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I want the winners

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

Andy from Palm Coast, FL:
Was Tom Brady required to do the postgame interview or was the ESPN reporter just a pest?

Vic: Why would you call her a pest? She was attempting to provide an interview that would help deepen your appreciation for the game you had just seen. She was attempting to provide you with information and entertainment. Why call her a pest? She was just trying to do her job. Frankly, I thought Tom Brady acted unprofessionally. He's a star quarterback and interviews are what star quarterbacks do. He walked away from her as though she wasn't worthy of his time. I was sorry to see her chase after him. What did he have to be evasive or aloof about? He was just handed a win and everyone in the media was fawning over him.

Billy from Orange Park, FL:
When Prisco interviewed Torry Holt after the game, Torry said, "I can't believe I'm not getting more nine routes called." What exactly is a nine route? And while you're at it, what exactly is a wheel route?

Vic: A nine route is the deep ball. I wish reporters would just refer to it as such. All this technical talk is snobbish. The fans shouldn't have to carry a dictionary of playbook terminology to understand what they're reading. A wheel route is usually a running back, fullback, H-back or tight end slipping out into the flat and then heading up the sideline if the linebacker comes underneath him. Why not just say he ran up the sideline? I hate all this cover two, cover three stuff. I said Derek Cox bit on the fake, which he did. Isn't that enough? Do we really need to know what everybody on the field did?

John from Beijing, PRC:
After watching the two Monday night games, it's never been more obvious that teams with a crunch-time quarterback are never out of the game. You knew when Brady and Rivers got the ball back on their final possessions their teams would score.

Vic: That's why I like them. I want the winners. I want the guys who get it done at crunch time. They're not going to get it done all of the time, but they'll get it done most of the time. Some guys never get it done.

Mike from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
I wish I could have seen the look on Gene Smith's face when Derek Cox intercepted a Peyton Manning fade route to Wayne in the end zone. That made my weekend.

Vic: I was sitting right next to GM Gene when Cox made that interception. I looked right at GM Gene and I saw no face. Apparently, he likes to watch, too.

Craig from Jacksonville:
I have never heard a crowd boo injured players as the Colts fans did this Sunday; never in my sport's life. Would you please make a comment? I was shocked.

Vic: The Colts fans were booing what they thought was an attempt to interrupt the Colts' no-huddle offense by faking injury. If the Jaguars, in fact, did that, then I must say that Derek Landri does a much better cramps than Quentin Groves does. Landri was convincing. Groves just stuck out his leg and pointed to it, as though it had come off and he wanted someone to screw it back on.

Nick from Annapolis, MD:
I'm in awe right now. Matt Cassel would not have won this game. Tom Brady did, in basically his first regular-season game in two years.

Vic: The Patriots are just gonna keep stealing draft picks from teams that refuse to understand it's Brady, that's all, it's just Brady.

John from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
What do the attendance numbers posted in the paper represent? Tickets distributed, sold or the turnstile? Were there any week-one blackouts?

Vic: My understanding is the Steelers are the only team in the league that announces the turnstile count as its official attendance. They have their reasons for doing that. I happened to notice their attendance for their season-opener exceeded stadium capacity. All of the other teams, including the Jaguars, announce tickets distributed. There were no blackouts in week one. The Jaguars will be blacked out this week and the other candidates are Detroit, San Diego and Miami.

Reggie from Orange Park, FL:
When was the last time you talked to Fred Taylor?

Vic: He called me to say goodbye the day after he was cut by the Jaguars. We had a long conversation. It was all very positive. He was OK with what the Jags did and he kept saying it's a young man's game. I haven't talked to him since, but that's OK because there'll be time for that later. I told him I'll see him in Canton.

Wes from Houston, TX:
Thanks for shedding light on why you think Jack didn't switch Cox around the field. It makes so much sense. Sometimes I forget that this isn't Madden. Moving a rookie to a side he isn't comfortable on would have only allowed him to be exploited further. Didn't he play both sides in college, though?

