Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Scot from Jacksonville:
I've been following the roster real closely this year but I'm having a hard time finding out who the weekly inactives are to get down to the 45-man game-day roster. Can you provide this information to us on a weekly basis?
Vic: On the jaguars.com home page, go to "Quick Access" and click on "Stats." Then click on "Scores," scroll to the Jaguars game and click on "Gamebook." The names of those players who were de-activated for that game may be found in the "Lineups" section under the heading "Not active." It's there every week.
Mark from Wichita, KS:
As I was looking at the upcoming schedule, I remembered that most of the teams in the first half of the season were playoff teams last year. However, seeing how horribly the Jets, Broncos and Rams got pounded by three relatively mediocre teams, I feel we could really dominate the first half of the schedule. Your thoughts, Vic?
Vic: I still think it's a very challenging first-half-of-the-season schedule. What about Cincinnati?
Bruce from St. Simons, GA:
Did I see the Jags play a 3-4 defense against Seattle? I believe they did in the second half and it appeared to work/confuse the Seahawks.
Vic: What you saw was a three-man rush, and that's not a 3-4. The Jaguars were in a 3-3-5, which is a "nickel defense" with an extra linebacker. It's what you use when the opposing offense is in an obvious passing situation but you don't want to go "prevent."
Mark from Jacksonville:
I was at the game on Sunday and it appeared to me Seattle was passing the ball down the field at will. Is the Jaguars defense as good as they say or were they a bit rusty to start the season?
Vic: I was at the game on Sunday and I didn't see what you saw. I saw the Seahawks completing a lot of meaningless "underneath" passes, which is common for "West Coast" offenses and makes me glad the Jaguars don't use the "West Coast" offense any more because I think "underneath" passes and sideline passes are extremely boring. I only saw one thing the Seahawks did against the Jaguars defense that concerned me. After the Jaguars took a 13-7 lead with about four minutes to play in the half, Seattle went on an 80-yard touchdown drive in which Shaun Alexander rushed for 49 yards. The failure to stop the run was emphatically addressed at halftime.
Don from Savannah, GA:
It was interesting to see Stroud and Henderson brought in on offense in the Seattle game. I heard Kyle Brady say after the game they call that the "Hawaii 22" offense (I might not have that exactly right). My son and I call it bringing in the beef. What's your take on this? Sure makes it fun to watch.
Vic: Do anything you want, but it has to work. The NFL isn't video-game football. This is serious stuff. You don't do things just because they create a buzz. You do them because they give you the best chance of being successful. I agree that football is entertainment, but the biggest part of that entertainment is winning. Everything takes a back seat to winning. It is, as Lombardi said, the only thing.
Andy from Chicago, IL:
If time of possession is key to beating the Colts, and picking up short-yardage plays is key to increasing your time of possession, doesn't it concern you that we were still unable to pick up those short-yardage plays?
David from Jacksonville:
Will the NFL ever get rid of the blackout rule? I consider myself a huge fan but I don't enjoy going to the games. I have a big screen TV and all my friends like to come over on Sundays to watch. I don't understand the logic behind the "go out and get your tickets so others can watch the game at home." Can't they just do pay-per-view or something and count those sales along with the ticket sales?
Vic: Be patient; it's coming.
Dan from Jacksonville:
I noticed that Mike Smith was up in the booth for the game on Sunday. I enjoyed seeing his energy on the sideline. In your opinion is there an advantage to being on the sideline or calling plays from the booth?
Vic: It's a personal preference. If I was a coordinator, I would want to be up in the booth; alone with my thoughts and away from the distractions of the sideline. Mike Smith's energy has no bearing on the game. The only thing he can do to help the Jaguars win is think.
Beth from Orange Park, FL:
I had a blast at the game Sunday, despite being burnt to a crisp. Watching the Jags win made it well worth the pain I am in today. Is there any way to find out how much was collected for the victims of Katrina?
Vic: Fans donated $154,080. You could find that story by clicking on "News" then clicking on "Press Releases."
Javier from El Paso, TX:
I'd like to thank you for the great column. I enjoy reading it daily. My question is how often do you think the Jags will line up Kyle Brady on Dwight Freeney's side on Sunday? Or is there another way to stop him?
Vic: I don't think there's any doubt the Jaguars will use the tight end and the fullback to help block Dwight Freeney. He's that good and getting help on him is something that he demands from opposing offenses, and that's the added effect a great player has on the game, the impact of which is often unappreciated. Using the tight end to help block on the left side of the formation is something you don't like to do because you're likely tipping the play; you're also subtracting a receiver the defense must cover, which means the defense can either commit another man to the coverage or to the rush. Use of the tight end in helping against the defensive end must be subtle. You need to use the fullback to help, too, and the left guard when the opportunity presents itself.
Adam from Fruit Cove, FL:
I agree that Matt Jones' "Slash" plays didn't really change the game, but they gave the Seahawks something to be responsible for. So where do you think they go from here?
Vic: There's nothing wrong with trick-type plays. I say expand Matt Jones' "Slash" role and use him in that capacity so that they are no longer trick plays but, in fact, part of the offense. Jones can run, catch and throw. We knew the combination of those skills was a big part of the attraction when the Jaguars drafted him. That the Jaguars will use him in a "Slash" capacity is not a surprise; it was expected. You're going to see a lot of him in a "Slash" role, but only if those plays work. That's the key. Your opponent will only make those plays a major focus of its preparation if they fear them. You can put Josh Scobee at quarterback, but you're not gonna scare anyone. It's not about plays, it's about players.
Donny from Lake Mary, FL:
After watching Byron play very well on Sunday, I felt good about the fact that all the "Byron Bashers" have to put a sock in it for at least a week. How many of the other 31 teams would swap quarterbacks with the Jaguars? I say at least half of them.
Vic: I got 17.