"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Dan from Waupun, WI
Do you think it is OK for the NFL to have fans in the stands? Don't factor revenue into the decision. Just your heart.
I think that's a decision science and medicine should make, and I think the NFL should seek their advice. There's no way to keep unvaccinated fans out of the stadium. I have no doubt the NFL has strategized this issue, should the variant worsen and become an even greater concern than it is now.
Gunars from Iowa
Vic, would you please ban Ken from Manitowoc. I don't think he should be allowed to pompously come in here and tell you how to run your website or which questions you should answer.
Here's my advice: Get a laptop, a domain name, a host and an LLC and then let it rip. That freedom is what I love most about this country.
Will from Salt Lake City, UT
I wasn't alive when the Vietnam War ended, but I have read people comparing it to what is happening in Afghanistan. What was the feeling like in our country when Vietnam ended? What do you remember feeling at that time and is it similar to now?
If you can't win a war in 20 years, it's time to stop fighting. That's how I felt then and that's how I feel now. Stopping is the problem.
Ross from L'Anse, MI
When are we supposed to take Rodgers seriously? Fire the GM? Not kidding. Hold the team and fans hostage? Not kidding. Become de facto GM and chief personnel critic? Not kidding. Bring back Matthews? Just kidding. Ha ha. He’s just so funny. I thought Cobb was a joke, too, before he showed up again wearing green and yellow.
I'm not sure anymore where the real Aaron Rodgers begins and ends. I remember having said that about another great quarterback I covered.
Daniel from Los Angeles, CA
As 2022 is shaping up to be a cap-clearing/step-back season, is it crazy to think Jenkins might be auditioning to be the permanent left tackle for next year? I assume a recovered Bakhtiari could fetch a fair bit of draft capital next offseason, as a new team would be free of his big signing bonus, but would his dead cap charge be too much for even a regrouping Packers team to swallow?
Yes. Bakhtiari's contract is crippling. The earliest the Packers could move away from Bakhtiari is 2023. Even then, he'd be a huge dead-money hit.
Alex from Milwaukee, WI
Trade Rodgers to Tampa Bay for Tom Brady. Everyone is happy. Tampa Bay wins another one. Fire everyone. Tampa Bay wins two more with Rodgers, the Packers will need to relocate to Edisto Island. Who builds the stadium?
Tax the tourons. Imagine a stadium on poles.
Douglas from Binghamton, NY
Do you have a Super Bowl prediction?
This week, I'd tell you Bills vs. Rams. Next week, it might be two other teams.
Robert from Plymouth, WI
Are you watching "Hard Knocks"? If so, what do you think about McCarthy with the Cowboys? I was surprised to learn how many four-letter words he uses.
It's just not something I want to see and it's because I covered training camp for 40-some years and I don't want the realness of those memories to be tainted by something edited for dramatic effect. Surprised by four-letter words? In football? After spending a lifetime in football, I'm not even comfortable in the company of people who don't use four-letter words.
Casey from York, PA
Is Larry Fitzgerald a Hall of Famer?
He's had a long and distinguished career, he has a strong body of work and brand and defining postseason moments, and he's a shining example of what the NFL wants every player to be as a person. He's a first-ballot lock.
Dru from Lehi, UT
I like "Ask Vic."
So do I.
Isaac from Columbia, TN
It seems like the updated taunting rule is a response to the back and forth between Tyreek Hill and Antoine Winfield Jr. Do you think their actions needed to be stopped?
All of the fights in the combined practices answer with a resounding yes.
Todd from Prairie du Chien, WI
Do you feel defenses normally know the play coming from the offense? Is that really what the defensive coach calling the signal is trying to do, anticipate the offensive play, or are they trying to call a defense that catches the offense off guard?
Based on film study, the defense generally knows the range of plays the opponent uses according to personnel, formation and down and distance. For most plays, the defensive coordinator is attempting to put his players into a scheme that will allow them to win their one-on-ones and secure their responsibility. On occasion, field position, score and other game circumstances will allow the defensive coordinator an opportunity to dictate to the offense with an overload scheme that might catch the offense off guard.
Peter from Mount Horeb, WI
Which way is the Steelers' arrow pointing and why? They’re an enigma to me right now.
The big-picture arrow is pointing up. The Steelers have a nice cast of young, ascending players, and they'll be flush with cap room in 2022. If a quarterback of the future was to emerge, their long-range arrow would turn hard north. As for 2021, the arrow is kind of sideways for now. The Steelers are a team trying to patch some holes. I don't see them as a playoff contender.
Dave from Saint Peters, MO
Vic, my eyes tell me I want Benkert over Love. What is going against Benkert for getting consideration on a roster?
He's just a guy.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
Do you think it matters whether or not starters get in some snaps in the preseason?
Some guys want it, some guys don't. For the ones who want it, I think it's important. Roethlisberger wanted to play. He probably wanted to test himself; feel the rush that goes with competing. Rodgers isn't one of those types. He's supremely confident. There's no reason for him to play.
Bob from Plymouth, WI
Can the Packers afford to keep three QBs?
On the active roster? Why?
George from Chicago, IL
Is there an interesting fact you know about the original Clovis population in Pennsylvania?
They loved to run the ball.
Bill from Pittsburgh, PA
Back in 1973, when Roy Blount was given access to the inner workings of the Steelers while writing "About Three Bricks Shy of a Load," what was his relationship with the local beat writers? Was there any animosity or jealousy over his access to the team and players?
Roy bonded with the local writers covering the Steelers. He was one of them. I can remember covering a Hall of Fame Game in 1983, 10 years after the book season, and Roy was at the game in a working capacity. We all went out to dinner the night before the game and Roy led the conversation with stories from writing the book. Howard Cosell was also at that dinner and I remember noticing a sharp decline in him. That was the year of the "little monkey" comment that was the beginning of the end for Cosell. I always regarded Cosell as a genius. He was mistreated by ABC at the end and the NFL allowed it to happen. Shame on both of them. Blount's talents go beyond football. He's best at politics. He has a special talent for turning a phrase.