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Food for thought

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

Keith from Jacksonville:
I remember the announcerless game. It was in 1980 and it was the Jets in Miami against the Dolphins. I think the Dolphins won, if I remember. I didn't think it was that bad, but we do need announcers for penalty and scoring analysis.

Vic: Thanks for the information.

Kevin from Cocoa, FL:
Vic, I love your column and read it every day. I've gotten most of my football knowledge from you so I ask you this: Who comes up with the team's schedule and how do they decide it every year? Does the owner or coach have any say in it?

Vic: The schedule is presented by the league and follows this formula for each team: Home and away against its three division opponents; the four teams from another division within its conference on a three-year rotating cycle; the four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle; two intraconference games based on the prior year's standings (these games will match teams with the same finishes in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season). Next season the Jaguars will host their three AFC South mates, and Denver, Kansas City, Chicago, Detroit and the team from the AFC North that finishes in the same place in the standings this season as the Jaguars. The Jaguars will also play on the road at their three AFC South counterparts, and at Oakland, San Diego, Green Bay, Minnesota and at the AFC East team that finishes in the same position in the standings this season.

John from Jacksonville:
When you asked the Florida faithful, "Have you ever read Thomas Wolfe?" were you referring to, "Look Homeward, Angel," or were you thinking of, "You Can't Go Home Again?"

Vic: Help me with my Wolfe. "A thousand times you may try … but you can't go home again."

Gil from Atlantic Beach, FL:
I've missed your column for a while due to computer problems. Your column is the best feature on this site. Anyway, my question is why do the Jaguars seem to want to rely on a rookie QB to win games for them, while a team like Baltimore just wants their QB to not lose games for them? I would think that it would be better for a team to teach a rookie QB how to win, using every weapon at the team's disposal, than to have the rookie QB pass, pass, pass and lose. It just seems like Baltimore is doing a better job by utilizing their RB as their main offensive threat, and passing when necessary. What are your thoughts?

Vic: I think the Ravens have Jamal Lewis, Ray Lewis, Peter Boulware, Jon Ogden, Ed Reed, Chris McAlister and Todd Heap, and the Jaguars don't. Yeah, I'd like to see the Jaguars lean a little harder on Fred Taylor, but it's Kyle Boller's supporting cast that allows him to play a lesser role. Ironically, if the Jaguars had passed on Byron Leftwich in the draft, he'd have that supporting cast around him instead of it being around Boller.

Chris from St. Augustine, FL:
Hey, Vic, I hate to admit it as a season ticket holder, but your column is the only thing keeping me hanging on to a very brutal season.

Vic: I want you to read the next letter very carefully, and think about it.

Jeffrey from Elgin, SC:
"It was really about sports fans in general today," Phil Simms said Tuesday. "Is everyone that unhappy in their life, so miserable? Everybody comes to the game feeling, 'We're not going to take anything bad today.' It's the American way of life now." Phil Simms' comments pretty much sum up the feeling of several fans in Jacksonville. Look at the other teams in the league who were expecting playoff runs and are in the cellar. I still believe it takes time and patience to win. Thank you, Tony Dungy, for calling and reassuring Jack he started out 1-8 in his first year in Tampa. Calm down, Jacksonville. Byron Leftwich will be a great quarterback; just give him some time.

Vic: Thanks for stimulating our minds.

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