Paul from New Mexico
Mike Singletary impresses me with his bearing in the interviews I have seen. Do you have any impressions of him that you would like to share?
His personality is too mercurial for him to be a head coach.
Malthe from Copenhagen, Denmark
“A lot of readers are expressing a desire for the Packers to trade up and get the guy they need, and it makes sense to me.” But who is the guy they need? In your opinion, who are a couple of prospects they could grab for where it would be worth the cost?
A.J. Epenesa of Iowa is the guy I like. I don't think the Packers would have to move up much to get him, which means the cost would be minor. I think he can be a difference-maker; he has that kind of talent and toughness. He might be the last guy on the board in the first round that can address what the Packers need on defense.
Wayne from Beavercreek, OH
Would you have let Tom Brady walk?
Yeah, it's a no-brainer. The Patriots need to rebuild. The sooner they begin, the sooner they'll finish.
Bob from Taycheeda, WI
Vic, the Packers' offensive line philosophy seems to be drafting guys who played LT in college and moving them to the team's positions of need. This got me thinking: Do you remember when the Steelers drafted centers (Jon Kolb, Jim Clack) and moved them to tackle or guard?
Gerry Mullins and Larry Brown were tight ends that moved to guard and tackle respectively, and Justin Strzelczyk and Carlton Haselrig were defensive linemen who also moved to tackle and guard. Coach Noll was a former offensive lineman who knew how to identify players who had the potential to play on the offensive line. It began with pad level and light feet.
Dave from Savage, MN
If the Packers draft a RB, would you want a guy with similar physical traits as the two they have now or want a different kind of runner?
I like backs with a big butt and a flat head.
Roy from Mt. Pleasant (pick a state)
Given there is a chance the NFL season might be canceled for 2020, does GM Vic consider trading all of his 2020 draft picks for 2021 picks?
No. If there's no college football this year, next year's draft class will be weak.
Dan from Green Bay, WI
Vic, you asked if someone will have to die. Well, the Wisconsin legislature told us we would have to risk our lives and get out there and vote. The turnout was "extraordinarily high," according to the "Washington Post." Given how many people were clustered into common places over the course of a dozen hours, it's likely someone will die. I'm curious how the rest of the country views what happened here. Do you have any coments for your winsome friends?
If we die, we die together. You can get it done. And what’s more, you’ve gotta get it done.
Clark from Boise, ID
My dad grew up on a farm in Wisconsin during the Depression. According to him, the two pieces of legislation that had the greatest positive impact on his life were the GI Bill and the REA (rural electric; farming became easier). My father-in-law was a gold miner in South Dakato. The two things that had the greatest impact on his life were the deregulation of gold and the arrival of the union.
For me, it's social security.
Nate from Pueblo, CO
How much does this year's WR class validate your “dime a dozen” opinion.
It looks like the run on wide receivers will begin right about where the Packers are picking in the first round. Talent at the position is plentiful.
Joe from Bloomington, IN
What’s going through your mind these days about the future?
It appears we're going to re-start our economy and accept the fact a lot of people are going to die. I don't blame anyone for this decision. It has to happen. The blame is for having treated this virus dismissively in the beginning.
Rodney from Hershey, PA
How do teams let other teams know they are open to trading someone?
They work the phones. Everybody in the draft room knows somebody in another draft room. They call their friends and let them know of the desire to trade up or back. The word gets out. What's important for fans to understand is the order or prospects has been decided. The draft isn't as much about picking players as it is about fitting yourself to where the player you want fits. We saw that with the Packers in 2018 and we saw it with the Steelers last year.