Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Kevin from Jacksonville:
That was a great drive to start the second half of the Lions game; 80 yards and 9:11 off the clock. I have been waiting for a drive like that for quite some time and can't remember a Jaguar drive ever taking that much time off the clock. We were wondering what are, in fact, the longest drives, time of possession wise, in franchise history? That one Sunday has to be right up there.
Vic: The scoring drives that have consumed the most time are: 10 minutes and 27 seconds at Buffalo on 10-18-98, 16 plays, 69 yards, touchdown; 10:18 at Cleveland on 9-3-00, 17 plays, 68 yards, touchdown; 10:04 vs. Colts on 9-8-02, 17 plays, 81 yards, touchdown.
Jay from New Bremen, OH:
I know this is too far off in the future, but if the Jaguars are to make it to the Super Bowl, will it still be in Jacksonville or will they have to move it due to the homefield advantage?
Vic: They'll probably keep it here.
Brian from Jacksonville:
I have heard you comment that Bernie Kosar's skills fell off the face of the earth. Did a similar thing happen to Mark Brunell? I am a big fan of his and always will be, but I could hardly watch the last time the Redskins were on TV.
Vic: I can remember how Cleveland fans were stunned when Bill Belichick cut Bernie Kosar due to "declining skills." The whole city was incredulous. It was as though Belichick was some kind of lunatic coach sent to Cleveland to destroy the Browns. But it didn't take long to see he was right, and it seems he had Drew Bledsoe pegged, too. That's why fans should temper their criticism of coaches and personnel men. They see these players every day. They grade their performance in every practice. These are men who have made football their careers and they usually know what the real truth is. Mark Brunell is one of the most exciting players I have ever covered. He will forever be in my Hall of Fame. But I couldn't lie to myself. His skills were clearly eroding and it didn't just start last year. The truth of the matter is that he was never the same player following that knee injury in the 1997 preseason. He learned to play at a high level without the mobility that made him a star, but the loss of that mobility is what eventually shortened his effectiveness. If there is one play in Jaguars history I could erase, it would be Jesse Armstead's cheap shot on Brunell in that '97 preseason game. There's no telling what it cost this franchise. I know it cost us a lot of thrills.
Jamie from Jacksonville:
What was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that was called on Marcus Stroud in Sunday's game against the Lions? I didn't understand what the referee said he did.
Vic: Marcus Stroud was penalized for "calling out signals" while the Lions were preparing to snap the ball for a punt. In other words, Stroud was attempting to sabotage the Lions' communication of the snap count and that is not permitted.
Steve from Jacksonville:
I realize it may be early to be thinking about the draft, but what is your opinion of Georgia's All-American DE David Pollack?
Vic: David Pollack is an outstanding player. He's a high-motor guy. In my opinion, however, he may be too small to be a 4-3 defensive end in the pro game. I see him as a perfect fit as a weak-inside, 3-4 linebacker.
Nick from Hanover, NH:
Why is it that Drew Bledsoe's contract didn't make him "The Man" for the Patriots, while Philip Rivers' contract is such that he's not expendable?
Vic: Drew Bledsoe's contract was such that the big-money portion of it was just about to kick in. In other words, the Patriots were facing a deadline on making a decision on Bledsoe's future. If they kept him, they were going to assume a major salary cap burden. Tom Brady's emergence made the decision easy. I know nobody wants to think the salary cap is as important as it is in teams' decision-making process, but it really is. The cap is everything. It determines who you'll keep and who you'll cut. It ultimately determines whether you will win or lose. How important is the cap? Well, consider this: Drew Brees is the league's third-rated passer, but there's almost no chance the Chargers will re-sign him.
Robert from Chicago, IL:
You answered who you thought the best all-time Jaguars players were and did not mention one defensive player. Not even Tony Brackens made the list. Could this be what has kept the franchise out of the Super Bowl, the lack of a strong defensive presence? Do you see any guys on the current team who, in five years, you might include in a list of all-time Jags greats?
Vic: There's no question that a lack of star defensive players was a problem for Tom Coughlin's Jaguars teams. Even in the Cinderella season of 1996, the Jaguars gave up 54 combined points to Buffalo and Denver in the playoffs and had to score 30 points in each of those games to win. The following year, the defense allowed 311 yards rushing to Denver in the playoffs and a year later the Jaguars exited the playoffs by giving up 34 points to the Jets. What you're seeing now with Jack Del Rio as coach is a dramatic turnaround in emphasis on the defensive side of the ball. The Jaguars have only allowed three opponents to score more than 20 points this season. Yes, there will be players from the current cast who will be candidates to be included among the Jaguars' all-time great players. Marcus Stroud may only be a season away, in my opinion, from becoming the best defensive player in team history, and John Henderson may be right behind him. Mike Peterson is closing on Kevin Hardy as the team's all-time best linebacker, and Rashean Mathis is almost certainly destined to become the best defensive back in team history.
John from Melbourne, FL:
Your column is overrated. You don't talk about the victory the Jags just pulled off or Marcus Stroud's injury. You're arrogant and don't give enough information about the players. Why don't you go back to Pittsburgh and cover the Steelers?
Vic: Thomas Wolfe advises against it.
T.J. from Albany, NY:
If both Indianapolis and Jacksonville win-out, who would win the tie-breaker?
Vic: The Colts would claim the division title based on a better division record, which is the second tie-breaker.
Steve from Jacksonville:
Who do you think are the top five defensive players in Jaguars history?
Vic: Tony Brackens, Kevin Hardy, Aaron Beasley, Marcus Stroud and John Henderson.