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It was the final blow

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

Ron from Jacksonville:
I really enjoy watching the whole league perform on NFL RedZone. How can revenue be generated from a commercial-free broadcast?

Vic: The answer is pay per view. NFL RedZone is not part of my basic cable package so it is, in effect, pay per view, just as NFL Sunday Ticket is. I think it's safe to say the NFL is creating a viewing habit for RedZone and Sunday Ticket. All of these pay-per-view forums are creating a new viewing platform for the game in the future. You don't have to have much vision to see where the game is headed.

Tyler from Neptune Beach, FL:
When I was watching the game on Sunday, I started to get mad, then I thought, "What would Vic do?" So I just sat back and enjoyed the game, even though we lost.

Vic: These are the options: 1.) Go nuts. Throw stuff at the TV, curse loud enough for everyone to hear you and, in the process, frighten your children, estrange yourself from your wife and by and large suffer an overall loss of dignity and respect that might alter your family's life-long opinion of you. 2.) Turn off the TV because further viewing will likely cause you to select option number one. 3.) Sit calmly and display emotional control and poise as you watch the game and attempt to understand why it's not proceeding as you'd like and how long it might continue in that manner. If you select option number three, you not only impress your wife and children, you impress yourself.

Scott from Orlando, FL:
I do not really care why, how or even if the Jaguars are losing. What I am interested in is this: What is the assessment on the growth of Cox, Knighton, Monroe and (too bad his season is over) Britton. Have they gotten better than last year?

Vic: Eugene Monroe has made major strides since this point last season. He has been dominant at times this season. At least on one occasion, however, against Trent Cole of the Eagles, he got roughed up. Monroe's next level will be defined by more games in the dominant category and no games in the roughed up category. Eben Britton's season seemed to be cursed from the start of training camp. First came a significant calf injury, then a nagging back injury and now, of course, the torn labrum that has ended his year. The calf and the back caused him to play beneath his level of play in his rookie year. I expect that he'll be fine next year. It would also help Britton to work against better competition in practice. Aaron Kampman has made Monroe a better player. Britton hasn't had that advantage. After a slow start to the season, Terrance Knighton is everything he was last year and more. Knighton has a chance to be a star defensive tackle. My only concern with him is his weight issue. There is a point for big guys like him that a blessing can become a curse. In other words, big is good to a point. Derek Cox's saga has been well-documented. To date, this has been a lost season for him. There is, however, half a season left. If he can get back to the level of play he demonstrated as a rookie, the Jaguars will feel much better about the future of their secondary when the season ends. There is reason to believe Courtney Greene might be the answer at strong safety. It would be a huge boost to this team's future if it could finish the season feeling that at least two pieces of the secondary are in place for next season.

Brian from Jacksonville:
You build a team from the best pro prospects in college football (essentially first and second-round talent). You put them through OTAs, training camp and a preseason. Can they beat the Bills?

Vic: It took the Ravens overtime and a controversial official's call to beat the Bills. The answer to your question is probably no.

Casey from Portsmouth, VA:
The way I judge the quality of the roster is by looking at the quality of the players that are inactive each week. This year's roster is undeniably better overall, but it has some glaring weaknesses that are being exposed on Sundays. It'll all come together in a couple of seasons. I just hope the franchise has that kind of time in Jacksonville.

Vic: You're an intelligent fan because that's an astute way of judging the improvement of the overall roster. For the sixth game of last season, four of the Jaguars' inactives are no longer in the league. I don't think you'll be able to say that at this time next year about this past Sunday's inactives. You're also correct when you say glaring weaknesses are hurting the Jaguars. The Jags have gaps in their personnel and they are concentrated at a few positions. That's a common result of BAP drafting. It's the house theory. You do a little bit of this and a little of that and it all comes together in the end. Along the way, however, it doesn't appear much progress is being made.

Josh from Baltimore, MD:
I heard coach Del Rio during an interview on NFL radio earlier this week and a question was posed on how he is coaching his players since the new mandate on hits came out. He mentioned something interesting about the era when he played. Stopping hard hits was a responsibility of the QB to not hang his receiver out to dry, and on the receiver to know how to sit down in a zone rather than run through it. What are your thoughts on this?

Vic: He's absolutely correct. The pass Colt McCoy threw that got his receiver wacked by James Harrison was absurd. A five-yard, wide receiver drag route into the face of Harrison? Are you kidding? The offensive coordinator should've been fined for calling it and McCoy should've been benched for throwing it.

Scott from Jacksonville:
The only big hit highlight I saw from the weekend was made by the guy who got fined for the Todd Heap hit. All other highlights were of guys not making hits that they were in position to make. I'm not sure I like that, either.

