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Congress anti NFL antitrust exemption?

Leadership, management at the heart of great coaching


James from Iqaluit, Canada

I read an article saying Congress was considering ending antitrust laws that evened out TV revenues for teams, and the Packers would be unable to survive because of this. Sad, huh?

I'm sure there's something the NFL could do to change Congress' mind.

Darren from Washington, DC

How many wins in a season do you think a good coach can account for when, for the most part, the team with the better players ends up the victor?

Strong leadership and management are at the heart of great coaching. They can win a lot of games against teams with more talent. That's how you out-coach somebody. You do it every day, not just on game day. You do it in the offseason. You do it by providing your players with a sense of direction that sharpens the focus of everything they do.

Noah from Omro, WI

Vic, I have never played a down of football in my life. This weekend, I will be going up north on a retreat for college, and will be playing some tackle football for the first time. Any advice or pointers? All I know is I want to hit someone, but I'm not sure what to do beyond that. Hit someone else, maybe?

You want to hit someone, but will you want to hit someone after someone hits you? That question and its answer define the human confrontation that makes football what it is. This weekend, you will achieve total consciousness.

Zachary from Holland, MI

Vic, I am under the weather. Do you have any stories that could help take my mind off how terrible I feel?

I covered a tackle named Jon Kolb. He was a wonderful player, from Oklahoma State. I remember doing a feature on him and he told me the story of getting food poisoning the day before a game in Houston. He said he was terribly sick and was put into the hospital, where an IV line was inserted to help flush the bad stuff out of him. The team's priest came to Jon's hospital room to provide comfort, and then said a prayer over Jon. Just about then, Jon's mother came into the hospital room, saw her son connected to an IV line and a priest praying over Jon, and immediately began to cry. Jon told me he began feeling better right before kickoff, and he said he played pretty well. Hang in there. You'll be fine.

Rick from Appleton, WI

Vic, what's one thing you're sure you won't see in tonight's game?

Brett Favre playing quarterback for the Vikings.

Mary from Duluth, MN

Vic, you said, "you wait until you get inside the current quarterback's final 2-3 years" to draft the next starting QB. Is it a waste of a good starter to have him sit for 2-3 years before he plays in today's NFL?

It depends on who the current starter is. If he's a guy who's not playing well, then you might as well get on with it. That's my opinion. In that case – which wasn't the case with Aaron Rodgers – the sooner your quarterback of the future plays, the sooner he'll play well. When you draft a guy in the first round, it's not if, it's when, and if you're losing with the guy he'll eventually replace, now is a good time to make the switch.

Johnny from East Palatka, FL

Do you suppose a different scheme could help the less fiscal players to FULL CONSISTENCY?

Whatever it takes. The Packers must achieve FULL CONSISTENCY.

Tom from West Bend, WI

Jim Brown's clone is eligible for the 2015 draft. Given the recent loss of value of running backs, is he picked in the first round?

Any team that passes on Jim Brown should immediately fire everyone. By the way, don't forget "Ask Vic Halftime" and "Ask Vic Postgame Chat."

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