|Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.|
Mark Parrish from Jacksonville:
|Vic: Tom Coughlin is a thoroughly unique coaching personality. His energy for coaching and his obsession for thoroughness never waver. If any coach is perfect for what the Jaguars are facing, which is to say a rebuilding process, Coughlin is that coach. Does any other team have a Coughlin? The Lions came close with Bobby Ross, and in his younger days Dick Vermeil was very similar, but I can't think of any current coaches in the league who are cut from the Coughlin cloth.|
Brian White from Fernandina Beach, FL:
|Vic: I don't know when the league is going to make it official, but Soward will be suspended without pay for the first four regular season games of the 2001 season. The Jaguars have already been granted $144,117.65 of salary cap relief. That figure is four-seventeenths of Soward's 2001 salary.|
John Andreoli from Orange Park, FL:
|Vic: Unfortunately, John, most of the Jaguars' personnel losses will not apply toward compensation. For example, when the Jaguars cut Leon Searcy, Brenden Stai, Brant Boyer, Joel Smeenge and Reggie Barlow prior to the start of the new league season on March 1, they surrendered the rights to those players and, in the process, compensation. For a team to receive compensation for losing a player in free agency, the team must have owned the rights to that player when he signed with another team in free agency. The losses of Mike Logan, Todd Fordham and Bryan Barker will return draft compensation to the Jaguars, and Daimon Shelton would, too, provided he signs with another team by June 1. If he signs with another team after June 1, he would not be included in a compensation package. Ben Coleman is an example of that.|
Dave Armbruster from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
|Vic: In my opinion, it's too early to push any panic buttons about Jimmy Smith. The Jaguars are unable to spend anything more than minimum wage on a player, and Charles Johnson is likely to cost more than minimum wage. A less-expensive option will probably present itself this summer, as teams massage their rosters and salary caps. The cap relief on Soward has already been received and figured in. The Jaguars would get no cap relief for Smith, unless he is put on the "reserve/non-football injury" list, which would end his season. Even at that, the relief would only be $500,000, which is Smith's salary in 2001. There is no need to make that kind of decision on Smith now. The Kevin Hardy situation is another matter. Something needs to be done there. Trading or cutting Hardy would result in a $2.2 million (Hardy's salary) cap savings for the Jaguars, and they desperately need the cap room.|
|Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.|
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