Vic: I really don't like the "let up" comment that was made to congratulate Harrison on his play against Miami. If I was Mike Tomlin, I'd be angry, too.

Greg from Jacksonville:
The Patriots, Colts and Steelers have been through periods of rebuilding but always stay in the playoff picture. Is that because they have quarterbacks that can keep them winning? Or is it because their front office gets it and is able to keep their talent fresh year after year?

Vic: It's due to both. They have good quarterbacks and good personnel departments. You can't win consistently without both of those ingredients being present.

Max from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
What's your overall take on the Florida-Georgia rivalry? Do you think it should become a home and home series, or should it stay in Jacksonville? Do you like the moniker "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party," or does it take the focus off the game? Have you ever been to the game to see the stadium split down the middle, with red on one side and blue on the other, or is it an overhyped college rivalry that, of late, has been nationally irrelevant?

Vic: It's a time-honored rivalry in this part of the country. I attended one of the games early in the Jaguars' existence, since it coincided with the Jags' bye week. It's an impressive event and it appears both schools are satisfied with playing the game in Jacksonville. This year's game lacks national importance, but the RVs started pulling into town on Sunday and you'd never know this year's game is between two unranked teams. I like tradition, but I have a feeling Georgia needs to start winning some of these games or their fans and their administration are going to start blaming the venue for the team's failures.

Steve from Raleigh, NC:
Do you believe, regardless of the Jaguars record this year, the fans and Jacksonville will be considered winners if they avoid any blackouts?

Vic: There could be no greater victory. That would be especially true if the team wasn't a playoff contender late in the season. I said during the offseason that the number one story this year would be ticket sales, and it is the number one story. Four down and four to go. It's about perception.

Sam from Jacksonville:
I just saw the news that Derrick Harvey has been benched and I got to thinking. I believe we traded a first, a third and two fourth-round picks to acquire him. We also traded a second, a fifth and a seventh for Quentin Groves. We sure missed out on some big names to draft those two guys. I think it's safe to say that was the beginning of our current decline. If Gene had the conn during that draft, how do you think it would have played out differently and how would that impact the team we have today?

Vic: I don't know what Gene Smith would've done differently had he been in charge. We talked about this on Monday's radio show and he accepted blame for the failures of that draft class. Harvey was acquired in an exchange of first-round picks that also cost the Jaguars two third-round picks and one in the fourth round. A round later, the Jaguars exchanged second-round picks and tacked on a fifth and a seventh to select Groves. The Jaguars began the day with 11 picks and came away from that draft with five players. It was not the beginning of the decline, it was the final blow. The Jaguars married that draft by wasting $25 million in free agency on Jerry Porter, Drayton Florence and Cleo Lemon. Harvey is the only player left on the roster from that haul of talent and, of course, he just lost his starting job. It was a draft that could've started the Jaguars' reconstruction. The big mistake was that the team thought it was one player away. You don't recover quickly from that kind of gross mistake.

Yash from Jacksonville:
You say Jim Brown is the greatest player and running back to ever put on a uniform. What separates him from Walter Payton and Barry Sanders, in terms of running backs, and from players like Johnny Unitas, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, in terms of greatest player?

Vic: Brown is widely considered to have been the most physically dominant player in pro football history. You can look at the stats, if you want, because his stats are real good, but it's not his stats that make him the greatest player of all time. He's the greatest player ever because nobody could physically compare to him. He was the greatest combination of size, speed and strength the game had ever seen. He's the player for whom Tom Landry invented the 4-3 defense when Landry was the Giants' defensive coordinator.

Bill from Citrus Springs, FL:
What does Tampa Bay's coach gain by stating the Bucs are the top team in the NFC, after going 4-2 off a weak schedule? Is this grandstanding or stupidity?

Vic: Everybody wants to say they've arrived. The good teams never arrive.

Lee from Jacksonville:
Was that the Ken Anderson from Augustana College? I guess you find football players where you find football players.

Vic: Kenny was a great player. If Pete Johnson had scored in Super Bowl XVI, Kenny would be in the Hall of Fame. One of my enduring memories of Kenny as a player was from a game in 1973. He was dominant. He was the only reason the Bengals won the game. I remember saying to a few of my cohorts that the way to beat the Bengals is simple: Take out Anderson. On the next play, a mean-spirited safety named Glen Edwards clotheslined Kenny about five yards out of bounds. I'm not exaggerating; it was that bad. It was a vicious hit to the neck and I immediately felt stupid for what I had said. Kenny recovered and won the game.

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