"Ask Vic" will publish on Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the NFL draft.
Wayne from Beavercreek, OH
At what point would you let a Ben Roethlisberger or an Aaron Rodgers walk?
You'll know it when you see it.
Robert from Claypool, AZ
"No more than 10-20 million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks." You lifted that response verbatim from a scene in the movie, Dr. Strangelove. You appear to be a take responsibility guy, so, please correct this oversight and attribute the source of your response.
Anybody who believes I would advocate the death of 10-20 million people (depending on the breaks) should stop reading this column immediately. The "If we die, we die together" answer was also lifted. It's from a Lou Saban pep talk made famous by NFL Films. These are tough times; humor can be therapeutic. Give it a try,
Bret from Hertel, WI
Vic, I watched an NFL Films "Did You Ever see Him Play?" on Sonny Jurgensen. His style of play seems like he would have been greater today with his talent. Do you have any Sonny Jurgensen stories?
So often when I went to a game when I was a kid, Jurgensen or Norm Snead was the quarterback of the team the Steelers were playing. Yeah, I often saw Jurgensen play, and he was good, especially when he was teamed with Bobby Mitchell in Washington. I got a special appreciation for his talent when I was working in Green Bay and Cliff Christl told me a story about the year Lombardi spent as Jurgensen's coach. Cliff said Lombardi came back to Green Bay for a visit following the season, and Lombardi raved about Jurgensen.
Bill from Sheboygan, WI
Do you think there will be a football season this year?
If after the country is re-opened the virus is kept at acceptable levels, I believe the league and the players will find a way to agree on a format for providing a football season, though it isn't likely to be football as we know it. On the flip side, if after the country is re-opened the virus re-ignites and the country has to be shut down again, our problems will be much greater than not having football to entertain us.
Bob from Kennesaw, GA
"What's important for fans to understand is the order of prospects has been decided." Would you estimate if we were able to see each team's draft rankings/board they'd look very similar to each other?
Zachary from Jacksonville, FL
Epenesa will help the Packers? Isn't he pretty much just another pass rusher?
Tony Pauline says Epenesa can two-gap.
Sam from Nashville, TN
How much stock does GM Vic place in Wonderlic test scores?
I think it's a meaningful tool for evaluating quarterbacks, and for getting a feel for the personality of the players you're drafting. At a position other than quarterback, I wouldn't assign the Wonderlic much weight.
Tracy from Sioux Falls, SD
Why all this talk of playing in empty stadiums? There will be numerous recoveries by the beginning of the season and those who choose to (attend) take the risk and attend regardless. My concern, as far as this season of football is concerned, is if a team has an outbreak and will be unable to field enough players. Will the league have extra bye weeks and adjust the schedule accordingly?
That's an interesting perspective; I hadn't thought of it in those terms. I guess the league would need to build extra down time into the schedule so teams could get all of those dead fans out of the seats. Maybe the league could hand fans masks as they enter the stadium, to keep the fans' breath from blowing onto the field. The players must be protected because the games must go on.
Patrick from Indianapolis, IN
Vic, one of your responses in Friday's column piqued my curiosity. What specifically is it you like about A.J. Epenesa?
He is said to be strong at the point of attack and can play end in a 3-4 or 4-3, which tells me he's an every-downs player. That is a description of exactly what the Packers need on defense. In my mind, this is the guy the Packers should target.
Rik from Vancouver, WA
How are you spending your time during this stay at home social distancing?
I write the column, I ride my bike, I hit golf balls, I watch Fauci and the scarf woman.
Steve from Lake Stevens, WA
What did you think of barefoot kickers?
I never understood the concept. Fortunately, I only covered one, a punter, and he wasn't very good and was cut.
Daniel from Arcola, IL
What did you mean by, "No more than 10-20 million killed, tops. Uh, depending on the breaks?"
It was intended to be a humorous jab at what I think has become a distasteful reducing of virus victims to numbers we update hourly. "How many deaths will it take till he knows, that too many people have died?" That's Bob Dylan, Robert.
Marvin from Oakleaf, FL
Would GM Vic trade Fournette? GM Marvin would. Fournette is going into his fourth season. The Jags are not likely to pick up his fifth-year option. Even if they do, it’s highly unlikely he’s in Jax past his rookie contract. Given his heavy workload and lack of production, I say trade him while he has maximum value.
He has reason to be motivated. Keep him and burn his wheels off.