"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Max from Philadelphia, PA
When a team spreads a cap hit out with dead years, in effect they are mortgaging the future but planning a future salary cap will be increased, right?
That's part of it. The bigger part of it is all teams know at some point they will enter into a transitional period defined by a passing of the torch at quarterback. That's when they pay off the credit cards.
Stan from Batavia, IL
It is reported the Chicago Bears are actively bidding on suburban Chicago property that could be a site for a new football stadium for the Bears. What is your opinion of Soldier Field as a NFL venue? Do you think a move from downtown to the suburbs could work in Chicago?
The Soldier Field re-do was a bad idea. The footprint was just too restricting. The Bears should be a flagship franchise in the Midwest's defining market and should be playing in one of the NFL's largest stadiums, not the league's smallest. If they can get this stadium situation fixed, maybe they can stop under-achieving.
Robert from Rotterdam, The Netherlands
I looked up Jalen Twyman to learn what had happened to him and the articles I found had a picture of him wearing an odd style of headgear for OTAs. Looking a bit further, I found the Vikings have introduced soft style caps for OTAs to "reduce contact between helmets and unprotected body parts during OTA sessions." I don't know if these caps are the answer, but they did remind me of your comments about removing the facemask. I'd love to see this option get developed further.
OTAs aren't real football, but one day real football will be OTAs and at that point the helmet will no longer be the problem and the facemask will be unnecessary.
Morgan from Little Chute, WI
Would Hornung be considered a bust today?
Paul Hornung was not a feature back. He was the halfback in an offense that featured the fullback, Jim Taylor. Hornung played in a split backs, pro set formation. Hornung was to Taylor as Rocky Bleier was to Franco Harris, as Jim Kiick was to Larry Csonka, as Ernie Green was to Jim Brown. A bust? Hornung was a complementary back, the other guy.
Greg from Glen Carbon, IL
Student loan forgiveness does not forgive the loan, it merely transfers the loan to those who never asked for the loan, never agreed to the loan and never benefitted from the loan. Never mind how I'd feel if I just paid off my student loan, I'd feel worse hard-working, hourly employees who never attended college pay so someone else can back out of their student loan.
Here's an idea: free education.
Dan from Green Bay, WI
Vic, I was disappointed with your answer on student loan forgiveness. How do you think WWI veterans felt when your father went to school on the GI bill? I would hope they were happy for him. Did I read too much into your answer?
Yes, you did. Both of my sons carry huge student debt. Selfishly, I would celebrate if their debt was canceled. I was merely providing another perspective. My inbox, however, has exploded with vitriol for the alternate perspective I provided. When it comes to ourselves, we are madly passionate.
Monty from Seattle, WA
Prices for college have changed a little in the last half century.
So have salaries. My first full-time job coming out of college paid a salary of $7,200 a year.
Grant from Honolulu, HI
Aloha, Vic. Wow, five new starters on the Steelers offensive line. First-year offensive line coach. First-year offensive coordinator. A heralded rookie running back. A young but talented receiving corps. An elite defense. A veteran but aged QB. A head coach and GM with championship pedigrees. Fifteen million dollars in cap space. Is there any historical evidence the offense can be successful?
What you're describing is an aggressive rebuild. The Steelers are being picked to finish last in the AFC North. I applaud their willingness to be new, especially as it pertains to their cap. You have to be willing to fall down to get back up.
Tom from Vista, CA
Vic, will the recent Supreme Court ruling impact women's sports and Title IX?
What the recent Supreme Court ruling did was guarantee more Supreme Court rulings. I think Justice Kavanagh's use of the words "business model" was a big mistake. Those words will be used against gender equity.
Denise from Waxhaw, NC
Have you been following the college baseball World Series?
No. I follow college football and men's college basketball. I watch nothing else.
Dave from Savage, MN
Do you have a favorite football movie?
Football doesn't translate well to movies and I think it's because football is too real, too dramatic to re-create. If there's one scene from a football movie I like, it's the coach's pregame speech from "All The Right Moves," and it's because I'm from one of those towns populated by the minorities to which the coach referred. I didn't have a friend who didn't have a parent or a grandparent who didn't speak a foreign language, and I was one of those friends about whom my friends could say the same. There was no caste system where I grew up. As the wise old man in the pool hall told me, "Ketchman, in the mill all the shovels are double-A."
Steve from New Britain, CT
I don't really like the idea players can opt out of the 2021 season without any reason. What do you think about it? Is it being offered to accommodate those who simply don't want the Covid vaccine?
I can almost hear Coach Noll: You like to opt out, and you're going to opt yourself right out of the league.