Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions. Vic: There will be no "Ask Vic" Monday-Thursday of next week. The next "Ask Vic" will appear on Friday, Feb. 16.
Rob from Richmond, VA:
Vic, Andrea from Italy may be a guy.
Vic: We're all just guys, Rob.
Jai from Liverpool, England:
If the Jaguars' bye is on the week of the Dolphins-Giants game, is there any chance us Brits might see you at Wembley?
Vic: Yeah, I'll hop in my Sentra and drive right over.
John from St. Augustine, FL:
I seem to recall a comment from you in the past about how running teams must throw the ball deep, taking advantage of teams playing up to stop the run, I presume. Now you are saying running teams should dink and dunk. Which is it?
Vic: You have to do both. You have to be able to throw short and convert third down, and you have to be able to strike deep to take advantage of having drawn the safeties toward the line of scrimmage to stop the run. You can't, however, throw deep too often. You have to pick your spots. Pound, pound, convert. Then pound, pound, convert again. Then pound, go deep. You throw to score, you run to win. Converting on third down allows you to do both.
Greg from Carlsbad, CA:
To sign a "franchise" player, "a team must have a first-round pick in each of the next two drafts the equal or higher in the order than their own choice." I'm confused.
Vic: Each team has its own designated spot in the draft order, according to its record in the previous season. To sign a "franchise" player, a team must give two first-round picks to the team from which the player is being signed. Those two picks may be the signing team's own picks, meaning from their natural positions in each of the next two drafts, or from spots higher in the draft that were acquired from other teams. In other words, if you're supposed to pick 10th, but you traded that away for the 20th spot in the draft, and you don't have a pick higher than 10, you can't sign a "franchise" player.
Andrea from Robecco Sul Naviglio, Italy:
This is just to let you know that I'm actually a male. Andrea is a female's name in English countries, but here in Italy is a male's name. Have a nice day, Vic.
Vic: What if we just call you Andy?
Justin from Flemington, NJ:
Who would you franchise from the Jaguars if you could franchise any number of players?
Vic: The Jaguars don't have a player scheduled for unrestricted free agency who would be considered one of the top five players in the league at his position. That's how you have to pay a "franchise" player, so why would you "franchise" a guy if he's not one of the five-best players in the league at his position?
Richard from Jacksonville:
I had forgotten about the "Sunday Night Movie," but that instantly made me remember "Heidi," which changed post-football programming forever.
Vic: You're absolutely right. "Heidi" was the "Sunday Night Movie" offering on that infamous evening of Nov. 17, 1968. She ruined the whole night. It was the best game we never saw. Oh, how I miss those days.
Catherine from Jacksonville:
Please excuse my ignorance – as a loyal reader I probably should know this – but what exactly does "right of first refusal" mean?
Vic: It means the player's original team may retain the players' rights by matching the offer he got from another team.
Susan from Jacksonville:
I just want you to know I've been a season-ticket holder from day one and now, for the first time, I won't be able to renew. My tickets went from $200 a seat to $360 a seat (upper level). A $480 increase is just not right. My kids and I love going to the games but now, for the first time, we will be forced to stay home. It is really sad. I expected an increase but, wow! Don't you think that is a bit much at one time? Thanks for your time.
Vic: The price of your ticket has increased each year for three years; $28, $30, $36. You didn't realize any of those yearly increases, however, because the Jaguars allowed you to lock in a price for three years on a three-year contract. Now you're absorbing three ticket price increases all at one time. That's why it's hitting you so hard. What you're forgetting is the money you saved while you weren't paying those increases. I am sincerely sorry you won't be able to attend the games. I truly am.
Jeff from Middleburg, FL:
Recently, talk radio shows have been buzzing with the talk of bringing in Randy Moss for two years and possibly trading a player and a draft pick for his rights. With the emphasis being placed on the Jaguars needing a big-play receiver, do you think this is a good fit and do you think Jack Del Rio and his staff could handle "The Freak?"
Vic: I'm gonna do this one more time. This is it. No more Randy Moss questions. Freaks are great, especially ones with freakish speed. The problem with this freak is that he only had 42 freakin' catches for 553 freakin' yards and three freakin' touchdowns last season. I'm not even going to mention the fact that he's not the kind of guy who leads you in calisthenics. Here's the worst part: "The Freak" has a $9.75 million salary next season. And you wanna give up a player and a draft pick for that? Not me.
James from Jacksonville:
Last week you mentioned the possibility of the Jaguars "missing their turn" to compete for the Super Bowl. Can you think of any teams who had the tools to win it all but "missed their turn?" One team that comes to mind for me is the Houston Oilers of the early 1990's.
Vic: The Jaguars team that went to four consecutive playoffs and made it to the AFC title game twice missed its turn. The Titans team that caused the Jaguars to miss their turn also missed their turn. You're right about the Oilers of the late-'80's and early-'90's. The Browns missed their turn in the late-'80's. It's not uncommon.
Brandon from Charlotte, NC:
How do you think Bobby McCray compares to Reggie Hayward when we got him in free agency?
Vic: That's a great question. If you're suggesting that McCray compares favorably to Hayward at the same stage of their careers, that's also a great observation. Nothing beats draft and develop, does it? It's not only good for a team's salary cap, it's also good for a team's self-esteem because drafting and developing is the right way of doing business. Home-grown players are a source of pride for the team and its fans.
Matt from Lakeland, FL:
I am a daily reader and for the most part believe you deliver very insightful information but there's no way the NFL will go international. The logistics of traveling internationally every weekend would lower the quality of the product. Maybe it's just me being ignorant but I think the NFL can't go outside North America without suffering a drop in quality. Your thoughts?
Vic: Once upon a time, learned men said the world was flat.