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Is it time to panic?

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

Mike from Aberystwth, Wales, UK:
In England there aren't many Jaguars fans, so I've waited a long time for success. When we start the season so well with Taylor fit and ready, we did well. Why the big change and when do you expect Jacksonville success full time?

Vic: There is no such thing as full-time success in the NFL.

Vincent from Jacksonville:
Hey, Vic, is it time to panic now? I mean, I know it's a rebuilding year but it looks like the Jags lost their confidence in Tennessee. Watching them in the first three games, these guys played like a well-oiled machine, firing on all cylinders. Yes, they needed a little tweak here and a turn there, but they still managed to pull out the big win. What is the matter now? I think these guys need to find what they had those first three games and continue on with that. What is your take?

Vic: Why panic? The Jaguars are one game behind Indianapolis in the AFC South title race and it's possible the Jags and Colts will be tied after this Sunday's games. I don't think they're in need of review and evaluation. Just keep playing.

Charles from Jacksonville:
: I'm not trying to degrade Coughlin's play-calling style, but I would just like to know what kind of style it is. Is it smash-mouth, fun and gun, west coast, run and shoot or what? If there is no name for it, what would you call it and what kind of quarterback will be best-suited for this system?

Vic: The Jaguars' offense would best be described as "pro style," and the vast majority of teams in the league use it. But the real issue in any style of offense is what it's attempting to achieve. Tom Coughlin's main objective is balance between run and pass. That's what he's attempting to achieve with his play-calling. He believes balanced play-calling keeps defenses from stacking against run or pass.

George from Jacksonville:
How well do you rate the young defensive tackles, Stroud and Henderson? Will they be good at stopping the run? Seems like teams are going right at them.

Vic: The Jaguars' 26th ranking in defense against the run is a source of great concern.

Ryan from Jacksonville:
I was wondering what you think about Stacey Mack. Why is Tom Coughlin not rotating him and Fred Taylor like he did against the Jets? Are there other issues there, like personal issues. It just seems to me that if a team has what can honestly be considered to be one of the best backfields in the league, why don't they use it? Also, what do you think the possibility is of us seeing David Garrard taking more snaps in some trick plays, like quarterback sneaks and stuff like that, seeing as how he has great running ability?

Vic: In my opinion, Tom Coughlin probably uses Fred Taylor more than Stacey Mack because Coughlin believes Taylor is a better running back. Currently, Taylor is averaging 4.6 yards per carry and Mack is averaging 4.0. The decision is very simple: When you want to gain 4.6 yards, you give it to Taylor; when you want to gain 4.0 yards, you give it to Mack. Ryan, I think you're reaching. Mack's real value to this team is as a goal-line and short-yardage runner and as depth at the position. He is fulfilling that role. Taylor is the team's star. He needs 25 carries a game for the Jaguars to realize his full worth. As far as David Garrard is concerned, he is not a slash type of player. He's a quarterback who runs real well. Yes, he could probably be used on sneaks and such, but not as a "third quarterback."

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