Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Brian from Jacksonville:
"Ten things" may be the best pro football column in America.
Vic: I know somebody who disagrees.
Matt from Jacksonville:
Why was the defender's hit on Taylor not flagged for helmet-to-helmet? Is this a protection afforded only to quarterbacks?
Vic: It's a protection intended to protect all players from head-hunters, which is to say those players who lower their head and use it as a weapon. In the case of Nate Webster's hit on Fred Taylor, I believe Webster had his head up when he made the hit. I only looked at it once so maybe I'm wrong, but it appeared to me Webster was in the process of making a form tackle when he struck Taylor under the chin. I can tell you this: Webster did not launch. That's the big one. He did not drop his head and launch himself at Taylor's head. It appeared to me Webster's feet were on the ground and his head was up. That's textbook.
John from Springfield, GA:
Anyone who says you are a shill for the Jaguars doesn't pay attention to your blog. Your thoughts are honest and pertinent.
Vic: I genuinely try to give the reader the most accurate representation possible of what I've seen and what I think it means. That doesn't mean I'm always going to be correct and I accept criticism for mistakes I make in viewing and analysis, but I do my best. That's my pledge to the reader.
Nishant from Palm Beach Gardens, FL:
When I saw those passes up 14 late in the game, I thought, is Jack Del Rio trying to make the defense win the game, almost as if to challenge them?
Vic: I asked Del Rio about the two passes and a sack series when the Jags were leading by 14 with 11 minutes to play and this was his answer: "We still needed to be aggressive. They were going to be aggressive loading the box and we were going to make plays downfield."
Todd from Beaufort, SC:
Was Fred more injured than everyone let on or are we seeing a changing of the guard here?
Vic: Fred got tagged, big time. When I saw Fred leaving the field for the locker room before halftime, he had the long coat on and he had that see-you-next-Sunday look on his face. I was shocked when he re-entered the game in the second half. I don't think you're being appreciative enough of the courage Fred displayed in re-entering that game. His six-yard run on second and six at the end of the game was the game-clincher. He pushed the pile five yards. Stats are fine, but this game is about a lot more than stats. This game is about human confrontation and courage. Fred showed me something yesterday. He showed me the thing I like to see the most.
Sri from St. Augustine, FL:
What has happened to Jerry Porter?
Vic: I got a tip that Porter was going to get a lot of work on Sunday, so I was expecting that it might be a breakout game for him. Early in the game, he ran a slant on Dre Bly, I believe, and Bly gave him a 10-yard cushion. Porter was wide open and might've scored. David Garrard's pass was tipped, however, and it was announced that the pass was intended for Marcedes Lewis, who was underneath Porter. Frankly, it looked to me as though Porter was the target and Lewis got in the way, but I don't know that for sure. Anyhow, I thought to myself that I was going to see Porter run that route again, but I can't remember seeing him in the game again. I don't know what happened. We'll ask Jack Del Rio again today what Porter's status is.
Lawrence from Omaha, NE:
I knew it was going to happen eventually. The Cardinals blocked the game-tying field goal and would have won the game but Whisenhunt tried to Shanahan it and then the kicker made it to send it into OT. I reckon nobody ever does that nonsense again.
Vic: That would be fine with me. I think the concept is cheap and tawdry and the league should've already addressed the practice of calling time out just before the snap. In my opinion, it's bad for the game. It leaves everybody with a bad taste in their mouth.
Andrew from Jacksonville:
Obviously, the throw to Williamson didn't count but does this play and Garrard's 30-yard touchdown to Marcedes Lewis mean teams might start respecting our deep ball a bit more and freeing up some room for the two-headed monster?
Vic: Absolutely, it does. The 69-yard bomb from Garrard to Troy Williamson may have been nullified by penalty, but it'll be on the tape and every Jaguars opponent will see it. In my Friday column, I wrote of a statistic that credited the Jaguars with one completion in just six pass attempts that covered 21 yards or more in the air this season. The Jaguars had, I think, two such completions in Denver and that's not counting the 69-yarder to Williamson. In my opinion, it was the most important thing that happened in the game because it's going to have an immediate and long-term effect. It's going to move safeties away from the line of scrimmage and that's going to help the Jaguars run the ball.
Paulo from Curitiba, Brazil:
That's the Jaguars' way to play football. Physical, nice rushing and passing plays, fighting hard until the very end. Are we back on track?
Vic: Offensively, yes, the Jaguars are back on track. They've got some pop in their passing game and their balance between run and pass was perfect, 34-34. Now they have to get their defense back on track. It did a nice job of denying the Broncos points, but Michael Pittman rushed for 109 yards and the Jaguars are not stopping the run against ordinary running backs.
