"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Richard from Clearwater, MN
Do you chalk it up to wanting to stay aggressive, or is it really as simple as the Packers only want to throw to win as why they refuse to run the ball to bleed the clock?
When I joined packers.com in 2011, I routinely got complaints about the Packers lacking killer instinct and trying to kill the clock instead of running up the score. I explained it was the way the pro game was played; just win the game and get to the next game without injury. Now, I'm getting the opposite complaints. It's still just win, baby. The Packers won. They played well. It was about as I expected. The Steelers played hard but were overmatched. What's happened to the Steelers is what happens when you don't get the big guys on offense. The Steelers have only drafted seven offensive linemen in the last nine years, and none higher than the third round. Why hasn't anyone mentioned that neglect in defense of Ben Roethlisberger? I have repeatedly said you have to get the big guys early, and often. This is what happens when you don't do that. I think Kevin Colbert has done an outstanding job of keeping that team at the top of the league, but his track record in drafting offensive linemen is a significant failure.
Anthony from Pyeongtaek, South Korea
What a boring game. Just dragged on forever. Neither team seemed interested in winning it. I thought your reports of Roethlisberger’s demise were greatly exaggerated, but I was wrong. But then Rodgers looked like he wanted to match him. And neither team wanted to run the ball consistently, when they could. The only thing I ask is would trading Love to the Steelers make everyone happy?
Your expectations are too high.
Clark from Muskegon, IL
What impact did the Joe Haden phantom offsides call have on this game?
I thought it was an iffy call that went the Packers' way. It might've made a difference, but the better team won.
Dave from Jacksonville, FL
Did you see Urban’s lap dance? Horrible look for the Jaguars organization. I hope he resigns with a headache. The drama will never end with this guy.
I was outraged when I found out he elected to stay in Ohio instead of traveling home with his team after a game he described as a heartbreaking loss. Tom Coughlin would've gone from the airport to his office and had 10 players and coaches in and out of his office by 8 a.m. the next day. I question Coach Meyer's commitment. Vic to Shad Khan: Do something!
Anthony from Jamestown, ND
Forgive me if I'm mistaken, Vic, but I think I recall you being high on Carson Wentz early in his career. What caused his downturn?
He hasn't been the same following the knee injury in Los Angeles. I suspect he's the victim of eroding skills, but he played well yesterday against a good defense. Maybe Frank Reich can resurrect Wentz' career.
David from Rochester, MN
I make soups on Sundays for football and I figured I'd look to see if there are any Pittsburgh soups since the Packers are playing the Steelers, and I landed on Pittsburgh wedding soup, but the recipe just looks like Italian wedding soup. Any insight as to how it is different?
No. Just eat it over the sink.
Jack from Middleton, WI
How would you know if Chatty becomes better at broadcasting with the tube always muted?
I muted the first half and listened to the second half. I liked the first half better, but I'll give Romo credit for acknowledging all of the chipping the Steelers had to do to give Roethlisberger any time to throw. When you have to chip to pass protect, you lack receivers downfield. How's that for a double whammy? The inability to protect the quarterback creates a cascade of problems.
Maxwell from Milwaukee, WI
Is Mac Jones the guy?
He's a technician. You can win with him, but I don't think he's a tilt-the-field guy.
Josh from DePere, WI
Rodgers Tuesday talks provide me with entertainment. This week he sang Coach Tomlin's praises. Specifically, he said he likes his postgame comments. This is coming two weeks after he hung LaFleur out to dry for his postgame comments. Unreal! I’ve never witnessed QB play at the level he’s playing these past couple of years. However, the Packers should cut their losses and move on after this year. It seems LaFleur has demoted himself to a puppy role, seeking Rodgers' approval at all costs. I can’t imagine the dysfunction Rodgers creates in the organization. What do you think about Rodgers' personality and how it impacts the team, or doesn’t it matter?
Rodgers is "The Little Girl with a Curl." When he is good, he is very, very good, and when he is bad he is horrid. Rodgers is the best quarterback I've ever covered, but there's a disconnect on which I can't put my finger. I dismissed this disconnect for a lot of years as unfair criticism, but I surrendered to it following last season's NFC title game. The Packers should not have lost that game. That was Rodgers' moment to take the spotlight away from Tom Brady. Why didn't he win that game? Why didn't he run against what appeared to be an open field to the end zone? Why did his coach quit on him on fourth down? And then came the postgame press conference and that inappropriate "beautiful mystery" baloney. That was the end of the line for me. I applaud Mark Murphy's patience and dedication to get that one more title. Maybe this is the year.
Dan from Rapid City, SD
For what it’s worth, the McAfee podcast is a refreshingly positive take on sports with a good bit of humor mixed in. The curmudgeon shtick is tiresome. Quit patting yourself on the back.
Jack from White Plains, NY
I heard a commentator on a Steelers website contend Roethlisberger's decision to sign and take a pay cut did a favor for the team and enabled the Steelers to sign Watt. Do you agree with that kind of assessment?
Restructuring Roethlisberger's contract allowed the Steelers to avoid what would've been a big dead money hit in 2021, and that helped the Steelers sign Watt to a new contract, but others means of making room for Watt would've been available to the Steelers had Roethlisberger retired or forced the Steelers to cut him. The Steelers brought Roethlisberger back because an heir apparent is not in place. Roethlisberger is wrongly taking the fall for the Steelers' woes. The Steelers are in rebuilding. This year isn't about replacing Roethlisberger. This year is about fixing their offensive line. Didn't we know that before the season began?
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
The Jaguars trade Jalen Ramsey for two picks that turned into K'Lavon Chaisson and Travis Etienne. Who won that trade?
The Rams got a guy they needed to win now. The Jaguars didn't do enough with the picks they got. All of that could change, but that's the way it appears right now.
Mike from McFarland, WI
What are your thoughts, if any, on today's "Ask Vic?"
What if I said just to get the hell away from you guys? Could you handle it?