Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Brandon from Wisconsin:
What do you think will be the key in beating the Chargers?
Vic: Run the ball and rush the passer. That would seem to be the Jaguars' identity right now and that can be a winning combination against pass-happy teams.
Jake from Jacksonville:
Vic, 47,211 in Tampa. Even winning a Super Bowl doesn't maintain long-term security.
Vic: You either are or you aren't a good football town. I've always believed that to be the truth. Winning the Super Bowl doesn't produce long-term sellouts in bad football towns and long-term losing doesn't result in blackouts in good football towns. St. Louis is the perfect example. It's a great baseball town in which football has always been a second-class citizen. Even when the Cardinals aren't in the pennant race, they draw, but the Rams won the Super Bowl and played in another one a few years later, yet, the blackouts came quickly. I think we know which cities are good football towns and which ones aren't.
Augie from Atlanta, GA:
On the Osgood touchdown, why did he get a call of excessive celebration for simply pointing to the sky when you see other celebrations of dancing and other antics like in the Washington and Dallas game not called? Did I miss something?
Vic: He went to the ground. The rule expressly says you may not go to the ground, therefore, the officials had no alternative but to flag him for it. It's letter of the law stuff. Hey, it's the rule and it's the players' responsibility to know the rules. Jack Del Rio talked yesterday about Osgood's celebration being pure in its exuberance, and I have no doubt that it was, but the rules are the rules. If I was a coach, I think I would teach my players that, upon scoring a touchdown, making a sack or a tackle or any other kind of miracle of football, they should immediately sprint for a designated area on the team's sideline where they may then exhaust themselves in celebration. I'd call it my "No Penalty Zone." The TV cameras would follow them to the spot. They'd get full ESPN "Sportscenter" coverage, but the team wouldn't get the penalty, so it would be a win-win for everybody.
Will from Palm Coast, FL:
If Orlando is in the Jaguars' television market, then why would the television station in Orlando show the Miami game over the Jaguars game?
Vic: Orlando is not required to show Jaguars home games, only Jaguars road games.
David from Jacksonville:
Houston looked great. Arian Foster might be the next big thing, or maybe that thing you predicted about Indy a couple of years ago might be happening. Not reading too much into one game, but Sanders injured again? A changing of the guard seems imminent.
Vic: I'm not ready to make that declaration, but looking at Indy's upcoming schedule, I think it's fair to say it's daunting. They host the Giants this week and the Giants have a nice one-two punch at running back and some pass-rushers that could make it tough on Peyton Manning. Then the Colts go to Denver and the mile-high altitude, and the Broncos have a top secondary and the ability to run the ball, too, and then the Colts come to guess where: Jacksonville. The Colts do have one thing going for them: They won't have to make that tough decision later in the year to play for the perfect season or rest their players for the playoffs. They got that one out of the way early.
Mikey from Tallahassee, FL:
How fitting for a defense marked by so much turnover in the last two years that the two key plays to save the victory were made by two of the remaining veterans, Rashean Mathis and Daryl Smith.
Vic: It's about time somebody singles Mathis out for praise.
Steve from Neptune Beach, FL:
Is it safe to say Alualu has already verified his worth as a first-round pick with that performance?
Vic: Are you serious? They didn't make him the 10th pick of the draft for one game, they picked him to be the cornerstone of their defense for the next 10 years.
Caleb from Los Angeles, CA:
The 2004 game versus Pittsburgh was a marquee game for this franchise. As you've mentioned multiple times through the years, it also led to an explosion in "Ask Vic's" popularity. How does Sunday's game compare to the Pittsburgh game in its importance for the town and your column?
Vic: That game in '04 caused an explosion of questions to "Ask Vic." I have no way to gauge the column's popularity. Sunday's game has generated a ton of e-mail, but nothing like that game in '04. I don't know what it was about that game, but it hit a nerve in Jaguars fans.
Gary from Oceanside, CA:
What are your thoughts on what happened to Calvin Johnson and the Lions?
Vic: It's the rule. I don't like the rule but it's the rule and it's the player's responsibility to know it and abide by it. The problem with leaving calls to the common sense of the officials is that the media and the fans took every call from every game and scrutinized it and analyzed it until the league found itself having to call a press conference every time a call was made. So, the league decided to make a lot of the hot-topic calls black and white; in other words, you gotta do this to get that. They took interpretation out. I'll give you an example: the catch by Brandon Lloyd in the right-front corner of the end zone on Sunday. If the league hadn't taken the force-out provision out of the rulebook a few years ago, that play would've been subject to interpretation and, more than likely, it would've been ruled a touchdown. Tie game! How come no one's writing to me that it wasn't fair, Lloyd would've come down in bounds, he was forced out? The rules are the rules. Know the rules, play by the rules, and I don't wanna hear about that Dustin Johnson crap. He was handed a warning about bunkers at the start of the week. He elected not to read the warning.
