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Fan wants GM job

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

Phillip from Jacksonville:
Vic, would you please relay this message to Wayne Weaver, or give me his e-mail address so I can myself?

Dear Wayne,

I would like to be considered for the general manager position you are currently seeking to fill. Although I have no real NFL experience, I play the general manager mode on Madden 2003 a lot, and I almost always win a Super Bowl title in less than five years. I feel I could do the same for the Jaguars (in real life). If you would like a copy of my resume, I will be glad to send it to you, if you reply to this initial inquiry. I look forward to hearing back from you and setting up an interview. Thank you for your consideration. I would greatly appreciate a quick response, as I am currently fielding other offers.

Vic: I've always considered a sense of humor to be a sign of high intelligence. Thanks, Phil.

Nathan from Kaysville, UT:
Do you think Suggs from Arizona State will be on the board and if he is do you think the Jaguars would take him? If not, then what about Charles Rodgers or Andre Johnson? I think they would address our needs.

Vic: Can we get a coach and a general manager in here before we start answering these questions?

Jon from Jacksonville:
What is the big deal about running into the kicker. The Steelers-Titans game this weekend was one example of this. The kick was clearly up before the defender fell into him. The contact in no way affected the kick. If the ball is blocked, then they don't care if the kicker is run over. I'm not a Steelers fan, but I think losing the game because of that call is ridiculous.

Vic: : I think this is going to be a call that is going to inspire offseason debate, much as Tom Brady and the "tuck rule" did last winter. The irony is that in a game in which Eddie George was knocked unconscious in mid-air and the football was pulled out from under his lifeless body by Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith, the game's deciding play was the result of a penalty for brushing the leg of a kicker who later admitted he faked his fall. It was a disappointing ending to a great game. How great may it have become? What heroics were we denied? Might it have become the longest game in history? What would have been its true place in history? Imagine the fireworks stories that would've been written had the Steelers won; iced by your own fireworks. I respect Dan Rooney for saying the officials applied the "roughing the kicker" penalty to the letter of the rule, but I believe fans were denied the potential for greatness by a ticky-tack penalty in a game of genuine human confrontation.

Gary from Tampa, FL:
Why are teams like SF, Oakland, Pittsburgh and the Titans able to field good teams year after year, with little rebuilding, and we are drafting players whom seem to care mostly about collecting paychecks instead of rings?

Vic: The Jaguars got themselves into salary cap trouble and didn't begin corrective measures quickly or fully enough. Every team has its own philosophy of operation. I believe in the philosophy of draft and replace.

Ryan from Atlanta, GA:
I like that Wayne Weaver is taking his time with the search for a new coach and GM. What concerns me is that the Jacksonville organization might be falling behind the rest of the league when it comes to college scouting for the upcoming draft. Is there cause for concern?

Vic: No, the Jaguars have a full staff in attendance at the Senior Bowl. And don't forget, the people they'll eventually hire are also at the Senior Bowl.

Brad from Jacksonville:
I like the combination of Savage as GM and Del Rio as head coach. I think the Jaguars need to build a nasty defense in the mold of the Steelers and Raiders. All the other head coaches in the AFC South are defensive-minded guys whose defenses beat the Jaguars last year. What's your take?

Vic: You don't have to sell me on the importance of defense.

Rell from Compton, CA:
You know, everyone I talk to about the Eagles-Bucs game seems to think Tampa Bay is going to crush the Eagles. Usually I know beforehand who has the upper edge, but I think the Bucs are largely overrated and I think the Eagles are largely underrated. I know the Bucs are good, but I believe the Eagles are going to give the Bucs a game. What are your thoughts on this game?

Vic: I'm picking Philadelphia, based solely on homefield advantage.

Chad from Marshalltown, IA:
Could you please start an anti-Kirk Ferentz campaign? I do not want to lose his services at Iowa. He has done what no one else could have at Iowa in a very short time. Please don't steal him away to coach the hapless Jags.

Vic: I can't help you, Chad. I'm a big Kirk Ferentz fan.

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