Nathan from New York, NY
The Eagles defense gets better when Carson Wentz gets injured, while the Packers defense gets worse (twice) when Aaron Rodgers gets injured. How do you explain that?
The Eagles defense has true headliners, led by Fletcher Cox, who I believe is right behind Aaron Donald among defensive tackles. That's not a scheme defense. The Eagles have the personnel to line up and whip you.
Steve from New Britain, CT
Did you agree with the review of the Lewis fumble? I didn't because at the instant his knee touched the ground, the ball was still pinned to his thigh and not loose or out of his control.
I'm OK with the call because the ball had moved, but I'm not OK with the wimpy "call stands" ruling by Al Riveron; I'm assuming it was his ruling. The replay provided a perfect view of the ball, Lewis' grasp of it, his knee and the ground. Come on, Al, it's got to be either reversed or confirmed, not stands.
Dan from Madison, WI
How did Minnesota's defense get beat so bad?
It ate the pizza. I thought the Jaguars defense did, too.
Brandon from Jacksonville Beach, FL
Vic, please explain how Bouye interfered with Cooks running out of bounds of his own volition.
There was too much contact by Bouye. There is no more bump and run. Maybe the call should've been illegal contact. Either way, the Jaguars secondary allowed 310 yards passing (gross) and collapsed at crunch time. No. 1 pass defense? It gave up 779 yards and seven touchdowns to the Steelers and Patriots combined. I think the Jaguars defense needs to stop talking and start playing.
Dan from Sebastopol, CA
Vic, which team impressed you the most Sunday?
Does Tom Brady count as a team? Where are the "it's Gronk, not Brady" people today? Brady wins with Gronk and without Gronk. Gronk is a Brady creation, just as Deion Branch was and Charlie Weiss was and maybe even Bill Belichick is. Brady is the greatest football player of all time. Take air out of the ball or put air in the ball; it doesn't matter. Stitches in his passing hand? No problem.
Ryan from Mukwonago, WI
Vic, just watched Coach Belichick's Friday press conference. He is pretty disrespectful to the media. I don't know how those guys even show up and ask questions, knowing what the responses are likely to be. Did Coach McCarthy, Coughlin or Noll ever behave like this?
I'm not a Bill Belichick fan for that reason. I was fortunate to grow up covering pro football when its coaches accepted their responsibility for promoting the game. Baseball was the national pastime back then, and football was the college game. Coach Noll tolerated me because he knew it was good for the game, and I am eternally grateful to him. Back then, coaches conducted something known as the "five o'clock" club, at which coaches and media enjoyed a late-day beer at training camp. Information was passed. A coach would say, "Keep an eye on the kid from Kansas; he's making a move." We developed relationships that lasted throughout our careers. Those days are gone. Now, coaches do everything they can to avoid the media. It's that way because pro football is so popular it doesn't need the every-day media anymore, only its TV partners. Coach Noll wasn't a tell-all kind of guy, but he'd throw out a nugget and then give you that look that let you know you just got something good. I remember covering a 1987 replacement players game in Atlanta. Mike Webster had crossed picket lines to play in the game, which shocked me. Away from other reporters, I asked Coach Noll why Mike would cross picket lines. Coach Noll explained Mike was retiring at the end of the season. He trusted I would use that information responsibly. As it turned out, Mike played on, which was an indication of his financial difficulties. Tom Coughlin always worked at being good with the media. I liked that about him. I think Mike McCarthy could be the best in the business at working with the media. He would've been a perfect fit in the "five o'clock club" era. I think it's unfortunate he feels a need to keep a distance from the media and maintain an edge in his press conferences. I guess it's a sign of the times. I like the old days better.
John from Logansport, IN
What are we doing for "Ask Vic Day" this year?
If I hosted an "Ask Vic Day" in the area under my house known as the party pavilion, ambulances would have to be parked on site to transport all the Wisconsin types who would succumb to the heat and bugs. The mosquitoes would thank me for such a delicious meal.
Dolly from Madison, WI
There are two good storytellers out there: Vic and Lt. Joe Kenda.
My first newspaper job was in a town just a few miles from where Kenda lived. It was a gritty coal-mining town, a most unlikely place to produce a TV star. I guess you find TV stars where you find TV stars.
Michael from Fernandina Beach, FL
It hurts, Vic.
Joy feels like heaven. When you hurt, you know you're alive.
Mark from Ventura, CA
Does the large number of underclassmen declaring for the 2018 draft create a drought of premier choices for the 2019 draft?
It's like bitcoin. Somebody's going to pay for this madness.
Alex from Brooklyn, NY
I haven't seen anybody else mention the salary cap advantage the Jaguars have. Can you tell me exactly what happened?
