"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Bob from Marietta, GA
Your comment about PEDs and CTE made me wonder if the players union would be in favor of more rigorous testing for PEDs? On one hand, perhaps they'd feel it was invasive. If it levels the playing field and promotes better long-term health, why wouldn't the majority of players want it?
The issue, as I understand it, is the ability for users to avoid detection with designer steroids and the use of masking agents.
David from Fleetwood, PA
I must say, I enjoyed watching Jordan Spieth being in the mix down the stretch. I find his style of play entertaining. Do you think he will get back to championship form and win another major?
He has a marvelous ability to will the ball into the hole. Spieth is as good a putter as there is in the game. He makes bombs that are game-changers. Ball-striking is his weakness and I suspect it always will be. He's just not as quick, crisp and fluid through the ball as Morikawa, Rahm, Koepka and the other elite ball-strikers. Spieth tends to get the club stuck under him. I saw him stick the club into the ground three times on Sunday and he got away with it each time, thanks to his putting and recovery skills. Yes, I think Spieth will win another major, but he's not the golfer who burst onto the scene in 2015 with two major wins and a second-place finish in a third.
Adam from Wausau, WI
A wise man once said "retirement is when you stop sacrificing today for an imaginary tomorrow. When today is complete, in and of itself, you’re retired." Is this accurate?
Retirement is when you can say I have enough and I am enough.
Tiffany from Seymour, WI
Looking back, is there anything you would have done differently in order to make more memories?
I have enough.
Meg from Columbus, WI
How often do coaches reevaluate the speed of their players and is the potential reevaluation only done based on observation as the season is played out?
They don't routinely time the players, if that's what you're asking. They don't need to time the players. Every practice is taped and reviewed. Coaches and personnel people know immediately when a player has lost a step. In the old days, 40 times were an opening-day-of-training-camp ritual, open to the media and fans to witness. The personnel department would do the timing and the information would leak out to the media through our trusted sources. It was fun and always made for a good read. I remember a year when the Steelers' first-round pick pulled a hamstring during his timing run. He missed a big chunk of training camp with that injury. I think we kind of knew then he'd be a bust. Nowadays, coaches would never permit such an event. Everything is stealth. Once upon a time, training camp was a fun exercise in drama. Now, it's uneventful tedium.
Joseph from California
Regardless of my age, the steps I take towards the section my seat happens to be in always feel the most sure of all the ones I take in my life, particularly when I'm walking through the dimly lit concourse tunnel. Echoing pre-game sounds amplify my anxiousness but it's the initial glimpse of the field framed in suddenly brilliant colors that ignite a euphoria within me. I made it. I'm where I want to be. Can you relate?
For me, it was the sight of the scarlet numbers on the Giants' white jerseys and the Steelers' gold helmets and pants. It was my first game and I still have a mental picture of that Forbes Field panorama. Charlie Conerly and Bobby Layne were the quarterbacks and their numbers were 42 and 22. We lived in a less colorful world back then. Football provided a rare explosion of color.
Billy from Farmingdale, NY
Vic, with training camp about to open, I've never understood the concept of rookie hazing. Why have the rookies pay for all of the donuts, position group meals, etc.? It just feels wrong and very unprofessional. Even more unprofessional are the pranks: tossing a fully clothed rookie into a cold tub, taping them to the goal post, melting a candy bar in their cleats, etc. Why does the NFL allow such behavior to occur?
My sons were clubhouse attendants. They cleaned shoes and folded towels. They had their heads shaved and they were thrown into the cold pool. It's more than unprofessional. It's abusive. One of my fascinations with Joe Greene is from when he was a rookie. He was told to stand up and sing his college fight song. He said, "No," and that was the end of hazing in the training camp of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Curt from Hillsboro, OR
Do you have any guesses what would make Aaron Rodgers happy at this stage?
Dan from Plymouth, WI
Help me out, Vic. It appears it's not always about the money. What are we missing here?
Rodgers has never said it is or isn't about the money. Rodgers hasn't said much of anything since his comments following the NFC title game, and that angers me because he started all of this and then he went silent and let the fans who've cheered him and been loyal to him twist in the wind through an entire offseason. The fans get nothing out of this but heartache. As for Adam Schefter, again he has re-packaged old news and tried to sell it as a scoop. Why? Because he's trying to defend his position it's not about the money. How many times do we have to be told Rodgers doesn't want to play for the Packers? Vic to Packers: Please, make this end. Your fans deserve better than this.
Richard from Jacksonville, FL
Does a highly drafted player, such as Ted Ginn or Tyson Alualu, having a decade-plus NFL career as a role player somewhat atone for the front office of the team that drafted them, even though they were a serious disappointment for their original team?
Heading into his 12th season, Alualu has only missed four games in his career, and he's amassed a lot of stats: nearly 400 tackles, 46 tackles for loss, 14 passes defensed, 24.5 sacks and 67 quarterback hits. He's best cast in a hold-the-point, 3-4 scheme, which is not stats friendly. Last year, he played nose tackle and he might've enjoyed his best season. Serious disappointment? Then why did the Jaguars try to get him back? He's a good player.
Bob from Australia
Last year Antetokounmpo, now the latest Rodgers revelations. Could we now say when those two speak it's not about the money, it's absolutely not about the money?
OK, I surrender, it's not about the money...until it's about the money.
Jake from Knoxville, TN
Have you ever read Moby Dick? And do you have a white whale of your own?
They call me Vic and the golf swing is my white whale.
Matt from Chicago, IL
What would GM Vic do if Rodgers reports to training camp?
Resolution must be the end game. Anything less won't work and would likely cause a disruption that would sabotage the 2021 season. My instincts from covering football for nearly half a century tell me Rodgers and the Packers will come to an agreement that will cement Rodgers' status as the team's quarterback for the future. That agreement would likely be the result of a whopping signing bonus on a contract extension; signing bonus is the best way to guarantee commitment to a player's future. It would likely bury the Packers in so much dead money there would be no denying the team's commitment to Rodgers. If it's truly not about the money, Rodgers would reject such an offer, leaving the team with the decision to trade him or stand firm. We'll see.
Chris from Bozeman, MT
If Rodgers retires before the start of this season, does Green Bay own the rights to his playing time if he wants to come back in 2022?
He would go on the reserve/retired list and the Packers would continue to own his rights. If he retires, I'll swim Scott Creek in the nude.