Jake from La Crosse, WI
Big fan of Trevor Davis throughout this whole draft process; such a smooth athlete. Considering the loaded WR depth chart, is it likely Adams finds himself to be the odd man out?
We’re far too concerned about the odd man out. We need to focus on finding the odd man in, and that only requires patience because that player will do the finding for us.
Caleb from Eau Claire, WI
Vic, if you were a defensive line coach and could use any method/drill you wanted to evaluate your rookies, what would you use?
If I was the line coach of a two-gapping front, I would weigh their ability to bull rush. It would tell me all I need to know about their power to play through the man. You can’t be an every-down defensive lineman in a two-gapping system if you can’t bull rush.
Damon from Bolivar, MO
Mike Daniels has quickly become one of my favorite players. He is not afraid of confrontation. Matter of fact, he embraces it. He is quickly making a name for himself. Does he remind you of any other player in NFL history?
He reminds me of former Packers defensive lineman John Jurkovic. Mike has Jurkovic’s motor and toughness. I can’t help but be reminded of Colts great Art Donovan. Mike has Donovan’s quirky and effervescent personality. I think Mike has a clear-the-air personality the Packers desperately need. He says what others are afraid to say. Every team needs a Mike Daniels. Joey Porter was that kind of player. It drove Bill Cowher crazy, but it always challenged his players to back up Porter’s words.
Jacob from Madison, WI
Vic, in response to “other teams drafted players, Ted Thompson drafted Packers” comment, I don’t think there was anything snobby about it. I think they were simply implying Ted looks at very specific types of players that might not be on everyone’s radar, and they probably work better in our system.
That’s ridiculous. All of the players the Packers drafted were on every other team’s radar, and if the Packers hadn’t drafted them, they’d be playing against them.
Brett from Jacksonville Beach, FL
Here’s a fun one for the Sconnies: When I was at the coldest-ever Jags (home) game (38 degrees), we went in the club at halftime and didn’t come back out.
I often referred to aliens abducting fans at halftime, because the crowd always seemed to be smaller in the second half than it was in the first half. Fans would write in and explain their weather misery and how it forced them to leave at halftime or spend the second half inside one of the clubs. My all-time favorite excuse was for a chilly late-season game. The fan said he had “ice in his eyes.” I looked at the play-by-play. The official temperature at kickoff was 69 degrees.
C.J. from Edinboro, PA
Vic, we know what happens to teams that win free agency, but what about teams that win the draft?
They keep winning.
Jeff from Oxnard, CA
Vic, I grew up in Wisconsin but live in Southern California. With no draft and a UFA system, teams with good climates and favorable tax structures would have the advantage over the most sought after recruits. What keeps teams like Green Bay viable is the draft, as well as the salary cap. In the end, this would be the equivalent of reversing the draft order.
You need one or the other. During the previous CBA, which was a disaster for small-market, low-revenue teams and caused some of them, in my opinion, to quit trying until a new CBA came along, I offered this opinion: If there was no cap, the large-market, high-revenue teams couldn’t transfer their player costs onto the small-market, low-revenue teams. It was my opinion the large and high teams would overspend and make careless mistakes that would level the playing field. I believed the small and low teams would feed off their counterparts’ mistakes by merely being better football managers. Look at the quarterbacks: Joe Montana and Russell Wilson were third-round picks. Dan Marino was passed 26 times. We know about Aaron Rodgers. Drew Brees was a second-round pick. Joe Flacco lasted until pick 18 and was drafted in a trade-down scenario. Tony Romo was undrafted. This country is loaded with football talent.
Wallace from Jacksonville, FL
Vic, Packers fans coming to Jacksonville for the opener need to not only be concerned about the heat and humidity, but also with “fighting the crows.”
It’s one of my favorite columns. A fan was explaining why he didn’t attend the games. One of his complaints was he had to fight the crows to get to his seat. He was instantly inducted into the “Ask Vic” Hall of Fame.
Will from Lexington, KY
I Googled Proposition 48 (as I’m sure you intended), and found it unsettling. It really underscores how uneasily the missions of higher education and elite football competition overlap. Surely, young men from disadvantaged backgrounds shouldn’t be locked out of a potential future of success in the NFL because they were not prepared to succeed academically in college, but neither should colleges be forced to lower their academic standards to meet the needs of their football programs. How long do you think it will be, if ever, before developmental football and college education finally part ways?
It’s a shame education and football don’t naturally go hand in hand. Hey, Rocky got a great body but not much upstairs; Adrian got the smarts but not much of a body, right? So how do Rocky and Adrian exist together on a college campus? In my opinion, there needs to be a separate curriculum for Rocky. I have a former NFL quarterback friend who played at a college football factory, where he was enrolled in a shop class for jocks. He said on the first page of the text there was a picture of a hammer and underneath the picture was written “Hammer.” On the second page was a picture of a screwdriver and underneath the picture was written “Screwdriver.” Whatever it takes! Football is too much a part of the college experience for it not to exist.
Joe from Gainesville, FL
Vic, if you had the “chaps” to earn a living as a football coach, would you prefer being a head coach or an assistant? Would you prefer working in the NFL, the NCAA or high school? Steve Spurrier and Tim Tebow are the most famous “Gator champs” there are, in my opinion.
I always wanted to be a college football coach. In a small way, I’ll always regret not having pursued my dream.
Dave from Savage, MN
Can you even imagine what it must feel like for the undrafted free agents when they show for the first practice? For many of them, this will be their first and last chance to be a pro, to achieve their dreams. It’s one of my favorite football times of the year. Please tell me they get to keep their practice jersey.
They’ll come away with plenty of souvenirs. What’s important for them today is to put all of that emotional stuff out of their minds and focus on being the best player they can possibly be. This isn’t a tour of Lambeau Field. The goal is to run out of that tunnel for real on the day of the home opener. This is the first day of what they must believe will be a long professional football career, and they need to impress Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson with that belief. If their eyes are full of awe, the message they’ll send is the game is too big for them. No way. Let it rip.
John from Grand Forks, ND
The article on microfracture surgery was really eye-opening. I would certainly be weary of drafting a player with this next to their name.
Imagine your job might depend on it.
Tom from Bismarck, ND
Vic, I hope you feel qualified to cast a vote for white color rush.
Sean from Milwaukee, WI
In the Arabian and Syrian deserts there is a group of people called the Bedouin who traditionally wear loose-fitting black robes. Warm air travels up the robe and creates a breeze that sucks cooler air up into the robe. It’s like wearing an outfit with its own built in fan.
I wear black on the golf course down here because it keeps the bugs away. I’m not afraid of the heat, I’m afraid of the noseeum, which is a swarming, microscopic bug that makes you itch all over for what it appears to be no reason. Do you know how they got their name? They’re called noseeum because you no see um.
Brent from Delano, MN
Vic, you’re right. The temperature will not be affected by the color of the uniforms, but by the amount of solar gain, which is impacted by the color.
Here we go.
William from Lima, Peru
What’s the difference between trading up to get a player and reaching for a player in the draft?
When you reach for a player, you surrender a portion of the value of your pick. When you trade up for a player, you spend the value of another pick or two to acquire the value you’re gaining. You have to believe the player you’re chasing will return that value you’re spending. Clay Matthews has.
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