"Ask Vic" is published on M-W-F through the regular season.
Nate from Plymouth, MN
I think we'll learn a lot about this year's Packers team on Monday. Do you agree?
If the Packers win tonight, the loss to the Saints will be softened and the focus will turn forward. A loss, however, would be symptomatic of a malaise and we would immediately begin wondering how deep the problem is and if it's fixable.
Chase from Sacramento, CA
The real question from Week 1 is why do the Packers keep having these random blowout losses?
Defense and the running game are stabilizers on which good teams rely when their quarterback is off his game or injuries mount. The Packers have not been able to rely on defense and the running game for stability. When the passing game has faltered, the Packers have been vulnerable.
Dave from Escanaba, MI
Vic, are you looking forward to or even going to read Cliff Christl's new book on Packers history coming out next month. I have already pre-ordered.
I'll await my complimentary copy, Cliff, I mean, Dave.
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Is the current NFL game an inferior product compared to the 1960-1978 era?
It's not an inferior product, it's a different product. The current product is safer and much more appealing to the casual fan.
Bernabe from Monterrey, Mexico
Vic, I was watching the WFT game and there was a floating pass to the middle of the field that was caught by Logan Thomas. It bothered me those passes used to come with a heavy price but now there was nothing the defender could do. Should those passes be so easy or am I part of what should change?
The player safety movement is demanding defenders play the ball, not the man. It has to be that way for the game to survive. In my mind, the best way to defend against the pass in today's game is to flood the passing lanes with defenders. That strategy requires being able to stop the run and rush the passer with a minimum of defenders. The big guys have never been more important.
Robert from Galena, IL
Despite all of the problems with college football, I still love the energy of a big-time matchup of ranked teams. There are some great traditions like the Iowa Wave, Enter Sandman and UW’s Jump Around. What do you consider as the best traditions currently in college football?
The Penn State whiteout is No. 1. The visuals on Saturday night were stunning and they contributed to the game's huge TV ratings. I hope Auburn understands how playing in that game enhanced their national brand. It's so much better than staying comfortably at home and hammering Charleston Southern. It's absurd for SEC teams to refuse to travel north of the Mason-Dixon Line. The Auburn-Penn State game was epoch. College football benefitted in so many ways from that game. Fans crave that kind of intersectional drama. Give the fans what they want.
Aiden from Jacksonville, FL
Do you think the Jaguars’ future is in Jacksonville?
Yes, but only if the city complies with Shad Khan's requests. Jacksonville is not in a position to play hard ball.
Josh from Severna Park, MD
I read Dan Edwards is retiring from the Jaguars front office. Was he the main one that brought you to Jacksonville to run the newspaper and then website news and columns?
Yes. Our time together dates back to the '80's. The memories are countless.
Mark from Daphne, AL
Does Lawrence's play so far concern you? I never saw Minshew play this badly, even with a fractured thumb on his throwing hand.
Lawrence looked great in the first series of the game, but when he got off the script, his play slowly deteriorated. That's not alarming; it's expected of a young quarterback. My only concern at this point of time is, again, he's long-limbed and at times he makes awkward-looking throws that sail high and wide.
Adam from Wausau, WI
Aaron mentioned his love and affection for Ted Thompson in his press conference. Do you think the drama this offseason would have been avoided if he was still GM?
The public expression of it might not have happened, but I get the sense the drama we witnessed this past offseason -- it's still happening -- had been going on for years behind closed doors. Maybe it's a good thing for it to have gone public. It's going to force resolution.
Mark from Missoula, MT
How do you think the NFL (or even college) game would change if the base start of an offensive series was first and 15 instead of first and 10?
More passing? Please, no.
Tim from Ocala, FL
Is it a bad sign parking was $10 cheaper for the Jags' regular-season home opener than the preseason opener?
It bothers me attendance was weak. Marketing isn't going to sell tickets, and neither are big-name coaches or high-profile draft picks. Winning sells tickets.
Patrick from Codott, WI
Does Jamal Williams have extra motivation tonight or is it just another day at the office?
The chip on the shoulder stuff lasts until the first time you get knocked on your butt. If he has a big night, it makes for a good story.
Mike from Neenah, WI
Why does TV coverage keep men in the booth and send women to the sideline?
In the league's and TV's attempt to be an equal opportunity employer, they are being sexist.
Jeff from Asheville, NC
I typically do not watch NFL games with the sound on and thus missed the commentary on why the Titans’ sack of Russell Wilson in overtime was not a safety. I wondered if you had any comment because I remember you mentioned you usually mute the game. My eyes told me that’s a game-winning safety and I’m curious if you saw the play.
Referee John Hussey ruled the defender initially made contact with Wilson outside the end zone, which meant that was Wilson's place of forward progress. Hussey was the official nearest the play, he had an unobstructed look at it and the replay confirmed to me Hussey made the right call.