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Defining Jaguars game?

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

Shane from Jacksonville:
There is a top safety, in his prime, that is available in the restricted free agent market in O.J. Atogwe. He was tendered by the Rams at only the right-of-first-refusal level. I would specifically ask why the Jags wouldn't bring him in for a visit, considering the opportunity to address a need without giving up draft picks? I would ask in general why hasn't anyone brought him in with thoughts of doing this? Could it be collusion?

Vic: It's not collusion. I think you have two options. You have the option of believing the league's personnel departments might know something you don't, or that all of the men in this league that make it their business to know everything there is to know about every player in this league are incredibly stupid. Which one do you think it is? I can tell you this: He sustained a shoulder injury that caused him to miss the final four games of last season. That could be one reason he's not drawing much interest. Another reason might be that teams aren't willing to part with a third-round pick in a draft that's deep on defense, especially at the safety position. A third possibility is that teams know the Rams are going to match an offer you would make for Atogwe, which means you'd be doing their negotiations work for them. Take your pick. By the way, I'll add a fourth option: Picks, not players.

John from Jacksonville:
You are more than likely getting tired of the overtime questions, but my father brought one up that was intriguing. What happens in the case of an onside kick in which the kicking team recovers the ball? I would assume the receiving team had its shot at possession and lost it, so the kicking team would win with a field goal.

Vic: That's correct.

Tom from Jacksonville:
Do you think the 30/30 plan is meant to attract new season-ticket holders or to generate a continuous cash flow for the next 30 months, rather than eight?

Vic: Nobody wants the money later if they can have the money now. Everybody wants the float to invest. The 30/30 plan is meant to attract new season-ticket holders.

Brandon from Rexburg, ID:
What if the Jaguars traded David Garrard and a top 42 pick for Donovan McNabb? Would that be a good idea or not?

Vic: I don't think it would be a good idea. McNabb will be 34 next season and his age isn't a good match for a team that isn't far enough along in its development to take advantage of what he might have left in his career. Plus, the only pick the Jaguars have in the top 42 is at 10 and I wouldn't approve of giving up my starting quarterback and a top 10 pick for the starting quarterback another team doesn't want, especially since that team is the Eagles, who are astute personnel managers. McNabb was less than nine passer rating points higher than Garrard was last year. That's just not enough of a gap to warrant giving up the 10th pick of the draft, especially when you consider the weapons McNabb had at his disposal. Also, McNabb only has a year left on his contract and he's going to want a big new deal and it's a contract you would have to do now or it wouldn't make any sense to make the trade. Also, I don't think the Eagles want a quarterback in return for McNabb, which means you'd have to believe you could move Garrard. You're talking about a lot of stuff here. I know fans love to have fun with what baseball refers to as "Hot Stove League" talk, but I don't think what you're suggesting is reasonable.

Desmond from Spring Hill, FL:
Out of all the years you have covered the Jaguars, which year has been the most fun for you?

Vic: It was the 1996 season. I liked 2007 a lot, but I don't know how anything could equal '96.

John from Houston, TX:
Wouldn't the 1985 NCAA basketball championship game between Villanova and Georgetown be a great example for Anthony about making your jump shots?

Vic: It's the textbook example of what can happen in basketball when your opponent gets hot. It was also the best basketball game I have ever seen. I've watched it a couple of times on "Classic" and it's still hard to believe Villanova won. Georgetown would go down the floor, dump it down inside and score with ease. Then Villanova would work to get the ball back across the time line, and then labor to milk the shot clock before launching a shot that seemed to always go through the nets. Every possession was pressure-packed because you knew that if Villanova fell behind, it was over. It's important to note the three-point shot rule didn't come into effect until the following season. Those bombs Villanova was making only counted for two points. I remember Harold Jensen knocking down big shot after big shot. He was a long-range bomber and he was five for five in that game and Villanova was 22 for 28. Three Villanova players played every second of that game, which is remarkable when you consider the full-court pressure defense that was Georgetown's style. Even though Villanova milked the shot clock, Georgetown's defensive pressure never allowed a team to slow the tempo. Villanova played fast and patient basketball, which is a brutally taxing style of play. Every pass and every dribble was contested. Every so often we're treated to something so good that years later it's still hard to believe it happened.

John from St. Augustine, FL:
So the football equivalent of making your jump shots is to complete your passes. If you can't touch a receiver anymore and the quarterback takes a three-step drop and can complete his passes, what can a defense do?

Vic: Hope the quarterback chokes at crunch time.

Mike from Jacksonville:
From a Jaguars perspective, I would have to say the defining game of the new millennium was the 2000 game at Baltimore the Jags lost, which effectively signaled the end of the Coughlin-era Super Bowl window. The most exciting game would be the Steelers playoff victory in 2007, followed closely by the win in the frigid conditions at Green Bay in 2004. What would be your selections?

Vic: The real story of that decade, in my opinion, is the slump in ticket sales that has us all worried right now about this team's future. With that in mind, I would consider the day-after-Christmas loss to Houston in 2004, with the playoffs on the line and the seats empty, as the defining game of the decade. It caused 10,000 seats to be covered and it opened our eyes to a major problem. The playoff win in Pittsburgh is undoubtedly the most exciting game. The one the Jaguars lost to the Steelers in Jacksonville in '04 wasn't bad, either. I know fans don't like to consider losses as exciting, but that was a beauty. Josh Scobee's field goal attempt didn't miss by much. That was the game that changed "Ask Vic" forever.

Zack from Tallahassee, FL:
Why do you not think the defining game for this past decade should be the Super Bowl win by the Giants over the Patriots? Had the Patriots won, an undefeated record of almost three decades would have fallen.

Vic: They didn't win, therefore, what did it define? In my opinion, the story of the decade was the battle between the Patriots and Colts to be crowned team of the decade.

Jonathan from Jacksonville:
I would love to pick up Sean Lee in the draft and it seems the Jags are high on him. Do you think it's possible we land him with our current picks?

Vic: Lee is exactly the player this team needs, which is to say a tackling machine in the middle. He would allow Daryl Smith to be returned to strong side linebacker and Justin Durant to settle in at weak side linebacker. The problem is the Jaguars don't have a pick where Lee fits. They need to trade down and get a two. If they could do that, they would have the ammunition they need to move to where Lee fits.

Norman from Nampa, ID:
Have you ever seen the Jaguars value board before, during or after any draft?

Vic: No, and on the few occasions I have been in the Jaguars draft room, I have made sure my eyes haven't wandered to the walls. I know nothing and I want to know nothing because that material is so sacred, so protected that any breech of its secrecy would likely result in a loss of trust or worse. Whatever information I can acquire, it must come from more honorable means. I am not a thief.

Jordan from Kill Buck, NY:
Who had the easiest pick in last year's draft?

Vic: The Jaguars may have had the easiest pick. Eugene Monroe was the top-rated player on their board and he happened to play the premier left tackle position, where the Jaguars had a screaming need.

Romyo from Jacksonville:
When is the next "Vic's value board" coming out?

Vic: I'll do an updated version the week of the draft.

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