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He couldn't bear to watch

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

Tony from Harbor Springs, MI:
I am at a loss with this poor offensive production. All we've heard is how much everyone has improved with another year in the system. I'm hoping for a QB in the draft, but other than that, what else is this team lacking to score points in the NFL?

Vic: They should not be struggling to score points. The ingredients are there to be productive on offense. They have a star running back. They have high-pick tackles, a top-flight tight end, capable receivers, a dominant blocking fullback and a veteran quarterback. We knew they would struggle on defense; I think we accepted as much. They should not be struggling on offense. The offense should be carrying this team.

Gary from Oceanside, CA:
Wow! Your comment on drafting a quarterback and having him start is a pretty bold statement. The quarterbacks of next year's draft must be really good. I thought it would be better for a new quarterback to spend a year or two on the sidelines.

Vic: Hey, how much more patient do I have to be, huh? I mean, I'm giving the guy all of mini-camp to learn the offense. Is it too much to expect him to become the starter in OTAs? I'm getting tired of this patience stuff. I want it and I want it now.

Brian from Orange Park, FL:
The last comment from Todd in Friday's column brought a tear to my eye. It was a great story to end the week on. Hopefully, Jags fans will begin to look at the team as a flower instead of a weed.

Vic: You better put a hold on that, Brian. I think this is gonna be a weed kind of week.

David from St. Augustine, FL:
I enjoy spending time reading other cities' newspapers to get insight on their NFL teams. Perhaps I should stick solely to the on-the-field stuff, but I couldn't help looking at readers' comments to a Tampa paper upon announcement of their second blackout. The most common conclusion? Blame ownership for not buying the remaining tickets. Any comments?

Vic: The Bucs bought them last year. It was a big mistake. Once you start doing it, it's expected you'll do it every week. You're giving your product away and it devalues a team's ticket. It can take years to fix that problem, yet, some teams continue to apply for extensions and buy remaining tickets so they can avoid the stigma of blackouts. Blackouts are a terrible embarrassment but, frankly, they're doing more harm than good by bailing out the fans. The Bucs had not sold out their general-bowl seats by one o'clock on Thursday. They didn't have many left, but they elected not to apply for an extension. They elected to send a message. I would've done the same thing.

Lauren from Tallahassee, FL:
Why does Garrard seem to throw so many tipped balls? Is this a problem with the offensive line or his throws? It seems like there have been an awful lot of tipped balls lately.

Vic: I don't know the answer to your question, Lauren, because you have to look at each tipped pass and decide what the reason was for it. Did the offensive lineman fail to get the hands down of the defensive lineman he was blocking? Did the quarterback look too long in one direction? Did the rush get too close to the quarterback? Did the quarterback hold the ball too long? My guess is that you'd find examples of all of those things contributing to the problem. Right now, the Jaguars offense has many problems and they are great.

Mason from Fleming Island, FL:
I'm a big fan and agree with your opinions most of the time, and a lot of my knowledge about football comes from reading your articles, but you can't continue to blame our losses on the defense. Our quarterback can't complete a pass to save his life. Sure, the defense could have played better, but when your offense can't sustain a drive and you are forced to get back on the field a minute or two after getting off, you are going to get tired and start playing poorly. Say what you want, but Garrard is to blame.

Vic: I wrote two stories from yesterday's game, which is standard procedure for me. I wrote a story that dealt with the Jaguars' inability to defend the long pass, it was posted, and then I wrote a story about the offense's inability to score points, and then it was posted. It was my opinion and the opinion of others that those were the Jaguars' two greatest failings in the game: the failure to defend the deep pass and the inability to score points. In my opinion, my coverage was fair and balanced; hey, I'm a FOX kind of guy. Here are a couple of quotes from those stories that, in my opinion, tend to refute your claims: "It was David Garrard's worst performance since becoming the Jaguars' starting quarterback in 2007. What can be said of a performance that was unspeakably bad?" Those two sentences appeared in the story on the offense. "Yeah, it would certainly help if the Jaguars offense would make some big plays, but let's stick with the defense in this particular attempt at analysis and perspective." That one appeared in the story on defense.

Jason from Norristown, PA:
It's time to clean house, Vic. Fire the entire coaching staff and start over. Whatever they're doing, it isn't working.

