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Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Mike Spires from Norfolk, VA:
Do you think the rookies will have a great impact on the Jaguars roster, or will it be a repeat season like last year?

Vic: This rookie crop is almost certain to have a major impact on the Jaguars this season, for the obvious reason that so many of them are going to be on the roster and in the lineup. Is it logical to expect the Jaguars to win with those rookies? Only if your glass is half full.

Nathan Mitrosky from St. Augustine, FL:
Why are the Jaguars so reluctant on trading or cutting Kevin Hardy? With the solid play of T.J. Slaughter last season and the return of Hardy Nickerson, could the Jaguars afford to lose Hardy and gain cap room at the same time?

Vic: It is believed the Jaguars attempted to trade Kevin Hardy at draft time. As far as cutting him, that's something they may have to do, but there's no need to do it right now. The bottom line is the Jaguars won't become a better team by not having Hardy on their roster. Tom Coughlin would like to find some way to keep Hardy and create the cap room the team needs. That's where the situation has been and will remain for a while longer.

Davy Palmer from Gainesville, FL:
I want to know if there is some unwritten rule about showing any emotion after losing a game. For instance, after every game we lose, some players seem to have this big smile on their faces, such as Mark Brunell. Now, some say what would happen if they lost their composure? How would that look? On the other hand, a lot of players I have noticed show lots of fire, anger when we lose. From a fan's point of view, I see the anger of losing a game a good thing. I think we need more of that type of attitude. I'd think if you displayed how upset you were at yourself from your poor performance, it would be infectious to others around you to want to pick up their game, as well. I'm sure those who smile are pretty upset, too, and I know looks aren't everything, but some things you just can't keep a poker face about. What is your take on this?

Vic: This is a purely personal matter. Players, coaches and fans all have differing reactions to defeat. I don't need the anger, and the fire isn't worth a darn when the game is over. I look into the players faces and attempt to sense their true emotions, when I interview them after the game. Then, I attempt to convey that to the reader. The best I can tell you is this: You're not always going to find true emotion through the lens of a camera. Players tend to save the expression of their true feelings for more private times. Otherwise, the world is going to see them on Sportscenter being ridiculed.

Dave Stetson from Santa Maria, CA:
Jaguars fans who do not live in the Jacksonville area have options for viewing regular season games. Unfortunately, only one preseason game will be televised nationally. Are there any radio transmissions planned that are provided through the internet? It would be great to follow the games.

Vic: The play-by-play radio broadcast of all Jaguars preseason and regular season games will be available on

John Scholtz from Jacksonville:
It seems as if coaches salaries keep going up, either from being a GM and a coach, or just paying more. I was wondering if coaches salaries count toward the salary cap?

Vic: Coaches salaries do not count against a team's salary cap.

Toni Thomas from Jacksonville, FL:
I am gravely concerned about Jimmy Smith. Why are you not telling us the truth? It is not normal for any person to have three operations for a small bowel obstruction or adhesions. As a healthcare professional, I do not care if he ever returns to the game, but as a fan I will dearly miss him. It is not normal to have multiple operations for the same problem. When are we going to be told the truth about his condition? I believe he has a right to privacy, but I also believe we have the right to know the truth. The real point is: Is Jimmy Smith OK?

Vic:I honestly don't know.

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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