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Liking their position

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

Boomer from Atlantic Beach, FL:
Just wanted to let you know that in the radio pregame show you said "zero coverage." For us non-video gamers, is that the same thing as man coverage?

Vic: Cover zero is man to man with no safety help over the top. It's an everybody-else-get-the-quarterback defense. You better have two Darrelle Revis' if you're gonna play cover zero, or you better get the quarterback.

Alex from New York, NY:
Would the Texans have had enough time to kick a field goal if the tight end hadn't fumbled at the end of the game?

Vic: If they had to rush the field goal team onto the field and kick, they wouldn't have been able to do it. If the receiver had not fumbled the ball and had he gotten a first down, it's possible they could've spiked the ball with a second or two left on the clock and then, of course, tried a field goal. It's hard to say whether he would've gotten the first down or not, because the ball started coming out of his arm before he was contacted and that changed his run after the catch.

John from St. Augustine, FL:
Was the difference in the defensive performance from the first half to the second half just a matter of adjustments by the Texans, or was it something else?

Vic: They nibbled too much in the first half. They didn't go after the Jaguars safeties in the first half and the big adjustment I thought the Texans made at halftime is that they decided to take the game to the Jaguars' back end, as Jack Del Rio likes to call it. I think the Texans also played harder in the second half. Their first-half effort, in my opinion, was weak.

Robert from Bellflower, CA:
What a season it has been so far. There's something definitely special about this year.

Vic: It has the potential to be special. In the pregame radio show, I said the winner of yesterday's game was going to like its position at the end of the day, and I was speaking specifically of the Jaguars, should they win the game. I saw Tennessee losing in Miami, which would leave the winner of the Jaguars-Texans game in a tie for second place, one game behind Indianapolis. Here's the best part: The Colts go to New England this week, so there's a good chance that with a win against visiting Cleveland next Sunday, the Jaguars could find themselves tied for the AFC South lead with six games to go. Do you like that position?

Brian from Jacksonville:
"Going for it here is absolutely the right decision." Do you really think going for it from their 16 at home in a tied game is the right decision?

Vic: Yes, I do, and I was stunned that coach Del Rio didn't go for it. We were in a commercial break when I penned those words. When we came back from the break and I saw the field goal team on the field, I was shocked. I thought going for it was the right thing to do for a couple of reasons: 1.) I don't think the middle of the Texans defense was capable of stopping the Jaguars. Maurice Jones-Drew had been pounding them all day. 2.) I didn't think the Jaguars could stop the Texans, either. In my opinion, you were going to have to trade touchdowns with the Texans and the winner of the game would be the team that had the ball last.

Chris from Brunswick, GA:
Mike Thomas was a great find. Would designating him our number one receiver over Sims-Walker accomplish anything?

Vic: I've said it over and over. Number one receiver isn't a designation, it's a distinction. Nobody gives it to you, you earn it. This isn't a video game. This is real football. Players aren't programmed. They're real people with differing degrees of courage and will, and they rise and fall according to those traits. Mike Thomas is clearly on the rise.

Jonathan from Jacksonville:
It's truly awe-inspiring how a guy can go from having his career as a starting QB in the NFL all but dead, to being the hottest passer in the league in a matter of less than a month. What happens if he keeps this up?

Vic: He keeps his job. That's what happens. Anybody who thinks the Jaguars can find in the draft next spring a quarterback who will immediately play as well as a rookie as David Garrard is playing right now is delusional. He's currently playing at the highest level of performance. Having said that, however, let's not forget that he's faced two very weak defenses in the past two games. What I like about Garrard's performance yesterday is that he accepted the challenge that he had to be "The Man." This was a game in which he had to be the Jaguars' star player. He was going up against the worst pass-defense in the league, on a day when it was unlikely the Jaguars defense could do much more than slow the Texans down. The burden was on Garrard and he shouldered it.

Edward from Jacksonville:
What was the press box like following the "Hail Mary?"

Vic: It's the great mystery, isn't it? What's going on behind that glass? What are the lords of the press box doing in there? Well, they were leaving. The game was over and it was time to get down to the locker room and move to the next station in their work day. What do you want us to do, Edward, cheer? Haven't we discussed this before? There is no cheering in the press box. It is the law of the press box. We just watch. Sometimes we watch you through the glass. Hey, that sounds like a book title: "Through the glass." Some people see life through their eyes. I see life through the glass.

Joey from Kansas City, KS:
This may be a season in which 10 wins won't be good enough for the playoffs, and it's real hard for me to find five wins in our next seven games, let alone six. Your take?

Vic: The formula for making it into the postseason is win the home games and win two of the four away games. That would be 10 wins and 10 will usually get you in. I'm not clairvoyant; maybe it won't. The sharper picture, however, is the one that pertains to the AFC South title race. The Jaguars have three division games remaining and they're all on the road. The Jags almost certainly will have to win two of those three games to have any chance of winning the division title. The first of those division road games is in Tennessee in three weeks. I kind of have that game circled on the schedule on my wall.

Bill from Jacksonville:
I got into a discussion about why the NFL forces a team to kick the extra point in regulation with no time left on the clock, which I believe is different from OT.

Vic: Yes, it is different than in overtime. The NFL requires that the PAT be played out in regulation because one of the postseason tiebreakers is points differential. They want every team to have the same opportunity to score points.

Sean from State College, PA:
This has to be one of those Mondays when your mailbox is overloaded.

Vic: It's not. In fact, this is the slowest Monday of the season. Why? I don't know but it often happens like this when we get to November. Last Wednesday's "Jaguars This Week" radio show didn't get much in the way of callers, either. It's been a Jacksonville trademark since the inaugural season. We always hit a little slump in fan fervor in November. I saw it in the crowd yesterday, too. It's just one of those things you can't explain. I'm hoping yesterday's win changes all of that, but it hadn't changed as of this morning.

John from Jacksonville:
Do you have any theory on what goes on in the minds of fans to leave any tied or close game early?

Vic: When a game is out of reach, one way or the other, I understand why fans would want to get the jump on traffic, especially if it's too hot or too cold or it's raining, etc., but I don't get it on days like yesterday. Clearly, that was a game that was either going to be decided in the final seconds with a big play, or it was going to go to overtime. The thrill potential was high. Now factor in the weather, which was perfect. We wait for six months to get a day like yesterday. So why would fans leave? There can only be one answer: It wasn't important enough for them to stay. Leaving was more important. Getting home was more important or being somewhere else was more important. Please, don't fill my inbox now with your individual excuses. You don't have to explain it to me because you have no responsibility to stay. You're free to do as you please and I respect that freedom. I was just asked the question and it's a fair question because the place was emptying out at a time when the game was peaking in intensity. You wanna know what we were doing behind that glass? We were asking each other, "Why are they leaving?" That's the truth.

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