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It's about collection

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Greg from Carlsbad, CA:
Wasn't Hornung a QB at Notre Dame when he won the Heisman? Granted, he made the Hall of Fame as a running back, but facts are facts. Or maybe it's semantics.

Vic: You could make the point that Paul Hornung was a quarterback at Notre Dame because that was his official designation as the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner, but Hornung was a single-wing tailback leftover who played fullback his sophomore year at Notre Dame and halfback in his junior season. The fact of the matter is he was never a true quarterback as we know the position. Hey, Tom Matte played quarterback for the Colts in the 1965 playoffs when Johnny Unitas and Gary Cuozzo were both injured late in the season. Matte was a running back who had played quarterback in college, so he took over in the emergency and ran a lot of roll-outs. Matte's fame is for that brief stint playing quarterback and for the wrist band of plays it produced, but would you call Matte a quarterback? I wouldn't and I wouldn't think of Hornung as a quarterback, either.

Jonathon from Washington, DC:
Bucs coach Raheem Morris says he "majored" in Madden while at Hofstra, and says it's responsible for the youth movement in coaching in the NFL. Do you think he's right and do you think Madden has something to offer in educating people about the intricacies of football?

Vic: When football is coached by men who learned the game playing Madden, it will become Madden. At that point, the game will have no soul.

Daniel from Urbandale, IA:
I just wanted to say that I don't think Beanie Wells is that good of a player. OSU plays such a weak schedule and in the games against tough opponents it seemed like Wells wasn't there. How many truly good players from OSU have made it to the NFL and made an impact in the past 10 years?

Vic: Santonio Holmes seems to have been successful.

Mike from St. Mary's, GA:
Jack Del Rio mentioned on the NFLTA show that he'd like to feature Greg Jones more. Does that mean featured more as a fullback or occasionally as a halfback?

Vic: When you say you're going to feature someone, you're saying he's going to get the ball and it doesn't matter what position he's playing. Larry Csonka and Franco Harris were featured backs and they were fullbacks. That was their designation in the split-backs formation in which they played. Specialization has brought us to the point that we refer to the featured back today as the running back. In my opinion, they ought to just refer to the fullback as the blocking back. In the single wing, the quarterback was the blocking back. Call it anything you want, but the bottom line is the guy with the ball is the featured back and that's all you need to know. It appears Greg Jones is going to get some time with the ball this year. Finally, we'll find out if he truly is a feature back.

Pete from Gainesville, VA:
Who does Michael Crabtree remind you of? Watching his highlights, he reminds me of Jerry Rice.

Vic: I don't see Jerry Rice. I see a little of Michael Irvin.

David from Savannah, GA:
What's your opinion of Matt Stafford? Would you like to see the Jags get him to replace Garrard in the near future?

Vic: That's the wrong approach to take. The draft isn't about replacement, it's about collection. Time will determine who replaces whom, but that shouldn't be the thought on draft day. The intent on draft day should be to collect the best talent possible. Think of the security the Jaguars would have at the critical quarterback position if they went to training camp with David Garrard and Matt Stafford on the team's roster. I don't see the negative in that. I don't understand why it's a bad thing to have two good players at quarterback.

Craig from Jacksonville:
What is the usual standard of events that happens when a free agent visits the Jags?

Vic: If he's a big-time guy or at least somebody the team covets, he gets the limousine treatment. If he's just a guy, a scout picks him up at the airport. When the player arrives at the stadium, he usually submits to a physical examination. He might even work out for the team, but usually that doesn't happen if he's a player of renown. If he's really important, he'll get the dinner treatment. At some point during his visit, the player and his agent will discuss contract terms with the Jaguars.

Shane from Macy, IN:
It's assuming a lot, but if the Jaguars acquired Holt, does he still have the capability to be a big-play receiver?

Vic: At this advanced stage of his career, I would expect him to start leaning more toward a possession-receiver role.

Preston from Patterson, NY:
Someone asked about the transition of a kicker into the NFL. Do the narrow hash marks make a difference for them? They go all through college from one location and then have to change it up. It could make things difficult.

Vic: The narrow hashes should make kicking easier; less dramatic angles in close and long kicks aren't as long as they are in college. It's not about the field or the ball, it's about people. The players on defense are bigger, stronger, faster and they're better at rushing the kicker. It's about players, not hash marks, and it's also about pressure. That's what really makes it tough for rookies. They've never known this kind of pressure and it's there every day in practice.

Luigi from Jacksonville:
As NFL commissioner, my plan for a 17-game season: one game at a neutral site. Possibilities could include: Jacksonville/Miami in Tampa, Baltimore/Washington in Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh/Cincinnati in Cleveland, Phoenix/San Francisco in San Diego, etc. Everyone plays one neutral-site game and every team's stadium hosts one game. Genius! Let's hear the problems.

Vic: Luigi, you're in the "Ask Vic" Hall of Fame.

Sean from Philadelphia, PA:
Is it safe to say that drafting a quarterback to groom him is a little overrated? I mean if he's a stud QB, shouldn't he be challenged to step up and play right away like Matt Ryan, Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger?

Vic: Most high picks make it onto the field rather quickly, but there have been exceptions. Steve McNair was slowly worked into the lineup. Philip Rivers sat the bench behind Drew Brees. Dan Marino was on the bench early in his rookie season and probably would've stayed there had David Woodley not had a meltdown. Brady Quinn was kept on the bench by Derek Anderson's strong performance in 2007. It all depends on the guy in front of you. Rookie quarterbacks are seldom handed the starting job at the start of training camp. They have to earn their stripes. Ryan and Flacco did that very quickly. Of course, they played on teams that were empty at the quarterback position. Roethlisberger was behind Tommy Maddox until Maddox sustained an injury early in the 2004 season. It's real simple: Should the Jaguars draft a quarterback high and should David Garrard proceed to play as he did in 2007, it's highly unlikely the quarterback the Jaguars drafted is going to see much playing time. I understand your point: You don't draft a quarterback high and give him a big contract with the idea that he won't some day be your starting quarterback. I agree. It doesn't, however, have to happen right away.

Dave from Jacksonville:
Just out of curiosity, if Harvey was 10th on your board last year, who was the BAP on your list at the time the Jags took that number eight pick? Also, didn't you say Harvey was somewhat of a reach?

Vic: I didn't say Derrick Harvey was a reach, Mel Kiper said he was a reach. Kiper said the Jaguars should've traded their first-round pick for Jason Taylor. Had the pick been made according to my value board, the pick would've been offensive tackle Ryan Clady, who was the sixth-ranked player on my board but wasn't drafted until pick 12.

Geri from St. Augustine, FL:
Can't touch the QB, can't touch the WR. This is all getting out of hand. Where did the real game of football go? This isn't the sissy game of basketball where if you touch somebody there's a foul called. This is supposed to be football. It's a contact sport.

Vic: The players got too big and too strong and the league's emphasis on favoring offense so more points would be scored created a more open-field, up-tempo, sack-the-quarterback style of play that has resulted in more injuries and too many frightening collisions. Football is a better and safer game, in my opinion, when it is played in close quarters, but those days are gone. The fans want a wide-open game, the league has given it to them and there's no way the league can take it back. That's why the game is being softened. It has to be softened for it to be played in the wide-open style of today. The rules that allowed the Hines Ward hit on Keith Rivers and the Ryan Clark hits on Wes Welker and Willis McGahee, none of which were fined, were meant for the close-quarters game. The game has changed and so must its rules. The fans wanted basketball on grass, and now that's what they've got.

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