"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Chris from Bozeman, MT
Curious if you still stand by your assessment of Reid being a better offensive coordinator than a head coach?
I congratulate Andy Reid on his victory.
Joe from Rhinelander, WI
Moving forward, what do you see from the 49ers and Chiefs the next 2-3 years?
The Chiefs have a star quarterback who should make them the team to beat in the AFC for the next several years. The 49ers have a dominant roster that should make them a Super Bowl contender for the next several years.
Anthony from Milwaukee, WI
I guess the 49ers need something more than window dressing.
Edward from Canton, SD
Congratulations to the KC Chiefs, their fans and especially to Andy Reid. It's a shame the Packers were basically forced by the NFL to hire Ray Rhodes as head coach after Mike Holmgren left. l think Andy and No. 4 would have won at least one if not more Super Bowls together.
I don't like the way that sounds.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What are your thoughts on the Super Bowl?
A great quarterback came to life at crunch time and two pass interference penalties decided the championship game in a season defined by pass interference.
Dejan from Kitchener, Ontario
Big fan of your work, Vic, but when you suggested Rashan Gary move to ILB, you had me a bit worried. He would be a terrible ILB. When was the last time you saw a 6-5, 280 ILB? I hope Tony or your scout friends can knock some sense back into you.
Levon Kirkland is listed as having played at 275 and it was widely reported he was pushing 300 pounds for much of his career, and he was still covering tight ends deep downfield. Matt Millen made the move from defensive tackle to inside linebacker. I have to believe, according to his draft profile and reputation, Gary is more athletic than Millen. If you can play outside, you can play inside, provided you have the size to bang with the big boys, and Gary does. It would be a way to get arguably the most athletic player on the defense on the field. I'm just trying to make all the pieces fit and that's difficult to do because there are too many of the same piece; the Packers signed and/or drafted the same guy three times. You don't make a guy the 12th overall pick and ask him to eat blocks as a 3-4 DE. The Packers could switch to a 4-3 and Gary would fit perfectly as a RDE, but the Smith Bros. aren't 4-3 OLBs. You didn't sign them to cover downfield; they're pass rushers. The best I can come up with is moving Gary inside.
Ron from Boise, ID
So much conversation about the 2020 UFAs. The Packers cap in 2021 does not look healthy. Forgetting this year's free agents, next year we have Bakhtiari, Clark and Jones. Care to suggest how that will play out?
The Packers have plenty of contracts that can be restructured, beginning with Za'Darius Smith's. At this point in time, the question is: Will the Packers restructure contracts and create cap room to be aggressive in free agency, or was last year's aggressiveness in free agency a one-year thing and the Packers will return to a more cautious cap approach? We'll have an answer to that question within the next month.
Bob from Venice, FL
Is it safe to assume the team's opponents next season will run the ball until the Packers prove they can stop the run?
The Packers will fix this problem in the offseason. How will they do it? We have to wait for the answer to that question.
Gabriela from Miami, FL
As a down lineman in a 3-4 front, what made Bruce Smith so exceptional?
Talent made him a great player. What I find interesting about Smith's career is I believe he spent it playing out of position. He was better suited to play RDE in a 4-3. Marv Levy knew that so the Bills didn't make Smith two-gap, as would be expected of a conventional 3-4 defensive end. You don't waste great athletes on eating blocks. Smith was permitted to penetrate and disrupt in a gap-control defense and, in my opinion, that made Smith a bad fit for the Bills. That was the most talented defense in the AFC, maybe in the league, and they got mauled in every Super Bowl they played. They couldn't stop the run. Why? Because they had defenders running all over the field, looking like they were on skates. Sound familiar? The Texans have tried the same thing with J.J. Watt and they've suffered the same fate; No. 25 against the run. The 3-4 is a light-in-the-pants defense that has to be executed in a particular way for it to be successful. It requires defensive linemen who eat blocks and hold the point of attack. Hey, somebody has to do the heavy lifting, right? They don't have to be great athletes, just physical and tough. I'm fond of saying 3-4 defensive ends are 4-3 defensive tackles that can't rush the passer.
Ben from El Paso, TX
We know where you stand with respect to Washington, but what are your thoughts on Kansas City and their use of Native American symbolism?
It's kind of pukey, but at least it doesn't refer to skin color. What I find so ironic and outrageous is for a long time Washington's training camp was in Carlisle, Pa., home of the Carlisle Indian School made famous by Jim Thorpe and the true Carlisle Indians.
Tom from Bismarck, ND
Vic, you are absolutely correct, sir. Receivers are, in fact, a dime a dozen. However, the mock drafts are filled with rumors and suggestions of the Packers going whole hog on these guys. Might I suggest we keep drafting defense, defense and more defense. Do you realize the Packers have had the second-best defense on the field in every significant game they've played over the past 25 years. Let that sink in for a second.
In last spring's draft, the first wide receiver wasn't selected until the 25th overall pick. Beginning with the 51st overall pick, eight were selected in the next 16 picks: A.J. Brown, Mecole Hardman, D.K. Metcalf, Diontae Johnson. The Packers passed on last year's treasure trove of wide receivers, but not to worry, this year's crop is thought to be even deeper. Maybe they'll pass again. Dime a dozen.
Bill from Merrill, WI
You sound like just another loser lib who can't find it in them to support our great President Trump and our booming stock market. Liberal gun-hater losers like you will never understand what it is to be a decent, honest, rural person. People who live in the cities are whiny losers! Try coming to real America some time, liberal loser! Woops, hang on, I need to take another handful of opioids and find someone to blame for all the feelings I have but never learned how to process.
Nick from Owego, NY
Do you think high school football will someday be gone? I grew up in a rural area and just learned due to lack of participation at my old school's team they combined three neighboring-school football programs into one.
It already has gone away as I knew it as a kid, when my high school/hometown team was the most important thing in my life. Participation is down. Schools are forfeiting the remainders of seasons because they don't have enough players to field a competitive team. Schools are leaving regional and state leagues to play independent schedules, along with other schools that want to play a less intense brand of football, and they're traveling great distances, even out of state, to do it. What we're seeing is the equivalent of the death of the local boxing club. Once upon a time, they were common in the mill towns and big-city neighborhoods. I worked at a newspaper that had a boxing club in its circulation area. The guy who ran it reminded me of Burgess Meredith in "Rocky" and he'd call me every week to tell me how his fighters did in recent bouts. I wouldn't know where to find a boxing club now. I think high school football will continue to merge and shrink, until it reaches a low-water mark of schools willing to pay the cost and risk the danger of liability. At that point, I think it'll stabilize. It'll be played mainly by players of elite talent. At that point, it'll be dead because it won't be a source of community spirit, it'll be a talent show for college football.
Steve from Hudson, WI
What is a successful season for an NFL team? Does not winning the Super Bowl make it a failure?
I think a season should be separated into two parts, the regular season and the postseason. The goal heading into the regular season should be to make it into the postseason. When that is accomplished, the goal becomes to win the Super Bowl. If a team makes it into the postseason but doesn't win the Super Bowl, it succeeded at one and failed at the other. Only one team finishes the season 2-0.
Chris from Kitakyushu, Japan
"NFL Gamepass," the NFL's online streaming service for international fans, stopped working internationally with three minutes left in the Super Bowl. How can a league that so badly wants to expand internationally allow something like that to occur?
At least you got to see the halftime show.