Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Dan from Jacksonville:
How's the "Ask Vic!" golf tournament shaping up?
Vic: I'm glad you asked because I need to tell people we're nearing the end of available spots. Twelve openings remain for the Aug. 19 golf tournament, to be played at South Hampton Golf Club. Those wishing to play might want to register as soon as possible. The "Ask Vic!" golf tournament registration form can be accessed by clicking on the "Ask Vic! Convention Registration" link on the jaguars.com home page.
Kamal from Novi, MI:
Do you think the DE battle between Paul Spicer and Tony Brackens will be another training camp hot spot, or has one of them already won the job?
Vic: In my opinion, defensive end will definitely be a hot spot, especially the left defensive end position. Tony Brackens is no longer in an amortization "hostage" situation; the Jaguars took the full hit of his remaining amortization when they cut him last winter. He'll be playing for a roster spot this summer and the battle between Brackens and Paul Spicer for the starting left defensive end job should be intense.
Rob from Columbus, OH:
I am a native of Jacksonville but I'm transplanted for the time being up here in Buckeye country. Unfortunately, it is Browns country, too. They still love the bottle-throwing incident; typical Browns fans. Anyway, I made a bet with a friend (who is also the president of a Browns Backer club) up here who swears the Browns will be better than the Jags. All the Jags have to do is have a better record than the Browns at the end of the year. What do you think?
Vic: I like your chances. I've made it abundantly clear that my expectation for the Jaguars this season is that they contend for the AFC South title. I don't consider the Browns to be an AFC North title contender. I'm a big draft guy and the Browns' drafts have been a source of embarrassment. Kellen Winslow could change that this season but the Browns still have to deal with the embarrassment of trading away a second-round pick to move up one place to get a player they didn't need to trade up to get. Then the Browns lost their only other first-day pick, Georgia safety Sean Jones, to a knee injury. Predicting records and finishes is very difficult these days, so I hope your bet is along friendly lines.
R.J. from St Augustine, FL:
I've been kind of out of the loop as far as the Jags go lately. How are contract talks going with Reggie Williams?
Vic: They are in preliminary stages.
Tom from San Diego, CA:
The Jags picked up an early third-rounder in LB Jorge Cordova. How has his workouts gone and what do you see his status/playing time with all the linebackers currently on the roster?
Vic: Jorge Cordova flashed a lot of speed, quickness and athletic ability in spring drills. He really made head coach Jack Del Rio's and defensive coordinator Mike Smith's mouths water with what they might accomplish with Cordova as a pass-rush specialist. That's what he'll be; a pass-rush specialist. Forget about him playing traditional linebacker in his rookie year. If Cordova is going to contribute to the Jaguars' cause this season, it will be as a passing-downs player only. He has the skills you want in a pass-rusher. The question now is whether or not he can get off blocks. He can probably run around them, but you can't do that forever. Training camp and the preseason will give us an indication as to whether or not Cordova can be a pass-rushing force this season.
Tony from Jacksonville:
Will the Bud Zone have concessions open during next weekend's season ticket pick-up?
Vic: The Jaguars will begin their annual ticket pick-up on Friday, July 23, continuing through Sunday, July 25, in the Bud Zone at Alltel Stadium. The schedule is: Friday, July 23, 11 a.m. through 7 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, July 24-25, 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. The Jagwear merchandise store will be open and limited concessions will be available for purchase. There will be autograph sessions by Jaxson De Ville (noon-1 p.m.) and by members of the Roar (1– 2 p.m.) daily. Parking is free in Lot C on the east side of the stadium. Season ticket holders who requested to pick up their season tickets have been sent a season ticket pick-up certificate. Season ticket holders are reminded that only the person listed on the account will be allowed to pick up the season tickets with the certificate and a picture ID. The Hart Bridge will be closed 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday due to construction. Season ticket holders who requested to have their tickets delivered to them will begin receiving them this week. For more information, fans should call the Jaguars ticket office at (904) 633-2000.
J.T. from Jacksonville:
Thanks for the water well in the middle of the desert that is July. I'm curious to know: What do you think makes our team unique among the rest of the league?
Vic: Jacksonville is a new market and north Florida is a new region for the NFL, so, obviously, those are two ingredients to the Jaguars' uniqueness. In my opinion, though, the fact that the Jaguars are the only major league team in Jacksonville is its greatest flavor. The only other NFL city that isn't home to another major league team is Green Bay, and I still can't think of Green Bay without including Milwaukee. But that's not the case with Jacksonville. Jacksonville has its own identity and that identity is one team and one team only, the Jaguars. In my opinion, that's what makes the Jaguars and Jacksonville unique; singular identity.
Kathy from Jacksonville:
What's the news with Kyle Brady? What's his current contract status and do you think the Jags figure Wrighster to be the next fixture at tight end?
Vic: Kyle Brady is the Jaguars' starting tight end. He is one of the game's best true tight ends, meaning a pass-catcher who excels as a blocker. He has three years remaining on his contract. George Wrighster made strides forward last season. He is expected to make more strides forward this season. This is a game of replacement. Wrighster is being groomed to be Brady's eventual replacement. We'll see.
Eric from Jacksonville:
Is it going to be Alltel Stadium next year or will we get a new name for our stadium since the 10 years is up
Vic: Your question is a little premature. The current naming rights agreement to Alltel Stadium runs through the 2006 season.
Dalibor from Jacksonville:
Where would you rank Jimmy Smith and Mark Brunell as one of the best tandems ever? I would put them fourth.
Vic: They represent one of the best pass-catch combinations in NFL history, but I think you're being a little biased in your rating. Otto Graham and Dante Lavelli, Johnny Unitas and Raymond Berry, Joe Namath and Don Maynard, and Joe Montana and Jerry Rice are four that jump out at me. Do you want to keep going? Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin, Bart Starr and Boyd Dowler, Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann, Ken Stabler and Fred Biletnikoff, Len Dawson and Otis Taylor, Roger Staubach and Drew Pearson, Dan Marino and Mark Clayton, Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow, etc. One of the best pass-catch combinations I've covered was Ken Anderson to Isaac Curtis.