"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Matt from Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Vic, I had not attended an NFL game for several years prior to the game in Jacksonville this past Sunday. From the moment the game kicked off, I was surprised and annoyed at the constant blaring of music throughout the game. From the moment a play ended up to the snap of the next play, stadium speakers cranked up various music at ridiculous decibels, making it impossible to hear anyone next to you speak. I attended the game with some Jacksonville season ticket holders who claim for Jax games music is not blared non-stop and New Orleans must have been responsible for the game experience.
They're right. It was a Saints home game and their gameday people were in control. The Saints have long been music blarers. They do it to create a home dome advantage, just as the Vikings and Colts piped in crowd noise.
Bill from Newnan, GA
How would Coach Vic get control of this current Packers locker room?
It begins with getting the quarterback, the leader of the team, to pull in the same direction as the coach and reinforce the coach's message. I would appeal to Aaron Rodgers, in a professional but stern way, to cease talk of his dissatisfaction with the franchise and its personnel decisions, and to focus solely on this season and the task directly before the team. I would make it clear my request was also a demand. With that, the conversation would abruptly end. He would leave that meeting knowing I was at the end of my tolerance with his beautiful mystery baloney.
Jack from Jacksonville, FL
From the perspective of the fans, is there anything to Urban skipping conference calls with the press or are we just making mountains out of mole hills?
It's no big deal for the fans, but it's not something that speaks well for Meyer or the Jaguars in league circles. The opposing coach conference call has been a tradition in the league since before I began covering the NFL. It goes back to the days when the league had tickets to sell and the opposing coach conference call was a means for advancing and promoting the game. Nowadays, all of that is seemingly meaningless; there's more than enough hype. For all of my career, the opposing coach conference call was accompanied by a separate interview with a requested player, usually the opposing quarterback. The interviews didn't reveal much in the way of bold remarks, but they often set a tone for the game and gave it flavor. I remember a conference call with Bart Starr when he was the coach of the Packers. He requested each media person identify himself by name and the media affiliate he represented. Starr would then politely say, "Hi, Vic," and then the question would be asked. It sent a message of distinction and spoke well of Starr and the Packers. Bum Phillips was a hoot. We had a great interview with him about a Steelers fan stealing Bum's cowboy hat and then, upon Bum's request that it be returned, the fan had it cleaned and blocked before returning it. I remember Sam Rutigliano answering omerta to a question, and Don Coryell expressing disappointment the interview was ending. "I'm enjoying this. My interviews usually don't last this long," he said. "We gotta go, coach," we said, and Coryell burst into laughter. It might've been the first time the media played the "we gotta go" card. John Madden was always fun, especially during the Holy Wars years. My point is something is lost if we continue to withdraw from moments such as these. If the giants of the game weren't above promoting it, why should Urban Meyer think he is?
Jonathan from Hednesford, England
Can you see a situation where Jordan Love becomes the starting quarterback with Rodgers on the bench? What effect would that have on the locker room? Rodgers' attitude stinks and he needs to go.
That's not the way to do it. Rodgers has meant too much to the Packers franchise and its history to treat him so disrespectfully. If the clash between Rodgers and the Packers continues, and the franchise decides it can no longer live with the distraction, it needs to trade Rodgers and move on. If it comes to a head after the trade deadline, it would be best to wait until after the season before pulling the plug. The interview with Erin Andrews would frost me if I was LaFleur or Murphy. We're still doing this? I suspect Gutekunst doesn't need any more frosting.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
After listening to Rodgers' postgame comments and reading yours, I'm not sure he took responsibility for the loss. What's your take?
He chose to downplay the loss. I thought it was evasive.
Herb from St. Paul, MN
Vic, how is it possible a reporter can tell Urban Meyer he was "unfortunately" mentioned being considered for the USC coaching job, then given the opportunity to "refute" the story, and still have a job? It had to be one of the saddest moments in journalism I've ever witnessed.
I suspect the question was phrased that way sarcastically or jokingly, as if to say I know you're going to say you're not interested in the job, but the question has to be asked so let's get your answer on record and move to other subject matter. The fact of the matter is it's unfair to publicly ask an employee of one company if he's interested in working for another company and expect a truthful answer. There's no good way to do it.
Tim from Denver, CO
Outside the teams you wrote for, what games around the league interest you in Week 2? I like the afternoon games. I want to see how the Vikings, Titans and Cowboys respond from their disappointing starts, just like the Packers.
Chiefs at Ravens and Bills at Dolphins.
Andrea from Magenta, Italy
There are multiple reports about Meyer's coaching style not clicking with players, and the Jaguars looked badly undisciplined and unable to prevent shooting themselves in their feet last Sunday. Do you think Meyer can adapt and change his ways quickly enough to right the ship in the near future?
If he has to change his ways to click with the players, then he's not the right man for the job.
Stan from Stevens Point, WI
Was it my TV or did it look like Aaron has aged about five years since January?
Maybe he forgot to take off his makeup from the State Farm shoot.