"Ask Vic" will publish on Mondays and Thursdays through the offseason.
Scott from Melbourne, Australia
What does "West Coast offense" mean to you? I've heard it described very simply (focus on short/medium passes) and in more complex ways (defined by formations, motions, route types and combinations/triangles). Steve Young said it was fundamentally about linking the routes to the timing of the quarterback's steps, with a pass game replicating the ball security of run game.
It means a three-step drop and get the ball out. Everything else is an adaptation and expansion of that basic concept.
Dave from Galesville, WI
Have we seen the last Lambeau Leap?
Until we have a vaccine, a section of seats in each end zone will have to be designated for Lambeau Leaping. The fans in those sections will have to be tested for the virus prior to kickoff. After scoring a touchdown, Packers players will be directed to the Leap stations. How about postgame media interviews? Test the media? Encase players in glass interview modules? And how about concessions? Are you willing to risk your life for a cheese curd? Folks, I recently read a report claiming there's very little chance there won't be a season this year, but I'm having difficulty visualizing what kind of season it'll be.
Jake from Eden Prairie, MN
Is it just me or do we rarely draft anyone from the SEC? It seems the Patriots draft someone from Alabama or Georgia every year, while we draft people from the Mountain West and PAC-12 consistently. What gives?
I, too, have detected a fondness for the West. You find football players where you find football players, but there are more of them in the SEC.
Dave from Savage, MN
Do you have a guy that when you first saw him in camp you thought he'd never make it but he had a good career.
I can't remember forming that kind of an opinion on a player at first glance, but I can tell you Franco Harris and Fred Taylor were disappointing in their rookie training camps and there were whispers.
Brent from Nova Scotia, Canada
Just wondering if a team can throw money in with a trade to reduce cap hits for salaries and, if not, why?
The commissioner isn't likely to approve that kind of trade. It has a bad feel to it. It sends the message rich teams can buy out their mistakes. It's a circumvention of the salary cap.
Mark from Sturgeon Bay, WI
Why do you say this year's supplemental draft will be so good? Players opting for the money now with the upcoming college season in doubt, or something else?
If your 2019 tape is good, why wait and risk no season?
Gregory from Milwaukee, WI
It was Devine’s mailbox, sir.
No, it was Starr's mailbox, sir. I know that to be true because I lived directly across the street from the house in which Starr lived, and my mailbox shared a brick mailbox structure Starr built to discourage mailbox vandals. As the story goes, fans were knocking down Starr's mailbox after losses and my house's adjacent mailbox was often collateral damage. True to Bart's kindness and sense of fair play, he built a brick mailbox holder with a double mailbox; the left side was his and the right side was for the house I owned.
Ray from Kansas City, MO
I love the picks. I'm tired of the gimmicks. I'm tired of my team being soft. It's time for big boy football. Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. It's time the Packers actually do some punching.
Here's my position on this draft and the obvious shift in philosophy it represents: I love the Dillon pick. It sends the message. The Love pick is worrisome because last year's tape is not good, but quarterbacks are overdrafted and often represent a distinct leap of faith. The interior offensive linemen aren't killers; they're scrappers and tough guys and those are the kind of guards and centers who have long and productive careers. DeGuara is exactly what the Packers need in terms of muscle scheme. Finesse-scheme players are a dime a dozen and overused. Martin is a banger and addresses need at linebacker. No WR is no problem because the Packers can get that guy in the supplemental draft. As for the need on defense, we'll have to wait to see what Coach LaFleur has planned. The Packers drafted Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick last year. Maybe they have a plan for Gary that'll make him the difference-maker the Packers need. Or maybe we'll just have to be patient. Most of all, I like the shift in philosophy because the previous philosophy wasn't working and the losses to the 49ers last season were the slap in the face the Packers needed to bring them to their senses. Does this shift in philosophy and the selection of Love mean the Rodgers era is ending? That's the big question and Rodgers will answer it with his reaction to this shift. If he buys in, he can remain the face of the franchise.
Richard from Truckee, CA
How much does having a power back and road-grader offensive linemen help a defense?
A power running game controls time of possession and keeps the defense off the field, which should help limit total yardage by the opponent, but the Packers had one of the league's best time of possession averages last season, and the defense was No. 18 in total yards (No. 23 against the run), and those numbers were aided by playing against teams missing key players. In my mind, the TOP/yardage ratio makes the defense's performance even worse than its statistical ranking. Other than for the more physical mindset it might create, I don't view this shift in philosophy on offense as being a fix for the defense. The defense will require more attention. Again, the upcoming supplemental draft is expected to be talent rich. Vic to readers: R-E-L-A-X! This is going to take some time, but rest assured Gutekunst has a plan.
Greg from Minneapolis, MN
Is Jordan Love going to be Akili Smith? Twenty interceptions, even on a poor team, is a red flag. If you had to make a prediction, where would you place your bets on Jordan Love?
Love threw 17 interceptions last season vs. 20 touchdown passes. In 2018, he threw 32 touchdown passes vs. six interceptions. I'm not betting on Love. I'm betting on Brian Gutekunst. He sees something. I respect his judgment.
Samuel from Jacksonville, FL
Jaguars fan here. Describe to your Green Bay readers what a stretch of rebuilding with no franchise quarterback is like. They haven't had one in decades; they might need to brace for what's ahead.
It's like hitting your drive long and straight and your approach shot stiff to the pin and then three-putting. You keep trying new putters, but the problem persists.
Jack from Jacksonville, FL
Are you surprised the Jags did not draft more big bodies, especially on the offensive line? They only took one while they drafted a ton of small defensive backs.
As long as the players they picked are good, they made the right picks. The Jaguars' needs are many. My concern is for the quarterback position. They must come out of this rebuild with "The Man" or they'll be doing it again.
Mikey from Tallahassee, FL
Fifty years. Any suggested reading for those of us too young to have experienced this time first-hand? I still have trouble wrapping my head around how something like that could even happen.
It was a Monday; a little after noon. I had just left a class in Bowman Hall. I walked across the street and through Johnson Hall to its sun deck in the back to get a view of the protest rally. The Guard marched up the hill right in front of me. Shortly after, I heard shots, and then came the unforgettable sound of ambulances, one speeding up the path the Guard had just marched. That's when I knew something very bad had happened. I re-read Michener's "Kent State" -- it's the definitive literary work on this event -- in preparation for this day. I re-traced my steps and was amazed at the little things that lived deep and silently inside me through the years. These are days of reflection for me. I have the time and the need. Of the nearly 25,000 days I have lived, May 4, 1970, might be the most significant.
Mike from McFarland, WI
Vic, what do you think a season-canceled vacation would do for Rodgers' body? Is it a lost precious year or a chance at a brief renewal to add a few years to his career?
I would consider it a chance lost, but if we are to have a 2020 season, I don't think it'll be meaningful. I've conditioned my mind to think virus first.
William from Chicago, IL
When will you be swimming Scott Creek?
I remember saying something about that. What was it?