Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Scott from Jacksonville, FL:
What would the NFL do if we covered seats and then made it to a home playoff game and we just decided we're gonna let people buy seats to the covered areas? I know that's improbable but what would the NFL do?
Vic: Cover the people in the seats?
Rob from Richmond, VA:
When nine-on-seven drills are discussed, what nine and what seven positions play? Is nine on the offense and seven on the defense, or vice versa? By the way, great column, I read it every day.
Vic: It's nine offensive players against seven defenders. It's an inside running game drill that includes a tight end with five offensive linemen, a fullback, running back and quarterback against four defensive linemen and three linebackers. There are no trick plays, no deception of any kind. Nine-on-seven is muscle on muscle and teams that are serious about running the ball and stopping the run spend a lot of time every day in nine-on-seven. When I saw how much time the Jaguars spent in nine-on-seven last summer, I knew Jack Del Rio was going to be a run-the-ball/stop-the-run head coach.
Roger from Jacksonville:
Do you think Buffalo will be better than last year, even with a rookie coach?
Vic: The Bills are an intriguing team. Two years ago, Drew Bledsoe was on top of his game and the prevailing thought was that all the Bills needed was a defense and they would become a playoff contender. Well, last year they got the defense, finishing second in the league overall, but Bledsoe suffered one of the worst years of his career, as the Bills offense slumped to 30th in the league and the passing game was a lowly 28th. So, what's it going to be in 2004? Is Bledsoe going to make a comeback? If he doesn't, the Bills are going to have another long season because first-round pick J.P. Losman is a long way from being ready to play. Buffalo's outlook rests on Bledsoe. My instinct is that a new coach and a new offensive philosophy will give Bledsoe new energy and will produce a different result. Mike Mularkey has a reputation for resurrecting quarterbacks' careers; he did it in Pittsburgh with Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox. I think Buffalo could be a big-time surprise team this year.
Rodney from Jacksonville:
How do you think the rookie class is going to compare against some of the other teams', as far as quality and quantity?
Vic: I'm sold on the two second-rounders, Daryl Smith and Greg Jones. I think Ernest Wilford is just what the doctor ordered in the fourth round, and Jorge Cordova and Anthony Maddox are big upside guys. As is the case with every team's draft crop, it will be defined by its first-round pick. Reggie Williams must be a play-maker for the Jaguars' draft class to be classified a success. That's the way it is when you draft in the top 10. You gotta hit on those guys. The pads go on tonight and we'll start getting some real information on Williams and the Jaguars' other rookies this week. At this point in time, my expectation is that the Jaguars' rookie crop will be one of the better groups in the league.
Karen from Palatka, FL:
What NFL wide receiver, past or present, would you compare Ernest Wilford to, based on speed, size and hands?
Vic: Keyshawn Johnson is a big receiver who lacks speed. I don't think Ernest Wilford has Johnson's hands but I haven't seen anything to date that would make me believe Wilford doesn't have good hands. He comes from a limited football background and he didn't become a wide receiver until after he went to Virginia Tech. In other words, I think Wilford's hands will only get better.