Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Laura from Jacksonville:
I'm confused on a 3-4 defensive end and a 4-3 defensive end. When you say Brandon Graham would be great for the 3-4, is he too small for 4-3?
Vic: At 6-1, 263, Graham is a little on the small side for a 4-3, hand-on-the-ground defensive end. He'd be head up on offensive tackles five inches taller and 60 pounds heavier and they might gobble him up with their size. Graham is perfect size to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, where he could use his speed, strength and athletic ability to full use by playing in space. I wasn't suggesting Graham play defensive end in a 3-4, I was suggesting he play the high-profile rush-backer position, a la LaMarr Woodley, the Michigan product that preceded Graham. They are nearly identical in their body types and skills.
Dane from Gainesville, FL:
Regarding a question about trading down to pick up a second-round pick: If your strategy is to pick the BAP in the draft, why would you trade away a BAP on your board to get a lower-caliber player?
Vic: You would trade down because you'd believe the value you'd be acquiring in the form of two picks would exceed the value of the higher pick. The draft, in my opinion, is all about acquiring value.
Steve from Jacksonville:
When the whole Eli Manning-for-Rivers deal went down and Brees was put on the trading block, did the Jaguars even consider him?
Vic: Drew Brees wasn't traded. He continued to play for the Chargers and led them to the playoffs in 2004. He was signed by the Saints in unrestricted free agency in 2006. At that point, the Jaguars were committed to Byron Leftwich.
Eric from Jacksonville:
What's the most important quality a player must have?
Vic: It would vary according to position, but speed or ease of movement seems to work at just about any position. If a player can move, you have a solid foundation on which to build. Give me a guy who's fast and tough, and I'll find a way to work around his shortcomings.
Brian from Jacksonville:
Kurt Warner has probably thrown to more Hall of Fame guys in his career than anyone I can think of: Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce, Marshall Faulk and Larry Fitzgerald. Given that, do you still see him in the Hall of Fame?
Vic: Prior to the 2008 season's postseason, I did not favor Warner for Hall of Fame election. Now I do and it's because of his great postseason run last year. He came within a few minutes of winning his second Super Bowl, and given his three combined Super Bowl performances and all of the other accomplishments of his career, I support his election to the Hall of Fame. Last year's Super Bowl was one of the great games in pro football history and he was one of that game's stars, his interception toss to James Harrison and Harrison's subsequent touchdown return notwithstanding. You're right about having had great receivers, but I started going back through great quarterbacks and their pass-catchers and it would seem to be the norm, not the exception. Terry Bradshaw had Lynn Swann and John Stallworth. Johnny Unitas had Raymond Berry, Jimmy Orr and Lenny Moore. Joe Montana had Jerry Rice and John Taylor. Bart Starr had Boyd Dowler and Max McGee. Peyton Manning has had a cast of first-round receivers, including Marvin Harrison, Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne, and Edgerrin James was sure-handed coming out of the backfield. Joe Namath had Don Maynard and George Sauer. It goes on and on.
Henry from Jacksonville:
A sack is a sack but if the quarterback must go down hard, I'm trying to remember the hardest hit I've ever seen Peyton Manning take. No lasting image comes to mind.
Vic: I can't remember ever seeing Manning blasted. I know he suffered a facial injury some years ago, so somebody must've tagged him, but his ability to avoid contact through all these years is stunning testimony to his understanding of the scheme and how to execute it. Don't tell me it's his offensive line. It's his ability to get the ball out before the rush gets him. The day that changes is the day he'll no longer be Peyton Manning.
Adrian from Inglewood, CA:
What did scouts think about Brady at the combine that allowed him to slip through the rounds? Could he not make all the throws then?
Vic: They blew it, not just at the combine but all the way around. There were concerns about a lack of mobility and a lack of arm strength. The bottom line is the scouts just didn't like his look. It doesn't happen often that the league's scouts collectively blow it as they did with Brady, but it happens. That's why you have to keep looking for value with those late-round picks. You never know when you're going to get a chance to draft the next Tom Brady.
Matt from Keesler AFB, MS:
How are home and away jerseys for the teams participating in the Super Bowl decided every year?
Vic: The AFC team is the home team in odd-year seasons and the NFC team is the home team in even-year seasons. The Colts will be the home team this Sunday.
Josh from Charleston, SC:
What did you think about the season Monroe and Britton had? Will their experience carry over and make the offensive line a strong point next year?
