"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Greg from Raleigh, NC
If a player retires and enough time goes by that the contract would have been played out, how long does the team still have the player's rights?
Forever or until the player plays out the remaining time on his contract.
Howard from Homestead, FL
So, the Jaguars forgot to blur out their draft board in a team-produced video series and we now know Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle had the same grade as Lawrence. Do other teams do knuckle-headed things like this or just the Jags?
The Patriots sent a video team to Cleveland to record the Bengals' sideline. Stupidity is not exclusive.
Chris from Vancouver, BC
Vic, if you trade Rodgers, do you trade Adams?
It would be a way to eat up a big chunk of the dead money hit the Packers would take for trading Rodgers. That part of trading Adams is attractive, but I don't think you'd get much for him. A team trading for him would have to do a new contract with him immediately, and all indications are Adams wants to break the bank on a new deal. I would prefer to find other ways to eat up Rodgers' hit, allow Adams to play out his contract and then take the comp pick I'd get for letting him leave.
Casey from York, PA
I've been listening to the Packers' rookies give interviews and I'm struck by how mature and thoughtful most of them appear. Does this say more about what the Packers front office values when making their selections, or are more and more rookies studying and preparing for the press?
They are a product of a culture that values political correctness and polish.
Steve from New Britain, CT
As a journalist, do you think Rodgers tries to emulate Tom Brady's personal and professional choices? There's the special diet and how they both switched partners to be with glamour girls, and now how each decided to dump their original NFL team. Maybe Rodgers will lure Adams to join his next team to be like Gronk.
Maybe the Beach Boys will do a song about them and call it "California Boys."
Eric from Howell, NJ
This Packers defense has shown it can rush the passer effectively. They were also one of the better secondaries in football last year and just added another top pick at the position. Rush and cover. I’ve been waiting for a decade but could this year finally be the year they become a championship-caliber defense?
The ingredients are there. A Rodgers trade could launch the Packers into a new era and new identity: Run the ball and play defense. Wow! How about that?
Don from Torrington, CT
Your analysis of the Packers/Rodgers situation is spot on with the exception of the one rich guy owner line of thinking. If the Packers had a single rich guy owner, they would have been moved out of the great state of Wisconsin years and years ago. And then they wouldn't really be the Packers we know and love. I know you've had a hard time understanding how the Packers are different; you've often scoffed at Holmgren's Super Bowl locker room speech ("This trophy means more to us than to other teams"). I don't think Holmgren was addressing the athletes in the room; he was speaking directly to his owners and, as an owner/shareholder of the Green Bay Packers,I can tell you absolutely without question that when the Packers do well it means more to me than when the Brewers and Bucks do well, precisely because when the team passed the hat I contributed what I could at the time, just like the people of Green Bay did in the early days. We didn't need any rich guy. We're our own rich guy. And I wouldn't change that for the world.
William from Thornton, CA
How would Lombardi have handled this if Starr was the one wanting out? Totally different time I know, but what if it was now?
How did Lombardi handle Jim Taylor when he wanted out? He let him leave rather than capitulate to Taylor's contract demands. "The Packers have been in this business for 47 years – is that right? – and they'll be in it for another 47 years, so we always will have to replace the Jim Taylors," Lombardi said. That's when the Packers were tough.
James from Austin, TX
I just went down an Internet rabbit hole on the Bloomfield Rams. I’ve learned more about the history of football from your blog than anything else. Any recommended reading?
My friend Ed Bouchette of "The Athletic" recommends "Breaker Boys: The NFL's Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship." Shame on the NFL for not giving back the title Pottsville won and deserves.
Jack from San Francisco, CA
Vic, am I alone in my feeling the Packers should give Rodgers whatever he wants? He's a generational talent at the most important position and just turned in an MVP season. I'd be happy to see the Packers give him a top-of-market contract that guarantees he's the starter for the next three or four years, trade Jordan Love, demote or fire Gutekunst, and give (Rodgers) input on roster decisions. They made a mistake in taking Love, thinking Rodgers was on a sharp decline. Owning up to it and making those concessions (or whatever Rodgers needs to be happy) seems like the right move.
What you're suggesting nauseates me.
Tom from Bismarck, ND
I've watched numerous Jordan Love highlight videos and I'd like to submit a scouting report based upon over 50 years of watching everyone from Johnny Unitas to Tim Tebow throw a football. In a 10-plus-minute video, he doesn't throw one timing-route ball. He drops back, usually a deep drop from a shotgun snap, dances a little with quick feet, heaves a ball downfield that one of his reasonably gifted receivers adjusts to, for a nice gain. Again, I'm convinced the scouting department is no more sophisticated than any college coach might be. What qualifies one to be a scout? Please tell me it isn't a former player who's been given a job based on his loyalty to the sport or a thank you from his former team.
Your cynicism is not misguided or unappreciated.
William from Thornton, CO
Lambeau was thrown out by the board. The stadium is named for him. Lombardi left for Washington. The trophy is named for him. Starr won five championships. He was fired as head coach. Favre went to the Vikings. He returned as if nothing happened. Will this Rodgers thing be forgotten years from now, regardless of what happens?
Lambeau also tried to assemble an ownership team that would move the team to Los Angeles. Holmgren? After his "more to us" speech, he left Green Bay for Seattle, yet, the franchise continues to celebrate him and welcome him back with open arms. Packers history is punctuated by betrayal. If this Rodgers saga is the most recent example, then I say it's time for the Packers and their fans to close their arms.
Brian from Sugar Land, TX
What happens if they go 9-8 with Rodgers?
Dead team walking.
Del from Sterling, IL
Can you imagine what Trevor Lawrence could’ve demanded without the rookie wage scale? What were your thoughts when it was implemented, and where do you think the NFL would be if it hadn’t been?
The rookie wage scale is the most significant piece of legislation in salary cap CBA history. Think of all the high-pick busts that devastated their team's future. They weren't just a wasted pick, they were a huge chunk of wasted cap space that lingered. Having the first overall pick in a Jamarcus Russell or Tim Couch kind of year became a penalty.
Simon from Santa Clara, CA
How would you compare the greatness of the Patriots dynasty with those that came before?
How many of the players on those Patriots teams will make it into the Hall of Fame? Compare that to the number of '60's Packers, '70's Steelers, '80's 49ers and '90's Cowboys in the Hall of Fame.
Jesse from Bonita Springs, FL
Why must running backs be great at pass blocking? Eddie Lacy pass blocked via play action, usually taking a few defenders off Rodgers. What am I missing, Coach Vic?
Blitzes don't respect play action.
Aaron from White Hall, AR
Good for Phil. That was fun to watch.
A 50-year-old with a two wood? Bigger, stronger, faster? Not in golf. Where were the young bombers? Dechambeau, McIlroy, Thomas, Johnson, Spieth, Rahm, Morikawa, Homa, Hovland, Scheffler, etc.? The course was great and so was Mickelson. Everybody else, not so much.