Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Dave from Orange Park, FL:
It is my understanding Jimmy Smith is being fined $5,000 a day for missing camp. What happens to the money collected for team-enforced fines?Vic:
First of all, it's very unlikely Jimmy Smith will ever pay any of that fine. If the Jaguars reach an agreement with Smith, that fine will be extinguished as part of the agreement. Team-enforced fine money is donated to charity.
Jim from Jacksonville:
Does Jimmy Smith count against the Jaguars' roster limit while he is a holdout?
Yes, Jimmy Smith does not count against the Jaguars' roster. He is currently on the "reserve/did not report" list.
Jimmy from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
Why would teams put players on injured reserve during the preseason, instead of just cutting them?
You can't sever ties with an injured player until that player is recovered from his injury. You may waive an injured player as "waived/injured." If that player is claimed by another team and he passes their physical, the team that waived him is absolved of any further liability for that injury; it then falls to the claiming team. If a player "waived/injured" is claimed by another team but fails that team's physical, he then re-joins the roster of the team that waived him. At any time, the team may reach an injury settlement with the injured player that would, in effect, terminate the player from the team's roster. Teams assign players to injured reserve so they don't lose a roster spot while all of the "waived/injured" and "injury settlement" procedures are happening.
Jon-Michael from Starke, FL:
What kind of impact did the Jaguars make in the NFL in the '90's?
The Jaguars had a major impact on the NFL on several fronts. First of all, they clearly led the way in the AFC Central Division in new stadium construction. In 1995, the Jaguars had the newest stadium in the AFC Central. Last year, the Jaguars had the oldest stadium in the AFC Central. Also, the Jaguars and Panthers dramatically increased free-agent salaries, because they had so much immediate salary cap room and they used it. Those are the two main impacts the Jaguars had on the NFL in the '90's.
Jim from Jacksonville:
I really haven't found any other place on the Jaguars website to ask a question of management, so I'll try you. Why have the Jaguars eliminated Coca-Cola products and replaced them with Pepsi? Pepsi products are much cheaper but I didn't see any reduction in the cost of the drinks.
The Jaguars negotiated a sponsorship deal with Pepsi that would make Pepsi the official soft drink of the Jaguars. Of course, that would include the exclusive pouring rights.
Curtis from Jacksonville:
Do you think with the passing game in shambles Tom Coughlin will finally give Fred Taylor the kind of carries that could make him the next Terrell Davis or Emmitt Smith (25-35 carries)?
I sure hope so.
Paul from Jacksonville:
The Jaguars are now down to four defensive tackles with Tim Morabito being placed on injured reserve. How many do they normally carry and would you expect them to pick up a veteran next week from the waiver wire?
It's very possible, but defensive end is the position of real concern since Tony Brackens' knee is such a problem. Let's not forget the Jaguars have spent the ninth and 13th picks of the last two drafts on defensive tackles. If that doesn't produce one of the best young tackle combinations in the league, then it's very unlikely the waiver-wire will.