Vic: They established themselves as the foundation of the Jaguars' offense of the future.
David from Atlanta, GA:
What is the difference in the skill set of a 3-4 defensive end and a 4-3 defensive end?
Vic: A 3-4 defensive end is primarily a run-stuffer; a 4-3 defensive end, especially at 4-3 right defensive end, is an edge pass-rusher.
Gabe from Jacksonville:
I'm beginning to think a very large part of the franchise's struggles with getting fans and the city to rally around it rests on poor PR/marketing efforts. My dad and I just purchased season tickets for the upcoming season and we couldn't be more excited. Unfortunately, that excitement does not appear to resonate with the organization. The team/ownership has failed to acknowledge our support or that of the other fans stepping up with season-ticket purchases in even the most basic of ways: no email confirmation, no generic thank you card in the mail, no window sticker, nothing. It makes for an awkward transaction that ultimately makes the fans feel like a number in a seat; that does not do much for fan support and passion. I compare this to my experience as a MLS season ticket holder in Seattle last year. Every single season ticket holder received a team scarf (a soccer fan thing for those of you who don't care to know) with their shipment of season tickets. These scarves became a tremendous source of pride. On game days the stadium was full of scarf-toting fans. During the week, you would see them all over town. This simple gesture of appreciation created a strong culture of fan support and team passion that unified the city. I think Jacksonville and the Jaguars need to start acting like a big-time city and a big-time team if they want to have big-time support. A thank you shouldn't be this hard to come by, should it?
Vic: They're thinking about doing the scarf thing. Until they decide, thanks.
Ryan from Jacksonville:
Chris Johnson recently said he wanted to be the highest-paid running back. Do you believe he has proved to be worth a deal like that?
Vic: The question isn't: Is he worth it? The question is: Can he get it? Johnson has three years remaining on his rookie contract, which means he's not even halfway through his current contract. Why would I give him a new contract?
Dave from Jacksonville:
What I have truly appreciated about you during this last part of the season and the Tebow questions is your answer or nonanswer. There was never going to be anything you could say that would make people happy. The best tact is to just let the process come to the masses. Well, here it comes. Perhaps the savior of the Jags franchise, just possibly, isn't what folks thought he could be. I know it took patience. Keep it up. We need more patience.
Vic: I offered my opinion on Tim Tebow as early as three years ago and I've never wavered. No matter how many times I repeated myself, the questions kept coming. What more could I say? What we saw on Saturday in the Senior Bowl is a player who is woefully flawed in his quarterback mechanics. I've never seen a quarterback take as many false steps. The crazy part is that Urban Meyer is one of the finest offensive minds in all of football, so I refuse to believe they didn't try to fix Tebow during his time at Florida. Any team that drafts him is looking at a reconstruction project. How long will it take? Can it even be done? Is his talent great enough to be worthy of the time his reconstruction will require? Those are the questions a team wanting to draft Tebow must answer.
Stefano from Pisa, Italy:
Four years ago you said Vince Young would be a good WR in the league, now he's an NFL starting quarterback with two Pro Bowls under his belt. Take that Vic "I know it all" Ketchman.
Vic: I honestly don't remember ever saying Young would be a good wide receiver, but I absolutely did doubt his ability to be a pro quarterback. I'm not sure if what you're saying is a criticism of me or the Pro Bowl. It's certainly food for thought.
Tonya from Jacksonville:
What are all of the Jags' needs going into the offseason?
Vic: Their priority needs, in my opinion, are for a pass-rusher and a safety in which they can depend to not blow the coverage and also make the tackle. They also need to address the interior of their offensive line, particularly center, and find a run-and-hit linebacker. I think it's important the Jaguars acquire a young, developmental quarterback, too, but the scouts are really starting to rag on the quarterback crop in this draft and selecting a quarterback may have to wait. There is no player at any position I would say don't draft. If he's the best guy on the board, regardless of position, pick him.
Moe from Jacksonville:
Are you a fan of trading for proven players such as Joshua Cribbs, Joey Porter (though he's older but still produces) or anybody else I missed?
Vic: Picks, not players.
Greg from Jacksonville:
With the scouting combine still ahead, who do you think is the best prospect QB for the 2010 draft? Do you see a Matt Ryan?
Vic: The quarterback crop looked good in the fall, but that's not what I'm hearing now. Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen appear to be at the top of the quarterback rankings, but is either one worthy of the third pick of the draft? More on this later, please.