"Ask Vic" will publish on M-W-F through the football season.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
What are your thoughts on the Bears-Packers game?
I don't want to spend too much time on it because it's not worthy of it. It was a terrible game. The Bears didn't come to play, and the coach must be made to answer for that. What's happened to Fuller? He was a good looking player a couple of years ago. He should be ashamed of his performance on Sunday night. Aaron Rodgers played as though he invented the game. The Packers are the ultimate scheme offense, and they have a quarterback who's perfect for it. He's a football genius with the talent to match. I have long been in awe of his physical and mental gifts to play the game.
Aaron from Boston, MA
"This game is the National Football League." Where did it all go wrong, Vic?
I wasn't sure if Mike Tirico was doing play-by-play for a football game or the voice-over for an NFL Films video.
Adam from Denver, CO
Another chapter in the storied rivalry?
This was the worst. The Bears are facing major decisions. Their head coach is an offensive guy whose offense can't score points, the Bears don't have a quarterback to take them into their future, and the defensive player for whom the Bears mortgaged a big chunk of their future is beginning to look ordinary.
Nathan from New York, NY
Vic Ketchman, he joined forces with the grammar police.
I noticed yesterday a lot of the TV people are beginning to speak Aikmanese.
Dan from Marshfield, WI
What characteristics would you like to see in the next GM for Jacksonville?
The Jaguars are sitting on a treasure trove of draft picks. Those picks must be entrusted to a man who will use them to radically reverse the fortunes of the franchise. This is not a time for on-the-job training. The Jaguars need to hire a dynamic manager of personnel, a person at the top of his game and capable of making all the right moves.
Marc from Aachen, Germany
Vic, it may sound a bit strange writing this as a Packers fan, but I am looking forward to the post-Rodgers era. Don't get me wrong, I love watching Rodgers play. I have been able to watch such great moments of his career and I am thankful I could do so. But I don't fear the moment he will be gone because I love football and, no matter what, I am a Packers fan. Change can be exciting, too, even with growing pains. Thank you for helping me gain this perspective.
Change is inevitable.
Greg from Danbury, CT
Sarah Fuller’s first day out was remarkably unremarkable. Her one and only appearance was a squib kick to prevent a return in a game her team lost 41-0. This is how history gets made.
It's my hope something about this event will be of worth.
Grant from Wauwatosa, WI
Vic, I'm still able to golf in late November here in Wisconsin. I have a bit of a weak fade going on right now. Any advice you can give me as I enter the offseason?
Lee Trevino said hitting a fade is easy: When you hear the click, stop. Don't want to hit a fade? When you hear the click, keep going.
Sam from Tahunanui, NZ
My dad and I went to the 2010 championship game in Chicago. At halftime we went for a beer and a Bears fan spat on my father’s back unprompted. I got in the guy’s face and my dad pulled me off and said, "They’re already getting killed, no need to do it twice." What a line in the moment. It sure felt like a rivalry after that.
I feel much better now.
Casey from York, PA
Any idea what has happened to Carson Wentz?
He's staring down receivers and his arm motion has become painfully long and deliberate. Why? My first guess would be a loss of confidence.
John from Austin, TX
It's interesting you say Snell has a nose for the goal line. I think I've seen him have more failures than successes near the goal line (he's certainly no Marcus Allen) and I don't think he has been any more successful in that role than Conner has been this season or in the past. I don't really understand why the Steelers have started taking Conner off the field in short-yardage situations.
He's an upright runner.
Omar from Morelia, Mexico
Vic, do you believe the charm of the frozen tundra has somewhat been lost during the Rodgers era? Nobody wanted to play in Green Bay in January, now I think it's not a big deal. Cold weather favors the run, not the pass.
It's long been believed a good cold-weather football team uses the run to dominate time of possession and keep the opponent's defense on the field, where it is subjected to the elements and the physical punishment of having to stop the run. Meanwhile, the opponent's offense is snugly tucked into its heated bench. The long coats are on and nobody wants to leave that kind of comfort on a below-zero day. A good cold-weather football team breaks its opponent's will with that style of play. That's not how these Packers play. These Packers break their opponent's will with a passing game that produces a barrage of yards and points, on warm days and on cold days. Whatever it takes.
Joe from Milwaukee, WI
I can't wait for the rebuild. As a fan, I can't wait to be new.
What I'm sensing from Packers fans in this column is a frustration with a repeating theme. They want the Packers to be new on defense. They want the Packers to play with a new style. Most of all, they're frustrated with this question: Why can't that happen with Rodgers as the quarterback? I don't have an answer, but I'm sensitive to the frustration.
Steve from New Britain, CT
Jordan Love won't be taking over as the Packers QB after the next year or two. It's more likely Rodgers will complete his contract through the 2023 season and Love will be a bench warmer, unless a Rodgers injury proves otherwise. Unlike Favre, Rodgers won't be released to sign with a rival, and Love being a first-round bust is the more likely story.
If that happens, and it could, the Packers will have wasted a first-round pick that could've been spent on a player to help Rodgers get that elusive one more title. Patrick Queen and Tee Higgins were available. Each of them would've addressed immediate need without having to reach for them.
Ray from Clark, NJ
How much does the way in which the Packers view the development and readiness of Jordan Love play into which year they start the rebuild?
The longer they delay making the move, the more likely it is they won't ever make the move.
Anthony from Green Bay, WI
I get what you're saying about the Packers-Bears rivalry; there is a bit too much "look how awesome our rivalry is." But when my brothers and I were little, our dad would drive us around town in our van every Packers-Bears weekend. We would decorate the van with Packers items and colors, draw stuff on the windows, hang teddy bears from the roof. We honked and hooted and hollered all over town. It was amazing, and the reason the Bears will always be the No. 1 rival.
That's a very uplifting and wholesome story.
Brad from Spirit Lake, IA
I live about 12 miles from the Minnesota border and I completely agree the Vikings are a better rivalry than the Bears. However, I don't want to admit it. It seems the Vikings have a superiority complex, but the franchise hasn't ever won a Super Bowl. I don't want to give them the satisfaction of saying we have a rivalry, as it will only inflate their ego.
You better pay attention to that horn. It blows for you.
Joe from Bloomington, IN
If the Packers blow it up, what are the chances Rodgers signs with the Niners and wins five Super Bowls in a row?
How much do you think the Packers would get from the 49ers for Rodgers? Let's start the bidding at two ones and two twos?
Cliff from Jacksonville, FL
There are strip clubs in Kingsland?
I've heard there are.