Vic: Let me see if I understand this. You want to fire all of the coaches, pay off their contracts and hire an all-new coaching staff three games into the season, which would likely have to be temporary only and would result in having to fire them and pay them off so you could hire a new head coach and his staff when the season is over and there's time to think through the whole thing. I hope your comments at least made you feel better because they sure are illogical.

Dex from Jacksonville:
The Jaguars deserve each and every piece of hate mail they receive this week.

Vic: Would you like their address?

Al from Fruit Cove, FL:
Vic, is the arrow still pointing up?

Vic: Maybe it isn't pointing up. Maybe you're right. Maybe it's worse than I think. I don't know. I don't know if you people want me to agree with you or argue with you.

Michael from Nashville, TN:
I'm guessing today is another fun day in the office, Vic. Any words of wisdom as to how Jags fans should react to this repeat performance of week two?

Vic: React in any way you wish.

David from Ormond Beach, FL:
This one was on the offense, Vic. I'm not one to call for the QB's head after a couple of bad games, but you have to ask the question: Can he mentally recover?

Vic: That's a very valid question. Frankly, I think it's all gotten to him. He looked like a beaten man yesterday. He looked like a guy who has been beaten down by the pressure of the position and the daily harangue of fans and media who have made him the most harshly criticized and, in many cases, disliked person in Jacksonville. At some point, you're gonna crack under that strain. David Garrard played, in my opinion, with trepidation. For the first time in his career, he did not look athletic.

Stacy from Jacksonville:
Wouldn't it be good if someone like Mark Brunell came back to Jacksonville and retired, and Garrard actually learned from a QB with tons of experience?

Vic: The time for learning, Stacy, is over. It's time to play. It's also time to turn the clock forward. Mark isn't the answer.

Bill from Jacksonville:
Surprisingly, Garrard played worse than last week, and you write about the defense, Vic? When will you stop making excuses for David?

Vic: I wrote about the offense, too, I swear. It's on Read the story entitled, "Garrard, Jags hit bottom." I think it'll put a smile on your face.

Jeff from Jacksonville:
I have had season tickets for six years. I will always love my hometown team and will always buy season tickets, but for all the offensive pass plays, I made it a point to watch David's head. He never looked to a second receiver. I apologize if he checked down and that is called a second look. I saw nothing today and nothing last week that would make me mistake David is a starting caliber QB in the NFL.

Vic: Thank you for sharing that information with us and advising us that the Jaguars have a problem at quarterback. Do you have a solution to this problem?

Tony from Palm Coast, FL:
During halftime, there were five parachutists that jumped out of the plane. I only saw four land. Do you know what happened to the fifth one?

Vic: He couldn't bear to watch. He went back up.

Steve from Jacksonville:
This is a huge game coming up against the Colts. We're going to need this one to be right in the playoff mix.

Vic: "Playoffs? Don't talk about — playoffs? You kidding me? Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game. Another game."

Brian from Jacksonville:
What happened to sportsmanship and winning with class? Eagles fans were everywhere on Sunday and a lot of them were taunting and laughing at Jaguars fans. I've visited other stadiums before and have always tried to be respectful but I think something is wrong when a young kid is yelling things like, "Hey, why are you guys leaving? You're not real fans," at Jaguars fans who have had enough, while his family just laughs and encourages him.

Vic: Brian, that was mild for a kid from Philadelphia. He must be a blue blood. They are the rudest, the most obnoxious fans on the face of the earth, but they sure do love their football team. Did you see what Michael Vick did when he led the Eagles out onto the field? He went right over to the northeast corner of EverBank Field, where the Eagles fans were en masse and cheering, and pointed to them. He knows and respects their power. Thank God the Steelers don't come here this year.

Kevin from Fernandina Beach, FL:
I'm thinking we coin "Jag Bag" and cover our heads with teal paper bags with two eye holes cut out. Thoughts?

Vic: I think it would look great on you.

Joel from Jacksonville:
Yelling abuse, blaming everyone, etc., doesn't seem to be working. This team is just not responding. Why don't we try to be encouraging? David, you had one of your worst days as a pro, but if you work on it, study the mistakes, you'll be better next week. In the meantime we are behind you and your teammates.

Vic: You're right when you say yelling doesn't work. It sure didn't work for Mike Singletary, but everybody loves the yelling because the coach is merely doing what the fans want to do. You're an intelligent man, Joel, but I don't think you're going to have any luck selling your message of encouragement this week. I think we all need to prepare for some serious yelling.

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