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Bradshaw, Elway and Young

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

Mike from Jacksonville:
On the radio show Monday night you mentioned Bradshaw. Well, he started eight games in his rookie season. So, perhaps to make a good quarterback a rookie should be rotated. Is this what you meant?

Vic: That's not what I meant at all. Bradshaw's eight starts are very misleading. The Steelers had drafted Terry Hanratty in the second round the year before, and he and Bradshaw alternated starts and, at times, alternated series, though Bradshaw got, by far, the bulk of the playing time. Chuck Noll was all over the board with his two young quarterbacks and it was not a successful approach. The main reason Noll had to alternate the two quarterbacks was the fact that Bradshaw played so poorly, so unbelievably bad, that it was intolerable. There was also concern the experience might ruin Bradshaw. Remember, in those days quarterbacks were responsible for calling their own plays, and Bradshaw was really struggling with that part of the game. I guarantee you, that if you asked Noll what he would've preferred to do, he would say put Bradshaw in and leave him in.

Meryl from Jacksonville:
Will someone please be honest about Mark's injury. Why did he announce weeks ago he was ready and Del Rio says he's now close.

Vic: Meryl, if you had read's daily reports all along you'd know that Mark Brunell's injury involved a couple of different stages. First, it was a matter of recovering from the jolt he suffered and the wound that resulted. One of the big concerns during that first recovery period was risk of infection; staph is a serious danger. The second problem surfaced a couple of weeks later. The wound on Brunell's left elbow would not close. The bursa sac had become inflamed and would not permit the wound to heal. Surgery was performed on the bursa sac in early October and Brunell has spent the time since then recovering from that surgical procedure. Just prior to the surgery, Brunell pronounced himself ready to play, but coach Jack Del Rio has said Brunell was never ready to play, but now he is getting close. I think Brunell would agree, now, that his "ready to go" pronouncement was not accurate and that he was merely expressing his willingness to play and maintain his starter's status. All of that information has been detailed throughout the ordeal.

Hicham from Dubai, UAE:
How exactly would the whole "invisible paint" thing work? Wouldn't it then not show up on TV either?

Vic: Hey, I never said I knew this stuff. It's just what I heard.

Nate from Tampa, FL:
In regards to Daniel from Springfield's comment, I, in fact, did see the yellow first-down line on a player's thigh during the Bucs-Giants game on Monday night, and the ink can't be invisible if we see it, can it?

Vic: I guess not.

Mike from Charleston, SC:
I find it great to see input from Jaguars fans living in South Carolina. I'm a season ticket holder living in Charleston and wondered how to go about setting up an informal Jaguars club here in Charleston and the surrounding area. If there is anyone interested in getting together for the away games, maybe they could email me at I also enjoy the "Jaguars Inside Report." Do you think that could become an online publication with a small monthly fee, username, and password, etc. ?

Vic: Congratulations, Mike, you are "Jaguars Inside Report's" new director of marketing.

Eric from Nashville, TN:
Eddie George has never missed a start, so I think that would answer Jason's question.

Vic: Very good, Eric. Eddie George has started 123 consecutive games; amazing durability.

Vince from Stafford, VA:
In regards to the question about a team playing in their hometown for a Super Bowl, didn't the 49ers play in one in Palo Alto, CA?

Vic: They sure did; beat the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX in Stanford Stadium.

Eric from Woonsocket, RI:
I agree totally with you about stopping the run and running the ball being keys to success. I just want to say I'm sick of everyone complaining about this not working for us. Well, when you can't stop the pass and have a rookie quarterback and rookie head coach, you're not going to win even if you were number one in run-offense and run-defense. I think people should wait until next year to see what this team can really do; maybe they should wait two years. I think Jaguars fans should continue to be patient about this. They say they will but after every loss they complain. Do you agree with what I am saying?

Vic: Yes.

Bruce from Jacksonville:
What's the craziest or oddest thing you've ever seen in an NFL locker room?

Vic: Frenchy Fuqua's wardrobe. We're talking about a guy who had shoes with glass high heels and in each heel was a live goldfish. Great guy; loved the game, the fans, the media, and knew how to make it fun without losing his competitive edge.

Jim from Nastle, Australia:
Daniel was right. The "invisible paint" technique is called "chroma-key" and is a technique used widely in TV/film. Here's the closest example I can think of: The weather man on the news stands in front of a blue screen watching monitors with the maps/synoptic charts, etc. overlaying the background.

Vic: So, it's settled. It's invisible paint.

Justin from Bonner Springs, KS:
When did the NFL first put the field goal post behind the endzone instead of on the goal line?

Vic: For the start of the 1974 season.

Pete from Jacksonville:
What were the records of Terry Bradshaw, John Elway and Steve Young in their first years? They turned out all right.

Vic: Yeah, I'd say they turned out all right. As starters, all they did was win seven Super Bowls. The Steelers were 5-9 and 6-8 in Terry Bradshaw's first two seasons. In his third year, they went 11-3 and lost to the "perfect" Dolphins in the AFC title game. Two years later, the Steelers won their first of four Super Bowls. Bradshaw's passer ratings for the first five years of his career were 30.4, 59.7, 64.1, 54.5 and 55.2. In each of those first five years, he never threw more touchdown passes than interceptions. John Elway was a rookie in 1983 and was the starter on opening day. He did not start the second half of that game, however. That's how bad it was for Elway in his rookie year. Elway split time with Steve DeBerg and finished the season with a 54.9 passer rating. The Broncos finished with a 9-7 record. The following year, Elway led the Broncos to the playoffs with a 13-3 record, but they lost to the Steelers in the first round. In 1985, the Broncos were 11-5 but missed the playoffs, and Elway's passer rating was 70.0. The following season, the Broncos lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl, and Elway had a 79.0 passer rating. Truth be known, Elway was never much of a passer-rating quarterback. Steve Young's early years are not indicative of his career. He began his career in the USFL with the Los Angeles Express in 1984, so let's throw that year out. He signed with Tampa Bay in 1985 and gave the Bucs two poor seasons: three touchdown passes, eight interceptions and a 56.9 passer rating in '85, and eight touchdown passes, 13 interceptions and a 65.5 passer rating in '86. It wasn't until he was traded from Tampa to San Francisco in '87 that his career came to life as a backup to Joe Montana.

Ed from Jacksonville:
The Bucs played the Giants Monday night and are on the road the following Sunday. Does Alltel count as their homefield, too?

Vic: Ed, the stat in yesterday's "Ask Vic" to which you are referring pertains to Monday night "road" teams. Tampa Bay was at home this past Monday night.

Paulo from Sao Paulo, Brazil:
I love your column and read it everyday. Can you answer me this: If the yellow line is an invisible paint, how can we see it? I think it's kind of a blinking paint. We only see it from time to time.

Vic: I think that's because you're below the equator.

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