"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Zoltan from Budapest, Hungary
Great to see "Ask Vic" back online! Sorry I need this long time to didcover it. Do you see any draft prospect, who is flying really under the radar right now, or people barely speaking about him, but if he can stay healthy you think he'll be a household name/star in the league?
The next Tom Brady, Zoltan? I don't think anybody has a crystal ball good enough to make that kind of prediction. How about some sleepers? I asked Tony Pauline that question and he gave me L'Jarius Sneed (DB La. Tech), Jason Strowbridge (DL North Carolina), Jack Driscoll (OL Auburn), Colton McKivitz (OT West Virginia) and John Daka (pass rusher James Madison).
Joshua from Milwaukee, WI
You seem to like Joe Burrow. What’s your opinion of Tua, Justin Herbert and Jordan Love?
Tua throws a great deep ball, and I think that's always No. 1 when evaluating quarterback prospects. His underneath skills are suspect, but I have to believe they can be developed more fully. The hip injury is a big concern. Mobility is a big part of his game. Herbert comes out of that great Oregon tradition for producing high-pick QB busts. I saw him late in the season and he was underwhelming. His measurables are out of this world but I thought he played meekly in the games I saw. If he goes to a run-the-ball team, he'll have a chance to grow into his body. Love? He was terrible in the games I saw. He was scatter-armed and that was likely the result of terrible mechanics. He has an under-and-up delivery and he's this year's winner of the Colin Kaepernick stare-down-your-receivers award. So why is he zooming up boards? Is it the result of his Combine workout? Jacob Eason interests me. I think he's the cleanest-looking prospect, other than for Burrow. Jake Fromm took a step back in 2019, but that might make him a bargain pick.
Spencer from Redondo Beach, CA
Let's say the NFL decides to play the season without fans and they add artificial crowd noise to the broadcasts. Who decides to increase the cheering for a big play? Would the games still be played in the stadiums, or would it be better to play the games in smaller venues since there are no fans to fill the seats?
If playing games to empty seats begins to look likely, the league and the TV execs are going to brainstorm the issue; they might already be doing it. How might they maximize the entertainment value of the telecast? That's what they'll ask themselves. I don't think they'll use artificial crowd noise. That was something I just threw out there for fun talk. Artificial crowd noise would be cheap and tawdry; neither the NFL nor the networks want that kind of image. I think the TV execs will opt for enhanced audio of the players and coaches. It would offer a unique look inside the game and I think it would distinguish what I believe would be huge TV ratings next season. Players and coaches would have to clean up their language, but I think it's doable. Again, these are out-of-the-box thoughts. There are no details at this point.
Bryan from Thatcham, UK
Having just watched the Chicago at Green Bay game from 1985, I was surprised to see the referee stop the game because of crowd noise. Was this common back in the day? Why and when did this change?
Yes, it was common. The worst I ever saw was at a Steelers-Cardinals game at Three Rivers Stadium in that same season. Neil Lomax had to step out from under center several times and after several delays the PA announcer was instructed to warn the crowd a penalty would ensue if they continued to delay the game. It became something the league couldn't control so it just quit enforcing the crowd noise rule and put the onus on visiting teams to deal with it.
John from Rock Hill, SC
Do you think the new coach for the Panthers can create a consistent winner? How many years to rebuild?
David Tepper will be a dynamic owner. That's what's most important. I expect the Panthers to become one of the league's premier franchises. How long will it take? That depends on how many quarterbacks they have to draft to get there.
John from Garnet Valley, PA
My first baseball game was in Baltimore in the early 1970s. Standing along the dugout rail before the game, I asked Earl Weaver to sign my program. His reply was, “Get lost, kid.” Brooks Robinson, perhaps having heard this, came over and spent what now seems like 10 minutes with me asking about my life and how school was going. I still cherish that experience (a long time later, I named my son Brooks). Any similar childhood memories?
No, but I got Buzz Nutter's autograph, so I have that going for me, which is nice. I can add this about Robinson: He helped Johnny Unitas get back on his feet financially. He got Unitas appearance money for golf outings, endorsements, etc. Robinson and Unitas will forever be Baltimore's favorite sons.
Mike from Berlin, WI
The Packers just hired a team psychologist. Why do I picture the guy from "The Natural" droning on about how losing is a disease?
The Packers don't need a psychologist, they need an Oklahoma.
Bill from Hawthorn Woods, IL
Great video interview with Brian Sexton on jaguars.com. I loved seeing you back with the Jags, even if only for 12:53. Does doing things like that bring up any particular memories of your time there?
It causes me to remember the day Wayne Weaver asked me to create content for jaguars.com. A door opened and I stepped into the best years of my professional life. Thank you, Wayne.
Wyatt from Jacksonville, FL
The Chiefs look set up for a long run of championships with a great coach and QB. Do you think the Jaguars would be in that position if they'd taken Mahomes when they had their chance?