"Ask Vic" is published on Monday and Thursday through the offseason.
Stephen from Jacksonville, FL
Tim Tebow does not belong on an NFL football field playing tight end. I saw a man who was either afraid to block or physically incapable of doing so at this level. At least there can be no more worrying about this.
You're obviously referring to his couldn't-block-a-toilet-seat moment, video of which is circulating the Internet. I wouldn't worry about that.
Tim from Sun Prairie, WI
Vic, it has never been easier to play quarterback in the NFL. Justin Fields, Trey Lance, Trevor Lawrence and Jordan Love all looked very good in their first preseason action.
Don't attach importance to the preseason. Watch and weigh, but don't decide.
Kevin from Whitehall, WI
Vic, what do you make of Rodgers and others publicly lobbying to bring Clay Matthews back? This is why active players should not be involved in player acquisition. They don’t consider the long-term health of the organization and have no accountability for the outcome of those decisions. The last thing the Packers need is to sign a 35-year-old linebacker who hasn’t played since 2019. As a wise sports writer once said, it’s a game of replacement. Older, descending players need to be replaced by younger, ascending players.
Is it a negotiated peace, or is it surrender?
Geoff from Janesville, WI
Joe Schobert is great value for a sixth-round pick, isn't he? He was the apple of my eye for Green Bay when Cleveland let him go. Did he lose a step in Jacksonville?
Clearly, the new staff in Jacksonville wanted Schobert out the door. The Steelers know Schobert from playing against him twice a year when he played for the Browns, looked at his tape from last season and decided he fits in whatever plan they have for him. Schobert's amortization stays in Jacksonville and, on top of that, the Jags are going to pay half of Schobert's 2021 salary. It's a no-risk, Belichick-type patch attempt by the Steelers.
Lance from Flagstaff, AZ
I was reading an article about the Schobert trade. The article mentioned the Jaguars are running a 3-4 now. Do the Jaguars have the right personnel to pull off a successful switch?
If they're going to make the move, this is the time to do it because they need new personnel.
Nate from Pueblo, CO
Do coaches have anything to gain from preseason games?
The preseason is a time to practice chain of command and sideline discipline. Getting a play into the game, for example, can require demanding sideline execution. The play can come from a coordinator in the booth to a sideline coach who relays it through the quarterback's helmet communicator. The preseason is a time the coaches involved in those kinds of processes practice them.
John from Las Vegas, NV
You do realize half of those 10 million jobs pay minimum wage, right? Nobody wants to work a job that isn’t worth it.
Maybe the current labor shortage will teach business to value labor. It's a non-union strike of sorts.
Vinnie from Austria
New rule for GM Aaron Rodgers: Every time he demands or publicly lobbies for a player to be signed, he has to also simultaneously announce which players on the current roster he wants cut and/or take a pay cut, and in what amounts. How is it fair Gute has to do the dirty work for him so he can get to play the hero that sticks up for his friends?
Alas, poor Gutekunst. I knew him well.
Terry from Jasper, IN
"The Packers are mortgaging their honor and dignity." After the Cobb trade and the lobby for Matthews, I now understand. Are these distractions going to continue all year?
I think it's likely.