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Arrow pointing up on OL

Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

John from Tallahassee, FL:
What do you think about the offensive line?

Vic: The loss of Maurice Williams and Zach Wiegert hurt, but Mike Pearson is developing into a very competent left tackle. Think about Pearson and Williams at the tackles for the long-term future. The Jaguars have to feel real good about that. I think the arrow is clearly pointing up on the offensive line.

Andy from St. Louis, MO:
I think Tom Coughlin is doing an amazing job and I enjoy watching these Jaguars over last season's Jaguars. My question concerns teams such as the Titans. It seemed early in the year the Titans had the same problems we had in that they had an aging team with large salary cap problems. What was the cause of the turnaround? Was I misinformed of the depth of their problems, or will more decay come in later years?

Vic: The Titans' salary cap problems are real and of major significance. They will not escape. But they have done a great job of taking one more shot at the Super Bowl. When they were 1-4, no one gave them a chance. What caused the turnaround? Steve McNair; he's playing the best football of his life. He is the heart and soul of the Titans; they clearly feed off his toughness and energy.

Ryan from Atlanta, GA:
Not much has been written about the play of Mike Pearson. How would you grade his recent performance and long-term outlook?

Vic: For a rookie left tackle, Mike Pearson is playing at an "A" level. From what I understand, he needs to become stronger, which will be the dedication of his offseason conditioning. Tom Coughlin believes Pearson has the footwork to be an outstanding pass-blocker.

Jeremiah from Jacksonville:
My question is about free agency. I understand this team got themselves into salary cap trouble by overpaying free agents. But in order for the Jags to take the next step, isn't it going to be a necessity that they at least bring in a few quality free agents?

Vic: If "quality" means expensive, then taking the next step will just be another step backward. Surely, we all understand that by now.

Ed from Orange Park, FL:
What do you think the Jaguars' chances are in the last two games? I'm one of those who support coach Tom and don't want to see any changes if the team does poorly.

Vic: I expect the Jaguars to beat the Titans this Sunday. I'll be disappointed if they don't. Beating the Colts in the RCA Dome on the final day of the season will be much more difficult.

Lynn from Jacksonville:
During the Bengals game, the CBS announcers criticized that Brunell doesn't have anyone to talk to on the sideline (because coach is otherwise busy wearing many hats) and that it has a negative effect on his game. What are your views on that?

Vic: That crap's getting old and, frankly, I'm shocked at the lack of depth to that commentary. Someone to talk to? Come on.

Tom from Malabar, FL:
I have a question about Bobby Shaw. As our number two receiver he has had far fewer catches per start than McCardell. In your opinion, how much of this is due to his failure to get open, and how much is due to the imbalance in time of possession? Do you think he's a viable number two receiver for the future?

Vic: In my opinion, Bobby Shaw's value is in his dependability, durability and versatility. I believe those virtues would best be represented in the role of a number three receiver.

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