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Lights out on Madden

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

Steve from Lake City, FL:
Is there any possibility Jaxson de Ville will be cut?

Vic: No, I checked it out. He's got a low cap number.

Don from Jacksonville:
Love your work, Vic. No questions today but here's a quote I found which might enlighten you as to the Jaguars' plan. "I did not direct my life. I didn't design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That's what life is." --B.F. Skinner

Vic: "I never wanted to do anything but play golf. But my kids keep taking my money, I live in fear of termite damage, and my wife thinks driving the car and talking on her cell phone are simultaneously necessary acts. I wish I had more money."--V.J. Ketchman

David from LaCanada, CA:
What does signing bonus do? I know you said you don't like it, but in Madden 2004 when I get into cap trouble I give the players a low salary and a high bonus. Is that stupid?

Vic: David, I wouldn't know Madden 2004 from Lombardi 1967, but if the game governs the salary cap the same way the NFL does, yes, that is stupid. Soon the lights are going to go out on your game.

Scott from Columbus, OH:
I was a Bengals fan from their inception to the day the Jags became an NFL franchise. I switched because I could no longer take Mike Brown's frugal ways. I never minded losing but at least Paul Brown knew how to get the most out of the money he spent. Most people now forget they went to two Super Bowls and played well in losing both. I now believe if you are a small-market team in the NFL you better have a owner who has an ego and a team that is his toy, not his business. The Rooneys and Browns are history. Your thoughts and where does Mr. Weaver fit in?

Vic: Toy? Don't kid yourself. This is a business; a very serious business. That's where Wayne Weaver fits in; and Mike Brown and Dan Rooney.

Bharat from Jacksonville:
Is it just me or was Brunell a little on the emotional side after being named the starter? He seems to be a lot more relaxed and easy-going this preseason. In short, he seems to be having more fun.

Vic: I saw nothing in Mark Brunell's demeanor last night, in the postgame interview, that suggested he was having fun. He was hot. He did his best to hide it, but it was still easy to see he was hot.

Ben from Fernandina Beach, FL:
I have asked a few of my friends this question and most agree with me. Who would be a shocker to you if he was selected to the Pro Bowl? In other words, which, if any, of our players would shock the rest of the NFL nation if he made the Pro Bowl? The name that comes into my head first is Mike Peterson. Do you agree?

Vic: I'm having trouble understanding your question. I think it would be a bigger shock if Joe Smith made the Pro Bowl. Is that what you mean? Or are you asking if I think Mike Peterson has a shot at having a Pro-Bowl year? If that's what you're asking, I would agree he does, but I would also add that Mike may be playing out of position and, based on his record, he may not be the "sack you, strip you" kind of linebacker you need to be to make the Pro Bowl.

William from Jacksonville:
Some of Jacksonville's most heartbreaking defeats over the past few years have come during rainstorms. There are more fumbles and falls seemingly due to inexperience with the weather conditions. Perhaps this situation could be improved if they were to practice in simulated rainstorms. Do you think the coaching staff would ever consider turning on the sprinklers during practice? Besides simulating a 100-yard slip and slide, it would keep them cool, too.

Vic: Maybe Wayne Weaver could build a bubble with a big showerhead inside.

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