Vic: I don't know, maybe he did, but I can tell you with certainty that this is not the Colonial Athletic Association. The more he plays, the more capable he'll become of switching sides, but I don't think that was something you wanted him to do in his first-ever game.

John from Jacksonville:
Can you please tell the story on Chris Kolodziejski?

Vic: I never want to lose my sensitivity for the courage displayed by the men that play this game. It's a game of human confrontation and the reason I'm so down on video games is because I think they've dulled our appreciation for the true spirit and meaning of the game. Reggie Hayward reminded me of that spirit and meaning on the ride home from Indianapolis Sunday. For a few minutes toward the end of the flight, I sat back, thought of Reggie and the others like him who, at that moment, were in the skies over America, heading home with broken bones, blown out knees and careers in doubt. As I said, it brought back memories of a once-promising career that ended abruptly, and a night I'll never forget. I've told the story before. Here's the link to it:

William from Jacksonville:
The whole throwback uniform thing is getting old, but I can deal with it. Having said that, who was the brain surgeon that decided the refs had to play dress-up in those ridiculous looking red outfits?

Vic: It's what they wore in the old AFL. What's so wrong with them? In fact, I think the Patriots' throwback uniforms are vastly superior to the uniforms they wear now. Why did they change designs? The current ones are so dull, and I like the Bills' old helmets a lot better than those tomatoes they wear on their heads now.

Ron from Middleburg, FL:
Could you please enlighten me on the statistics that go into the quarterback rating? In addition, what is considered a good rating and when does it become poor?

Vic: Ninety is good and anything close to a hundred or higher is great. Seventy-nine is bad and anything lower is worse. Passer ratings in the 80s are subject to interpretation. Frankly, I think it's just another stat that lies. The formula is simple: Touchdown passes are real good and interceptions are real bad, etc. What the passer rating doesn't tell you is how many times a quarterback led his team down the field to a game-winning field goal at the end of regulation or in overtime; there are no points awarded for game-winning field goals, only touchdowns. It also doesn't tell you how many times a quarterback's passer rating dipped dramatically due to an interception on a half-ending or game-ending "Hail Mary" pass; in other words, points were subtracted because he tried to win. I don't need stats to tell me what I've seen. I'm not against using stats, but only when they support what I believe to be true.

Steve from Jacksonville:
Why did the Jaguars not put Greg Jones in the backfield to take out Freeney as he was spinning off Monroe? Am I missing something, too?

Vic: Yeah, probably.

Dave from Snellville, GA:
Watching the Pats-Bills game, I was struck by the thought the Pats looked old. With the Colts also starting to creak a bit, it's a good time for the Jags to be getting young. With that in mind, which AFC teams do you feel are getting into position to be the new league stalwarts in a year or so?

Vic: I also thought the Patriots looked a little old at times. I don't think they're too old to win it all this year, but they might be at the edge of the cliff and that could be the reason they jettisoned Richard Seymour; the Pats need draft picks to "youthanize," which they will. The AFC team that has the most impressive youth, in my opinion, is Tennessee. The problem the Titans have is that they're old at quarterback and, as I have said, a team is only as young as its quarterback. Keep your eye on Mark Sanchez and Joe Flacco. If Flacco is the real deal, the Ravens could leap to the head of the AFC this year. They also have a good, young offensive line to protect Flacco into the future. The other young quarterback I have my eye on in the AFC is Chad Henne. If he emerges this season, then the Dolphins have the kind of youth to be a team on the rise. The Steelers have a core of young players, but they must rebuild their offensive line and, frankly, I don't think they've taken the first step toward doing that. I'm not sure where I stand on the Bills. The Jaguars are headed in the right direction. I am absolutely sure Gene Smith is going to put this team back into the playoffs, but I'm also sure he needs time and patience.

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