Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Stephen from Jacksonville:
What was the difference between Kevin Walter's TD and Calvin Johnson's nullified TD in week one?
Vic: The difference is what referee Gene Steratore termed a "second act," in Steratore's explanation of his reversal of the incomplete call. Walter caught the ball and had made a second act, holding it up for the official to see, when the ball was knocked out of his hands by the defender. Johnson lost the ball while in the continuous act of attempting to catch it. As I said in my blog, Steratore has developed a reputation in the league as the "replay ref." He's very good under the hood and his explanations are even better.
Tim from St. Louis, MO:
Why was there no pass-interference call against Sims-Walker on the "Hail Mary?" He was being pushed and then run over.
Vic: There was no pass-interference penalty on the Texans for the same reason there was no holding penalty called on Jordan Black; the officials cover their eyes on "Hail Mary" plays. It's this simple: There's no intended receiver, the offense is just throwing the ball up for grabs, so go ahead and grab. As Vince Lombardi said, "Grab, grab, grab; everybody's grabbing out there." The coaches know they're not going to get a pass-interference call on that kind of play. They might get a holding call or an illegal contact call, both of which would move the ball five yards closer and require a do-over, but the officials aren't gonna put the ball on the one-yard line, and nor should they.
Adam from Kingsland, GA:
Is the offense finally carrying the defense like you said they needed to for us to have any success?
Vic: It looks that way.
Gary from Callahan, FL:
Would Dreessen have gotten a first down?
Vic: I went to the video department yesterday and looked at the play several times. After further review, I do not believe he would've gotten the first down had he not lost control of the ball as he was running. The action was fast and furious at that point in the game and I didn't have time to study the play closely, nor was much in the way of replay provided. When I saw it in real time, I thought he might've gotten a first down had he not fumbled, but when I watched it on tape yesterday, I saw that two defenders were standing on the 30-yard line, which Dreessen would've had to reach to get a first down, and he would not have gotten through them. There's no way the Texans could've rushed the field goal team onto the field and gotten a kick off, however, had Dreessen not fumbled, there wouldn't have been a "Hail Mary" play because the clock would've expired.
Keisha from Virginia Beach, VA:
The crowd was awesome. Me and my boyfriend had to leave the game a few minutes early to get to the airport. We heard the stadium erupt in cheers from the water taxi.
Vic: Nothing beats not being there.
Eric from Boone, NC:
It looks like all of us that voted on your poll that we needed to win the fourth quarter were right.
Vic: Yeah, but I think the "score a lot of points" voters were right, too.
Chris from Palm Beach, FL:
In Kampman's absence this past Sunday, did any defensive ends play well?
Ron from Orlando, FL:
I sit in the front row and the Andre Johnson TD happened right in front of me. The Texans were around the seven-yard line and Andre Johnson was the only receiver split out left, with Mathis playing tight on him and it looked like there was no safety help. It was play-action and Mathis immediately bites down on the run, but tries to recover and get back into coverage, while Johnson fakes a slant and goes outside for a wide open TD. After the play, Mathis is talking to the safety like it was his fault, but there's no way the safety would have even been able to reach the sideline. I honestly feel like this was Mathis' fault for biting on the play-action. Thoughts?
Vic: Rashean Mathis had run responsibility. As soon as the play-action fake was made, Mathis' responsibility was to come up and support against the run. At that point, the safety was responsible for the pass-coverage.
Kevin from Wichita Falls, TX:
What do you think of Josh Freeman?
Vic: He's a big guy with a big arm. I like big guys with big arms. They're usually, not always, better than little guys with little arms.
Luke from Nashville, TN:
I would pay an incredible sum of money to read "Through the Glass: My Life in the Press Box, by Vic Ketchman." When are you going to write it?
Vic: I was thinking more along the lines of: "Through the Glass: My Views on Football, Fans and Family."
Keith from St. Augustine, FL:
In 1972, the Dolphins were undefeated. Why was the AFC championship game played in Pittsburgh, a three-loss team?
