"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Ramiro from Jurupa Valley, CA
Vic, this was probably the most boring Super Bowl I’ve ever watched and I’m 40 years old. Do you agree or am I exaggerating? Why were the Rams unable to move the ball?
It wasn't a great season and it wasn't a great Super Bowl. I enjoyed neither. The season was mostly about officiating controversy, and the Super Bowl didn't give me the feeling it was a clash between the league's best two teams. The Patriots and Rams felt more like survivors than champions. The Rams were unable to move the ball because the Patriots defense was better prepared to play than the Rams offense was.
Seth from Aurora, CO
Could you imagine if MLB gave the World Series MVP to a player that was suspended for a quarter of the season for performance enhancing drugs?
Baseball? Bonds, Sosa, McGwire, Braun and on and on? The NFL has done a much better job of policing PEDs than baseball has.
Lori from Brookfield, WI
Vic, what surprised you most about the Super Bowl game?
I was most surprised by the poor play of the Rams offensive line.
Nate from Plymouth, MN
Personally, I think it's a bit rich to name an offensive player MVP after a Super Bowl in which only 16 total points were scored. I would've given it to Gilmore.
I think there was a movement to give it to anyone but Tom Brady. Truth be known, he was the MVP. With the game on the line, he moved the Patriots right down the field to the game-winner. He's a crunch-time marvel. It's what I respect most in a great quarterback.
Jon from Wright City (wherever that is)
GM Vic, is Goff your franchise QB?
If I was the Rams, I would be very concerned. Jared Goff looked worse than ordinary. His arm looked weak and he looked scared. The game and the Patriots defense were too big for him. Also in the truth be known category, the Rams weren't the same team late in the season they were at midseason, following their blistering start. They found a way to win and get to the big game, but their play began to look lackluster in many ways. I also think the game might've been too big for their coach.
Mark from Madison, WI
The game itself was not entertaining. It was an ode to the fundamentals. While not stimulating, it proved to be refreshing.
It was refreshing in the way sobriety is for a binge alcoholic. We all "drank" too much. We needed this.
Brice from Vancouver, WA
Was it Brady?
With seven minutes to play and the game tied it was.
Sean from Brighton, MI
How did the Patriots neutralize the Rams' high-powered offense?
They stopped the run. For all of the Rams' high-flying ways and their coach's reputation for calling great plays, their success was built on something as simple and as time-honored as the ability to run the football.
Chenc from Gent Oost-Vlaaderen, Belgium
Vic, recently I read an article that talked about Matt LaFleur wanting Green Bay to run the ball more often, and lots of commentators loved the idea. Haven’t we heard this before? What’s different now?
Every coach wants to run the ball, but it's about more than calling running plays. Mostly it's about having a strong enough defense that permits a coach to have the patience to commit to the run and stick with it despite early-game failures. If you go scoreless, your defense allows a touchdown drive, you go scoreless again and your defense allows another touchdown, your patience is in jeopardy. The 2014 Packers had a defense that allowed Mike McCarthy to commit to the run, and he did. Since then, defense has been a problem. Even last season, during which most Packers fans think the Packers made strides on defense, the defense ranked 18th overall, up only four spots from the defense that got Dom Capers fired. The Packers often found themselves trailing in games and being forced to abandon the run. Matt LaFleur comes from a Titans team that was No. 7 in rushing. He'll run it, if his defense allows him to have the patience to commit to the run. Nothing's different now.
Bill from Hawthorn Woods, IL
Vic, no disrespect to the five that got in, but Tony’s extended wait is disappointing. I know that’s through the lens of a biased fan, but I also know if No. 71 played in NY or LA, he’d have a gold jacket already. I feel confident inductiion is a matter of time, but it also seems past due. You’ve known him from the beginning. What are your thoughts?
It's not about where he played, it's about how long he played. Put four more good years on Tony Boselli's career and he would've been a first-ballot selection. Length of career is as important to offensive linemen as touchdown catches are to wide receivers. If it's any consolation, Tony is the best offensive tackle I ever covered.
Joe from Davenport, IA
I have major concern for the growth of the NFL or football in general. The media coverage and “entertainment," in my opinion, is ruining such a wonderful and simple game. I do all I can to avoid it. I feel the audience the NFL/players are trying to reach has shifted and the product on the field has deteriorated as a result.
I had a similar conversation last night following halftime. Vic to Vic: You're old. They don't want you anymore, and they don't want the game you miss and about which you wax nostalgic. It's over! The days of Al Hirt are gone. Deal with it.
Brian from Baltimore, MD
The game, commercials and all the rest were not particularly special. Two commercials for women's moisturizing cream says something, too. Not one truck ad and lots of network promos. That whole presentation package had to make the NFL cringe. What did you see, Vic?
I miss the Go Daddy commercials. I liked those.
John from Little Rock, AR
This past year, I did some construction work in a college football stadium and noticed all of the urinals in the visiting team locker room were hung at a height appropriate for children. Does the NFL have standards for visiting team facilities?
I know of no NFL rule governing the height of urinals. I think what you're describing is a matter of perspective. A team lacking confidence will see the low-mounted urinals as an insult to the team's masculinity. A confident team will see it as an expression of respect.
K.J. from Minneapolis, MN
It seems silly now, everyone wanting the next Sean McVay. Give me the next Bill Belichick.
I am in awe of his ability to prepare and focus his football team. They are always ready to play.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What are your thoughts on Julius Peppers?
Great talent, great player, great stats, certain to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Be that as it may, something is missing from his career, and it's not just a Super Bowl title. The defining moment isn't there. He was quietly great, but certainly not underrated. I wish he hadn't instructed Morgan Burnett to surrender following that interception. I wish Peppers had thrown the block that cleared a path for Burnett to the end zone and took the Packers to the Super Bowl. That would've been the defining moment that's lacking in Peppers' career.
Eric from Hudson, WI
I write you this question on Thursday after seeing your terrible prediction of a Rams win. What part of that Rams' run defense made you think they had a chance to win? Tom is better than Jared. Bill is better than McVay. The Patriots D is better than the Rams D. Aaron Donald is only one person. Belichick will force the Rams to throw. Jared Goff will have a terrible game. What were you thinking?
You nailed it.