"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Steve from Plymouth, MA
A Super Bowl commercial celebrated a girl playing defensive back, so this is on people's radar. How will this affect the man versus man confrontation on the football field that originally drew you to the game? The locker room? Lawsuits due to inappropriate comments? I know many men's egos couldn't handle it, but if football is a career, then all must have an equal opportunity. Please let me know your thoughts.
All must have an equal opportunity.
Darren from Burlington, Canada
"If you don't agree with me, then we're all going to die!" You're sounding like socialist Cortez, who is truly making a power grab for the ages. Calm down and enjoy the easiest time to ever be a human.
Bill from Hawthorn Woods, IL
Ah, the Oklahoma drill. Memories. Tell everyone the story of how you, with help of the “Ask Vic" faithful, used to pick the matchups in Jacksonville. Great stuff.
I was waxing nostalgic in "Ask Vic" about the Oklahoma drill. Jack Del Rio read it and agreed a popular staple of training camp had been abandoned. He came to my office with an idea: He would run the drill and allow me to pick four matchups, per his approval, if I would promote the drill in "Ask Vic." It was a no-brainer for me. I began promoting the drill in my column and the crowd for the first-ever Oklahoma drill on Jaguars soil was beyond expectations. At that time, the Jaguars were struggling to sell tickets and the energy the Oklahoma drill created was more than welcome. The following summer, we did it again, and this time the crowd was overflow. Wayne Weaver remarked to me he thought the Jaguars could move the drill into the stadium and sell tickets to it. My enduring memory is of a city fire truck pulling up outside the practice field fence, adjacent to where the drill would be conducted, and raising its ladder so the firemen who had climbed onto it could see over the crowd and watch the drill. The Florida Times-Union published a picture of the fire truck moment the next day. Memories make us rich.
Zach from Virginia Beach, VA
Vic, your positions aren't "radical," they're ignorant.
Bryce from Marquette, MI
Vic, have you ever felt lost?
I think we all have at one time or another. I can remember such a moment on a return flight from Houston following a 1989 playoff game. It was late at night, the cabin was dark, the players were sleeping and I was putting the finishing touches to my stories when the pilot whispered: "Happy New Year." I looked at my watch; it was midnight, 1990. I looked down on the twinkling lights below and wondered where I was. Down there, they were celebrating the new year. I remember feeling lost.
Steve from Rothschild, WI
I see Arthur Blank, Dan Snyder and Jerry Jones all bought $100-$250 million super yachts. Hasn't anyone told them the therapeutic value of kayaking in a quiet bay?
They should watch this.
Russ from Chicago, IL
Any golf course recommendations for Hilton Head Island? You knocked it out of the park with the list you gave me for Myrtle Beach!
They're all good, if you can afford them. I think I'd drive to nearby Beaufort and play more affordably.
Shawn from Kissimmee, FL
Not a question, just a Packers fan that doesn't want Antonio Brown and his drama.
I wouldn't worry about that.
Eric from Lansing, MI
I ran across this Chuck Noll quote: "On every team, there is a core group that sets the tone for everyone else. If the tone is positive, you have half the battle won. If it is negative, you are beaten before you ever walk on the field." Is that what happened to McCarthy in 2018?
I'll tell you another Coach Noll story. It's from his first season as coach, 1969, when his team won its first game and lost the next 13. Late in the season, some savvy veterans who sensed their football mortality were quoted in a story claiming the Steelers' problem was they had a loser's mentality. Noll quickly put an end to that baloney. "There's nothing wrong with your attitude," he told them. "The problem is we lack talent," he added, and then told of how the team would find the talent it needed during the offseason. The moral of my story is the Packers' problem last season wasn't a bad attitude, it was a lack of talent. I tried to prepare everyone to accept that fact, but even now I don't think Packers fans get it. They blame the play-calling and a lack of accountability, but they won't blame the reason the Packers were ordinary in 2018: The talent on their roster was ordinary.
Derek from Wisconsin
The first-day-of-practice Oklahoma drill! As a high school coach, I loved it. My question is does it lose effectiveness because the QB can't do it?
The Oklahoma isn't about the quarterback, it's about the blocker, the defender and the ball carrier. It's a thump drill. If the offense wins, there is only one thump. If the defense wins, there are two thumps. The fans love two thumps. That's what gets the biggest cheer. It's a drill for defense. It lets you know who can stop the run.
David from Madison, WI
When was the last war-of-the-worlds feeling an NFL game gave you?
It was the 1975 AFC title game. I felt something foreboding and sinister that day. Nothing else in the world mattered.
Andrew from Mount Dora, FL
If you could wake up tomorrow and own one team in the NFL, which would you choose and why?
It's the Jaguars. The Steelers and the Packers have great ownership/leadership that have carved legendary traditions. The Jaguars are still seeking an identity. I'd love to put my stamp on them.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
Why do you believe global warming is man-made?
My youngest son is a PhD in green engineering and he said we did it.
Justin from Waukesha, WI
What happened to the Steelers? This situation with Brown and Bell, All-Pro caliber players, seems unprecedented in the modern era. How did the Steelers find themselves in this predicament and how do they remedy the situation?
They created the Le'Veon Bell drama by franchising him a second time. The Antonio Brown saga is not unprecedented. He's a star wide receiver who's always acted selfishly, and that's common to the position: Dez Bryant, Keyshawn Johnson, Terrell Owens, etc. They're divas. That's why the Hines Wards and Larry Fitzgeralds are so refreshing. In the salary cap era, you have to be willing to let players leave and force yourself to replace them. It's not a game of maintenance; it's a game of replacement. The Steelers are guilty of trying to stay the same. I remember Mike Tomlin ordering a pass to be thrown to Brown at garbage time, to keep Brown’s catch streak alive. Tomlin was constantly having to salve Brown’s ego. Eventually, that kind of stuff wears out and you have to say no more. It appears the Steelers are doing that with both players. It's time to be new.
Nick from Owego, NY
Your favorite Seinfeld episode?
I work for the Yankees.