Kinzie from Asheville, NC:
Well, we are off to the West Coast and it's circadian rhythm time again. How does the Chargers defense look so far to start this season and do the Jags have a good chance of exerting their will on offense against them?
Vic: The Chargers may have lost the game, but not according to the team rankings. They are fourth in the league in offense and fourth in defense. The Chiefs are 29th in offense and 29th in defense. Who won that game? Based on the team rankings, I think we can expect the Chargers to give the Jaguars a stern test.
Mike from Jacksonville:
What happened to Mike Sims-Walker in Sunday's game? David only threw to him twice and he dropped both of them.
Vic: I think Champ Bailey happened to him. Bailey and Darrelle Revis are amazing defenders. Imagine if they both played on the same team. I saw a play last night in which Revis was covering Derrick Mason on a double move, and Revis was moving in unison with Mason. It was like a dance routine. I didn't see the Ravens throw another pass in Revis' direction. Bailey has that same kind of ability.
Jeremy from Jerseyville, IL:
Is there any truth to what Woody Paige said about "a lethargic crowd that started to leave shortly after it arrived?"
Vic: I didn't think it was lethargic. I thought it was energetic. I did note, however, that the heat claimed a portion of the crowd after halftime. I can't blame them. Fried, electrocuted and doused is a tough way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Cory from Valencia, CA:
"Either way you do it, you'll be judged by the result." You're a smart man, Vic.
Vic: Just win, baby. Nobody has a problem with winning. That's the thing about those fourth-down go-for-its. You better make them or you better win if you don't make them because don't-make-them-and-lose really gets the boat rockin'.
Rick from Fairport, NY:
Could Josh McDaniels throwing the red flag to review the spot of the ball on fourth and one have been a ploy to give his defense time to catch its breath? Shouldn't there be a penalty for throwing the red flag for a play that isn't reviewable?
Vic: That's OK, we have enough penalties. I don't think he knew it wasn't reviewable. I don't know that for sure but I happened to notice the same thing happened in the Falcons-Steelers game and Mike Tomlin didn't know it wasn't reviewable, either. I think what McDaniels was doing was challenging a call that, should the ball be moved back an inch, he gets a time out without losing a time out. If he loses the challenge, he gets a time out he needed anyhow. It was the right thing to do. By the way, that's another rule I don't like, but it's the rule and coaches have to know it and coach accordingly.
Eric from Princeton, NJ:
Is it fair to say a successful fourth-down conversion has the same effect as getting a turnover, and an unsuccessful one is giving up a turnover? From now on, I will count those in the statistics.
Vic: I'll go with the former, but not the latter. Taking over on downs is often better than intercepting a pass because there's no downfield yardage involved. Go-for-its are big. They're high drama. On both Jaguars go-for-its, my eyes got wide.
Ty from Jacksonville:
You saw Clemente and I know this is off football here at the start of the season, but was he really as great as said, or is his legend bigger than him?
Vic: Clemente is both the Babe Ruth and the Jackie Robinson of Puerto Rico. That's a pretty strong legend for a country that loves and reveres baseball, and it's a fair legend. Let me tell you this about Clemente: He's the only player I've ever seen that could turn a crowd silent with a throw from the outfield. He cut loose a throw from the rightfield corner in the 1971 World Series and it was a Roy Hobbs moment; you know, the one where the ball sticks in the backstop. Had it been a movie, the throw would've raised the grass and the dust as it soared toward third base. When the ball reached the third baseman's glove, it was as though the earth paused for a second. That's a pretty good legend.
Tim from Fleming Island, FL:
Why do they have the tarps on the field in front of the players benches? I would find that a safety issue cause they are slick. I know you are going to say no one gets hurts but the potential is there, unnecessarily.
Vic: Bored, huh? I know, it's hot.
Matt from Ocilla, GA:
What did you think of the fans booing the player solidarity gesture? I personally thought it was awesome. Our economy sucks and they are expecting our hearts to bleed for a bunch of millionaires. Give me a break.
Vic: The first time I saw it, I wondered who the genius is that came up with that brainstorm.
Mark from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
You stated in an answer to Jeff's question that Maurice Jones-Drew controlled the action, but this clearly wasn't his best game, statistically speaking. Could you elaborate what you meant when you said he controlled the action?
Vic: Statistically? Are you purposely trying to anger me? The guy pounded out 98 yards on 23 carries in 93-degree heat, single-handedly pulling the tongues out of the mouths of men a foot taller and a hundred pounds heavier. He gassed 'em. That's what Jones-Drew did. Mario Haggan got so gassed from having to tackle Jones-Drew that Haggan couldn't keep up with Marcedes Lewis on his catch-and-run touchdown.
J.R. from Yulee, FL:
How many games throughout the NFL were blacked out over the weekend?
Vic: Just Tampa.