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Give Moeller chance to put stamp on defense

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

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Jim Dickson from Sacramento, CA:
Marcus Stroud breaking his hand in a fight at practice is inexcusable. He is supposed to be an important part of our defense. Is coach Coughlin able to fine Stroud significantly for this act of stupidity?

Vic: Tom Coughlin doesn't announce his player fines, but you can bet Marcus Stroud and Mark Baniewicz will be fined for their post-play fight that resulted in Stroud breaking his right hand. The fines won't be major, however.

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John Michaels from Kingsland, GA:
It was good to see the Jaguars draft in anticipation of the expected departure of specific players such as Kevin Hardy and Carnell Lake. It makes sense to draft a player who occupies a position of a player who will most certainly be leaving in the next year or two. Assuming that this is indeed the team's draft strategy, which positions appear to be areas of need in next year's draft? Also, would this be a way to more effectively manage the salary cap?

Vic: You start with defensive end, where the ranks are already thin and the Jaguars may lose Renaldo Wynn in free agency. Linebacker would seem to be the next most-critical area, but you could make a point for need at every position except defensive tackle, cornerback and safety, and the situations at those positions could change dramatically with a few twists. In many cases, it's too early to tell, but it's almost certain the Jaguars will be looking for a defensive end and a linebacker early in next spring's draft. As far as managing the salary cap, the draft is the best way to do that because it is the least-expensive forum for acquiring talent, and nothing beats "jars on the shelf."

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Ryan Siplon from Jacksonville:
Under the reins of Gary Moeller, the defense is supposed to be going back to the basics and focusing on fundamentals. Does this mean they are going to revert to the passive, read-and-react defense from the Dick Jauron days, or will they maintain aggressiveness? In what place do you think the Jaguars will place in the AFC Central?

Vic: I expect Gary Moeller's defensive style to be something between Dom Capers' and Dick Jauron's. Moeller won't blitz as much as Capers, but I've seen no evidence in practice that the Jaguars defensive backs will play with as much cushion as they did under Jauron. How do you define aggressiveness? Is it rugged adherence to fundamental principles and execution? Or is it wild schemes and crazy alignments that often confuse their own players as much as they confuse opposing offenses? Capers is a great defensive mind because he blends fundamentals with creativity. Let's give Moeller a chance to put his stamp on the Jaguars defense.

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Greg Rowe from Jacksonville:**
From what you've seen so far, will Fred Taylor have much to worry about as far as our fullback position goes? I know that the fullback isn't a major part of our offense, but when it comes to the running game, I think the fullback is essential. What's your opinion on the guys we have battling it out for the fullback spot?

Vic:
Obviously, Fred Taylor and the Jaguars have to be concerned that the fullback position is without a proven guy, but I'm intrigued by Kevin Clemens. He's a former defensive lineman who offers the potential to be a crushing blocker. He's a longshot, and maybe that's what intrigues me. I guess it's too early to tell.

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Mike Brown from St. Augustine, FL:
I think that thousands of people screaming at the game is more than enough noise. Where do these people come up with these ridiculous ideas of megaphones? If they even allowed megaphones, some of these people would be complaining about not being able to bring in drum sets and trumpets! My opinion is leave NFL football the way it is. What's your opinion, Vic?

Vic: The most energized stadiums in the league are the ones in which the crowd's enthusiasm is spontaneous. Manufactured noise does nothing but annoy me. I need to sense the crowd's true excitement to be able to appreciate it. We already have that in Jacksonville. I think the enthusiasm in Alltel Stadium is just fine the way it is.

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Matt Kochan from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:**
How do things work for players who live pretty far away from where they play, for example, Rob Johnson living in California and playing in New York? How much of the year do these players actually get to live at home?

Vic: Once upon a time, training camp was the first time a coach would see a player after the last game of the previous season. Those days are gone. Pro football is a 12-month business now, and that means players can no longer "go home" after the season is over. These days, players live where they play. Late June and early July is the leaguewide time for players to go home and spend time with their families.

Chris Purvis from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
If a player is put on injured reserve, will that player still receive championship rewards like division title and Super Bowl rings?

Vic: An injured reserve player on a team in the wild card or divisional playoff rounds would receive a full share of playoff money from those games. Injured reserve players on a team in the conference title game or Super Bowl may or may not receive a share of the postseason money from those games, depending on how many regular-season games that player was on the active roster. Injured reserve players on teams that make it to the Super Bowl would receive a ring. There are no division title rings.

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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