"Ask Vic" is published M-W-F through the football season.
Adrian from Inglewood, CA
Shad Khan stated he will keep control over the roster. Is this a smart move or is this Jerry Jones territory?
I don't know what his idea of control is. If he's going to make the picks and moves, I think that's a mistake. If he's talking about final approval of picks and moves, I'm OK with it because I think it's important for the GM and coach to mold the team in the owner's vision. It's not just about talent, it's also about players fitting into the community. The team makes a statement with the players it employs. There are owners who will say no to a Tyreek Hill, and I think it's healthy for the owner to express his view on players with baggage and personality issues.
Bob from Marietta, GA
If you're Green Bay, who would you rather match up against, Washington or Tampa?
Washington has a defense that can present problems, but that's not a team that can score with Rodgers. The Bucs can score a lot of points. I think they're a more formidable opponent on paper, but I've seen some daunting weather projections for the near future. The Bucs might ice up in the cold; Washington won't. That's the best answer I can give you right now.
Eric from Lansing, MI
Vic, I just reviewed a Youtube video of Rodgers' best throws for the 2020 season, through Week 16 (the Titans game). Forty of those 44 throws were uncontested; that is, the receiver was wide open. When you say Rodgers is playing a video game, I think you are onto something. LaFleur and Rodgers are doing something new; finesse and intelligence at a very high level. Can smash-mouth football stop it, as you suggested?
Maybe not. Maybe this is the year and the Packers are the team that makes it plays, not players.
Bob from North Dakota
Vic, when the Steelers traded Antonio Brown, I seem to recall they took a huge cap hit. They seem to have weathered it without too much damage. Would the Eagles incur an even bigger cap hit if they trade Carson Wentz? I'm not sure Philly is as cap-prudent as the Steelers, so would it impact them more?
The Wentz situation is a mess. His salary jumps to $15.4 million in 2021, and he's due a $10 million roster bonus on the third day of the league year. His cap hit explodes to $34.6 million and his dead money is a staggering $59.2 million. If they can trade him before paying the roster bonus, they can make him a very expensive wash on the books, but who's going to trade for his contract? He's due $22 million in salary in '22. The Eagles almost have to move him; they can't run the risk of paying that kind of money to a backup. The Jaguars were in a similarly embarrassing position with Nick Foles before they were bailed out by the idiot Bears.
Matthew from Clarkston, MI
I recently read an article on Shad Khan being too hands off in the Jaguars operation. How much involvement should an owner have on an NFL team? You've covered teams with different structures, and I'd like to know your thoughts.
In football matters, owners should be seen and not heard. They should oversee everything and their presence should be felt by everybody, but I believe they should allow the people they've hired the freedom they need to function, and then hold them accountable.
Nick from Owego, NY
Why did Seattle, a playoff bound team, cut "Snacks?"
Here are the choices: a) He was so good the Seahawks couldn't stand it. b) He's good but the Seahawks had better players in front of him. c) He's not good.
Gabor from Budapest, Hungary
Vic, could you tell us, please, how the schedule of the postseason is made? How much do the networks affect it?
The potential for TV ratings is a major consideration. It's professional football; it's about the money.
Mike from Tuscaloosa, AL
What did you like most about Bill Nunn?
He was a sports writer. He was a newspaper man from a newspaper family. He got it!
Eric from Tel Aviv, Israel
Is it playing it too safe to pick a great backup QB with a late first-round pick?
You don't pick backups in the first round.
Matt from Verona, WI
Your words are rather measured regarding A.J. Dillon, Green Bay's future No. 1 running back. It's almost as if the people want you to voice the company line.
May I please see him play in more than one game before I make any proclamations?
Cliff from Seymour, WI
What can we take away from the 2020 regular season?
We take away memories and appreciation for something that brightened 17 weeks of our life.
Samuel from Milwaukee, WI
How do you feel the Packers would match up against the Buccaneers in the playoffs? Obviously, a two-interception game was out of the norm. What has changed since the game earlier in the season?
The Packers defense is greatly improved, and I don't think it's the result of having played a weak schedule. I think Mike Pettine has done a very good job of playing to his personnel's strengths and covering its weaknesses. Aaron Rodgers' success has greatly contributed.
Carrie from San Jose, CA
If the Giants wanted to win their division, maybe they should have won more games.
I don't like tanking, but the Eagles owed the Giants nothing.
Louis from Columbus, OH
The Chargers fired Anthony Lynn for going 7-9 with a rookie quarterback who won four straight games at the end of the year. How can the wolves be this hungry?
If I needed a coach, Lynn would be at the top of my list. He's a calm, intelligent and principled man. He's exactly what I would seek in a coach.
Justin from Delavan, WI
You have stated QB, LT, CB and OLB are premier positions. Is it fair to state the Packers have succeeded in that endeavor?
Sure it is. There aren't a lot of successful teams who've failed at those four positions. The Steelers have Roethlisberger, Watt and Hayden, but they're struggling at left tackle and it's a huge problem. You must be sound at those four positions.
Moke from McFarland, WI
I'm just so sad and upset.
That's a good thing.