Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Jon from Jacksonville:
Why do some teams at kickoff have all their guys in a huddle and then spread out real quick when the kicker goes to kick? The Colts did it every time they kicked off. Is it to surprise the return team?
Vic: It's called a sunburst formation and the intent is to disguise personnel so that the players on the return team must identify their blocking responsibilities on the fly, so to speak.
Ryan from Clyde, OH:
If you have so many problems with the elevator, then why don't you just take the stairs?
Vic: Stairs aren't always available and often, when they are, they're a little higher than the ones in the Clyde Stadium press box. The other problem is that they are also clogged with fans at the end of a game, which probably isn't as big a problem at Clyde Stadium.
Ryan from Jacksonville:
Do you think the reason people get so angry about sports is because they are so angry about what's happening in the world? I mean, we've lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of homes, thousands of lives and maybe sports is the place where people think they can exercise their frustration and anger.
Vic: The time to do that is on Nov. 4.
Jonathan from Sanford, FL:
Do you think the Jaguars running game will be able to plow through the Texans, like they did against the Colts?
Vic: No; the Texans have to be a little better against the run than the Colts.
William from Jacksonville:
Wasn't Art Rooney on an elevator when Franco made the Immaculate Reception?
Vic: There you go. That's what I'm talkin' about. Everybody's afraid of the elevator. Even "The Chief" had to get on the elevator early, and he owned the elevator.
Paul from Kouts, IN:
Why would Pittsburgh announce so early in the week that Willie Parker is out? Their opponent this week can practice and game-plan knowing Parker is out. If I spoke for the Steelers, I'd treat Parker as the Eagles are treating Westbrook and leave the opponent guessing.
Vic: The Steelers can't play that guessing game because their practices are open to the media, which means Mike Tomlin can't couch injury information as he could if practices were closed to the media. The Rooneys have been vigilant about keeping practices open to the media. When they interview a candidate to be their head coach, which hasn't been often, it's one of the questions they ask; what is his policy regarding practice and the media?
Tim from Jacksonville:
Is there a reason you do NOT give us (the news-starved Jags fans) any updates on how Porter is doing in practices?
Vic: Yes, there is a reason. It's because other than for the first 30 minutes, which is a warm up/calisthenics period, practices are closed to the media. How many times DO I have to say that?
Anthony from Atlantic Beach, FL:
It may sound farfetched but is it really? Do you think Brett Favre will be a Patriot before the trade deadline?
Vic: You must be kidding. Did you see him on Monday night? That's called old and afraid. The Packers did the right thing.
Sonny from Jacksonville:
It almost seems like the Jags are using Matt Jones as a tight end.
Vic: That's an interesting observation. You're right.
Brandon from Westminster, CO:
I've been reading "Ask Vic" for years now and have very much enjoyed it until the last couple months. You seem to have turned into a grumpy, old man who always needs to set straight whoever you don't agree with. I can't believe I am typing this, but I have actually considered quitting reading "Ask Vic" due to the increased negativity. Just wanted to let you know.
Vic: I'm glad you did and I absolutely think you should quit reading "Ask Vic." I won't be offended in the least.
Eric from St. Augustine, FL:
Not all Wall Street CEOs steal, just as not all sportswriters eat the hot dogs in the press box.
Vic: You're one of them, aren't you? If you see a Delta 88, run.
Brian from Atlanta, GA:
I admit that I haven't studied the teams of yesterday, but everything I ever see is how they were based on the running game. How would the pass-happy offensive schemes today be treated back in those days under the same rules and with the same players? I just wonder how the schemes back then would have fared under the old rules and such.
Vic: The schemes and players would do fine. Did you know that Tony Dungy played in the same "Cover Two" defense in 1977 that he's been famous for coaching in Tampa and in Indianapolis? Yeah, the "Cover Two" was created in the '70s by Bud Carson. And how about the "Bump and Run," which was all the rage back then but was outlawed with the rules changes of 1978? The "Bump and Run" would eat up today's rhythm-based passing games. All of the rules back then favored defense and that's why teams were run-based. Are you telling me Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, etc. didn't have the skills of today's quarterbacks? Are you suggesting that Paul Warfield, Otis Taylor, Lynn Swann, etc. couldn't play in today's game? The game of yesteryear favored the run because pass-blocking was a nightmare. Offensive linemen couldn't use their hands to block, defensive linemen were allowed to use a technique known as the head slap, and holding was a 15-yard penalty, not 10. The game has evolved into something closer to basketball on grass for a few worthy reasons: 1.) Fans want to see points scored. 2.) The game was becoming far too violent. Don't make the mistake of underrating yesteryear's players and coaches. They operated in a 26-team league that included unlimited training camp rosters and tiny regular-season rosters, all of which made competition fiercely intense. Today's game doesn't have anything close to that kind of competitiveness.
Kerry from Virginia Beach, VA:
This past weekend I had a chance to join family for a long golf weekend but I was struck by the fact that even these fortunate and wealthy people are very angry. I watched a variety of rude behavior toward staff and other golfers and kept thinking about how the society mantra of protecting our house is going to be the fall of our society. I am going to have to find my own mountaintop; in my case, an isolated beach somewhere. Have a good day.
Vic: You must protect your beach.
Mike from St. Augustine, FL:
I'm not young, but Jim Brown was an actor/political activist by the time I first knew who he was. I acknowledge his superb athletic ability, but is that what separated him as the greatest ever, that he could be any type of runner you wanted? Does that mean Sayers, Smith, Payton, Allen, Sanders, Dorsett, etc., did not have that kind of talent?
Vic: That's correct.
Mike from Piscataway, NJ:
Would Adrian Peterson of the Vikings be the closest thing to Jim Brown's running style?
Vic: No; Bo Jackson was the closest thing I've seen.
Kevin from Orlando, FL:
Where did the asterisk go? What will it take to bring it back?
Vic: The asterisk was a special addition to my all-important power rankings. The Patriots were special then. They're just another team now.
Brian from Orange Park, FL:
Bill Polian being upset with officials calling a penalty that he forced the league to enforce is as bad as the rest of Indy's fans crying about penalties. Pittsburgh didn't do it in the playoff loss.
Vic: The important thing to remember is this: When it happens to the Jaguars, and it will, don't cry about it. The breaks will go for you and they'll go against you. If you have no compassion for your opponents when the breaks go against them, don't expect any compassion when the breaks go against you. I detected no compassion in Bill Polian for the Patriots when Ellis Hobbs was wrongly flagged for pass interference in the 2006 AFC title game.
Jaime from Jacksonville:
Considering the amount of time the defense spent on the field this Sunday, the yardage for Indy should have been much lower. Why do you think the Jaguars defense is not playing well?
Vic: I don't know. Let's give it more time. It has a new coordinator, a new defensive end, a new cornerback and has made some adjustments at tackle. Give it time.
Joe from Port Charlotte, FL:
Are the Texans wearing their famous "Battle Red" this Sunday?
Vic: No, the Texans will be wearing white and the Jaguars will be wearing their "Battle Teal."
Mike from Irvine, CA:
Let the Wall Street CEOs wait in line. First up is collecting all the taxpayers' money that went into Iraq and the corporations that profited from that war.
Vic: I think I'm gonna make an 11th-hour run for the presidency and I'm gonna run on this economic platform: Instead of giving Wall Street a $700 billion bail-out, I'll divide that amount among all taxpayers 18 and older. Could you use an extra half million dollars, and do you think that would get me elected?