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

McKeel from Jacksonville:
I was looking over the all-time scoring records for NFL players and I noticed Gary Anderson is credited with the most career points with 2,223. My question is, why isn't Dan Marino credited with this record. It states he threw 420 touchdown passes in his career. At six points per TD pass, that equates to 2,520 points and that's just passing touchdowns (not including his few rushing touchdowns). Can you tell me why the NFL credits Anderson with this record and not Marino?

Vic: McKeel, do you get the feeling you may have miscalculated in some small way? That maybe the NFL wouldn't screw up something as important as the "all-time leading scorer" in league history? OK, readers, before you go any farther, can you figure out what the problem is? Give yourself a few minutes before you read on. Got it figured out? No? All right, here's the problem with McKeel's computation: To get credit for having scored a touchdown, you have to have the ball in your hand as you cross the goal line. That's hard to do if you've just thrown it to someone else.

Eric from St. Augustine, FL:
You said "Fu is a pads-down pounder; maybe the first true pounder the Jaguars have ever had." I know he was forgettable, but what about Natrone Means?

Vic: The key word, Eric, is maybe. You're right, Natrone Means was a pounder. With the Chargers in 1994, Means was the ultimate power back. But by the time the Jaguars got him, Means had a bad back that caused pain and weakness in his legs, and he just wasn't the same guy he was in San Diego in '94, except for two playoff games in the Jaguars' miracle playoff run in 1996. Against Buffalo and Denver, Means was his old self, pounding out big plays and short yardage and wearing down the Bills and Broncos defenses. Yeah, I thought of that, but it was just a glimpse of the true Means. Fu (vowel rationing continues) is a 26-year-old running back whose best years could still be ahead of him. He certainly hasn't been worn down by overuse. What I was trying to convey is the possibility Fu could be a long-term and productive power running back for the Jaguars, and this team has never had that kind of guy.

Don from Mission Viejo, CA:
Why is it I never hear the term "Red Dog" used anymore?

Vic: It got sacked in favor of "blitz." By the way, don't ask what the origin of the term "Red Dog" is.

Jared from Edison, NJ:
I noticed that when quarterbacks are in the shotgun, they always pick up one leg and put it back down before the ball is snapped. Why is that? My only guess would be that the center is too far away from the QB to hear him say "hike," so the foot signals to hike the ball. Is that right?

Vic: In a noisy stadium and in a formation that is not employing motion, that would be the reason. But often that kind of foot action by the quarterback, even when he's under center, is the signal for a running back, wide receiver or tight end to go into motion.

Ron from Peoria, AZ:
Are players on a team's practice squad protected from other teams signing those players, and can they be brought over to the active team roster?

Vic: Practice squad players are, in effect, free agents. They may sign with any team in the league, but any team signing a practice squad player must immediately assign him to that team's active roster. Of course, that player doesn't have to sign with the other team. He may choose to remain where he is.

Thiago from Madrid, Spain:
Will Jack Del Rio's stance with the Panthers last year help in a major way to the Jaguars' performance this Sunday?

Vic: It should. The real advantage isn't in Jack Del Rio's familiarity with the Panthers' playbook as much as it is his knowledge of their personnel. In other words, he knows where their weaknesses are, and I've always believed it's better to scheme personnel than it is to scheme schemes.

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