Denny from Midvale, UT
My thoughts on the Packers quarterback situation are if they are playing good enough to make the playoffs with Hundley at QB, and Rodgers is healthy enough to come off IR and play, why not stay with Hundley? To bring Aaron in at that point could upset the turnip cart and ask too much, too soon of him. What are your thoughts on that?
Hey, Brett Hundley threw for 87 yards! It’s ridiculous for you to even consider that long-range scenario, but it’s proof fans love controversy. It’s the bye week, you’re bored and you want a quarterback controversy.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Vic, there seems to be a lot of back and forth in the media between Aaron Rodgers and Anthony Barr in regards to the hit Barr put on Rodgers. Do you have an opinion? Are you willing to share it?
Every time Rodgers did "The belt," I cringed.
Marc from Hartford, VT
Hey, Vic, we needed the bye week to get healed and get our game plan for the most important game of the year cemented.
I agree. This is the big one. I can’t imagine the Packers winning the NFC North without beating the Lions on Monday.
Josh from Tucson, AZ
Hey, Vic, great to see you back! Looks like the Jags are digging into the past with an old Jack Del Rio proclamation: “We will stop the run.” What do you think of the trade for Dareus? My opinion is it’s a bold one with the idea the team has a shot, even with subpar quarterback play from time to time. Regardless, it’s fun to be excited about the Jaguars this time of year; the December friend is at the driveway, wondering if he should ring the doorbell or not. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t keep walking down the street.
It’s a no-risk deal. Marcell Dareus won’t decide the Jaguars’ fate this season, Blake Bortles will, but Dareus might help the Jaguars make December meaningful, and that’s most important for a franchise that’s been irrelevant since, well, since I left. There’s going to be a December in Jacksonville this year, and it’s going to re-light the pro football fire that burned in Jacksonville during the franchise’s whirlwind early years. Who knows? Maybe there’ll be another middle-of-the-night pep rally.
Ben from London, UK
Vic, if Rodgers recovers fully, is next season finally the time for the Packers to switch to a win-now strategy and take some risks with the cap?
I think next year will be a time for the Packers to begin thinking about drafting a quarterback in the first round.
Hank from Muskego, WI
Why do you do power rankings now? I thought you did not like them?
They can be made entertaining, which I try to do by getting a little wild with them and inserting cryptic comments. The problem with that approach is it can create bulletin board material if you’re writing for a team website. I don’t have to worry about that now. What I don’t like about power rankings is people who take them seriously. I think they should be for entertainment only. I think it’s about time for a real juicy asterisk.
Brian from Jacksonville, FL
Does Leonard Fournette remind you any past running backs? Can he be better than Fred Taylor?
Fournette reminds me a little of Natrone Means. Better than Fred? In my heart, nobody could ever be better than Fred.
Mike from Somerset, WI
Vic, I miss your questions during the coaches’ media sessions. How did you formulate your questions?
I didn’t formulate them, I just asked them. If you’re covering a team on a daily basis, you know what to ask and how to ask it, and the how is more important than the what.
Ben from El Paso, TX
Do the wolves howl louder or softer during the bye week?
They chew on a bone.
Wendell from Porta Allegre, Brazil
I've read an article about a possible change from a 3-4 to a 4-3 on the Packers defense. In base defense, it would be Nick Perry and Dean Lowry as ends, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark as interior linemen, Clay Matthews as Sam, Blake Martinez as Mike, Josh Jones as Will. I like it. What do you think?
I fear it’s too light in the pants and would struggle in the running game.
Jeffro from Kenosha, WI
How do veterans like Bennett and Evans keep focused, under the circumstances? You would have to think they signed with hopes of playing for a championship.
It’s professional football, it’s about the money, and that means it’s about the tape.
Nathan from New York, NY
The Seahawks, a team once known for their defense, wins a wild shootout over the Texans, also a team once known for their defense. Has defense all of the sudden disappeared in the NFL?
It hasn’t happened suddenly; the league has long lobbied against defense. When the Seahawks and Broncos won Super Bowls with a defense-first approach, I said they were the last vestiges of a bygone era; they were flukes in a league gone wild with offense. The NFL won’t allow defense to dominate, as it did in the ’70s. Even low-scoring games, such as Sunday night’s Steelers-Lions game, produce huge yardage totals and big plays. The Steelers won the game with four fantastic goal-line stands, but the tight red zone is the only place where the field is level. At all other places on the field, it tilts to favor offense. It’s a trend the NFL is vigilant to continue.
Josh from Atlanta, GA
Sometime in the fourth quarter of the Seattle-Houston game, the announcer said, “Players, not plays.” Also, as a Packers fan from the south, I find it humorous Packers fans always complain about play-calling, but UW Badgers are the perfect example of a players/execution, not plays team. Just line up and beat your man.
When you play Wisconsin’s schedule, you can win with plays, not players, too.
Danny from Kewanee, IL
Would you believe I still have my “thing?”
Always hold onto your "thing."