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Best in the big games

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

Charles from Jacksonville:
Regarding Pulin's question, more prominent NFL players from Jacksonville are Bob Hayes, Kelvin Martin, Laveranues Coles, Lito Sheppard, Jabar Gaffney and his father Derrick Gaffney. Did I miss any that weren't already mentioned?

Vic: Edgar Bennett and Leroy Butler are also Jacksonville guys. There are a lot of Jacksonville guys who are NFL alumni. Jacksonville is a top producer of football talent.

William from Jacksonville:
Who assisted Wayne Weaver in making his head coach hires? At this point, I would rate both coaches in Jaguars history as A hires.

Vic: Paul Vance directly assisted Wayne in the hunt for a replacement for Tom Coughlin. I don't know to what degree Wayne had help in selecting his first coach, but I can tell you that Coughlin swept Wayne off his feet.

Anthony from Jacksonville:
Could you please post some of the upcoming dates, like the start of camp, the team scrimmage, open practices and, if you could find out, when will they mail the season tickets? Opening the mailbox to find that package is better than Christmas.

Vic: The players will report to training camp on July 28 and practices will begin the following morning. The team scrimmage is set for Friday evening, Aug. 4. The full "Training camp schedule" can be found in the "press releases" section of The majority of season tickets were mailed on Monday and season ticket holders should begin receiving their tickets as early as today. If you don't receive your tickets by Aug. 1, call the Jaguars ticket office.

Raymo from Jacksonville:
Don't you think the new "Pride of the Jaguars" needs to have players that were at the top of the league and at the top of the Jaguars?

Vic: Criterion for selecting a player for team honors, such as the "Pride of the Jaguars," has to be carefully examined and established. Selecting players is a very sensitive matter. Bob Hayes is a perfect example. The Cowboys didn't induct Hayes to the team's "Ring of Honor" until 2001, which meant that while Hayes was unsuccessfully trying to gain admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he had yet to be inducted into his own team's "Hall of Fame." I have to believe that hurt his chances for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If I was on the PFHF selection committee, I would say, how can I make him one of the best players from all teams when his own team doesn't even consider him one of their best players? This is very sensitive stuff. Great thought and debate must go into every selection. There is a degree of politics involved because you don't want to hurt your players' chances of making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Carter from San Jose, CA:
Why did you peg Washington as your "disappointment team" for the 2006 season?

Vic: I don't think they're worthy of the hype they're receiving.

Tom from Malabar, FL:
I agree with your comment to not cheapen the "Pride." The Jags have only been around 11 years. How many Cowboys are in their "Ring of Honor?" How many does that make per decade?

Vic: Seventeen men are in the Cowboys' "Ring of Honor." That figure includes former head coach Tom Landry and former team president Tex Schramm. Of the 15 players in the Cowboys' "Ring," seven (Hayes, Chuck Howley, Leroy Jordan, Bob Lilly, Don Meredith, Don Perkins and Mel Renfro) are clear representatives of the 1960's, three (Cliff Harris, Roger Staubach and Rayfield Wright) are distinct reps of the Cowboys' teams of the 1970's, two players (Tony Dorsett and Randy White) were prominent players in the '70's and '80's, and last year the Cowboys inducted Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin from the '90's teams. Consider the great Cowboys players that aren't in the "Ring," players such as Harvey Martin, "Too Tall" Jones and Drew Pearson. It has to be a special place, which means some guys have to be denied.

Tyler from Butler, PA:
I was wondering what you thought of the hybrid golf clubs? I like them better than irons.

Vic: I don't use hybrids but I've hit them and I think they're a great invention, especially for senior golfers. I have an old bag full of old clubs in the garage, and every once in a while I'll pull one of those old clubs out and swing it, and I can't believe I actually played with something that bad. The new clubs are so dramatically superior to the old stuff. But here's the question: Am I any better now than I was then? No.

Gregory from Horatio, AR:
Roger Staubach, to me, represented what is so good about pro football. He was tough, competitive and he won. He had character and to me was one of the greatest. My grandmother is continually arguing over who was better, Staubach or Bradshaw. Where do you think he ranks among the quarterbacks of his era?

Vic: Roger Staubach is one of my all-time favorite players, going all the way back to his days at Navy. He broke my 12-year-old heart one Saturday in 1963. You don't rank him with quarterbacks of his era. You rank him quarterbacks of all-time. I believe the top three quarterbacks in history are: 1. Johnny Unitas, 2. Joe Montana, 3. Otto Graham. I'm firm on those three. After that, does it really matter where we rank the others? I guarantee you, however, that any conversation I have about great quarterbacks will include Staubach. Who was better, Staubach or Terry Bradshaw? How do you overlook the fact that Bradshaw beat Staubach twice in two great Super Bowls? Let me say this about ranking quarterbacks: I like to refer to something I call their "championship season." What that means is that I take all of a quarterback's postseason games and consider it a season. In Bradshaw's case, he played in 13 postseason games, which is one game shy of a 14-game season, which is what the NFL played for the majority of the years Bradshaw and Staubach played. Those 13 games were against the best competition the league had to offer. They were big games played on big stages – four of them were Super Bowls – and Bradshaw's stats from that "championship season" are fantastic, especially in the era of bump-and-run coverage. His "championship season" stats are better than almost any regular season he had. In other words, in the most important games of his career, Bradshaw was at his best. What's that tell you? Is that what you want in a quarterback? Of course it is. Here's more: Four quarterbacks – Bradshaw, Montana, Aikman and Tom Brady – have a combined Super Bowl record of 14-0. Not only did they combine to win 14 Super Bowls, they never lost one. Please, when we talk about great quarterbacks, let's start with that. Don't tell me about yards and touchdowns, unless they're from wins in the postseason.

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