Vic: In those days, homefield advantage was on a rotation basis. There were three divisions in each conference and they rotated seeding. That year, the Central Division had homefield advantage, which is why the game was played in Pittsburgh. That format ended in 1975, I believe. At that point, the NFL adopted the best-record method for determining homefield advantage for postseason games. Here's a question for you: Why was that game blacked out in Pittsburgh?
Nick from Toronto, Ontario:
The score is 59-21 in the third quarter. I'm starting to get sick of the way the game is going. Hopefully, the league takes notice that the diehard fans they take for granted won't be around forever.
Vic: I turned the game off when it hit 35-0 early in the second quarter. Everybody wants points, huh? Well, the problem with a lot of points is that when one team is scoring them, the game gets out of hand and TV ratings suffer. The great thing about defensive games is that they stay competitive. In my opinion, when this season is over the league needs to take a hard look at its game and make some big changes to it. In my opinion, it's at a tipping point.
Rob from Rochester, NY:
Would it be safe to say Colt McCoy is the real deal?
Vic: As I said, I'll give you my answer to that question after I see him play on Sunday. I haven't seen the guy play, yet, and I'm not going to make a proclamation based on stats. The big question I have about McCoy is if he can be the real deal in Cleveland. What happens when the weather gets cold and windy? Does he have the arm to win in that weather, which is just around the corner in Cleveland? It makes no sense to have a quarterback in Cleveland that can't cut the wind because that's the weather in which the Browns will play their most critical games.
Glen from Lake City, FL:
We are catching some nice breaks and winning games that could go either way. Could this be 1996 all over again, with the Jags maturing and then making a serious run for the next few years, like 1997 through 1999?
Vic: It's possible.
Frank from Orange Park, FL:
Just to put some perspective on how incredible this game was, have you ever been present at any other game at any level that was decided by a completed last-second "Hail Mary?"
Vic: Ah, yeah.
Jeremy from Sanford, FL:
I saw in a college game the other day that on the punt the receiving team got called for holding and instead of it being 10 yards from the spot of the return, the kicking team got a free first down. Can you please explain?
Vic: The holding probably occurred before the ball was kicked.
Forrest from Jacksonville:
How could you say during pregame that the Jags had to play soft to minimize the bleeding when all you've written in the past declares your disdain for that very thing?
Vic: You can't do what you can't do and the Jaguars have neither the pass-rush, with Aaron Kampman gone, nor the pass-defense to play pressure defense. What I was attempting to say was that the Jaguars needed to play bend-but-don't-break defense to avoid giving up big plays, because the Texans have a big-play offense that could put a whipping on you. In other words, I wanted the Jags to do what they did in the first half, forcing Andre Johnson to catch a lot of balls underneath the coverage, and not what they did in the second half, which is to say they allowed Johnson to catch passes behind the coverage. Sometimes you have to accept what you are and make the most of it.
Clifford from Jacksonville:
When I get home from a game I can usually count on finding the actual gate attendance in your in-game blog. I did not see it. Do you have that number? There was a good crowd Sunday but I expected a little more in terms of actual attendance. Maybe that was due to that little slump in fan fervor in November that you mentioned.
Vic: The actual attendance was 53,253.
Justin from Orlando, FL:
On Military Appreciation Day, the bald eagle brought us fortune.
Vic: It was a remote-control eagle. It's part of the whole flyover thing.
Rob from Fleming Island, FL:
I've always noticed that football fans peak early around here. I had to re-learn things as I became a pro football fan. College football did it to us. Its big games are largely in September and October. The season ends on the first week in December (and for most teams the season is effectively over well before then), and unless you are one of two teams, the holidays consist of nothing more than one meaningless game that is designed to be more of a party than a football game. All of this is one of the reasons that I'm loving pro football more and more as time goes on.
Vic: The pro football season doesn't even begin until Thanksgiving. These games are just to find out who wants to be part of the December tournament. December is my favorite month of the year. That's when the real games are played, in the cold, in the wind, in the snow and with everything on the line. We won't have the snow element this year, and that's disappointing for me, but I'm really looking forward to December.