Tasha from Birmingham, AL:
I like the Jags but I do not like you. You rail on folks that have emotional reactions but you seem to be the instigator. Other than increasing your hits, why do you smart-off to your readers and insult opponents?
Vic: It just comes naturally. Would you like a tissue?
Cory from Valencia, CA:
You said after Jones-Drew scored the long TD that the Broncos defense had left the building. What indication was there that their defense ever showed up because I, for one, didn't see any?
Vic: The Broncos are definitely not built on defense. They want to out-score you because they know it's unlikely they can keep you from scoring. Let's give some credit for once, however, to the guy calling the plays. Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter was masterful. I never knew if it was going to be a run or a pass. He kept the Broncos guessing the whole game.
Joel from Atlanta, GA:
Garrard looked like his old self for the first time this season.
Vic: That's not true at all. He was fantastic against Houston three weeks ago and he played well enough against Pittsburgh to win and might've led the Jaguars down the field at the end of the game if he hadn't had two perfect throws dropped. What is it about Garrard that you don't like? What is it about Jaguars fans that make them so hard on their quarterbacks?
Debbie from Indianapolis, IN:
He's back. We're back. Watch out. Bye.
Vic: At least one wild card is going to come out of the AFC East. Frankly, I don't see a wild card coming out of the North or West. If Tennessee doesn't fade, the final wild card spot could come down to the Colts or the Jaguars. Dec. 18 in Jacksonville. Big. Bye.
Rich from Lake City, FL:
Who can we expect to be back in action after the bye week?
Vic: Reggie Nelson, Brad Meester, Rob Meier, Chad Nkang and Chris Naeole should be ready to go. George Wrighster and Jeremy Mincey might be ready, too, but a decision on them doesn't have to be made until week nine. At that point, all PUP players must either be made active or put on injured reserve.
Sage from Dillon, MT:
The Jaguars did what Dr. Vic ordered. Now what?
Vic: Get on a winning streak. The schedule couldn't be better for it.
Rich from Jacksonville:
I don't know why people are so hard on you. Do you think Jones-Drew should be getting the bulk of the carries, due to his quick-hit approach because with a patchwork offensive line Taylor's running style seems to take too long and is ineffective.
Vic: If Fred hadn't gotten dinged early in Sunday's game, he would've had a field day against the Broncos. Don't be so quick to quit on a great running back.
Aaron from Milroy, PA:
It was Friday night and we were down 34-0 at halftime. Our defensive coach told us, "I had a coach a long time ago tell me if you lose the game defensively, it's your fault." Our coach said he felt like a failure and he let us down. I thought to myself this is our fault, we're not doing what he's telling us to do correctly or we just aren't doing it with enough effort. He said there's a difference between getting beat and losing, and we were losing. I wanted to tell him that it was our fault and it's players, not plays, but I didn't get to see him after the game.
Vic: Coaches say things that stick with you for life. I wonder why that is. What is it about us that allows them to command such respect and power? I had a coach who once said: "If you dog it out there, you'll regret it the rest of your life." I can remember thinking to myself, "What a bunch of crap." You know what? He was right. I still regret it. How could he have known? Don't fret, kid. Coaches love to play the guilt-trip card. Do the best you can and be proud of it.
Carl from Jacksonville:
Going into the bye, are you happy with a 3-3 record, considering all the injuries and the brutal schedule the Jags have faced?
Vic: I said before the game that if the Jaguars won, all would be right with the world.
Kenny from San Diego, CA:
Not only did it not look like Cutler had a better arm than Elway, it looked like he didn't have as good an arm as Garrard.
Vic: I love Cutler's tools. He can make all the throws and he looks great in the pocket, but there's something missing from his game and I think it's instinct. He was great when he was on the script in the first drive of the game, but as he got away from the script and was left to his own devices, his play deteriorated. I think he lacks instincts. He forces a lot of passes; should've had two more interceptions yesterday. He leaves the pocket when he doesn't have to do it. He was rolling right on a third and three and could've easily run for the first down but, instead, he threw a wild pass to a receiver that wasn't open. I saw him completely miss Daniel Graham running wide open down the left seam. Why? Because he makes predetermined decisions. He cuts the field in half with his eyes and he doesn't leave that side of the field. He forces the ball to Brandon Marshall. Cutler has the potential to be a great quarterback but he needs a lot more schooling because I don't think he has a natural feel for the position, as Matt Ryan does, for example.
Robert from Delft, The Netherlands:
The way I see it, there were two vital differences between the Steelers game and the Broncos game. First, we ran the ball effectively. Second, Cutler isn't Roethlisberger. Anything to add?
Vic: You said it perfectly.