"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Eric from Green Bay, WI
Vic, when is the appropriate time to trade for or pay a top receiver? I understand your wide receiver fever opinion, but the position isn't worthless.
When you are absolutely sure he is special, and you'll probably regret having done it.
Ben from Columbus, OH
Vic, what are your thoughts on the Jags hiring Capers? I know Coughlin and Capers had success together for a few years. Does this move have Coughlin's fingerprints on it?
Of course it does. Coach Capers lives in Jacksonville. It's a perfect fit for both. The Jaguars get an experienced coach who'll lend expertise to the defense, and Coach Capers returns to coaching without having to leave home.
David from Janesville, WI
Vic, do you have any insight on how the revenue is handled in the AAF? There are already rumors of financial problems with the Hurricanes' owner infusing a quarter of a billion dollars to prop up the league after two weeks. Do the teams follow a similar revenue-sharing model as the NFL? I'm hoping they survive, not only for having more games to watch but for allowing development of players that maybe weren't ready for the NFL.
Revenue? There's no revenue, only red ink. The AAF is in survival mode. It's too new to have any plan other than to do what it takes to stay in business. I don't see attendance or TV ratings improving. I think it's all downhill from here. I can't imagine why anyone thought this would work. I hope I'm wrong.
Ben from El Paso, TX
Vic, how do you measure yourself with other golfers?
There are two kinds of recreational golfers, those who know they stink and those who've yet to admit they stink. If I'm playing with a guy who has new, expensive golf clubs, I immediately know he's still attempting to not stink. I have old, cheap clubs. I have stunk for a very long time.
Sandy from Texas
More of a statement than a question. Wow, you are a bleeding heart liberal all the way! Change the NFL rules to accommodate racist creeps who wear socks of pigs wearing police uniforms? Disgrace our flag, our country, our military’s sacrifices for lies? The NFL lost big letting the chump kneel and the TV stations televising it. Many will not come back. I, myself, lived for the Packers; went all over the country to see their games. No more. The most I do is tune in to laugh at Rodgers, Mr. left wing politics himself. So arrogant, so dismissive of his fans. Learn to swim if you're afraid of climate change. The climate is always changing. Ask the dinosaurs.
Christopher from Marina Del Ray, CA
Any thoughts on the Flacco move to Denver you’d like to share?
The Broncos won a Super Bowl, so they have that going for them, which is nice.
Curt from Portland, OR
Hearing some former Packers receivers say Aaron Rodgers scoffed at some calls from Mike McCarthy and changed them in the huddle made me wish I could ask Aaron for the truth about that and get the honest answer. If you could ask Aaron Rodgers just one question and be garaunteed to get a full, truthful answer, what would you ask?
I would ask him about the final four minutes in Seattle. If he thought the plays were too conservative, why didn't he change them? It's a question that should've been asked back then. I apologize for not having asked it.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, when it is reported Offensive Coordinator Hackett is bringing West Coast principles to the Packers, what does that mean?
It means he'll be doing the same things Coach McCarthy did.
Greg from Cuenca, Ecuador
In the last column, you asked why people remarry. I believe it was Oscar Wilde who said, "A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience.” Sounds like 99 percent of football fans, me included.
The answer came to me as a fond memory of Coach Noll. For a game in Chicago in 1986, the Steelers created a short-yardage play in which the tackle reported eligible and then stood abruptly and took a step back as the quarterback barked the cadence. The Bears jumped offside, ostensibly, but the referee penalized the Steelers for trying to assimilate a play. After the game, I asked Coach Noll to explain what the call was, and he did. "So why did you try it again in the second half?" I asked. "Why do people remarry?" Coach Noll said. He was a treasure.
Isaac from Nashville, TN
Vic, do fans exaggerate the animosity between rival franchises? The contempt Green Bay fans show for the Vikings and Bears, for instance, seems to have no relation to how the actual players regard each other.
Generally speaking, the fans care more about winning and losing than the players do. The players care most about how they performed, which is as it should be.
Todd from Brookfield, WI
What does Tony have to say about where the Packers are slotted after the Senior Bowl? How does that square with what you think the Packers need?
I think the Packers need pass rushers. Tony says the draft is loaded with them.
Jesus from El Paso, TX
I know a new coach can't win in the offseason, but I get the sense he can lose. What would you guess is on Coach LaFleur's list of top priorities, now that the coaching staff is settled?
His No. 1 priority, I would think, is to have his team prepared for the start of training camp.
Darius from Grand Forks, ND
I enjoyed reading your non-football responses, but it kind of turned your comments section into a crap hole.
The sea was angry, my friend.
Roger from Chesterton, IN
When do you think Michael Corleone turned evil? For me, it had to be that year gap we’re introduced to between his wife’s death and him re-introducing himself to Kay. What do you think?
I think it was when he got beat up by the police captain.
Nate from Neenah, WI
What is the No. 1 regret Packers, Jaguars and Steelers fans have?
The final four minutes in Seattle, not having addressed the quarterback position last offseason, and franchising Le'Veon Bell last winter.
Rich from Apple Valley, MN
After watching Matt Lafleur's press conference, I was unimpressed. He wants to run the ball to open up the pass. Well, duh! McCarthy had the same belief and so do several head coaches. Players, not plays. Am I missing something?
Jeff from Miami, FL
Was Lombardi's blocking scheme a zone-blocking scheme?
It was known as a run to daylight scheme and it contained some zone-blocking elements, but it didn't wall up and move laterally as today's zone-blocking schemes do in the system's signature stretch play. In the Lombardi system, the offensive lineman moved the defender in the direction the defender was favoring. It was a path-of-least-resistance system, as opposed to blocking the defender in a pre-designated direction. It required the back to run to daylight.
Henry from Wyoming
How do we get the billionaires to listen to the thousandaires?
It can't be done because the billionaires believe the thousandaires are guilty of a terrible crime: not being billionaires. Being a thousandaire is their punishment.