"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Aiden from Jacksonville, FL
I’m sure you’ve heard about the new culture in Jacksonville with Meyer at the helm. Local media is gushing left and right. They had a segment on the radio where they were literally talking about how he listens to the sounds of footballs coming out of Lawrence’s hand. Players are coming out and making statements how this front office has given them the tools for success, etc. Does this actually mean anything? Is it false positivity or is this something tangible once Week 1 arrives?
It's what a college coach does to create buzz for his program. It sells tickets and helps recruit players. When Spurrier became the Washington coach, there was a lot of buzz for his "Fun and Gun" offense. It made Washington the hot team of that preseason, but then Jim Haslett mocked the "Fun and Gun" with a "is that all there is?" kind of comment, and the shine on Spurrier began to dull. What's happening in Jacksonville right now is good for the franchise. The Jaguars need some hype. Meyer is more than a good coach, he's a good salesman and promoter. He knows what he's doing and how to do it. He's creating awareness for his team and owners like that. When the regular season arrives, however, none of that will matter if winning doesn't follow. The baloney stops. Meyer knows that, too.
Tom from Bismarck, ND
Vic, boy, I haven't read many of your readers comments before. You have a whole legion of followers who are currently unemployed and frustrated with their job prospects. To read their comments is disturbing from both an intellectual and futuristic point of view. Such well-written nonsense. Does it bother you at all your website is becoming a a dumping ground for the frustrated youth of Wisconsin. Over-taught and under-educated. But, we know that, don't we?
I'm thinking about making you the moderator.
Derek from La Crosse, WI
Are you as excited as I am for Cliff Christl's definitive book on the Packers history. I love how much he values the role of a reporter and getting the story right, even at the cost of our nostalgic memories?
It's not Packers history until Cliff says it's Packers history.
Chad from Minneapolis, MN
Let’s assume Rodgers is back. What does all in look like for GM Vic?
The first thing that would need to happen is to do a new deal with Adams to create cap space in 2021.
Stan from Colorado Springs, CO
Have the Steelers taken "care of the future and the future will take care of the present?"
They will have the most cap room in the league in 2022.
Ben from Chicago, IL
From the recent Jordan Love scouting report, I also watched his highlight reel. So, do GMs consult QB gurus when scouting QBs or is it all in-house due to secrecy?
A good GM acquires information wherever he can get it, but the first place he should go is to his quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. The Jaguars sent Ken Anderson and Bill Musgrave to scout Byron Leftwich. Anderson and Musgrave expressed concern for Leftwich's mechanics, but their concerns were ignored. On the flip side, Gene Smith loved LeSean McCoy but allowed himself to be talked out of drafting him. Everybody has an opinion. In the final analysis, it's the GM's call.
Dave from Jacksonville, FL
Vic, Tebow is the 90th player on the 90-man roster and he's the sixth tight end in a tight end room with six tight ends. Your answer that this move could define Meyer, for better or for worse, is stupid.
If Tebow's popularity causes the Jaguars to keep a player not worthy of a roster spot, and if the Meyer era should falter, the Tebow signing will be cited by media critical of Meyer. In other words, Meyer could be giving his critics ammunition. On the flip side, if Tebow is a hit, it will reflect positively on Meyer and his supporters will cite it to praise him. Either way, Tebow will be a lightning rod for media attention. He might be the sixth tight end, but his persona makes him the No. 2 man on that roster. I saw a headline the other day about Tebow catching two touchdown passes from Lawrence in OTAs. In OTAs? It's Tebow time in Jacksonville!
Mike from McFarland, WI
Vic, what is the most important rule of writing? Is it to never end a sentence with a preposition?
That's a big one. I also try not to boldly go.
Kelvin from Kenilworth, UK
Just curious, what are you planning to read during the dead zone this year?
I've yet to decide, but a "Dick and Jane" reader would be a step up from the Bob Dylan book (Bob Dylan Chronicles) I'm reading currently. I laughed out loud when he talked about going to someone's house to see them but they weren't there.
Faith from Pittsburgh, PA
Why can't a team have depth at QB? Every other position has depth, competition. Can you have two quality QBs? You can have two hot chicks at the same time. One from public school and one from private school. They don't talk to each other. Just some information for the grandkids.
Private school chicks are expensive, Faith.
Matt from Birmingham, UK
Vic, what are your expectations for the Saints this year?
Their arrow is pointing down.
Mitch from Lansing, MI
Any tips to get rid of the shanks?
Arms, not hips, lead the swing down.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What do you do with your free time?
I help manage a driving range, which means I pick up balls, hit balls and bother people who don't want to talk.
Alberto from Barcelona, Spain
Vic, if playing QB has never been easier (I don’t disagree), why so few really succeed at next level?
Few? Twelve quarterbacks threw for more than 4,000 yards last season. Duck Hodges threw for nearly 300 yards more in six starts than Terry Bradshaw did in seven starts in Bradshaw's first Super Bowl title season.
Andrew from Vancouver, BC
I’m helping my dad clean out his house and we found an old pair of NFL-branded Tasco pocket binoculars. I can’t imagine trying to track the action through binoculars. What was the fan reaction when the first big screens were introduced to the stadium experience?
I don't know, I was looking through my Bushnell binoculars.
Curt from Hillsboro, OR
Another way to look at the Love pick is to see it as a move that had the effect of fueling a resurgence in Rodgers that drove a good run on another Super Bowl and raised his trade value. Whether Love pans out or not, that’s a pretty good outcome, isn’t it, Vic?
You don't spend a first-round pick on a player to send a message to another player. It can have that effect, but it shouldn't be the intent. Packers fans are trying to put a positive spin on the Love pick, but there can be only one positive result: He becomes the Packers' quarterback of the future, and it needs to happen sooner than later.
Noah from La Crosse, WI
I have a reasonable understanding of how you watch football; at least some of your focal points. How do you watch golf? What specific things do you key in on? Thanks for the column, Vic!
I'm intrigued by technique. I watch to see if a golfer takes the club back open or slightly closed, pronate and supinate, or hold on and hit the ball with the big muscles. Does he set tight and hold the angle, or soft set and lag? How much does he involve his hips in the swing? Jon Rahm turns them powerfully through the shot; Webb Simpson stands flat-footed and barely moves his hips. I've long been intrigued by the Eddie Marins philosophy: Swing the handle, not the clubhead. Those are just a few examples of swing techniques with which I like to experiment on the range. I keep coming back to whatever is natural for me, but if I know why this produces that, for example, I can better understand how to improve and repair my swing.
Mike from Bridgeport, CT
Weeks ago, I mentioned a trip to Pittsburgh. I loved the city, although I don't think I found the real Pittsburgh you described. I was hooked before the plane landed, flying over the north bank of the Allegheny River and seeing the rivers and many bridges below. PNC Park has easily the best background of any MLB ballpark, with the Clemente Bridge and skyline beyond the outfield wall. Speaking of outfield walls, I visited the historic Forbes Field's outfield wall. The grounds had a ghostly feel from many all-time greats who once played there. I reflected deeply and imagined being Yogi Berra at the exact spot he turned to watch Bill Mazeroski's blast clear the fence. However, the memory that will make me richest is looking down on the city from the Duquesne Incline on a warm, hazy morning, where the three rivers meet. That's a panoramic view that will never escape my mind.
Yinz might enjoy the photography of Dave Dicello n'at.