"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Mark from Sturgeon Bay, WI
Vic, I just moved to the shore. Not big open water like Lake Michigan or the ocean, but not a small inland lake either. Sit-in or sit-on kayak and why? I’m in decent shape and in my mid 60’s.
Everything about sit-on kayaks is great until you try to paddle one. It's like paddling a piece of plywood. Sit-ins are for kayakers who want to go somewhere.
Sean from Longmont, CO
Your comments about the spectacle of professional football stirred deep feelings in how the game is presented. I'm OK with change but it has lessened my interest overall. I find Fantasy Football boring and I have no time for analysts who talk about two-gappers and cover zero. I fell in love with the game because of Ed and Steve Sabol. I had a huge stack of NFL Films VHS tapes that I watched endlessly as a kid. I was mesmerized by the cinematography and the majesty of those slow-motion highlights. It was how I learned about the history of the league. Today's modern fans seem to have less interest in history and spectacle. NFL Films is still around but they seem to have a much smaller presence. This shift has diminished my passion for the sport. I have come to the conclusion that, in their pursuit of capturing more and more casual fans, the owners and their broadcast partners have made all of us merely casual fans.
The Bill Saul, "If" and "Joe and the Magic Bean" productions were my favorites. Saul is famous for having worn a wire for his film. He was a rough, ghoulish-looking man; he had to be beeped several times. I saw it at a father and son Holy Name Society function. These were the days of the baby boom and the basement of the church was packed with kids and their dads. NFL Films was a Pete Rozelle promotional enterprise and the teams were armed with their highlight films, etc., to lend to social functions in the team's market. The Steelers gave us the Bill Saul production and their highlight film to grace our event. The first few times Saul was beeped there were polite giggles. Then they turned to laughs. When Saul delivered his best beep, which left nothing for the imagination, the room exploded with laughter. Even the priest was laughing.
Dan from Madison, WI
I attended a virtual seminar with Isabel Wilkerson this winter and just ordered some copies of "Caste" for my history department to read. Would you like to share anything else to prepare our readership?
It sent me into deep thought.
Eric from Brooklyn, NY
Tony Pauline pointed out all of the college seniors who've taken the NCAA up on its offer of a fifth year of eligibility means next year's draft class will be loaded, compared to this year's, which will be thin in later rounds. He gets the feeling teams will try to trade picks this year for ones next year as a result.
These next two drafts are going to be intriguing, not only for the overload of talent expected in next year's, but in the unknown attached to this year's draft. Mistakes are going to be made on the opt-outs in this year's draft, due to a lack of information. I have a favorite player who opted out and I'm not seeing his name mentioned prominently.
Don from Imnaha, OR
How do coaches and other support staff salaries impact the cap, if at all?
They don't. The cap is for players only. It's their money.
Bob from Houston, TX
So Kevin King gets a one-year, prove-it deal. He still needs to make the team, right? If a stud draft pick beats him out after training camp and he's cut, will he see any of that contract money? Only the guaranteed part?
You don't give a guy $3.75 million in signing bonus on a contract that voids following the 2021 season and then cut him. The decision has been made: Kevin King will be one of the Packers' cornerbacks or the team will have made an embarrassing mistake.
Jacson from Minneapolis, MN
I think most fans want teams to go all in because those fans only think about the current year and not the future. Vic, what's an example of a team that went all in but didn't end up winning a Super Bowl? What happened in the years following the all-in decision?
You live in Minneapolis, right?
Adam from Denver, CO
Would the Bears overpay for Rodgers in a trade?
The Bears would overpay for me in a trade.
Travis from Fort Walton Beach, FL
I checked out the draft order and noticed the Seahawks only have three picks in the draft. After researching, they traded picks for players. Is this a symptom of going all in, or does this indicate a lack of trust in the COVID draft class?
It's a symptom of impatience, jitteriness, lack of confidence and commitment, all of which lead to forsaking the future for the present. Yes, that's going all in, and fans applaud it, until it's time to go all out. I think teams going all in justify it with the belief they can fix it with a year of repair. In my opinion, if you involve the draft in an all-in move, the repair is going to be a lot longer than a year or two because your roster could be severely depleted of young, ascending players. Again, I prefer an even approach, but I'll accept going all in on the cap for a team trying to maximize the run of a veteran quarterback. I'll never accept the wholesale trading away of draft picks for players, as the Rams have done. The draft is the lifeblood of a franchise. Watching other teams use your picks is a very bad feeling.
Tom from Pleasant Hill, CA
Vic, I’m all in on what Gutekunst is doing in Green Bay. He has a philosophy and he’s sticking to it. I believe Jordan Love is the future of this franchise and I believe Gute thinks so as well. By bringing back key players, he’s focused his attention on DB, OL and DL for the draft and they’ll be a better team in 2021. What’s your opinion?
The Love pick will define him.
Joe from Milwaukee, WI
How early will the first non-quarterback be taken?
Fifth overall pick.
Eric from Lansing, MI
Vic, how does that 49ers trade for the No. 3 draft spot make sense? Garoppolo is still on their books, the next two years will lack a first-round pick, and the top three QBs this year need to be of "The Man" quality or San Francisco might be left with leftovers. Very risky. Can you explain it?
Garoppolo's contract situation invited the move. He only has two years remaining and his dead money after this season is a mere $1.4 million. The 49ers did a unique contract with Garoppolo after they traded for him. They were a young team flush with cap room, and they paid him high in roster bonus and low in signing bonus. Instead of pushing money out, they brought money forward. As a result, they have no amortization to unwind; they have maneuverability. If he's not "The Man," and it appears they don't think he is, they have to find "The Man," and that's why this trade makes sense. It appears they've targeted a quarterback and they believe he's worth the cost of moving to where he fits. As for trading away draft picks, I also get the sense the 49ers believe they can trade Garoppolo and recover some of that lost draft capital. The strategy will be defined by who they pick and how he plays.
Aiden from Jacksonville, FL
With the No. 1 pick, who would GM Vic pick?
I'd call Carolina and ask them what Trevor Lawrence is worth to them. I think I might be able to get four ones. Then I'd maneuver into position to draft hometown guy Mac Jones.
John from Brookfield, WI
How does the proposed 17-game schedule impact the cap and player salaries? What unforeseen changes do you anticipate as part of a longer regular season?
More games mean more money and a higher salary cap. It also means more injuries and the need for greater depth.