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

Pedro from São Paulo, Brazil:
I'm a Steelers fan and you mentioned Jeff Reed and I believe the Steelers should and will look to re-sign him. He doesn't have the strongest leg but is money when the game is on the line. That's the number one thing I look for in a kicker.

Vic: Gary Anderson thought the Steelers would re-sign him. He demanded a big contract because he never thought the Steelers would turn their back on the most accurate kicker in the game, and he was wrong. We'll see if the Steelers are still the Steelers.

Patrick from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Do you think the fans will get nasty and start yelling in Tiger Woods' backswing, or will they be supportive?

Vic: They'll cheer wildly the first time he fist-pumps somebody.

Jeff from Durham, NC:
I noticed left tackle wasn't in your top five from 25 years ago. How responsible was Lawrence Taylor in making that a premium position today?

Vic: It sounds to me as though you already know the answer and just want a little love for the best football player in North Carolina's history. Taylor changed the game. He made left tackle the premium position it is today because he demanded that left tackles be athletic enough to block the new-style blindside pass-rusher, which is to say a cat-quick yet powerful end-linebacker hybrid. Prior to Taylor, tackle was widely considered to be a position you could address in the later rounds of the draft.

James from Jacksonville:
I just received my "Ask Vic" coffee mug in the mail and I'm very happy to show it off. This will be my first year buying season tickets because I'm 25 and finally financially stable. Anyway, I think I just found out the ultimate excuse as to why some Jacksonville residents won't support the Jags, and that reason alone is because they just plain don't like the city of Jacksonville, so they express their dislike of the city toward Jacksonville's number one prized possession, the Jaguars.

Vic: I don't get that feeling, James. My sense is that most people didn't understand the involvement necessary to make this franchise successful. I think they believed they could sit on their couch and watch the games on TV and that would be tantamount to supporting the team. It's not.

Matt from Midlothian, VA:
How will an uncapped year affect draft signings?

Vic: There shouldn't be much change because the rookie cap is still in place.

Sal from El Paso, TX:
In your sportswriter's opinion, should the Jaguars draft for a 4-3 or a 3-4 this year?

Vic: Let's nip this in the bud so it doesn't burn out of control, as it did last year. The Jaguars are a 4-3 team. Gene Smith recently confirmed that fact. As I said last year at this time, the Jaguars don't have the personnel to play a 3-4, and we clearly saw evidence of that early last season. This is a 4-3 team I expect will draft accordingly.

Vince from Tampa, FL:
You wrote, "Whatever failures you perceive in the Jaguars' passing game, it's not due to a lack of effort or emphasis; it's a result of bad drafting." While I do agree with you, you have to admit this offense is one of the most predictable in the league. I have no problem with running the ball, but at some point you have to shake things up. After all, it's a passing league now.

Vic: So as long as you pass the ball you're not predictable? You lost me there. The Colts are the most predictable offense in the league. Everybody knows they're going to pass the ball. In fact, the best teams in the game are predictable. It's always been that way. They have their trademark plays and they make them work. I think what you're saying is you wanna see the Jaguars throw the ball more. I think you're saying that when you run the ball you're predictable, but you're not predictable when you throw it. I don't agree. Whatever it is you do, make it work.

Dave from Jacksonville:
"What a player did in the fall is the real measuring stick." Then why do we have to wait on your all-important mock draft (especially for QBs) until after the combine? Shouldn't we (or at least yourself, who has more knowledge of the game) know if a QB can make all the throws. I find it hard to believe that an NFL scout doesn't already know if one can or can't. I'm sure they like to see them doing all their agility stuff and see their arm strength in person but you, among numerous others, should be able to tell us who the top five college QBs are.

Vic: I'm not a scout, I'm a reporter, and I need to wait until the scouts are assembled at the combine before I can talk to enough of them to get an idea of what the rankings look like. I'm not Kiper or McShay. I watch enough college football to have formed opinions on players, and I'll stir those opinions into my value board, but I need more information. I need to know what the scouts think. Give it another week. We'll still have two months left before the draft. What's the hurry?

Jim from Jacksonville:
I have been watching the fuel gauge at the top right hand side of this page. Do they ever update that posting? I renewed my ticket about a week ago and it has not moved.

Vic: I want you to think about this: There are more than 50,000 general bowl seats. Did you really think the Jaguars were going to update the gas gauge every time somebody bought a ticket? Updates will be periodical. They won't fall too far behind, but how much would the gauge actually move if they updated it every time somebody bought a ticket? I know of no other team that has a gas gauge. I know of no other team that markets to its fan base as the Jaguars do. Come on, give 'em a break.

Brian from Jacksonville:
I saw a video on showing the best Super Bowl moments of the decade, and Kurt Warner was in two of them. They showed the pick-six he threw to James Harrison with the Cards, and the pick-six he threw to Ty Law with the Rams. That's quite a postseason legacy for a Hall of Fame candidate, isn't it?

Vic: Yeah, but he overcame both to give the Cardinals and the Rams the lead late in those games. If it wasn't for Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady, Warner would have won three Super Bowl titles.

Olly from Oxford, England:
What do you think of the GWAA's decision to boycott the Tiger Woods press conference? It looks like the end of the free pass for Tiger.

Vic: I'm proud of the Golf Writers of America for showing some teeth in their coverage of Woods. I hope it continues.

Jeff from Jacksonville:
Can a kicker be called offside on his plant foot on a kickoff? The onside kick in the Super Bowl comes to mind.

Vic: No, it's allowed by rule.

Jim from Jacksonville:
Could you make an All-AFC South team?

Vic: Off the top of my head: QB—Peyton Manning, RB—Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew, WR—Andre Johnson and Reggie Wayne, TE—Dallas Clark, T—Michael Roos and Ryan Diem, G—Eugene Amano and Jake Scott, C—Kevin Mawae, DE—Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, DT—Terrance Knighton and Tony Brown, LB—Daryl Smith, Gary Brackett and DeMeco Ryans, CB—Rashean Mathis and Cortland Finnegan, S—Bob Sanders and Chris Hope, P—Pat McAfee, K—Josh Scobee.

Marc from Jacksonville:
You stated a left tackle was one of your five premium positions. Did you leave off right tackle because most QBs in the NFL are right-handed? For an NFL team, wouldn't the more premium position be whatever tackle is on the QB's blind side?

Vic: The best pass-rushers come from the offense's left side, regardless of the hand with which its quarterback throws.

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