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

Shannon from North Little Rock, AR:
The first edition "Ask Vic" coffee mug, as it turns out, is not dishwasher safe. It's a good thing you no longer subscribe to the BAP philosophy because my mug no longer says it or anything else, for that matter.

Vic: Hey, your problem is with the manufacturer. That mug was fine when we sent it out.

Casey from Jacksonville:
Speaking of fans, Vic, around 1,500 showed up for each of the mini-camp sessions this weekend, despite the 94-degree heat. I saw a picture a kid got with Tyson Alualu. The kid had a huge smile on his face, as he wore his Jones-Drew jersey and his Florida Gators hat. Hope remains.

Vic: I don't think Alualu charged a fee for that, either.

John from Jacksonville:
You're the reason I bought my first season tickets the day I moved back to town after graduating from college. Just thought you should know that.

Vic: You make me proud. I hope you never regret your decision and I hope you will have the opportunity to buy season tickets to see the Jaguars for a long, long time.

Jon from Jacksonville:
Who was your underwear MVP of the weekend?

Vic: Luke McCown had a great mini-camp. He's a solid candidate. Ernest Wilford stood out down the middle of the field, which is another story. Kirk Morrison was a big hit, too, but there's no question in my mind that the star of this mini-camp is Tyson Alualu. I saw him use a pass-rush move on Monday that made my jaw go slack. He not only has size, speed, power and athletic ability, he also possesses skill. This guy is ready to go.

Ray from Jacksonville:
You went to Kent State. That explains everything. It's too bad they didn't get you, too. Do you think the Jags can make the playoffs?

Vic: It's possible. It'll be tough getting past their own division and that's why their ultimate fate will probably be decided by their record in division games. If they finish no worse than second in the division, they should make it into the playoffs. In my opinion, that should be the goal: Finish in one of the top two spots in the division. That should work.

Mike from Bridgeport, CT:
What is the latest on O.J. Atogwe?

Vic: I'm not sure. I get blank stares every time I ask about him. It's as though he has leprosy.

Vincent from Jacksonville:
A popular sports magazine reporter wrote that one front-office executive for an NFL team said this: "Dez Bryant is twice the talent Tyson Aluala is, but Jacksonville took him because he was a very safe pick. You're not talking ability; you're talking character with that pick. No one in their right mind would ever take Tyson Aluala over Dez Bryant, in terms of ability." What are your thoughts on this statement?

Vic: It would be hard for me to imagine that any rookie had or will have a more impressive mini-camp than Alualu just did. I think the anonymous front-office exec missed on his evaluation of Alualu. I know what I saw.

Ancil from Charleston, WV:
How big was Darren Sharper's decision not to sign with the Jags?

Vic: From the Jaguars' perspective, it was a disappointment. They've got concern in the middle of their secondary, as evidenced by the number of passes that were completed in the middle of the field in mini-camp.

Don from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
Darren Sharper decided on the Saints for less money? That decision was not too tough, I'm sure. Here's a prediction for him: The Jaguars will win a Super Bowl before the Saints will. You can put that in your pipe and smoke it.

Vic: You mean before the Saints win another one. Yeah, I know, it makes you angry when you know you've been used, but it's just business, nothing personal. Sharper obviously wanted to stay in New Orleans. I see nothing wrong with that. Look at what Ryan Clark did to the Dolphins. He went to Miami to sign a free-agent contract; the visit was supposed to end with a press conference. While he's there, he calls his agent and tells him to get a deal with the Steelers, even if it's for a lot less money, which it is. Why? Because that's where he wanted to be. Do you really want someone whose heart is somewhere else? No.

Vince from Charleston, SC:
I personally think Mel Kiper is an idiot and hardly has a clue what he's talking about. What is your opinion of him?

Vic: I think he's a genius. He has turned something completely meaningless into an empire.

Reece from Perth, Western Australia:
Is it wrong that I'm this excited about our draft class? What are your thoughts on Austen Lane and how did he do at mini-camp?

Vic: Lane sustained a hamstring injury early in mini-camp and was unable to participate on Sunday and Monday. He'll be all right. As far as the overall draft class, I think the first three picks are going to change the face of the Jaguars defense. Go ahead, be excited.

Chris from Tuscaloosa, AL:
I was really hoping to snag Sharper. Where do we go from here to fix our questions at safety?

Vic: You work with what you have and you keep an eye out for something better. It's all you can do. Safety is a position that will require addressing in future drafts.

Cary from St. Simons, GA:
What's the difference between a three-technique and a zero-technique defensive lineman?

Vic: Zero technique is on the nose of the center; three technique is between the guard and the tackle. Don't let the three-technique snobs intimidate you. It's easy stuff. Make the center's nose zero and then count to five as you move left and right. One is between the center and guard, two is on the nose of the guard, three is between the guard and tackle, four is on the nose of the tackle and five is on the tackle's outside shoulder. Don't worry about the tight end.

Jason from Jacksonville:
Why is everyone always so angry? Is it a local thing or do you think the world is trending toward unrelenting anger?

Vic: I have my opinion but, if I share it, the anger will explode in my inbox, so I better keep it to myself.

Ryan from St. Augustine, FL:
Hope all the Jags games are blacked out this year so the local affiliate can give us the Broncos games. How in the world did the Jags pass on Tim?

Vic: You and those like you are the reason the future of professional football in Jacksonville is uncertain. That's OK; no one's forcing you to like the Jaguars, but I think it's extreme behavior for you to come here and express your disdain for your hometown team on its web site. This is what I mean by the cultural divide. It's pick time. This team needs real fans on whom it can rely.

Johnny from Jacksonville:
I was only eight and I remember seeing it on TV news. I was confused as to why our army guys shot our own people.

Vic: You Kent always say what you want.

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