George from San Diego, CA
What will the Packers’ first offensive play from scrimmage be against Jacksonville?
A “Hail Mary” to Jeff Janis.
Dominick from Berwyn, IL
Time is running out for a team of the decade to emerge. Could this be the first decade of the Super Bowl era without a defining franchise?
We still have four Super Bowl champions to crown. I think a defining team will emerge. Who are the candidates? I think the Seahawks are the No. 1 candidate right now, but it’s wide open to a team that can get hot in the final four years of the decade.
Jason from Streator, IL
Vic, are teams sending their best scouts to the SEC?
Whatever a team’s strategy is, it better have the SEC covered. It’s the best conference in college football.
Ethan from Pulaski, WI
Vic, if teams could still have an unlimited offseason roster, how many players do you think teams would sign?
They would sign players until they believed they had reached the limit of players capable of competing for a roster spot. It would probably top out at about 120-130.
Mike from Sandy Hook, VA
Comparing two eras, both extremely successful, how are Packers fans of the ’60s different from us today?
They were more winsome in the ’60s. We were more winsome as a whole 50 years ago. The ’60s were an era of innocence in the NFL. It was an era of discovery, and Lombardi’s Packers helped us discover a game that would become our new national pastime. You didn’t question Lombardi’s play-calling. Lombardi was sacrosanct. If he ordered it and it failed, it was due to a lack of execution. What if Lombardi coached today? I imagine fans complaining about overuse of the “Packers sweep.” Fans are more demanding now. It’s the result of a sense of entitlement. We believe we were born to win.
Scott from Milwaukee, WI
If inside linebacker is devalued in today’s game, why was Clay moved there the past two seasons?
Because it allowed the Packers to get their best players on the field.
Jon from Bloomfield, NJ
Vic, good teams find a way to keep talent is a refrain of yours. It seems to me if the talent in the country truly exceeded the limits of the 53-man roster and 10-man practice squad, teams would have to cut good players. Has the NFL really hit the perfect number at 63?
You’re forgetting about every team’s extra roster, the players they’ve released and remain on the street. Every team keeps tabs on those players. They sign them and release as need demands. James Harrison is a dramatic example of one of those players. He was released three times by the Steelers. I’d like to see the practice squad expanded to 15, because there are probably five players every year that make their way back to the team in some capacity.
Treveor Davis wanted bigger stage, performed on it
Thomas from Park Falls, WI
Vic, it’s almost impossible in modern-day football to build a team that is dominant on both the offensive side and the defensive side of the ball. What is the most balanced team, in terms of pure domination, you have ever seen?
The ’92 Cowboys, ’84 and '89 49ers, and ’78 Steelers are the candidates. All of them are pre-cap teams. The cap doesn’t allow teams to collect talent as those teams did. In the cap era, it’s Irvin or Harper, not both; it’s Rice or Taylor, not both; it’s Swann or Stallworth, not both.
Bill from Iowa City, IA
What are likely top goals for the Packers’ OTAs?
Finish them having installed the playbook so everyone on the team is ready to be the best they can be in training camp.
Cole from Schererville, IN
Everyone is talking about the heat in Jacksonville, however, there isn’t anything we can do about it, is there?
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’s never too soon to hydrate. That’s why people carry gigantic bottles of water with them everywhere they go. We’ve become waterholics. What did we do before bottled water? How did we ever ride in a car for more than 15 minutes without carrying with us a gigantic bottle of water? I can see the look on my father’s face if I had asked him to buy me a bottle of water at the ballgame.
Collin from San Diego, CA
If we could get him at a reduced salary, do you feel Dwight Freeney would be a good addition to the Packers defense? He still looks to have plenty of gas in the tank, and I feel the knowledge he can provide to the younger guys would be almost worth the salary alone, not to mention he had like eight sacks last year.
I favor young players being taught to play football by the coaches. I’m not big on signing old players to mentor.
Alen from Tilburg, The Netherlands
Vic, do players become less hungry after a big payday?
One of my all-time favorite personnel guys was fond of saying, “It’s tough to get out of bed in the morning when you’re wearing silk pajamas.” You have to find the guys who don’t wear silk pajamas. I have a feeling Mike Daniels doesn’t wear silk pajamas.
Joe from Luck, WI
What do you think of Jordan Spieth asking his caddie, “What were you thinking, dude?” regarding club selection after coming up short on a shot?
If I was Spieth’s caddy, I would’ve been thinking, “I thought you could hit it farther, dude.”
Crag from Brookfield, WI
I’m trying to imagine Nitschke, Butkus, Deacon Jones, etc., wearing color rush uniforms. When did the NFL go from a Jack Lambert league to an Adam Lambert league?
Jack Lambert wore a color rush uniform every day at practice. I’m serious. The Steelers defense always wore yellow pants and yellow shirts in practice, and the shirts didn’t include numbers during the Chuck Noll years.
Thomas from Omaha, NE
Vic, how would you make the NCAA playoff system better?
Every conference sends a champion. There was no team from the Pac-12 in last season’s playoffs. That’s ridiculous. The title is still being decided by ratings.
Kevin from Germantown, WI
Thoughts on Jason Day winning seven of his last 17 tournaments? His story is another example of hard times producing mental toughness.
His game is perfectly suited for Oakmont; he hits it long and high.
Curtis from Sparta, WI
Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity. The society declares these four principles as the foundation of ethical journalism and encourages their use in its practice by all people in all media, and journalists should provide context. Take special care not to misrepresent or oversimplify in promoting, previewing or summarizing a story. “I think it’s about more than jersey sales (introducing the context). I think it was an idea born of wanting to give TV some Thursday night hype (casually framed, safe point of context). View it any way you please, but the bottom line is my inbox is bulging with color-rush questions, which include yours (abandoning responsibility to examine context). If hype was the intent (conditional phrase dismissing and obscuring entire context of behavior, money, corporate interests and ethics), the NFL hit a home run (without analysis or explanation, declaring the corporate power a virtuous champion).
I did all of that? I’m da man.
Ryan from Neenah, WI
While I am curious to see what design the Packers came up with for our color rush uniform, I would love to be done discussing the topic in “Ask Vic.”
I asked the Society of Professional Journalists for its opinion, and it said when the fans stop asking, I should stop answering.
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