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

Christopher LaVigne from Jacksonville:
A question about a decision, or lack of, in the Monday night game against Green Bay: At the end of the fourth quarter, with about 1:50 left, we (the Jags) had all three timeouts remaining. Favre threw a great screen pass to Green, who then ran it to the two-yard line before being forced out of bounds. At this point, their was about 1:40 left on the clock. On the next two plays, the Jags used two of their three timeouts trying to conserve a few seconds between plays. The end result, as you know, was that we got the ball back after the inevitable TD by Favre and company with less than a minute and a half left in the game and only one timeout left. My question is this: Given the momentum at that point of the game, would it not have been a good strategy to let Green Bay score, when there was still 1:40 left with three timeouts, rather than burning those two timeouts trying to stop the inevitable?
Vic: Calling the first timeout was the result of a mistake. After Ahman Green was forced out of bounds at the four-yard line, Jaguars players misinterpreted the coaches' efforts to get the players' attention as a signal to call timeout. Green then lost two yards, pushing the Packers back to the six-yard line and causing the Jaguars to call a second timeout to consider their strategy. At that point, there was even reason to believe the Jaguars could hold the Packers to a field goal. I don't like the idea of letting a team score. In my opinion, there was only one mistake in the Jaguars' strategy and that was the use of the first timeout.

Ron Quinn from Green Cove Springs, FL:
I loved your article with the "10 things" provided by the e-mails. I hope you don't lump my question in the same category, but I'll give it a shot anyway. I know Alvis Whitted is gone now, but my ideal was to convert him to cornerback. It just seems like with his speed he would have no problem being a cover-corner. What do you think? A bonehead idea, or am I football genius?
Ron, I think you just gave me an "11th thing," however, Alvis Whitted does have one trait common to most defensive backs: He can't catch. Trust me, Ron, Whitted is not a cover-corner.

Ryan Blankenship from Hawthorne, FL:
If the Jags draft a running back, who would he possibly be? Or would they try to draft a quarterback or a wide receiver?
Vic: It's much too early to know the answer to your questions, but based on what I've seen and read about next spring's draft crop, the running back class is not impressive. That would change, of course, if Michigan State's T.J. Duckett made himself eligible. In my opinion, he is a super talent; a big, punishing runner in the Jerome Bettis mold. He's exactly what the Jaguars need; a pounder. However, if he declares his draft eligibility, Duckett figures to be a certain top-five pick, and I don't expect the Jaguars to finish that high in the draft order. The Jaguars will undoubtedly draft a running back high, but there may not be one available who is worthy of the high first-round pick they'll have. They'll also draft quarterback and wide receiver in the draft, but, in my opinion, the Jaguars' needs will be so many that drafting the best available player will address their needs. Selecting the best available player is the most sound draft philosophy, for any team, but it makes even more sense for a team with across-the-board needs.

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