"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Vic, who do you feel is the Packers 2019 draft pick that can contribute the most in his rookie season?
Need and value met when the Packers selected Jake Sternberger. It won't surprise me if he becomes the Packers' most productive rookie.
Don from Weaverville (wherever that is)
Do you believe players caught using PEDs should be barred from the Hall of Fame?
No, because the game is loaded with players that don't get caught.
Clark from Boise, ID
Your comments about the history of the NFL reminds me of the book "Johnny U: The Life and Times of John Unitas." Here's the opening line on the book jacket: "In a time when men played football for something less than a living and something more than money, John Unitas was the ultimate quarterback." It's a great read.
When I was young, football was a sport in which boys and young men proved their masculinity. I don't think it's viewed as such today.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, only one team wins the Super Bowl each year. How does a team define a successful season if it doesn't attain that goal?
The emergence and development of young talent makes a season successful, especially if it includes the emergence and development of a young quarterback. The 2008 season was a terrible year for the Packers, but it was obvious the Packers had a young quarterback on the rise, and that made the future look bright. In my mind, if your future is bright, all is well. I'd rather be 5-11 with a bright future than 11-5 with a cast of old players whose arrows are pointing down.
Tyler from Augusta, GA
Vic, who is your favorite actor and why?
It's Robert DeNiro and it's because he can do it all, from intense drama in the "Deer Hunter" to comedy in "Meet the Fockers." One of my favorite DeNiro films is "Bang The Drum Slowly." His performance saved the film from made-for-TV status.
Pete from Los Angeles, CA
Vic, what's behind the spate of anonymously sourced negative pieces on the Packers?
Last year's SI piece launched the Packers as a football soap opera. All of a sudden, everybody wanted to tell all on what was going on behind the scenes. The Packers had become the very thing Mike McCarthy mocked, drama.
Eric from Hudson, WI
Vic, I think it’s funny you’re still beating the McCarthy drum. This has me wondering if there has ever been a coach in the history of the league that needed to be fired, in your eyes. You say receivers are a dime a dozen. I say the same thing about coaches.
I'll tell you what isn't cheap: The money teams have to spend to pay off head coaches and their staffs when they're fired. I wish somebody would do an expose on what the Packers have spent on coaching dead money over the last two years.
Scott from Little Rock, AR
I was watching a re-broadcast of the 1969 "Game of the Century" between Arkansas and Texas. Do you have any memories of that game? I also noticed the wide receivers were in three-point stances. It looked so odd.
I loved to hear Beano Cook tell his story about that game. Beano was the media director for ABC TV when it was the network for college football. Prior to the start of the 1969 season, Beano noticed Texas and Arkansas were scheduled to play each other early in the season. He also saw it was likely both teams would be undefeated in what remained of their schedules. So Beano approached Texas and Arkansas with the idea of moving their game back to late in the season, with the idea they'd both be undefeated and Beano would bill the game as being for the national title. What Beano didn't expect was there would be another undefeated team, Penn State. Nixon jumped in on the national title angle and, all of a sudden, Beano's preseason idea was a huge controversy. It played out just as Beano had planned, but he would forever have to live with the fact no player on Texas or Arkansas had a pro career worth mentioning, while Penn State produced several NFL stars, including Mike Reid, Lydell Mitchell, Ted Kwalick and Franco Harris. Beano might be the best sports story teller of all time. Here's my favorite: When he was the SID at Pitt, Pitt had a star basketball player named Don Hennon. Beano had an idea for promoting Hennon for All-America. He would pose Hennon with Jonas Salk, who had just discovered the cure for polio, and bill Hennon and Salk as "two great Pitt shotmakers." Beano said he went to Salk with the idea. Salk just stared at him.
Justin from Dacula, GA
Vic, which members of this decade's extraordinary Seahawks defense would you predict make it into the Hall of Fame?
I don't see one. Their times at the top were short-lived.
Ryan from Green Bay, WI
Vic, I'm seeing Vikings fans getting shirts made that say "the cap isn't real" and praising the "cap genius" of Rick Spielman. We already saw the team have to restructure a veteran to free up room for a rookie. Can you put into words what happens when a team continuously keeps kicking the can down the road? In other words, why can't a team just infinitely keep pushing money into future years?
Eventually, you have to replace the players you've restructured. In many cases, injury ends their careers before age does. The money doesn't go away when a player's career ends. Whatever's left accelerates onto a team's cap. That usually means the team has to go through a season or two of cap repair. Only after that's complete can it begin the process of repairing the roster for the purpose of being competitive. The Vikings will not emerge from their current cap issues unscathed. The cap always wins.
Barry from Hayward, WI
Vic, can anything be done now to keep a dominant group of players together on one team long enough to become a dynasty?
No. It's a game of replacement. A franchise can become a dynasty, but a team can't.
Richard from Jacksonville, FL
Gene Smith drafted a punter over Russell Wilson. Also, Kaepernick was available in the Gabbert draft, and he would have been a better option.
From 2004-2012, the Jaguars passed on Roethlisberger, Rodgers and Wilson. That's why losing has dominated.
Paul from Cumming, GA
Has anyone in the league fallen forward quite like Adam Gase?
What did the Jets see in Gase to cause them to go gaga about him? Gase over McCarthy? Did they watch the tape of the Dolphins-Packers game? Gase was completely out-coached.
Randy from Medicine Hat, AB
I was reading an article that says Joe Flacco has no intention of mentoring Drew Lock, he is only interested in winning games. Is there really such a thing as mentoring a fellow player, especially when one considers how short their careers are?
I don't understand why fans love the mentoring thing. The team pays coaches to mentor the players. I want to know the players are competing, not mentoring. I don't want them to be friends. I want them to be competitors. I want them to view every other player in the system to be a challenge to their roster spot. I like the edge.
Jerry from Savannah, GA
Vic, what distinguishes a boundary receiver?
Usually he's a tall receiver who can use the boundary to avoid bracket coverage and get up over a shorter defender and high-point the ball.
Justin from Titonka, IA
What surprised you the most about this draft?
Quarterbacks weren't over-drafted. I was stunned Haskins and Lock lasted as long as they did.