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Blocking, tackling are what count

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

Scott from Laguna Niguel, CA:
How come the Jaguars always start out so good and just start to die away as the season progresses? I've been a Jaguars fan since they came out and the last few years it's hard to stay with them. So do you have any ideas or comments based on their good starts and bad finishes the last few years, and how they can change it?

Vic: I don't have an answer to your question, but I concede to its logic. The last three seasons have followed a distinct pattern: A fast start followed by an extended losing streak. If you can figure out, let me know.

Gil from Atlantic Beach, FL:
It seems to me the Jaguars used to appear confident they could come from behind to win games. They used to play with poise and determination. In the past two seasons this poise and determination seems to have changed into panic and desperation. It seems like we play with the feeling we may not be able to come back to win. Has there been a decline in the confidence in the Jaguars themselves, or is it just this fan's needless worry?

Vic: I've already heard too much about state of mind, sports psychologists, etc. I prefer to put my confidence in the importance of blocking and tackling. Ask me about that.

Shaun from Australia:
Why is it Jacksonville only has one nationally (or internationally) televised game this year, when I see the Raiders televised almost every week.

Vic: There's nothing equitable about the NFL's television schedule. It's all about TV ratings and teams such as the Raiders deliver the highest ratings.

Vince from Jacksonville:
Vic, I guess now is the time to hit the panic button, huh? I just watched our Jags take a beating left and right; not by the Giants but by ourselves. What is going on? These guys were doing so great early in the season. Now it's like we have been the turning point for a bunch of teams: Tennessee, Houston and now the Giants. What do you think these guys need to do to get back that winning attitude?

Vic: Why panic? What does it accomplish? Would it make you feel better? This is a rebuilding year. Anyone who thought differently was merely allowing their heart to dominate their logic. What has to be done to this team's roster will occur simultaneously with those repairs that are made to the team's salary cap, and that's a long-term fix. Buffalo wanted to believe it made the fix in one year, but Sunday's blowout loss at home to New England only served to let the Bills know more work must be done. It's not about attitude, it's not about confidence, it's not about swagger. It's about talent. Be reasonable, for your own sake.

Rob from Jacksonville:
After the obvious cheap shot the Giants put on Stroud's knee, which could have severely injured him, there was no payback. And not only was there no payback, but the Jags got the ball stuffed down their throats by the Giants offensive line. After Brunell's cheap shot by Gerard Warren last year, there was no payback. I've come to the conclusion this team lacks heart, or am I missing something here?

Vic: What's payback? Was Gary Walker's helmet-to-helmet on Mark Brunell payback for Marcus Stroud's forearm-to-the-throat on David Carr? The worst thing you can do to a team is defeat them. That's your ultimate payback.

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