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Be happy or be a starting QB?

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Kadetta from Jacksonville:
Do you think it's better for Leftwich to go to another team or stay with Pitt? I think he's in a great place just to hold a clipboard and come in when needed but, if he does leave, where do you think he would fit in?

Vic: Byron probably showed enough this past season to give himself a chance to compete for a starting job with another team. I don't think another team is going to just hand a starting job to him, but I think there will be teams interested in signing him and giving him the chance to compete for the job. I know for a fact the Steelers want him back, so Byron may face a big decision. Does he choose stability and happiness or does he risk stability and happiness to take another shot at being a starting quarterback? It's really an intriguing decision. He's popular in Pittsburgh. The team likes him and the fans like him, but there's no chance of him being anything more than what he is, Ben Roethlisberger's backup. Is that such a bad life? He's playing close to home and he's happy where he's at. What if Detroit came calling? Do you wanna take that risk?Victor from Dresden, NC:
What is the Jags' salary cap situation and will it have affect their draft strategy?

Vic: It's no issue. The Jaguars have lots of cap room and they can make any decision they want without cap concerns. For the Jags, it's not about monopoly money, it's about real money.

Bob from Green Cove Springs, FL:
I guess you saw Mr. Rooney's quote from after the Super Bowl: "Just have good players. That is the big thing. Players are the ones who do it for you. You can't win without the players. Remember that." Do you think this might settle the players vs. plays controversy, or is the video game culture too far advanced for reason to prevail?

Vic: How about this one: On the play that resulted in his 100-yard return of an interception, James Harrison was supposed to rush the passer. He decided not to rush when instinct told him the Cardinals were going to throw a slant pass. Players, not plays.

Logan from Orange Park, FL:
What happened to the player who, during the Super Bowl game, beat on the player on the ground? Will he be fined?

Vic: It's worse than that. He's being made to take a position as a Wall Street CEO.

James from Knoxville, TN:
You mentioned the new trend possibly being to move toward a "no-nonsense, strict disciplinarian coach." How does Del Rio compare to that standard?

Vic: I get the sense we're heading into a no-nonsense kind of year.

Chris from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Regarding the disruptive player who had Super Bowl glory in his era, are you referring to former Cowboys running back Duane Thomas? I vaguely remember him as being talented but troubled. Can you elaborate?

Vic: He rarely spoke and I think he wore a ski mask on the team plane. How's that?

Eddie from Jacksonville:
Being a Cards fan and having much respect for Warner, I believe too much is being made of his Hall of Fame debate. I cannot seem to get settled on the Tillman debate, though. On the field, he certainly was not HOF worthy. Should his decision to leave behind the NFL, and ultimately sacrifice his life for our country, really carry that much weight?

Vic: I'm very sensitive to patriotism and I like to see it celebrated, but let's not forget the players who had to leave the game and fight in World War II, some of whom did not come home. What do you want to do about those guys?

Mario from Burlingame, CA:
Do you have any stories you could share on Dr. Salk of the University of Pittsburgh? Were you one of the kids that were the first ones to be vaccinated? What was it like to be a kid and live with the fear of polio?

Vic: Yeah, I was in the first group of kids to be immunized. I can remember going to the high school gym for the immunizations and kids were lined up out the door and down the street. Polio was every mother's fear and I have one great memory from those years about the polio fear. I was in the second grade and I complained to my teacher, a nun, that my legs hurt. She said I'd be fine and to go back to my seat. As time wore on, I felt worse. I was getting the flu and the aches and pains that go with it. I told her, again, that my legs hurt, but I got no love. It wasn't until my third complaint, when she touched my head and felt a fever, that I was sent to the principal's office and my mother was called. Now comes the good part: In those days, if you got spanked by the nuns at school, you had to make sure your parents didn't find out or you'd get spanked again. The nuns ruled supreme. Not only were you afraid of them, your parents were afraid of them. When my mother came to the school to get me, however, and she found out I had been complaining that my legs hurt, she went nuts. She went right to the polio card and she ripped them and instantly I felt better. Instead of worrying that I was going to get spanked because I told my teacher my legs hurt, I felt empowered. My mother backed down the nuns and word spread through the school. I was king.

Susan from Fernandina Beach, FL:
Loved your article about Luke Richesson and the new program he plans to implement. As a physical therapist, I am glad to see the change in philosophy. The body is an amazing piece of machinery that must be balanced to run efficiently. As a long-time observer of the game, what are your thoughts?

Vic: Richesson's seven-exercise fitness test and its four-point scoring system intrigues me. He said data offers scary support about the validity of the test as it pertains to the risk of injury. That's what intrigues me. I want to know more.

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