"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Michael from Middleburg, FL
I have been and still am quite skeptical of the Urban Meyer hire. He's far too rah-rah for me. My skepticism rose tremendously when he whined about the free agency process and skyrocketed when he brought Tebow in. This feels like a disaster waiting to happen. What do you think? Do you see Meyer succeeding in Jacksonville, or do you see the transition from college to the NFL being too much for him?
Trevor Lawrence will decide the issue.
Conor from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, did you ever stake out an airport to see who was or was not reporting to camp? I laugh when I think about a group of a dozen reporters huddled over airport cinnamon rolls waiting for their story to walk out of the gate.
Green Bay's little airport is perfect for what you're describing. There's a narrow escalator all departing passengers must use and at the bottom of that escalator, as I remember it, there was a coffee shop of sorts.
Eric from Keene, NH
An excused absence? Words fail me.
The Packers are being held hostage by fear. Fear is the real issue.
Ross from L'Anse, MI
You might have answered this before. To what degree is the impasse between Rodgers and Gutekunst really the GM's responsibility, given the tripartite power-sharing arrangement in Green Bay?
I refuse to believe Brian Gutekunst targeted Jordan Love and traded up to draft him without Mark Murphy and Matt LaFleur knowing of those plans. Gutekunst almost certainly conveyed his interest in Love prior to draft day, and Murphy and LaFleur were sitting in the draft room as Gutekunst maneuvered to move up in the order. They were watching as Gutekunst went on the clock. Gutekunst must be accountable for Love's success or failure, but Murphy and LaFleur must share in the blame for Rodgers' reaction if they didn't warn Gutekunst of this outcome. A franchise that conferences on parking permits doesn't draft its quarterback of the future and risk the ire of its quarterback of the present without the head coach and the team's president knowing of those plans.
Joe from Bloomington, IN
What is your view on press credentials? Has it evolved? Do you see a conflict between freedom of speech and limited access to press credentials?
There are plenty of seats in the press box to credential credible media, but there is a limit. If you're looking for every Tom, Dick and Harriett, go to the combine. Every kid with a Twitter account is credentialed for the combine.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Who do you think will be the most improved team in the NFL this season?
Anthony from Pyongtaek, South Korea
I have a theory. Rodgers knows when his career is up he will have to answer why he wasn’t in more Super Bowls. Assuredly, all eyes will be looking at him. As much as we say defense doesn’t help out Rodgers in the playoffs, we are left wondering where the offense was.
I watched NFL Network's replay of the 2011 season playoff loss to the Giants on Monday. I forgot how poorly the offense played in that game. Rodgers misfired on a few big throws. One in particular was intended for Jermichael Finley and Rodgers' post-play reaction was disturbing.
Robert from Plymouth, WI
So after one day of camp, Twitter was ablaze on how bad Love performed. All these hyperbolic hot takes aside, what should we take away from these practices, if anything?
They're only meaningful if a player struggles. If he can't do it when it's fake football, how's he gonna do it when it's real football? Love improved quickly and eased the sting of his first-day failures.
Sam from Missoula, TX
What would Ted Thompson do?
Stay out of it.
Tom from Bismarck, ND
Vic, perhaps no other franchise over the past few decades has been more quarterback reliant than the Packers. It seems to be pretty evident that without the weekly heroics of Favre and Rodgers the Packers would have struggled having many winning records. Having the management, coaching, defense and special teams we can only dream of has defined us as perpetual bridesmaids. Yet, your readers, and many sportswriters who gladly flame the fire, seem all to anxious to move on. To what?
A new identity.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
What do you make of the Bortles signing? Is there more than meets the eye, as in they know Rodgers will retire or demand a trade.
There is absolutely nothing more than meets the eye. The Packers needed at least one arm in their quarterback room that's played in the league.
Kasey from Charlotte, NC
A reader asked previously if Rodgers knew what they have in Love and you said he probably does. Considering after Love was drafted last year and Rodgers said at the time nobody will be beating him out any time soon, I’m a little confused. Does this mean Rodgers thinks Love can be really good and wants added security to make sure they can’t move on from him? If Love really stunk, then I can’t help but think Rodgers and the entire team would know it and he wouldn’t feel insecure. I could also just be a fan that has no idea what I’m talking about. I’m OK with that, too.
Derek from LaCrosse, WI
Can Green Bay still contend with the current roster led by J-Lo?
Branch Rickey might say I lost the NFC title game with you, I can lose the NFC title game without you.
Jensen from Houston, TX
Does GM Vic levy mini-camp penalties on Rodgers or excuse his holdout?
I think it's a little unfair to ask me what the Packers should do about these issues they've created. I would've never allowed it to get to where it is. First of all, I wouldn't have rushed into Rodgers' current contract. I would've waited until I could commit to a plan for Rodgers' future that would make his next contract his last contract, which would allow me to begin unwinding his dead money. Secondly, having made that commitment, I wouldn't have spent a first-round pick on a quarterback ahead of the need to replace Rodgers. If the Packers hadn't rushed into Rodgers' current contract and then drafted Love, they wouldn't be in the mess they're in. Given the current circumstances, I'd pursue a trade, although the market for Rodgers isn't what it was prior to the draft. If I trade him, the fines issue is meaningless.
Maxwell from Milwaukee, WI
"They spent a second-round pick on an expensive, over-the-hill receiver they could've drafted in the third round for a fraction of the cost." Sure, but how many jerseys would that third-rounder sell?
All teams share in the sale of those jerseys. Let somebody else trade for him. In the NFL, socialism works.
Dan from Minneapolis, MN
Vic, I know the function of NFL training camp, of course, but can you comment on the overall function and value of organized team activities and mini-camp?
It installs the playbook so every player will be able to compete in training camp on a fair level and help prepare the team to begin the season.
Justin from Delavan, WI
What would Mr. Rooney say to Packers fans who are wringing their hands about AR’s holdout?
If you're talking about Arthur J. Rooney Sr., the founder of the team, he might say (with his benevolent cigar drooping from the side of his mouth and in his wonderfully slushy Pittsburgh accent), "Aaron is a good boy. Don't yinz pick on him. He's our quarterback." Times have changed.
James from Colorado Springs, CO
Just read a poll in which 45 percent of the respondents answered yes to the question, "Should Aaron Rodgers get a say in who the Packers keep and let go?" What a recipe for disaster on multiple levels! What are your thoughts on it, Vic?
The Rodgers flap is not only dividing the fan base, it's embarrassing it.
Aric from Oshkosh, WI
Vic, I enjoy the perspectives you have on each of the teams you covered and the collective personality of the community they are based in. If you were to have covered one more team during your career, which would it be and why?
The Bengals come to mind. I like the Brown family. I like Cincinnati. I have great memories of covering games there. The Bengals should've beat the 49ers twice. I think the Bengals' luck is about to change.