"Ask Vic" is published M-W-F through the football season.
Greg from Danbury, CT
I’m a believer. Yes, they rode in on Rodgers' arm, but I liked the defensive stops, and those runs up the middle made me warm.
You gotta believe!
Dean from Vienna, VA
Did "Snacks" matter? Will he?
Absolutely! I see him lying down at an angle between guard and center in the "Stuffed 4-3."
Jon from Cedar Rapids, IA
Does Matt LaFleur winning so many games in his first two seasons bode well for the Packers in the long term? I can't help but think it helps the team establish and execute a plan.
Makes sense to me.
Chad from Parker, CO
Based on your early season descriptions of the type of team it would take to win the Super Bowl, can the Packers be that team and organization?
Yes! What did I say?
Fabio from London, UK
Is the defense clicking, or are the Bears simply too average in red zone?
That's a good Bears team with a red-hot quarterback the Packers took down on the lakefront yesterday. In the tense final moments of the Packers' blowout victory, I could sense Lombardi nodding in approval. You never know, we might get a third opportunity to see these two rivals face each other again. Maybe even Khalil Mack would show up. Nothing gets my heart pounding like a Bears-Packers game.
Matt from Minneapolis, MN
The emergence of Barnes in the middle seems to have made all the difference for the Packers defense. Enough to stabilize the unit for a deep playoff run?
Could Barnes be the Packers' Bob Sanders?
Tyler from Augusta, GA
Is there a more maddening player in the NFL than MVS?
He makes me want to tear Trump's hair out.
David from Broward County, FL
Hearing reports the Jags are seriously considering Urban Meyer for head coach, or maybe even current Ohio State Coach Ryan Day, troubles me deeply. Either would be a huge mistake and would show Shad Khan has learned nothing from his previous bad decisions. Your thoughts?
What hot coordinator whose name nobody knows would you hire? There's nobody left. They've all been hired and fired.
Cliff from Idaho
Why did we see so little of A.J. Dillon a week after it appeared he had a breakout game? One carry for three yards all game? Third-and-one early in the third quarter and we throw the ball. Why not give the ball to Dillon?
It wasn't snowing.
Paul from Cumming, GA
Can you add some all-important predictions going into wild card weekend?
In the AFC I'm picking the Browns, Ravens and Colts. In the NFC it's Bucs, Seahawks and Saints. I reserve the right to change my picks up until Friday's column.
Bill from West Chester, PA
Vic, I wonder what the Packers' real strategy was in signing "Snacks" Harrison. Packers failed to play him on any of the short-yardage plays. Did they want to keep him off another team's roster? What do you think?
His pants were a little tight in the seat. They're gonna get him a new pair before the next game.
Kevin from DePere, WI
Vic, I feel we need to give credit to Green Bay’s defense for the big improvements they’ve made over the last month of the season. They’re playing their best at the right time. Do they pass your eye test as good enough for the Packers to accomplish the ultimate goal?
Matt from Birmingham, UK
Why are most quarterbacks picked in the first round playing in their first year?
Get 'em good or get 'em gone. They're expensive when they reach their second contracts. It's not a position at which you want to waste time.
Ryan from Bloomer, WI
Both semifinal games were a steaming pile of hot garbage. I’ve watched my last FBS game until something major changes. On a side note, did one game change your opinion of who is the best QB in the draft? My eyes showed me the Ohio State offensive line pushing Clemson around all night, but Fields had a gutsy performance.
Justin Fields justified Tony Pauline's opinion of him and improved mine. I loved Fields' toughness but, more importantly, he was a more natural and comfortable looking passer than at any time I had seen him play previously. He made all the throws and showcased his deep arm. He outplayed Lawrence dramatically. The Jaguars' decision at No. 1 overall isn't as obvious as their fans think it is.
Scott from Racine, WI
What’s a rotary passer? I have an idea but have never heard the term.
Josh Allen throws around his body, which causes his right leg to swing out and around. It's a rotary motion instead of the more linear plant and drive.
