"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Ben from Hilo, HI
Yeah. I got fewer questions about yesterday's MORIPS game than any game in this column's history. Most of the questions were about Rodgers taunting the fans. The game was a sleeper; the outcome was never in doubt.
William from Lexington, KY
They have to move to London now, right?
Khan's not going to flee that investment Jacksonville made in the Lot J development. The Jaguars are going to remain in Jacksonville, but I think the Jaguars' presence in London will expand. l get the sense Jacksonville will have to share the Jaguars. What identity will the franchise assume? That's going to be the issue.
Bob from Milwaukee, WI
Go ahead and retire, old man. I promise you the 20 fossils that love reading you regurgitate the same tired stories, hypocritical hot takes, clueless catch phrases and your laughably out-of-touch preachy wisdom ad nauseam will manage to go on living without you. Well, at least for a little while longer, anyway. They are fossils, after all. Or you could just threaten to shut down the comments section again two seconds after you tell everyone how into free speech you are. I'll admit, there's mild amusement there in watching you constantly contradict yourself like an idiot.
Ryan from Milwaukee, WI
I think Rodgers said it best.
Vic from Alexandria, VA
Why do coaches always praise the opponent so much in the interviews that are held the week before a game? They are always saying stuff like "(Team X) is a really talented football team and it's going to be a really big challenge to go in there and beat them." Every game. No matter how bad the other team is. I didn't live in the Lombardi era but imagine those coaches would have shot a little straighter.
What a coach says to the media must be consistent with what he's telling his team. In my entire career, there was only one time a coach I covered didn't talk up an opponent. It was Coach Noll during the week of a game against the expansion Bucs in 1976. He avoided comment about them and begged off a few questions with a sympathetic smile. The Steelers were in the midst of a 10-game winning streak that included five shutouts. They were coming of a big win in Cincinnati and Noll's message to his team that week was for it to tend to its business. The Steelers won 42-0 and threw only 15 passes. It was a performance befitting Noll's message. That's when you know a coach has control of his team: It plays as it's instructed. The message is important. It must be consistent and repeating.
Daniel from Arcola, IL and Helmet, CA
My formative years of fandom were spent reading your "Ask Vic" blog (every single entry) from column No. 1 in Jacksonville all the way through until now. I would like to blame you for causing my life-long Jaguars fandom. What do you have to say for yourself?
I recently read a story about an elk in Colorado that had been walking around with a tire around its neck for two years. The wildlife officers had tried several times to remove the tire but were unsuccessful until recently, when they were able to tranquilize the animal long enough to cut off its antlers and remove the tire. Imagine the elk's relief when he awakened. Maybe one day you'll wake up and the tire will have been removed from around your neck.
John from New York, NY
"Moving in the order is critical in today's draft-for-need culture." Oh no! I've been telling people for 15 years needs-based drafting is wrong! I've had so many arguments over a bucket of beers when I was insistent you should always take the best player you can, regardless of the team needs. What happened to the "Ask Vic" I knew and read in Jacksonville, who refused to back down from BAP despite the constant badgering? Did something change your opinion?
OK, let's do it again. Drafting for need is fine, as long as you don't reach. Free agency has created a more immediate approach to the draft and, as a result, draft-day trading has increased dramatically in recent years. Teams are trading to where the player they want fits. When they do that, they remain true to their value line, which means they are, in effect, picking the best available player. I delivered that same message in Jacksonville. Never reach! Fit your pick to the player.
John from Jacksonville, FL
Do you think there could be a secret and confidential severance agreement with Jon Gruden in conjunction with his resignation?
They'll settle. I have no doubt Gruden will get a whole lot of money to go away. The penalty he's suffering isn't about money, it's about his coaching future. He's toxic now. I doubt he could get a college job.
Jesse from Bethlehem, PA
What's the dime-a-dozen position on defense?
Robert from Glasgow, DE
The thing I am disappointed in is I think I heard you are not making a profit on this blog. You should be making a good income from your blog.
Lukas from Milwaukee, WI
Vic, do you think the NFL should release all of the emails in the WFT investigation. It seems Gruden is the fall guy and others are being protected, including the owner Snyder.
First of all, the NFL isn't going to rule on the WFT investigation until it's concluded. You're mixing apples with oranges. The NFL was investigating the WFT when it found Gruden. They weren't looking for him and they didn't want to find him. This is not a good look for the NFL. Gruden was collateral damage. I doubt the league is protecting other collateral-damage personnel because that information would almost certainly leak to the media and, as I said, the league would go down even harder than Gruden. When I was an employee of the Packers, it was mandatory for all employees to attend a class on email conduct, as taught by the IT department. After the stern warning of repercussion for violating NFL email policy, you'd have to be a raging imbecile to discuss in an email on an NFL server anything more incriminating than picking your nose. The NFL filters are so intense I once had a column fail to send to the person who was to post it because it included a reference to former Browns receiver Fair Hooker. I see all of these comments by people who are so sure they know, but they don't know. Critical thinking has become a reverse process. First we decide, and then we invent ways to deny the truth.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
Of the current players, who would be the first defensive player selected to an "Ask Vic" all-star team?
Aaron Donald. I don't know how long he can continue to play at his amazingly high level, but if he does it for much longer, we might be looking at the greatest defensive player ever. His impact on the game is the equal of Lawrence Taylor's.
John from Brookfield, WI
Would you have flagged Lamb for taunting at the end of the Cowboys game?
No, but it wouldn't have surprised me if it had been called.
Neil from Beaver Dam, WI
What happened to the Bears after their first possession?
Rookie quarterbacks often play their best when they're operating in the script at the start of the game.
Patrick from Indianapolis, IN
I'm guessing your answer to this will be no, but I'd like to ask anyway. Did you learn anything you didn't already know about the Packers from Sunday's game against the Bears?
No. The next learning experience will be the game against the Cardinals.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What did you think of the Seattle-Pittsburgh game?
It was one of the most physically punishing games I've seen in a long time. It was real good football, and T.J. Watt was its star.