Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Joel from Jacksonville:
What if no one from the defense touches Maurice Jones-Drew as he goes to his knee? At what point would the officials blow the whistle?
Vic: A runner may declare himself down by sliding feet-first to the ground and the play is whistled dead the moment the runner contacts the ground. A runner may also declare himself down after contacting the ground by making no effort to advance, at which point the play would be whistled dead. That's what Jones-Drew did.
Tony from Petoskey, MI:
I noticed the Jags are the least-penalized team in the league with 37 for the year. Can this young team break the record for least-penalized in Jaguars history? It says something about the smart players Gene Smith has brought in, too.
Vic: The fewest penalties by a team in Jaguars history occurred in 2007 when 76 penalties were called. The 2009 Jaguars are just ahead of that pace.
Vinnie from Jacksonville:
Can you please tell me why Oakland gets a free pass on their attendance problem? They announced 40,000 this week and I think around 39,000 for their last home game (in a much larger market), yet, you always hear what a great fan base they have and what a terrible one this is. I know we have big problems, but why is it they appear to be completely under the radar, despite years of terrible attendance and blackouts?
Vic: The Raiders are considered to be one of the prime candidates to move to Los Angeles, so I don't understand what you mean by a free pass. The fact that you're using the Raiders to rationalize the Jaguars' attendance woes is a serious indictment of the situation here.
Justin from Jacksonville:
Fifty-three thousand fans Sunday at "The Jack" will be a positive for the future, correct?
Vic: Really? That's the new standard, 53,000? I sure hope not. Blackouts are the standard. Sellouts are good, blackouts are bad. There's no in between.
Caleb from Jacksonville:
Is the rugby-style kick not allowed in the NFL? Pat McAfee used to get really good punt yardage kicking it rugby-style at West Virginia.
Vic: It wouldn't work in the NFL because the interior members of the coverage team can't leave the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked. In college, the defenders can run downfield immediately. Even at that, the rugby-style kick is low, unpredictable and, when fielded cleanly, it's often returned for big gains. Here's one of McAfee's punts you might remember.
Brad from Harrisonburg, VA:
I noticed in one of the pictures on the home page that three of the stars on David Garrard's captain patch are gold, while the fourth star and the "C" are white. What does this mean?
Vic: It means he's been a captain for three years. The captain's patch program is in its fourth year.
Rich from Fruit Cove, FL:
Since Bud Adams is the owner, will he need a stamp?
Vic: He may need Michael Anthony to deliver the check to the league office.
Alex from Jacksonville:
I don't see Notre Dame ever becoming a national title contender again because, unfortunately, most of the top recruits aren't interested in getting a great education. They just want to do their time and get paid. Unless Notre Dame starts to let their football players take "Bubblegum 101," they will be stuck at six wins forever. The question is do you sacrifice your integrity in order to win a national championship?
Vic: That's the question and I can't answer it for Notre Dame, but I can tell you this: If Notre Dame ever wants to get serious about playing big-time college football again, which is to say do what it takes to compete for the national title, then everybody else will be playing for second place. As long as they maintain, however, the calculus requirement, don't red-shirt for stockpiling purposes and don't gray-shirt to extend eligibility, Notre Dame will continue to drift farther from its tradition.
Matt from Keesler AFB, MS:
Just a little disappointed with your power rankings. You mentioned that you could not rate the Jags over the Seahawks in last week's power rankings because we had lost to Seattle. Then why are the Texans ranked above us in this week's rankings when we won our head-to-head match with them?
Vic: The answer to all questions about my all-important power rankings, which you should consider with such seriousness that you lose sleep about them, is that I think they're better. That's the answer to everything. I think the Jaguars have finally reached the point that I believe they are better than the Seahawks, despite the score of their head-to-head, and I also believe the Texans have played a better overall brand of football lately, including a win in Cincinnati and a narrow loss in Indianapolis that was the result of a missed field goal attempt.
Orangelo from Jacksonville:
Nine million e-mails? Sure you did. You're a liar and a Steelers shill.
Vic: No, really, it was nine million. By the way, I know twins named Orangelo and Lemongelo. Their mother wasn't expecting twins, didn't have names picked out and then happened to see boxes of orange and lemon Jello and thought it would be cute. You're not a twin, are you?