As a result of the uncapped year in 2010 and stripping the team for sale, the Jaguars got so far under the salary cap minimum it was impossible for them to quickly become cap compliant once the league had a new CBA in 2011. The league structured a long-term plan for the Jaguars to regain cap compliance; it involves two four-year bands (2013-16 and 2017-20). Effectively, the Jaguars have had and will continue to have more cap room and maneuverability in using it than the teams in the league that didn't salary dump in 2010. The proponents of cap spending tell you about Malik Jackson and A.J. Bouye, but they don't tell you about Toby Gerhart and Davon House. Most teams couldn't have signed Jackson and Bouye if they had signed Gerhart and House; there are other busts, too. What surprised me when this plan was announced is the Jaguars suffered no loss-of-draft-picks penalty for non-compliance.
Daniel from Los Angeles, CA
I respect your opinion very much on all things, but you're dead wrong about Blake Bortles. He is the Jaguars' future starting QB.
Will they continue playing scared, as they did when they took a knee with 55 seconds to play in the first half? That doesn't work in today's game.
Brad from Parker, CO
What personnel group would Coach Vic employ in the "Ketchman 0-0-11" defense? Is it all defensive backs or do you throw in a couple of wide receivers and linebackers for hands, size, etc.?
I employ my best defenders and tacklers. Hey, there were 10 seconds left to play and the Vikings were out of times out. Why were the Saints rushing Keenum? You don't want to rush him. You want him to take his time, right? I can't help but think of George Perles, who was fond of saying, "That's why MIT doesn't have a football team." These days, MIT has a football team. What does that say about MIT?
Pete from Minneapolis, MN
Nick Foles is lighting it up. What do you make of his plight?
He has the size and skill set to be "The Man." So what's holding him back? If I needed a quarterback, I'd take a long, hard look at Foles. Is there any chance he's a late bloomer?
Steve from Pueblo, CO
Vic, wanted to say thank you for your “memories make us rich” line. I was terminated at my job last week. I just got back from taking my lovely nieces to the park. I have struggled with feelings of worthlessness and being a complete failure. Then I thought about that line and realized I will not be defined by a job, an extremely stressful one at that. I have my health, my faith and my family to get through this. But what makes me most happy is I have some time to make memories with my family. Thanks for sharing with us your memories.
Be thankful you have bootstraps. Pity the poor people who don't.
Sam from Jacksonville, FL
Do Patriots fans realize how good they've had it? I can't wait for the day Tom Brady retires so New England fans can finally feel the hurt I've felt for the last 10 years.
No, they think it's Belichick or Kraft or the will that is the great spirit of New England. One day, age will claim Brady's career, and Boston will go back to being the bad football town it always was.
Eric from Appleton, WI
Was Mark Brunell ever "The Man" in Jacksonville? If so, when was he no longer "The Man?"
He had the talent, the stats and the contract befitting "The Man." In 1996, he was a star. He's the best scrambler I've ever covered. He was better than Steve Young. Then came a knee injury in the following year's preseason. Mark was never the same again. He continued to develop his skills as a pocket passer, but the big-play scramble he used to upset the Broncos in the 1996 playoffs was by and large gone. Mark was "The Man" until the Jaguars drafted Byron Leftwich in 2003. I think Mark's career at the top was greatly shortened by the knee injury.
Frank from Prosper, TX
Does CBS pay Romo by the word? I am forced to watch with the sound off.
No network could afford to pay "Chatty" by the word. By the way, what was with the Todd Wash obsession yesterday? "He has great schemes," Chatty kept saying. Hey, Chatty, those great schemes gave up 552 yards and six touchdowns last week, and played ole with the game on the line yesterday.
Reese from Wappingers Falls, NY
Why are some successful college coaches such flops when they move to the pros, such as Dan Devine, Lou Holtz, Steve Spurrier and Nick Saban, while others like Jimmy Johnson, Tom Coughlin, Don Coryell and Pete Carroll have such successful pro coaching careers?
Bud Wilkinson, Tommy Prothro, John Robinson, Bob Petrino, Butch Davis and Chip Kelly were also flops. Why so many flops? Because there have to be losers. The inverse draft order system demands it. You can't recruit your players. You have to get in line and pick your players. That's the difference.
Brian from Yakima, WA
Is Tomlin guilty of allowing his team to look forward to a Patriots rematch?
In my opinion, Tomlin is guilty of not having done enough to cope with the loss of Ryan Shazier. Move Watt inside and play Harrison at his regular spot. Play a four-man front with Alualu at defensive tackle in a gap-control look. Bring Sean Davis down in a Polamalu-type role. Do something! Tomlin did nothing.
Lee from Marshfield, WI
How many players do you think it will take to really turn around the Packers defense?
One great player can do it; two will do it for sure. Dom Capers got the one great player he needed when the Packers drafted Clay Matthews, but Capers never got another one.