"Ask Vic" is published M-W-F through the football season.
Ben from Omaha, NE
Vic, are first-round picks overrated? If the odds of getting a good player are one out of two, isn’t a trade for a good player with two picks worth it?
You do that enough, your cap will be crap and the picks you've traded will be at the top of the draft for your competition to use. Capped out, bad and without draft picks is the trifecta of incompetence.
Alan from Albuquerque, NM
Vic, can the Stafford trade do for the Lions what the Herschel Walker trade did for the Cowboys?
If the Lions use the picks they've acquired wisely, they can cut their rebuilding time in half. With the Stafford trade, I think the Lions have become the team to watch in the NFC North.
Salvador from Marbella, Spain
What’s the rush? Rodgers spent three years warming the bench. Also, when you draft without need, you’re limiting mistakes, and it’s obvious picking Love put a chip on Aaron’s shoulder. Thanks, Vic.
I won't argue with your best-available-player logic, but time is running out on Rodgers' career, so, I do sense a bit of a rush. If the intent is to get one more title before Rodgers' career ends, then using two picks to draft his replacement is illogical. Those are picks that could've been used to improve his supporting cast.
Aaron from White Hall, AR
Thoughts on the Patrick Reed situation?
He should not have picked up that ball. He should've allowed the rules official to judge whether or not it was embedded. I saw it bounce. There's no way that ball embedded in high grass from a two-foot-high bounce. I think Reed knew he was playing fast and loose with the rules. He's a serial cheater and he doesn't mind having that image.
Mike from McFarland, WI
If you were still a reporter, you'd want to ask the Packers leadership, "Was drafting Love a mistake?" But you couldn't ask because you already know the answer they'd give. So how do you ask it without asking it?
You ask, "What was the thinking in trading up to draft Jordan Love in the first round if the team is committed to Aaron Rodgers through the remainder of his contract and beyond (as Brian Gutekunst recently said)?" It's not a question that can't be asked, it's a question that must be asked.
Jake from Chippewa Falls, WI
I didn’t mean what would have happened to the cap if Bradshaw had demanded a trade, I meant what would Coach Noll, Art Rooney and other Steelers brass have said to him?
Unless Coach Noll was directly approached by Bradshaw with the demand, Coach Noll would have said nothing to Bradshaw and neither Art nor Dan Rooney would've interfered because that was not their management style. Coach Noll would've said to the media when asked about Bradshaw's demand, "Terry is a member of our team and we expect him to be in training camp when it opens." If Bradshaw decided to hold out and not report to training camp, Coach Noll would've said to the media when asked about Bradshaw's absence, "Terry who?" Coach Noll was not a man of reassurances.
Chad from Kansas City, MO
What has changed so much since Favre/Rodgers, Rodgers/Love that we cannot just be patient?
There has been a change. Young quarterbacks are playing right away and winning right away. It's a different game than it was 15 years ago. I applauded the Packers' commitment to their value board in selecting Rodgers in the 2005 draft, but we must remember they tried to trade the pick before using it to select Rodgers, which is an admission picking a quarterback wouldn't help them win in the current year and that's what they wanted to do as Favre was nearing the end of his career. The selection of Love was very different. The Packers didn't try to trade away from him, as they did with Rodgers; the Packers traded up to pick Love. There is almost no comparison to the Rodgers and Love selections, or the circumstances involving each.
Mike from Charlotte, NC
Vic, I still see people referencing Mike McCarthy's "stale" offense, yet, LaFleur is lamenting the same points with regards to abandoning the running game. I don't think either of them ever called "pass, pass, pass." We all know who's passing on the run, and it isn't just when he scrambles.
Coach LaFleur had a very bad day. Not calling a timeout to set the defense for the play at the end of the half was a decision made worse by kicking a field goal on fourth down late in the game. Abandoning the run makes us wonder who's coaching that team.
Samuel from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, what does all-in look like to you for the Packers in 2021? What moves would you start making?
If you're going all in, the first thing that needs to be done is the restructuring of contracts to get the cap room necessary to be a player in free agency.
Bill from Marysville, WA
You were brutally honest in your views on Rodgers' postgame comments. (Yesterday) I read from T.J. Lang Aaron wants revenge. You spent time in Green Bay. Is he really that type of person? Is he a prima donna?
We've been led to believe he's a chip-on-the-shoulder guy and it's driven him to achieve. In this case, it won't work; it will breed enmity and division. I'm getting the strong sense this isn't going to end well.
Ben from Alameda, CA
What's the purpose of Packers management stating Rodgers will be the QB for years to come? Doesn't it weaken their bargaining position on a new contract?
No. They're just trying to make this story go away.
Rob from Superior, CO
Do the Packers owe it to Rodgers to go all in on a Super Bowl run?
Leadership owes it to the franchise and its fan base to do what's best for the Green Bay Packers.
Ben from Madison, WI
After seeing the predictive powers of Punxsutawney Phil, a little light bulb in my head went off. So I grabbed a handful of carrots and was able to lure a few groundhogs into the barn. Instead of shining a light on them, I am flashing them images of offensive formations to see whether they can also predict run or pass. The sample size is small so far, but all signs point toward the Packers' search for a defensive coordinator being over.
Funny. In all seriousness, if you're the coordinator of a defense that can't play run and pass without loading up against one of them, you have no choice but to guess which it'll be.
Jeff from Des Moines, IA
Can power football and Aaron Rodgers coexist in Green Bay? I've now heard Matt LaFleur lament multiple times after losses he regrets getting away from the run game. How much of that is the result of who he has under center?
Coach LaFleur is in a tough spot. The emperor has no clothes.