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

Shane from Orange Park, FL:
After reading the article about the home training camps, I noticed that either the same amount of teams or more than any other year are staying home this offseason. I also noticed the note about how the Saints trained at home last season and won the Super Bowl. Do you think training at home is just the new fad this year, inspired by the Saints, like last year's fad was the 3-4 because of the Steelers?

Vic: Staying at home for training camp is a trend that began long ago. Once upon a time, training camp was a two-month thing and the preseason was six games long. Now training camp is three weeks long and the preseason is nearing the day when it'll be cut from four games to two. The idea of moving all that equipment for such a short period of time is illogical. The teams that still go to camp, such as the Steelers, do so because it's part of their tradition to go to a particular place and their fans have long made it part of their summer vacation. What we're seeing now is teams actually branding their training camps. They sell the naming rights to training camp and wear the name on their jerseys during camp. The Packers have a Hall of Fame and a food court inside Lambeau Field. By conducting training camp at home, the Packers drive revenue.

David from Jacksonville:
Who are your top five coaches of all time? What about active coaches?

Vic: All-time: 1.) Vince Lombardi, 2.) Paul Brown, 3.) Chuck Noll, 4.) Tom Landry, 5.) Don Shula. Active: 1.) Bill Belichick, 2.) Jeff Fisher, 3.) Tom Coughlin, 4.) Mike Shanahan, 5.) Sean Peyton.

Scott from Ann Arbor, MI:
Can you explain the waiver process and which teams get priority?

Vic: The waiver order is the same as the draft order; the worst is first. When a player is waived, teams have 24 hours in which to place a claim for that player. When the 24 hours have expired, the team that's highest in the claim order that placed a claim for the player is awarded the player. After week three of the regular season, the order of teams in the waiver process is adjusted to reflect the current standings.

Bryan from Fernandina Beach, FL:
In your opinion, which is the most competitive division this season in the AFC: North, South or East?

Vic: I think it'll be the East. The arrows for the Jets, Dolphins and Bills are pointing up, and even though I think the Patriots' arrow is pointing down, I think they'll be able to hold on long enough to make a couple of more runs at the postseason. In the North, Baltimore appears to be the consensus favorite. I think the Bengals were a mirage last season and the Steelers are a mystery because nobody can predict how Ben Roethlisberger is going to react to his offseason calamity. The South looks good on paper, but rebounding from that Super Bowl loss won't be easy for the Colts and the Titans have issues with Chris Johnson's contract disenchantment, Vince Young's woes and, now, the loss of running backs coach Kennedy Pola on the "eve" of training camp.

Luis from San Juan, PR:
Want an idea that would sell out the rest of the season tickets remaining? Here it is: Make "Ask Vic" only for season-ticket holders. In other words, everyone can read "Ask Vic," but to ask Vic a question you have to be a season-ticket holder. What do you think?

Vic: Yeah, that would go over well. We could start that on the day of the scrimmage.

Jensen from College Station, TX:
What are your thoughts on Kennedy Pola leaving the Titans for USC?

Vic: Everyone, including Jeff Fisher, knew Kennedy wanted either a head coach or offensive coordinator job. That's why he took the Titans job, because he believed it would help him in his pursuit of a head job or coordinator job. Well, he got it. I can't imagine that Fisher is happy about the timing, but I don't know how he could complain about it because he had to know when he hired Kennedy that he was going to lose him to the first offer he received to be a head coach or coordinator.

Porkchop from Navarre, FL:
Are you going to have any input into this year's Oklahoma matchups? If so, I would love to see Mike Sims-Walker or any other wide receiver against Reggie Nelson. I want to see if Nelson is ready to hit and be the number one safety we drafted him to be.

Vic: It doesn't work that way, Porkchop. The Oklahoma is a big-guys drill.

Lawrence from Rochester, NY:
I find it amusing that fans wonder why Gene Smith will not draft bad-character players. Look at Tom Coughlin's huge mistake with R.J. Soward and then Shack with Reggie Williams. I feel Gene has a good understanding of taking a player with issues and giving this kid millions. Many other players in this league without issues have been corrupted by the money. That's why you don't risk the team's future on a skilled player with character problems.

Vic: One of my all-time favorite quotes on the subject comes from former Jaguars personnel director Rick Reiprish, who said: "When you put a million dollars in a kid's pocket, it doesn't make him a better person." So, when a team considers drafting a player in the first few rounds, it has to ask itself how the kid will react to having all that money. It's another example of drafting being a crystal ball business. GM Gene isn't looking for choir boys. He wants big, nasty guys who limit their nastiness to when they're on the field.

Henry from Jacksonville:
What kind of coach is Chan Gailey, in terms of philosophy, personality, etc.?

Vic: Chan is one of the most accommodating and friendly coaches I have ever covered. He is a true gentleman of the game and I think he has a chance to be a big success in Buffalo. Why? Because I think the Bills are a quarterback away from being a postseason contender and I think Chan is just what Trent Edwards needs. Chan made a name for himself with the "Three Amigos" in Denver. He moved on to Pittsburgh, where he rose to prominence with his "Slash" invention for Kordell Stewart. He likes balance in his offense, but he clearly leans toward the passing game and he will pencil-whip you. In other words, he's perfect for the contemporary game. He's been the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Georgia Tech, so he's seen it all at this stage of his career. I think he was a great choice by the Bills.

Tim from Crescent City, FL:
I just read an article about Dez Bryant refusing to carry Roy Williams' shoulder pads after practice. Williams said "every rookie has to go through such rituals during their first NFL season." Do you think Bryant has hurt his report or strengthened it with his teammates by refusing the hazing and do you think hazing should be part of football?

Vic: Good for Bryant. I hate hazing. As far as that chemistry thing, I could care less because it is way, way overrated. It didn't hurt Joe Greene when he refused to sing. Just win, baby. That's the chemistry I like. If a player has the stuff to say no and can back it up on the field, he'll rise to a leadership role very quickly, especially among the other young players, because nobody likes being demeaned.

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