"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Steve from Montclair, NJ
Vic, what is your take on Mike Daniels being cut?
It surprised me, but I think the answer to your question is obvious: Brian Gutekunst and Mike Pettine are rebuilding the defense according to their vision and Pettine's scheme. Mike didn't fit into either.
Nick from Waukesha, WI
Vic, might you consider an official “Ask Vic” Instagram account? It would offer an opportunity to share with your fans photos from throughout your career as well as those from present-day kayak trips, walks around the marina, or even trips to the outhouse of your favorite restaurant. It would provide a visual complement to the pictures you paint with words and give fans a chance to see the island of misfit toys that fits your eye so well.
Sounds like work. I like "Ask Vic" the way it is. It's understated and relaxed. It's a place for words.
Ben from Alameda, CA
What would have happened in the '60's if home games weren't blacked out on television? My more recent experience with Raiders blackouts hasn't increased my desire to buy game tickets. I just find something else to watch or do.
If home games in the '60's were shown on TV, I probably would've watched the games with my father at home on our black and white Admiral TV. I wouldn't have watched my father buy tickets for $3 each from a guy standing outside Forbes Field. I wouldn't have had to console my father when he discovered the tickets were behind the home plate screen. I wouldn't have learned how to control my lust for ballpark hot dogs as their aroma from inside the vendor's metal box filled my nostrils. "Your mother will have dinner waiting for us," my father would say. I wouldn't have had to sit near people I didn't know and would never see again, and listen to them cheer and boo and share in each other's joy and disappointment. I would've never asked my father "What's that?" as I pointed to a structure he said was the press box. Little did I know, huh? I would've never seen Bobby Layne's bloody nose in real life, or how beautiful the Giants' blood red numbers and stripes were on their white jerseys. As I write these words, a framed picture of Forbes Field hangs from the wall directly in front of me. It's an aerial view from behind home plate. I can see exactly where my father bought the tickets, and I can see the White Tower on the other side of the street, where my father bought a coffee and a hot chocolate because once we walked across the street and into the ballpark the prices jumped. "We're here to see a football game, not eat," he would say. Life was good. I'm glad I can relive it.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, Kirk Cousins has said he uses a hyperbaric chamber to help himself recuperate from football injuries. What is the most interesting healing technique you have encountered?
A running back named Sidney Thornton treated his sprained ankle by soaking his good ankle in a bucket of ice water.
Alan from Albuquerque, NM
Vic, now that the Packers have spent themselves into the red, what does their cap look like?
In terms of real money, the worst is over. As for the cap, the worst is ahead.
Paul from Apalachicola, FL
If you could go back and fix realignment, what would you do?
The league did it the right way. My interest in 2002 was purely selfish. I wanted to see the Jaguars stay with the Steelers, Browns and Ravens because that was good for me professionally and, in my opinion, good for the team I covered. What the league did was create three divisions in each conference that played to traditional and geographical rivalries. That meant there would have to be one division of leftovers in each conference: AFC South and NFC West. That plan caused the least amount of disruption. My plan in the AFC was to put the Bengals in with the Colts and Titans, which created the potential for strong geographic rivalry, and include the expansion Texans, who had the obvious Oilers tie to the Titans. All these years later, I think the Jaguars have evolved nicely in the AFC South, but you saw what happened last year when they played the Steelers. It was another show-stopper. The place was full and the winning touchdown was scored with five seconds to play in the game.
Scott from Lincoln City, OR
How do you think "your" Steelers are going to do this year without Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell?
I think it's time to be new, and that usually means taking a step back.
Bruce from New Canaan, CT
Borrowing liberally from "The Boss," I think the following lyrics sum up the whole Rodgers play-calling kerfuffle: "Poor man wanna be rich, rich man wanna be king, Rodgers ain't satisfied til he calls everything."
What if Matt LaFleur said Aaron Rodgers will have complete freedom to change the play on any and all downs? Hmmm, all of a sudden Rodgers is the offensive coordinator. All of a sudden, he owns it. Good luck with that.
Curt from Locust Grove, GA
I know socialism is a buzz word in politics so I completely understand why you wouldn't want to open this can of worms on here and I'm not advocating for socialism in society, but isn't what the NFL does in redistribution of the wealth from the rich teams to the poorer teams kind of a form of socialism with the government in this case being the league?
Yes. Does it disturb you it works?
Alex from Orlando, FL
Vic, what are the top three storylines of the season for your three teams?
Jaguars -- Is Foles the answer? Will Ramsey continue to be a distraction? Is Fournette going to make a comeback? Packers -- Who's calling the plays? How will Pettine use his pass rushers? Is Aaron Jones who we think he is? Steelers -- Was it Ben or was it Brown? Will the defense begin protecting leads? Rebuild or reload?
Eric from Lansing, MI
Vic, I just saw an NFL legends film of Deion Sanders' career highlights. As a showboater, he was ahead of his time (in an ugly way). But as someone who played offense, defense and special teams, he was right out of the old NFL. Any Sanders stories you have to tell?
Old NFL? He was a bad and unwilling tackler. He couldn't have played for Lombardi.
Jim from Maple Grove, MN
In the alternate universe in which Pete Rozelle couldn't sell leaguethink, what does professional football look like today?
It would like college football. The Cowboys would have their own TV deal (Notre Dame), and the conferences or maybe even the divisions would negotiate TV rights much as college football's Power Five have.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Vic, If you were king for a day in the NFL realm, in the interest of lessening brain injury, what type of helmet would you decree?
One without a facemask.
John from Garnet Valley, PA
If you could relive one season as a reporter, what year would you choose?
The 1978 and '96 seasons were special to me, but I think I'd like to relive my last season, 2015. I knew it was going to be my last, so it was a kind of victory tour for me. I was flooded with memories with each stop I made. It gave me a chance to say goodbye to people I had known for years but would probably never see again. It brought all of the seasons back to life. When the Packers reached the playoffs, I knew the possibility existed the next game would be the last game, which it was in Arizona. I used my phone to video my walk into the stadium that day; no words, just the walk, the last walk. It's the only press pass I ever saved.