Michael from Edmonton, Alberta
Vic, do you think the NFL would consider increasing the size of the end zone by 10 yards like the CFL? Bigger end zones mean more points, which means more casual fans, right?
Which end zone at Lambeau Field would you blow up, or would you blow up a little bit of both end zones?
Kyle from Nashville, TN
Your one-word responses are hilarious, Vic. Keep it up!
Maximillian from Sydney, Australia
Vic, do you think defense is the focus for the Packers in the upcoming draft?
Karl from Albuquerque, NM
Vic, it seems there have been more one-year contracts this year? Why is this, or am I mistaken? Why would a team want someone for just one year, and why would a player just want a one-year contract?
Players want long-term contracts, but we’re seeing more one-year deals every year. I think it’s for a couple of reasons: 1) It provides salary cap maneuverability. 2) Pro football has become a one-year business. One-year contracts dovetail with something I’ve been saying for a long time: Football is a game of replacement. The salary cap has created the most dramatic change in the NFL in the 44 years I’ve covered it.
Nick from Seattle, WA
Vic, looking over the first half of the Packers’ schedule, do you think it’s possible for this team to get off to a fast start like last year?
Fast starts tend to be meaningless if they’re not followed by fast finishes, and given a choice between a fast start and a fast finish, I’ll take the latter.
Don from Gilbert, AZ
I have written a few times; never got an answer. I guess you screwed up. Packers play Vikings in the second game of the season. Not a fan of yours, but a Packer from way back.
Jeremy from Appleton, WI
Vic, as a fan of the NFL since the early 1990s, I don’t understand why the NFL has to evolve and change. There are enough new players, coaches, schemes, etc., to keep the game interesting year in and year out for us true football lovers. What do you mean by the NFL has to evolve? Keep football the way it was, I say.
If the NFL hadn’t forced change back in 1978, we’d be back to the day of 0-0 ties. Defense will always catch up. It’ll always find a way to defeat offense. The game continues to be tilted toward offense, but look at the teams winning Super Bowls. The most recent Super Bowl looked like something from the ’70s. A defensive player won MVP. You might say the more we evolve, the more we stay the same. Some would even say defense still wins championships. I won’t go that far, but I think it’s a valid opinion.
Curt from Westby, WI
Vic, was there ever a football coach that wore the team uniform like they do in baseball?
I can’t think of anything more ridiculous than Mike McCarthy wearing a football uniform while looking at his play card and deciding which play to call. I guess he would wear a single-bar facemask so he could see better.
Jeroen from Leiden, Nederland
Vic, would you like it if Ted Thompson drafts back-to-back defensive linemen in the first two rounds, like he did at corner last year?
The draft is all about value. If that’s where the value is, do it. The same holds true for the offensive line. Both lines are deep in talent this year.
Mark from Fort Walton Beach, FL
Being an easy five-hour ride down I-10, I thought I would look into tickets for the game at Jacksonville. When you select pick by stadium map, it shows a view of the field from the section you click on. If you pick an east side section, you see a night time view! On the west side sections, you see a day time view! Those dirty Jags. Thanks for the tip, Vic!
The last people who bought tickets for a game in Jacksonville unaware the east side was the sun side are recovering nicely. Their skin has healed and they’re beginning to see images again.
Patrick from Ashland, WI
Shut, as in closed for business? The first time I saw that, I knew I was in someplace different. Then I saw a stick on a fire hydrant.
Ross from Stephenson, MI
Vic, here is a quote from an article by Dave Anderson of the New York Times from 1982: “During the 1975 American Conference championship game, Lynn Swann was knocked unconscious near the Steeler bench. ‘I was out cold. I don’t remember Joe coming out in his black cape and picking me up like a baby and carrying me to the bench, but I’ve got a picture of it,’ Lynn Swann says. ‘He had that pinched nerve in his left shoulder that year and he had my upper body in one arm while my legs were dangling in the other arm. Everybody else was thinking about the fumble I’d lost when I got hit, but Joe was thinking about me. I’ll never forget that.’” Neither will I, nor anyone else who reads this.
Think of the raw, dramatic moments football has given us. “Then run it and let’s get the hell out of here” is certainly one of them. I worry about technology costing us that kind of drama.
B from Hollywood, CA
Huh, Huh. You’re old.
Mark from Vincennes, IN
The Packers have three noon home games and two of those could get flexed. Should not more consideration be given to the Packers fans that fill the stadium?
Jerry from Wausau, WI
Vic, you seem to be the only person who thinks an early bye is not a negative. What makes you feel you know better than the players?
Well, everybody seemed to like the bye in Week 7 last year. That didn’t turn out too well, did it?
Tony from West Des Moines, IA
The last time the Packers had a bye this early into the season, Clay Matthews was injured and needed a week off. You can’t plan for injuries.
Matt from Westfield, IN
Good morning, Mr. Ketchman. Thank you for your balanced reporting of the issues surrounding our team and the league. It must take great patience to continually humble the wolves with an approach that is likely akin to your lawn care. You likely avoid the most expensive fertilizer (free agent) and opt for more guaranteed results (proper water/drainage and blade length).
Blade length is underrated. A healthy lawn depends on it. I don’t have grass where I live. I use my lawn mower to cut baby palmettos, so I’ve set the blade on “plow.”
Jared from San Antonio, TX
Just saw Spofford’s new look. What bet did he lose?
I heard he sold the van and bought a yellow sports car.
Wesley from York, UK
Having “The Man” allowed Tennessee to make a good trade down. Not having “The Man” is likely to force two questionable QBs to go with the first two picks.
The Titans have been blessed with one of the great advantages football can offer. They got “The Man” and “The Pick.”