"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Robert from Plymouth, WI
Vic, I work in an ER department in Wisconsin. I cannot thank you enough for your comments on the crisis. Please, people stay at home and be safe. The vacations can wait.
Edisto Beach is no longer accepting short-term rentals. I applaud our community leaders for making such a difficult but responsible decision.
David from Rochester, MN
Thoughts on Devin Funchess?
Affordable roster depth.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, does the talent in the NFC look like it will be far superior to that of the AFC in 2020? How has it achieved that dominance?
Lori, you ask a lot of good questions. This is not one of them. Here's a question for you? Why do you think the inferior AFC has won six of the last eight Super Bowls?
Phil from Wausau, WI
Vic, did you see the lieutenant governor of Texas on Fox calling for those prone to complications from COVID-19 to sacrifice their lives for the good of the economy?
I was struck by such an act of patriotism, as he said he would do the same, so I decided to do some research on this man, as I knew nothing about him. I learned he had previously been a conservative radio talk show host, and he didn't serve in the military during the Vietnam War due to a medical deferment.
Dave from Savage, MN
Do you think teams' draft boards would have changed much if the pro days and visits hadn't been cancelled?
The board wouldn't have changed much, but pro days are important and they have caused teams to move a guy up or down in their draft plans. I've written a lot of stories about prospects who ran poorly at the Combine but canceled that negative with a fast time at their pro day or in a personal workout. Teams are going to have to look deeper for supporting information this year. This is a year when teams' cross-checkers are going to lean harder on their scouts' talent for finding the real football player inside each prospect.
Ryan from Conroe, TX
What is your opinion of Mike Pettine as Packers DC? How would you rate him in terms of being a leader of men and of scheming?
He's an outstanding football coach who did a fabulous job of scheming the pass-rush talent available to him. Defending against the run isn't about scheme. It's about getting off blocks. Coach Pettine can't do that for his players.
Pete from Minneapolis, MN
Vic, it seems as if some in our country's political leadership are wrestling with whether human life or the economy is more important. What do you say?
I think it's a great debate question that can make us all dig deeper for understanding of the problem this pandemic is presenting. What interests me about this issue is the people who would protect the life of the unborn are largely the people who would commit the living to die.
Garrett from Spring, TX
Some Texan guy said he'd rather die than let the America he loved die for his grandchildren. Where's the balance?
He's full of baloney. He'd do whatever it takes to survive. His idiotic rant was just another example of talk show tough talk.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
At this point in the offseason, how would you rank the teams in NFC North?
1) Packers, 2) Vikings, 3) Bears, 4) Lions. I haven't seen anything happen in free agency that would change the order from when the season ended.
Jeff from Ogden, UT
The Packers didn't get better in free agency. Is it safe to say Gute already has his guys picked in the draft?
At this point, teams are beginning to assemble their targets. You can't draft everybody.
Marcus from Belleview, FL
The second London game convinced me the Jaguars do not care about my loyalty. This year, after a decade of season ticket support for the Jags, which began when you asked us to save the whale in 2010, I'm taking my season ticket dollar south to see Brady and the Bucs. I figure take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see an all-time great in my backyard, as opposed to another 3 or 5-win season from the clearly London-bound Jaguars. How terrible of a fan does this make me?
Don't ask me, ask your heart.
Paul from Cumming, GA
What makes the allure of mortgaging the future for the present so potent to an established franchise like Chicago?
Good ownership has a plan and then hires people who can execute that plan. The Bears' ownership doesn't have a plan. They continue to hire people who have a plan, which means every 3-4 years the Bears have a new plan. That won't work. They're throwing you know what at the wall and nothing is sticking.
Austin from Denver, CO
Vic, do you feel the way Aaron Rodgers frequently attempts to catch opponents offsides or with 12 men on the field is also breaking the spirit of the rules?
I won't go that far, but his clear overuse of this trickery chafes me. It's not tough-guy football. Maybe that's one of the problems.
Chris from Bozeman, MT
I don’t agree with the politics you sometimes pepper in your replies, but I can appreciate your perspective and insight, and you are always respectful. Football is not the most important thing, and I get the feeling most loyal readers enjoy how you showcase that.
I'm considering the possibility the Packers didn't spend big in free agency because they didn't want to waste money and cap space on a season that might not happen. If I was an owner, the thought would've crossed my mind.
Dan from Milwaukee, WI
I can only imagine the wave of hate you're going to receive for your COVID-19 comments. One satisfying aspect of this is we'll have a fairly clear way to tell who's right or wrong. Unfortunately, it'll be measured in deaths. What can someone do to ensure they haven't formed too restrictive of an information bubble around themselves? How do we stick to the facts?
I'm not sure there are facts any more, only opinion for which we are willing to distort the truth.