Phil from Madison, WI
There are a lot of players in the draft. In building their boards, do teams rank every player below one and above another, or are there small groups that are considered equivalent?
Some teams do it the old-fashioned way, and other teams do it in grading groups. It’s all a matter of how tightly you wish to adhere to your value line.
Gregg from Springfield, IL
Vic, how do you justify waiting in free agency when the most talented players are the ones who sign in the first week?
You justify by declining to pay more than you believe a player to be worth. In the first week of free agency, you can make that statement about most players that are signed to contracts.
Mike from Homosassa, FL
I think (that) Thompson has decided (that) his reputation is more important than finding a gem early in free agency. You and Ted seem to think (that) everyone signing free agents in the first week or so are either foolish or overpaying for talent. I find that thinking absolutely absurd. Just as Cobb signed for fewer dollarsto play on a contender, there has to be other players willing to take less to play for the Packers. Ted’s history of signing very few free agents shows a weakness in his talent evaluation and I believe a detriment to the Packers.
Julius Peppers and Letroy Guion weren’t good free-agent acquisitions last year? Ted Thompson shouldn’t get credit for signing Peppers and Guion? Does he get credit for not signing Jairus Byrd? How about for signing Sam Shields, Randall Cobb and Bryan Bulaga? They don’t count? How about all of the players he hasn’t lost – as opposed to Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley – because he was frugal enough in free agency to have the cap room to re-sign his players, the ones he knows the best and values the most? You’re looking for a big splash, and that’s causing you to miss the other splashes.
Christopher from Saint George, UT
Vic, I love your opinions, but you get a lot of the same questions, so let’s changes it up. What is the best meal you’ve ever had in your life?
I had shrimp and grits recently that were so good and so filling I could barely eat for two days.
Rick from Wenatchee, WA
I am not a fan of “Ask Vic” and it’s nothing personal. It seems the questions you respond to are from kids 16 and under. Is the pool of questions to choose from that juvenile?
At this time of the year, my inbox is dominated by this kind of question: Vic, if the Packers can get Jim Brown at the right price, should they sign him? What am I supposed to do with that question? Yes, if they can get Jim Brown at the right price, I think they should sign him, and Babe Ruth, too.
Austin from Chicago, IL
Why is it the Packers never make moves in free agency? They’ve had a mediocre defense the past five years. Can we please spend a little money?
OK, you tell me who you think they should’ve signed. We’ll revisit your answer later. OK?
Joe from San Francisco, CA
It’s a painfully quiet offseason for Packers fans. How about a story? What was your most awkward interview you’ve been a part of?
I’ve told the story before, but I’ll do it again. A PR guy told me the team had just cut a running back named Reggie Harrison, who had a Super Bowl moment in SB X when he blocked a punt. I liked Reggie a lot; he was always a good guy to reporters. So, I went to his dorm room to get a comment from him for the story and I said, “Gee, Reg, I’m sorry to hear the news.” He just stared at me, and then I realized he hadn’t gotten the word, yet, which meant I had just cut him. I felt terrible. That was the end of the interview.
Chris from Cincinnati, OH
Vic, with both Suh and Fairley being high first-round picks and only lasting one contract with the Lions, is that considered good/fair value for those picks?
It hurts to lose those kinds of guys; they’re core players. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your cap. If you take care of it, it’ll take care of you.
Gary from Warsaw, IN
Looks like we need a corner, inside linebacker and a defensive tackle. Can all that be addressed in the draft or is that expecting too much?
It can all be addressed, but it’s expecting too much for each of those players to make an impact as rookies.
B.T. from Ripon, WI
Vic, you know who has won in free agency? The Packers. You know why? Because they have kept their key players and big-name players in our division have left. Now the Packers do not have to face Suh, Fairley and Marshall twice a year.
Take care of the cap and the cap will take care of you.
Tree from Fort Atkinson, WI
Every team has avid fans. If there were a scale for each team’s avid fans, where would you rank Packers fans?
It’s popular nowadays to rank fans according to the noise they make at games. I rank teams’ fans according to their loyalty, and they don’t come any more loyal than Packers fans. Packers fans also have the longest arms of any fan base.
Andrew from Atascadero, CA
Through all the offseason commotion, I haven’t heard any word on Rodgers’ health status. Have you heard anything, Vic, we haven’t?
I asked about Aaron Rodgers’ calf injury during an interview with Mike McCarthy at the combine, and he gave me a shrug-the-shoulders type of answer that suggested Rodgers’ injury and recovery isn’t an issue. That’s all the answer I needed.
Mike from Stillwater, MN
I just watched one of your “Video Ask Vic” segments, the one with you on the beach. Dude, you look rugged with a few days’ worth of whiskers. When are you going to grow a beard? You need to make that happen.
That’s my marine biologist look.
Jim from Sheboygan, WI
The way they are now and without knowing how the draft turns out, what do you think the odds are of the Packers making the Super Bowl?
That’s a question that shouldn’t be asked or considered at this time of the year. The goal in March is to be a playoff contender. If you go beyond that, you’ll start spending wildly in free agency and then you won’t even be a playoff contender in the years after this year.
John from Ashburn, VA
I don’t understand the fans that are complaining the Packers are staying the same while other teams are getting better via free agency. There’s no guarantee free-agent moves and trades will pan out, whereas the Packers will continue to improve with another year of development and cohesion under their belt.
If you sign a big-name free agent to a big contract and he gets injured or underperforms, did you get better? How many free-agent acquisitions perform up to the level of their contract? In contrast, if you don’t sign that big-name free agent and, instead, draft a player that plays well beyond the level of his contract, as Corey Linsley did, did you get better?
Phillip from Dunoon, Argyll and Bute
Just out of curiosity, if GM Vic were running the Packers at the moment and he wanted to make an offer to a cornerback like Darrelle Revis, assuming Vic assigns a price to Revis and sticks to it, what would he offer him?
Vic thinks Revis might be the best cover corner he’s ever seen, but Vic wouldn’t assign a price to Revis or even bother to call his agent. That’s why Vic doesn’t go to expensive restaurants unless somebody else is paying. Some things are just too rich for Vic.
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