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Koetter was masterful

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

Gary from Jacksonville:
Hey, Vic, we're 2-2. I couldn't be more surprised if I woke up tomorrow with my head sewn to the carpet.

Vic: It's the gift that keeps on giving, Gary.

Eric from Palm Coast, FL:
So is the AFC South that bad or are we that close to being a competitor again?

Vic: I think it's a combination of the two. As I said before the season began, I thought the AFC South was in decline. It's not nearly as tough a division as it has been in recent years. The Jaguars, however, are in ascent. The combination of the two is the reason the Jaguars are 2-1 in division play.

Andrea from Jacksonville:
What's going on with Witherspoon? While I like what Mike Thomas is doing, I always thought "Spoon" can make things happen when he gets the ball, except when he fumbles.

Vic: Thomas made things happen yesterday. You're not going to put that guy on the bench. He's a natural return man.

Vincent from Jacksonville:
Is Gerald Alexander the answer at safety?

Vic: That's the best safety play I've seen the Jaguars get since I can't remember. In training camp, I thought Alexander was kind of disappointing, but then I saw him start to make plays in the preseason and he appears to be getting better as time goes on.

Russ from Atlanta, GA:
I noticed that Sims-Walker's jersey just said "Walker" on the back. Didn't it used to have the full hyphenated name?

Vic: He had to use one of his jerseys from before his name was officially changed.

Kris from Denmark:
The Jags went out and dominated their rivals yesterday. Everything seemed to work really well. So what do you think the fans' issues will be this week, scoring too many points?

Vic: The number one issue will be: Why weren't Tra Thomas and Mo Williams the starting tackles in the season-opener? The number one excuse will be: I wasn't at the game because I didn't know they'd win.

Terrance from Jacksonville:
We poised ourselves to take advantage of a fairly favorable schedule.

Vic: You're right. At 2-2, the Jaguars are in great position to take advantage of a four-game stretch of schedule that sandwiches a bye week between four teams with a combined 1-15 record. So, do you really think it's gonna be a cakewalk? This is the new NFL. This is an NFL as I haven't known in 38 years of covering this league. Oh, yeah, I've seen it changing in recent years, but what I'm seeing now is blowing me away. Discount nothing. Take nothing for granted. Anybody can beat anybody. Preseason predictions are laughable. The Titans, last year's top team in the AFC, are 0-4. Yesterday, I saw Bill Belichick go for it on fourth-and-four late in the game, needing only a chip-shot field goal to force the Ravens into a touchdown or bust situation. I saw Mike Tomlin go for it on fourth down at his 30-yard line in the first half. Are you kidding me? I saw a halfback pass on the goal line late in that game, despite the Steelers' running game gashing the Chargers. This is the new NFL. It is ultra-aggressive and there are no great teams, just teams that win today but can lose tomorrow. Yeah, the Jaguars have a favorable stretch of schedule in front of them. So why don't I expect them to ease through it?

Jeremy from Navarre, FL:
Were the Titans just that bad or were the Jags just that good today?

Vic: It was a combination of both. The Jaguars were really on their game in every way. The Titans, on the other hand, appeared to be in a fog. They're not playing to their identity and I think that has them confused, uncomfortable and lacking confidence.

Ken from London, KY:
Seeing you express your feelings in the in-game blog made me realize something. If I lived close enough to attend Jaguars games, I would, but I would probably feel like I'm missing something not getting to see the in-game blog. Thanks for that. On a side note, it sounded like you really enjoyed the game, yes?

Vic: Yeah, I really do enjoy watching the games and communicating my thoughts to you. I stay in my own little world. I like to watch. That's all. What I don't like is watching football on TV. They make it sound like it's "War of the Worlds," as though my life is going to change because of what's happening in that game. It's just a game. Lighten up.

Nick from New York, NY:
I know I shouldn't get too excited about this, but it is worth noting that Mike Sims-Walker's 92.7 yards-per-game average since becoming a starter is the fourth-best average in the league behind only Steve Smith, Reggie Wayne and Vincent Jackson.

Vic: Yeah, that's worth noting. I'll tell you what else is worth noting. It's worth noting that we don't have to watch that group of receivers the Jaguars had in previous years; you know who I mean. They're wide receivers. They're a dime a dozen. All of a sudden, the Jaguars have more than they need. Gee, I wonder how that happened.

Nineb from Glendale, AZ:
Let's not get too excited. If I recall correctly, we stood in a similar position last year at 3-3 with a couple of easy games ahead. Anything could happen in this league, including losses to the Seahawks and Rams.

Vic: You're absolutely right. Wins over Houston and Tennessee guarantee nothing, but there's a big difference between last year's 3-3 and this year's 2-2. Last year's team was in decline. This one is in ascent.

Zach from Little Rock, AR:
Do you think this could be the victory that ends the rebuilding mentality?

Vic: What's wrong with rebuilding? It's better than destructing, which is what we had last year. I like rebuilding. It means things are getting better instead of getting worse.

Miguel from Jacksonville:
Did the Jaguars read your 10-things-to-beat-the-Titans article?

Vic: I doubt it but I know one thing I got right: "2. Stretch the field sideways—The Titans defensive line likes to play in a small area. Stretching the field could help poke holes in that line." The Jaguars used Mike Thomas masterfully to stretch the field sideways; three end-around type runs and five receptions, most of which were of the quick sideline variety. Stretching a defense sideways can help a running game just as throwing the ball deep can. When you throw it deep, you back the safeties away from the line of scrimmage and get that eighth defender out of the box. When you stretch the field sideways, you make the linebackers think about their lateral responsibility, which helps create running lanes inside.

Jeff from Fullerton, CA:
Do you see any similarities between the Dolphins of last year and the Jaguars this year, as far as having a rebuilding team that has an easy schedule and gets overrated by beating teams in that easy schedule?

Vic: I could see it happening. I hope it does.

Carlos from Bakersfield, CA:
What excuse is left for people not buying tickets now? You wanted victories and you have it. Also, is this the potential you expected to see from this young team?

Vic: I didn't expect it to be this good this early. Relative to my expectations, the Jaguars are over-achieving.

Andrew from Toledo, OH:
Vic, that was the worst pregame blog ever. What were you doing?

Vic: Ryan Robinson generally handles the pregame part of the gameday blog with his on-the-field comments on Twitter, which are posted on I have pregame radio show duties that require my time. Unknown to Ryan and me, there was a technical malfunction and Ryan's comments were not appearing on the site. Thanks for being so understanding.

Richard from Ormond Beach, FL:
Did the Titans get pencil-whipped?

Vic: Oh, did they get pencil-whipped. I'll start with Mel Tucker, who put together a game plan that covered the Titans' receivers like a blanket. The real star, in my opinion, is Dirk Koetter. His offensive game plan was masterful. He kept a dominant defensive line off-balance with cutback runs, misdirections, stretch plays and play-action, and he knew exactly where to attack the Titans' porous secondary. One of my "10 things" demanded that the Jaguars out-coach the Titans, and the Jaguars did.

David from Ormond Beach, FL:
Have the Titans gotten that old that quick?

Vic: I don't think that's it. I think it's possible they over-achieved last season, got a false sense of themselves and are now coming back to reality. Jeff Fisher will get it together. He's masterful at holding a team together. When the Jaguars play in Nashville on Nov. 1, they will be playing against a very different Titans team, in my opinion.

Jack from Orlando, FL:
Was there much of a spike in ticket sales after the blackout was announced for the Titans game?

Vic: The Jaguars sold about 4,000 tickets after the blackout was announced. It's working. They should've done this years ago when ticket sales first started to lag, instead of finding ways to give the telecast away.

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