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Let me get this straight

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

Jeff from Virginia Beach, VA:
Do you know which coach, active or retired, has coached the most Hall of Fame inductees?

Vic: What do I do about those men who were inducted as coaches? Do I count them toward the coaches for whom they played? My guess is that George Halas has probably coached the most Hall of Fame players. Paul Brown, Vince Lombardi, Sid Gillman, Chuck Noll, Don Shula, Tom Landry and Bill Walsh would be in the top group.

John from Pensacola Beach, FL:
Is Josh Scobee kicking the ball deep on kickoffs? I saw him kickoff in college against Auburn and the ball went through the goalpost uprights.

Vic: This isn't Auburn. Scobee's kickoffs Saturday night were to the nine and 15-yard lines.

Joe from Yokosuka, Japan:
Now that you recommended Corey be safe in Buffalo as an opposite team fan, I remember my first year in the Navy, when I was stationed in Alameda, Calif. I went to see my first NFL game live and obviously it was the Oakland Raiders (before they left for LA). I left that game a silver and black fan, not because of their mystique, but because a Dolphin (visiting team) fan nearby with a white Dolphin jersey was bashed, bullied, trashed and even urinated on for the entire game. I left with a huge admiration for that guy who took it as a loyal fan, but more was the huge impression that you don't go to Oakland and take our house from us. I have been a Raider fan since. I became a Jag fan, also, after I saw them while being stationed in Jax. You must have a list of the worst stadiums to watch a game as a visiting team fan. Can you list them? Mine start with Oakland.

Vic: Let me get this straight: You became a fan of the Oakland Raiders because you witnessed a senseless and unprovoked assault by Raiders fans on a Dolphins fan who just happened to make the mistake of identifying his team allegiance. And all of these years later you support and embrace that action? Thanks for re-enforcing my message to Corey.

Greg from Hollywood, CA:
How good was Brackens during his peak?

Vic: When he was in his prime and healthy, Tony Brackens could take control of a game. One game – at Baltimore in 1999 – especially comes to mind. Brackens sacked Tony Banks and forced a fumble that resulted in a Jaguars touchdown drive, intercepted a Tony Banks pass and returned it for a touchdown that gave the Jaguars a lead in the fourth quarter, then recovered a Banks fumble with 1:32 to play in the game to kill the Ravens' final drive. That game is the best example of the kind of big-play ability Brackens had. Those kinds of games, however, were limited by injuries, especially to his knees and ankles. His prime years began with his rookie season – when he became an instant star – and lasted through 2001. Injuries have caused him to miss 21 games in his career, but, on many more occasions he played with injuries that restricted his effectiveness. He is the Jaguars' all-time sacks leader with 55. His best season was '99, when Brackens made 12 sacks, forced eight fumbles, recovered two fumbles, intercepted two passes and scored one touchdown. He was named to the Pro Bowl that season.

Sam from Largo, FL:
I watched your Jags "Under the Spotlight" section and I don't think I heard a "thumbs up/thumbs down" evaluation for Bobby McCray. Is he a thumbs up, thumbs down or thumbs sideways?

Vic: Bobby McCray is a "two thumbs up." He needs to get stronger and be more physical against the run, but he has distinct pass-rush ability and this team has a distinct need for a young defensive end. At this point in time, he is a great selection in the seventh round.

Ed from Kansas City, MO:
What is the impact of a "Designated Pass-Rusher?" Does that player take a three-point stance and replace a defensive end? To what extent can a DPR overcome the questionable quality of the defensive end position?

Vic: Pass-rush specialists give defensive coordinators great flexibility in the use of their personnel, and great creativity in designing schemes. Not every player has the prototypical size to be an every-downs player, but he may have the speed and athletic ability to impact the game. A pass-rush specialist, or DPR, may make the turning point play of the game by sacking the quarterback, forcing a fumble, etc. He may be used with his hand down as a defensive end, or standing up as a rush linebacker. Line him up to the right, left or in the middle; it doesn't matter. Just go make a play. But he is not a player who can lessen the need for an every-downs defensive end. If you have specific personnel for running downs and passing downs, teams will pass when you're playing run and run when you're playing pass. A DPR must be used as an adjunct to your pass-rush, and his usage must be limited to obvious passing downs.

Alan from Jacksonville:
This may seem like a silly question, but why is football nicknamed "gridiron?"

Vic: Once upon a time, the field was laid out in a series of grids. Then Steve Spurrier went to Florida and invented the forward pass.

Mike from Gainesville, FL:
Does every single NCAA football player who, after they graduate, have a chance of being drafted in the NFL?

Vic: You don't have to play college football to be eligible for the NFL Draft. You don't even have to graduate from college to be drafted. We're all eligible four years after our high school graduation, or three years after our graduation if our application to the league for special draft eligibility is approved. My draft eligibility expired without any of the NFL's then-26 teams having expressed interest. I am now free to sign with any team in the league.

Trent from Litchville, ND:
What were the Jags rated in pass-defense last year?

Vic: The Jaguars were 18th in the league in pass-defense.

Ryan from Toronto, Canada:
Are you serious! Should those of us going to the Jags opener in Buffalo really refrain from wearing our Jags' stuff? I don't see why. Buffalo fans are cowards anyway.

Vic: That'll work.

Devin from Middleburg, FL:
Do you think with Garrard's great performance and Leftwich's poor performance in the first preseason game, Leftwich's starting job is in jeopardy?

Vic: No.

Pete from Jacksonville:
Do you know any veteran kickers hanging around their house? Where's Gary Anderson?

Vic: Gary Anderson is 45 years old. Every time he's brought out of retirement his range gets shorter. I expect that one day Anderson will be signed in an emergency situation, will have to use a cane to come onto the field, and his potential game-winning extra-point attempt will fall short.

Eric from Jacksonville:
I have an idea. Maybe you can do sort of an "American Idol" twist and share some of your oddest questions.

Vic: I like that. We'll call it the "Worst of Ask Vic."

Mike from Jacksonville:
Should I be worried?

Vic: Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you.

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