"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Here are my all-important Week 5 power rankings:
1. Cardinals -- New power in the league.
2. Bills -- Winning big.
3. Bucs -- Lucky win.
4. Rams -- Just when you think they're for real...
5. Ravens -- Gaining momentum.
6. Packers -- Happy times.
7. Chiefs -- Mahomes is the best.
8. Browns -- Not there yet.
9. Cowboys -- Chance to take control.
10. Chargers -- Team to watch.
11. 49ers -- Something's missing.
12. Raiders -- Might've been overrated.
13. Broncos -- Need more offense.
14. Saints -- Seeking their true level.
15. Panthers -- Darnold looks great!
16. Seahawks -- Wilson is still their heartbeat.
17. Titans -- Lack consistency.
18. Bengals -- Contender or pretender?
19. Colts -- Quality win.
20. Dolphins -- Do something!
21. Washington -- Rivera is their rudder.
22. Patriots -- Growing pains.
23. Vikings -- Average at best.
24. Eagles -- Hurts isn't the problem.
25. Bears -- Worst 2-2 team in the league.
26. Steelers -- Najee Harris needs to lead them.
27. Giants -- Tired of losing.
28. Lions -- Not tired of losing.
29. Jets -- Rookie Wilson scores first big win.
30. Falcons -- Poor Matt Ryan.
31. Texans -- It's going to get worse.
32. Jaguars -- The coach is an embarrassment.
Aiden from Jacksonville, FL
When you look at the Jags, do you start to think Khan truly doesn’t care that much about winning?
I get the strong sense he doesn't know how to win. He's hired poorly.
Leandro from Lexington, KY
Is there anything interesting to be said about the smile and nod between Tomlin and Rodgers? To me it was the most enjoyable and human broadcast moment of the season so far.
Rodgers was in a light and engaging mood on Sunday. It's a mood that works well for him. Of his many moods, the one that bodes worst is his sullen/pouty mood. The moodiness is probably why Ted Thompson described Rodgers as a complicated fellow.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
How would coach Vic handle being down multiple scores in the final few minutes of a game? Would you run the clock out or take shots at the end zone?
You exhaust every opportunity to win, but you never recklessly or unnecessarily put your players in danger of injury.
Tyler from Green Bay, WI
Have you ever had the chance to interview an NFL official? It would be great to hear their side of the story.
Former NFL official Tom Stabile was one of my high school coaches. We spoke often.
Conor from Milwaukee, WI
I just like the way you Pittsburgh folk think about sports. I always loved a McCarthy press conference, your columns, editorials and blogs, and what McAfee is doing as well. I don't love talking to or listening to fellow Packers fans that much; it's always a circular conversation. Yinzers tell the truth.
The game means more to us because we invented it.
Craig from Weare, NH
Vic, I'm still banned, but I can still ask questions! I heard there is a small pocket sewn into Aaron Jones' jersey to hold his father's ashes. Isn't there something in the NFL rules that prohibits this?
Isn't there something in the public health code that prohibits this?
Pat from Seneca, SC
The Steelers have been a consistently good team for a very long time. However, the AFC is currently loaded with QB talent, while Pittsburgh’s future at the position is murky at best. The short term future does not look good. Would GM Vic completely blow it up now (try to trade a WR or three) and try to re-tool for 2-3 years from now?
That's easier said than done. The Steelers are in the first phase of rebuilding. It's marked by salary cap and roster cleansing. The second phase will be the selection and development of a new quarterback. If it's all executed without missteps, they can become a contender again in 3-4 years; that's the logical timeline. The last time they did this, Roethlisberger inherited a ready-made team and he was an instant success. It's not logical to expect the same thing to happen again. They have a defense that'll keep them competitive. If they get any kind of push up front, they have a rookie running back who could become their new star, return the Steelers to their true identity and provide the balance they need to be effective in the passing game. They're starting four rookies and two second-year players on offense, and they'll have a clean cap in 2022. I like rebuilding. It's always interested me.
David from Broward County, FL
When will Shad Khan make a good front office/head coach hiring decision? Will he realize right now he made a huge mistake with Meyer and stop the nonsense? Hopefully, he seeks sound counsel.
When will he speak? A prepared statement is meaningless. For all we know, Urban Meyer wrote that statement the Jaguars released on Tuesday. The Jaguars appear to be rudderless, and that's the worst part of all of this. John Mara said of his Giants two weeks ago, "I'd boo, too," and then they went to New Orleans and upset the Saints. That's the kind of strong leadership the Jaguars are missing. Wayne Weaver would not have sat idly by. He was never an absentee owner.
Mike from Columbus, GA
What can be done to speed up college football games?
Stopping the clock to spot the ball after a first down is the main culprit; the final two minutes of games are taking too long to complete.
Derek from Eau Claire, WI
I was extremely impressed with Najee Harris. What are your thoughts? Is he a Steeler running back?
He's got power and pop. He's exactly the kind of running back they like. They need to get some movement up front so he can get to the defense before the defense gets to him.
Justin from Waukesha, WI
The Chargers' arrow is pointing up. Herbert looks like "The Man."
Nothing is better than being a team at the start of a run. It's like the first day of summer vacation.