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Don't screw him up

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Johan from Gothenburg, Sweden:
You mentioned the "Wing T" as your favorite offense because of its many possibilities. While it is quite popular on the high school and college levels, you never see it in the NFL. Why?

Vic: You don't see it much on any level any more and for a couple of obvious reasons: 1.) Some of the "Wing T's" trademark blocks, such as the "Post and Turn" and "Crackback," are no longer legal. The "Wing T," in its era, was a vicious offense, especially for defensive ends and outside linebackers. If you were a defensive player lined up to the outside of the formation, you had to have your head on a swivel or your you-know-what was going to end up in a sling. 2.) Football has largely become a finesse passing game on all levels and the "Wing T" favors the run more than the pass. You can pass out of it, but having that extra blocker tight to the formation favors the running game. The last NFL team I can remember having used the "Wing T" was the Kansas City Chiefs in 1978, Marv Levy's rookie year as head coach. Levy was rebuilding a Chiefs team worn out by age and the Chiefs were heavy in running backs and light in wide receivers. Levy, who has a master's from Harvard, applied simple logic to that dilemma: We'll run the "Wing T." And run it they did. The Chiefs had a powerful running game that season but, as you might expect, they had great difficulty throwing the ball. The "Wing T" was the forerunner of the "Pro Set." All you have to do is move the wingback to the outside and he becomes a flanker or second wide receiver. Now move the wingback up to the line of scrimmage and he becomes a second tight end. The wingback, essentially, was a running back/wide receiver/tight end hybrid. He was a guy who could run the inside counters, catch the down-and-outs and curls, and block; always block. That was his main function. It was a great offense that possessed great versatility because of the wingback's multi-dimensional skills. It was great for its time, but its time has passed.

Joey for Jacksonville:
Any update on the right corner battle?

Vic: David Richardson is the guy who has spent the most time this spring as the number one right corner. Richardson has definite skills and size, but keep an eye out for Scott Starks.

Mike from Orlando, FL:
I subscribe to the theory that Leftwich's overall game will improve in his third year. My question is, with less "dink and dunk" passing and more downfield shots, is it reasonable to expect Leftwich's completion percentage to go down?

Vic: Yes, that's a reasonable expectation. As yards per attempt increase, completion percentage usually decreases. What's most important is points. That's what has to increase for the Jaguars to be a playoff contender.

Tyler from Des Moines, IA:
I'm not sure if you have heard, but's message board now has Donovin Darius on here posting messages, letting us fans know what's going on. I think that's awesome of him to take his time to do so. What is your take on Darius doing this for his fans?

Vic: I think it's great.

Jason from North Pole, AK:
Is there any chance an expansion team will form in LA? Why or why not?

Vic: There won't be an expansion team in Los Angeles. This league has a workable arrangement of 32 teams and the owners aren't going to allow that to be disrupted.

Pete from Jacksonville:
Just out of curiosity, is there anything against NCAA or NFL rules to partner the ticket sales of Florida Gator games with Jaguar tickets? What's your take?

Vic: There's no rule that would forbid it, but how could you make it work? I could see something like that working by adding value to your season ticket by providing a ticket to another team's game that has empty seats and would welcome fans to occupy those seats. I can think of NFL cities where such an arrangement might succeed; NFL cities that also have a major college team that doesn't fill its stadium. That situation doesn't exist between the Jaguars and Gators. Florida doesn't have empty seats, nor does it need to provide extra value for its season ticket holders. And, you know, Florida isn't exactly in the same town as the Jaguars, and the vast majority of those fans at Gator games aren't from Jacksonville. That's one of the things that always gets lost when talking about Florida. It's not in Jacksonville and its season-ticket holders are from all over the state.

Aqeel from Toronto, Canada:
I read the story on the offense and Carl Smith. Are we setting ourselves up for a big a letdown?

Vic: I don't think so.

Ryan from Toronto, Canada:
I listen to a lot of Buffalo talk radio from here in Toronto. They talk a lot about dealing Henry to Jacksonville but they are concerned it will hurt the Bills' chances since they think they are competing against the Jags for a wild-card spot this year. Does this theory hold water or do you think GMs just worry about making their own team better?

Vic: That theory absolutely holds water. How does Buffalo get better by losing Travis Henry? What Bills president Tom Donahoe has to know is that Willis McGahee is fully recovered from his knee reconstruction of two years ago, and that McGahee can carry the full load this year. If Donahoe believes McGahee is all the way back and ready to be the man, then trading Henry is something that will benefit the Bills' future, but do you want to trade him to a team with whom you may be competing for a playoff spot? Trading him to an NFC team or an AFC non-contender would be preferable.

Vijay from Montreal, Quebec:
I'm not comparing Leftwich to Marino, although, if Leftwich was to get the footwork down and work on his release, they would be exactly the same. They are both equally aggressive, they both pat the ball, and the ball comes out of their hand the same way. Do you think it's possible for Leftwich to get the mechanics that Marino had?

Vic: First of all, when you talk about Dan Marino you are talking about a quarterback who possessed textbook technique. Marino's from-the-ear, roll-the-shoulder delivery was a thing of beauty. I wouldn't call Byron Leftwich a from-the-ear, roll-the-shoulder passer. He isn't and I don't think he ever will be. Leftwich has his own style and I think he can make it work. I don't understand why everyone is so consumed by Leftwich's mechanics. He is what he is. If you didn't like what he was, then you shouldn't have drafted him. If you change a guy too much, you'll screw him up; you'll make him different than the guy who first attracted you. If you wanna make a comparison between Marino and Leftwich, it's that they both have small hands. Marino had tiny hands for a guy his size, but they never seemed to hurt him, not even in cold-weather games.

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