Mike from Mankato, MN
Watching the CFP games, can you explain the evolution of sideline reporters? They seem like such a big waste of time and money.
I remember Jim Lampley as being the pioneer sideline reporter. I never thought the role offered much in the way of information and perspective, but it was a way of bringing the viewer down to the sideline. These days, it's a way of adding a female reporter to the broadcast crew. I thought Tony Siragusa was a good sideline reporter. He provided perspective, but not much sex appeal.
Serge from Green Bay, WI
I think I understand why light feet are important for a running back in a zone-blocking scheme, but is there a point in a power-running system at which a runner's ability to follow blockers and jump cut isn't as important as his ability to hit a designated hole with granite-crushing strength?
We're perseverating on this light feet thing. It's just a way of saying quick feet, and I know of no system that favors slow feet.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
I've read the NCAA allows 85 scholarships in Division 1-A FBS. Apparently, in 2021, some teams may have as many as 105. What do you think the number should be and how do you see that leveling the playing field?
In normal times, cap it at 60 and no more than 20 in an incoming freshman class. Look at the sidelines of Friday's playoff games. They were loaded with players obviously dressed with no intention of being needed to play in the game. Those are four and five-star recruits who would be valued players in lesser programs. With a reduction in scholarships, the playoffs would be something all programs might pursue.
Santiago from Bogota, Colombia
Vic, in regards to Mike Zimmer's coaching job this season, what are the things you look for to know whether or not a coach had his team ready to play?
Just look at the scores. The Vikings lost five of their first six games and they allowed 192 points in those games. Then, following their bye, they won five of their next six and the defense held opponents to 137 points, including 22 points in the win over the Packers. Clearly, the Vikings weren't ready to begin the season. Should Zimmer get a pass in a Covid season? I'll say yes, but grudgingly.
Jamie from Dillon, CO
I definitely don’t think you’re old and out of touch, Vic. It’s just the talk of becoming nauseated at the sight of players dancing.
It's not just dancing, it's all of the celebration crap. In the second half of the Ohio State-Clemson game, following an exchange of words along the sideline, the Ohio State receiver pulled up the sleeve of his shirt and flexed his muscle at the Clemson defender. It was pukey and should've been flagged for taunting. It's the kind of undisciplined behavior that leads to what happened between Tulsa and Mississippi State. Is it old and out of touch to expect sportsmanship?
Rich from Mifflinburg, PA
Vic, I watched the Clemson/OSU game; admittedly I am an OSU fan. I tried to watch the two QBs and see why Trevor Lawrence seems to be the No. 1 prospect in college football. What my eyes told me is both QBs have a long throwing motion and that tends to be disastrous in the NFL. This seemed to be true even on short throws. Am I wrong? I'm not sure Lawrence or Fields is worthy of the first pick. What do you think?
Neither one is Joe Burrow. In evaluating quarterbacks, I'm impressed most by prospects who play with ease. It tells me they have another gear left. Despite his injury, Fields played with some ease on Friday; Lawrence did not. His feet were all over the place. He threw off-balance too often. I saw several less-celebrated quarterbacks in the non-playoff bowl games who caught my eye. Anthony Brown of Oregon is one of them. He's got size and mobility. He glided when he ran. He reminded me of Donovan McNabb and Steve McNair. Brown threw with force and accuracy and his motion was compact and graceful. Here's the kicker: He's Oregon's backup quarterback. The moral of the story is leave no stone unturned. Find the hidden gems. I'm beginning to think the pass-friendly rules have created depth at quarterback.
James from UK
If wide receivers are a dime a dozen, what about tight ends? Are they ever worth a first-round pick?
If that's where they fit, yeah, but Travis Kelce is a third-round pick and George Kittle was a fifth-rounder. I'm getting questions about Robert Tonyan as though he's Ron Kramer and Marv Fleming rolled into one, and Tonyan was undrafted.
Ben from Hazel Green, AL
How does one become a more perceptive fan?
Stop cheering and start thinking. Learn about scouting and management of personnel and the salary cap. Develop an appreciation for how to build and sustain a successful team and franchise. True football fans see the big picture.