"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Mike from North Hudson, WI
Great column; we've been followers of yours for years and truly appreciate your perspective on football and life. What is your perspective on Aaron Rodgers position this offseason? Is the Rodgers situation beyond repair? Will he ever play for the Packers again?
I don't know what his mindset is. He's been talking in circles, when he's even made himself available for comment. Is he craving attention? Is he really so offended by the Love pick? Might he be taking himself a little too seriously? Or burned out? Or softened by love? The situation is not beyond repair, as long as Rodgers understands he's just a football player, and that might be the real problem. He may be above this.
Mark from Eau Claire, WI
Who are your favorite poets?
I'm not a fan of poetry. It's too difficult to understand. I prefer prose.
Cliff from Alexandria, VA
Vic, I'm a 31-year-old Packers fan and my generation has only ever known elite-level QB play. That is the hallmark of this team's identity for us -- not tales of QB sneaks and past championships from an era of football we can't even imagine. It's impossible to overstate how much is riding on the next few years for the franchise as a whole. My generation does not handle losing well and while the local fan base may keep the franchise afloat through another dark age, I believe the national following would shrink exponentially.
Losing fires the steel. Everybody needs to experience losing because nobody is above it.
Kelly from Antigo, WI
The loudest person in the room is the media, right?
"The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News -- and Divided a Country." Sounds interesting, but I know how it ends.
James from Jenkintown, PA
Vic, based on this offseason, do you think the Packers are heading down a troubling path?
What path? When are we going to know?
Wesley from Raleigh, NC
A co-worker of mine submitted art for a Josh Gibson competition fund-raiser relating to getting his name on the MLB MVP award. It got me to reading about Josh’s career and legacy. I was wondering if there are any stories about him in the Pittsburgh area from his time with Homestead?
I never saw him play. Gibson and the Homestead Grays and Pittsburgh Crawfords were a little before my time, but I knew a man who loved to talk about Gibson. Bill Nunn is that man and he will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this summer. Nunn believed Gibson was the greatest baseball player in history.
Greg from Verona, WI
Are you an AC or fan man? There's nothing like sitting in front of a fan outdoors in a sweltering environment. Putting the fan on makes the moment the wave hits even more satisfying.
Fans don't get it done down here. I'm OK with a ceiling fan on the porch during the day, but when I go to bed I put the AC on kill.
Eric from Green Bay, WI
How can the Packers afford to pay top dollar to Rodgers, Adams, Bakhtiari, Clark, Z. Smith and Alexander?
Push it out, push it out, waaaaay out.
Anthony from Lancaster, PA
"I'm all in favor of one of my players giving his jersey to an opponent at the end of the game. How else is he supposed to return the other guy's blood?" If a head coach was asked about jersey swaps, how would you feel about that as an answer? Too old school?
It's not professional. It's disrespectful.
Adam from Denver, CO
Are the Packers all-in, all-out or somewhere in between again?
They're waiting. We're all waiting.
Aaron from White Hall, AR
Vic, with the NIL ruling recently, what’s to stop boosters who usually donate money to schools to now throw money at recruits? More than likely that booster has a business they can have the athlete “endorse” just to have him sign with their school. I feel like this will cause the rich to get even richer and create even less parity.
The "poor" have rich guys, too. In some cases they choose to remain poor because they believe in playing according to the rules and the spirit of the rules.
Grant from Honolulu, HI
Aloha, Vic! There is a lot of hoopla over Ben taking snaps under center in Matt Canada's offense. Apparently, he has been much more comfortable in shotgun in his career. From what I've read of Bill Walsh, a huge part of playing under center is footwork and timing more so than turning your back to the defense. Sure, Ben is a veteran and a professional, but he is not as nimble as he used to be. So is this a big deal or click bait?
Canada is a jet sweep guy. He likes jet sweep motion on nearly every play. It stretches a defense's attention and helps the running game attack the middle. The quarterback needs to be under center for jet sweep action to be most effective. I doubt they would ask Roethlisberger to do something he can't do. What Canada did at Pitt a few years ago was extraordinary. He went down to Clemson and ran up and down the field in handing Clemson its only loss of the season.
Eric from Hudson, WI
What happens if Rodgers shows up and plays poorly on purpose?
He won't do that. He has too much professional and personal pride to do something like that. The question is: Can he play up to his high standards if he isn't fully committed?
Vincent from Seattle, WA
Do you think the 2020 empty stadium Covid rules made it even easier to play QB last season?
It was like playing quarterback in the backyard.
Douglas from Binghamton, NY
Can the Packers win the NFC North with Jordan Love as their quarterback? In my mind, that is the only question.
Did they win the NFC North in Rodgers' first year as a starting quarterback? Your question is short-sighted and suggests a spoiled-fan attitude. Transition is inevitable.
Dennis from Nineveh, IN
You have said many felt it better to keep a bunch of money out of the hands of rookies, basically as long as possible so they don't go off the rails before training camp even begins. Will paying even younger athletes accelerate this potentiality, especially in a party-centric collegiate environment? Will it possibly reveal their character earlier, weeding out those who can't handle it even before an NFL team picks them and takes the risk?
One of my favorite scouts was fond of saying, "Does putting a million dollars in someone's pocket make them a better person?"