Jeff from Jacksonville:
Have you noticed the Jaguars logo on ESPN? The spots are smeared and running together, forming a larger black spot. Do you know anything about this? I hope this is not some kind of joke.
Vic: Is there an entire culture of Jaguars fans that spend their time searching for examples of disrespect?
Pam from Jacksonville:
I really like you, Vic. You have spunk. What I don't like is how many times you have to repeat yourself on your stances in regards to the playoffs, rebuilding, etc. When will people get it through their heads?
Vic: First of all, you should not like me because I am not a nice person. Secondly, people will never get it through their heads because they are obsessed with proving me wrong, changing my opinion, challenging what I say, etc., as though what I say has any meaning or I must always be correct. It's so absurd it's comical, and the best part is I get paid to do this. I'm flattered that you read the column and hope you will continue to do so, but please don't take anything I write seriously because to do that would be nonsensical and could result in wasted thought.
Mark from Jacksonville:
Which quarterback, past and present, sold or sells the play-action pass best?
Vic: Boomer Esiason and Peyton Manning are the best at it I've ever seen. Tom Brady is very good at it.
Stephen from Jacksonville:
What is your opinion of the sensational coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh?
Vic: They get it from their dad. Stanford is going to have a tough time holding onto Jim.
Paul from Arlington, VA:
Regarding the new-age NFL decisions made by coach Del Rio and coach Belichick, do you think the NFL will recognize that the pendulum has swung too far and maybe issue some rule changes that benefit defenses?
Vic: No, I don't because this is the way the NFL wants it to be. The league wants lots and lots of offense. They want the ball in the air and moving up and down the field because that's what sells. It's what drives fantasy leagues and fantasy football is one of the NFL's top brands. Offense also drives ticket sales, sponsorships, video-game sales, merchandise sales and, most of all, TV ratings. You're also going to see more and more rules to protect the quarterback because he's the engine that drives this movement. As we head toward an 18-game schedule, the game of my youth will become even more unrecognizable. It's basketball on grass and I foresee the day when the winning team will routinely score in the 40's.
Andy from Jacksonville:
I watched the Jags on "NFL Replay" and Dan Fouts said the push Jones-Drew gave David Garrard on a quarterback sneak was supposed to be illegal. I remember seeing a similar play a few years ago in which Reggie Bush pushed Matt Leinart to help him get the touchdown. Why is it illegal? I mean, an offensive lineman can drag a running back into the end zone but a running back can't push his quarterback for the first down?
Vic: No, offensive linemen aren't permitted to drag a running back into the end zone because it's a violation of Rule 12-1-5: "No offensive player may lift a runner to his feet or pull him in any direction at any time or use interlocking interference by grasping a teammate or by using his hands or arms to encircle the body of a teammate or trip an opponent or push or throw his body against a teammate to aid him in an attempt to obstruct an opponent or to recover a loose ball." Why isn't it called? I guess because the NFL, and college football, too, likes lots and lots of offense.
Trevor from Boca Raton, FL:
If you somehow believe Quentin Groves did not mean to score and fell down on purpose in the game last week, then you are truly the worst editor ever and maybe the biggest clown involved in sports.
Vic: I guess I'm just naïve. I wish I was as savvy as you.
Randy from Medicine Hat, Alberta:
I remember your column after the Steelers-Cardinals Super Bowl, specifically your comment of what would have happened had Larry Fitzgerald stepped out at the one-yard line, followed by Arizona draining the clock. For one thing, one of the greatest Super Bowl finishes would not have taken place.
Vic: Remember what Ken Whisenhunt said? "We scored too fast." Jack Del Rio invented strategy on Sunday that every coach in the league has known is the right thing to do but didn't have the courage to do it. Now that the dam has broken, you're going to see it done over and over. It could cause the NFL to go to four times out per half per team, and it would almost certainly cause every coach in the league to save every time out he has for the final minutes of the game. In other words, because of this drain-the-clock strategy, a coach will instruct his quarterback to accept a delay-of-game penalty instead of wasting a time out because those times out must be saved to avoid having the clock drained on you.
Jason from South Amboy, NJ:
How have ticket sales been this week?
Vic: Total tickets distributed were just under 46,000 as of Wednesday morning.