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

Janson from Des Moines, IA:
A lot of people say Pierre-Paul has more upside than Morgan, as a premier pass-rusher, but don't the Jags need someone who can be plugged in right away vs. being slowly developed?

Vic: I don't know if he has more upside or not, but are you saying you would rather pass on a guy who is likely to play at a higher level longer to take a guy because he'll be better next year? Please, don't hurt me like that.

Guy from Hilton Head Island, SC:
Looking at our tough schedule next year and knowing the draft is ahead and we are young and possibly getting younger, would you say 8-8 is OK by you next season? I know the playoffs are always the goal, but should we accept that we are still rebuilding and it takes more than one year?

Vic: That's what logical people would think. I wouldn't call it rebuilding again, but smart football people know it takes more than one year to do what the Jaguars started last season. The problem is that logic has given way to frustration. There's an old saying that you have to pick your fights and coach Del Rio knows this is a fight he should avoid. I think he made that clear in his season-ender, when he beat the fans to the punch and volunteered that the expectation for next season is to make it into the playoffs. Why fight it, huh? It is what it is. He's facing a self-imposed expectation and it's better to impose it on yourself than to allow the fans to impose it on you. Yeah, sure, the expectation next season is to make it into the playoffs. Hey, make it the Super Bowl. Why be logical?

Damian from Appleton, WI:
How about a stupid question? How many starting left-handed QBs have won Super Bowls? Honestly, I cannot think of any.

Vic: Ken Stabler in Super Bowl XI and Steve Young in Super Bowl XXIX.

Nikki from Jacksonville:
I read on ESPN that Jimmy Clausen will attend the combine but won't be working out due to toe surgery. Will this help or hurt him when it comes to the draft?

Vic: It's an injury he'll have to prove, between now and draft day, is healed. Not working out at the combine would deepen the concern. Clausen probably has reason to believe he'll be healed in time to perform at 100 percent in pro day and personal workouts.

Darrick from Jacksonville:
Is it fair to start having conversations about who the greatest players in Jaguars history are when our team is still so relatively young?

Vic: It's just for fun. Don't you wanna have some fun? By the way, that's a pretty good-lookin' offensive team. There's nothing sketchy about that bunch.

John from Houston, TX:
Do you think college teams will follow the NFL to basketball on grass? Lately it's been the spread or 'Bama's ball control that wins in college.

Vic: Follow? College football led the way. Steve Spurrier saw the opportunity to flip the switch in the early 1990's and it left the competition in the dust. You're telling me the spread isn't basketball on grass? Alabama is trying to turn the clock back and I give Nick Saban credit for seeing the pendulum had swung so far to one side that there was an opportunity to flip the switch back the other way.

Lee from Jacksonville:
Regarding the combine, when a perfectly healthy player chooses not to perform at the combine and waits until his pro day, don't GMs recognize that this is a player whose skills won't stand up against his competition?

Vic: The scrutiny becomes more intense for his pro day and personal workouts, but most personnel directors don't see the combine as the be-all and end-all of auditions. What a player did on the field in the fall is the real measuring stick. All the personnel guy wants to see at the combine or pro day or in a personal workout is confirmation of the player's speed, ability and physical readiness.

Shane from Macy, IN:
Great quarterbacks play the best in the biggest games. I don't believe Joe Montana ever threw an interception in the Super Bowl.

Vic: He threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Sean from Arlington, VA:
I think your ranking of the top five premium positions was dead on. Now, how would you have answered that question 25 years ago?

Vic: Quarterback, defensive tackle, running back, middle linebacker, cornerback.

Tim from Jacksonville:
Augh! They whine about the cost of everything but want management to spend a billion dollars on Peppers and give away their product for free. I don't think they're listening to you, Vic, or is it possible this town is just incapable of grasping how the real world works? I'm thinking we should send them all to Detroit for a year of seasoning.

Vic: "Ask Vic" has a truly enlightened and savvy readership, as evidenced by this masterpiece of football logic. Thank you for understanding that big spending is not usually accompanied by a decrease in prices. The Jaguars are in much the same situation as a lot of other small-market teams. They have to be careful spenders and count on their fans to be patient and allow the slow accumulation of talent.

Ryan from Sacramento, CA:
Would you consider nose tackle a premium position for 3-4 teams? That big dominant guy is hard to find and pretty key to making the 3-4 work.

Vic: It may be the most important position in the 3-4, but big, thick guys that can hold the point but aren't especially good pass-rushers aren't hard to find and that's why it's not a premium position.

Scott from Ann Arbor, MI:
You agreed with the fan vote for the all-time team in virtually every position. Does that mean you think jaguars.com readers have a grasp of the history of this team? What was the reason for the single deviation of Lageman?

Vic: The fans did a great job and I have no problem with the selection of Jeff Lageman as one of the two defensive ends on the all-time team. The reason I selected Paul Spicer instead of Jeff is based on longevity and production. Spicer played nine years for the Jaguars and had a lot of sacks and big plays. He may be the most under-appreciated player in team history. He may have played his best-ever game in the Jaguars' only playoff win of the decade just concluded. Selecting an all-time team should not be about selecting the most talented players, it should be about selecting the most productive players. Jeff is more talented. Had he played his whole career with the Jaguars, he would've been the easy choice, but he was at the end of his career when he joined them. Paul was just beginning his career when he joined the Jaguars and that allowed him to spend nearly all of it with one team. That's a common ingredient with most of the players on the all-time team.

John from Jacksonville:
Would you pay $16 million for a kicker?

Vic: I think you know the answer to that question. Here's a little story. Steelers kicker Jeff Reed is a free agent and Sebastian Janikowski's contract is expected to drive up Reed's price, so the Steelers have a pricey decision to make on Reed. I can't help but recall the week the Steelers signed Reed, way back in 2002. Both the Jaguars and Steelers had just worked Reed out. The Jaguars signed a veteran kicker, the Steelers went with the young guy who had the strong leg but no track record. Reed set a Steelers record with five field goals against the Jaguars that week and has kicked for them ever since. Now his leg strength is gone and he's the veteran kicker with the good track record. I'll be interested to see what the Steelers do. I know what I'd do. I'd go find another young kicker guy who has a strong leg but no track record.

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