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

Robert from Columbus, OH:
Me and my friend are having a talk about who has the strongest arm in the NFL. He thinks it's Manning and I say Vick. I know there are a lot of QBs in the NFL with really strong arms but I have to say Vick. Can you please help me make this guy understand Vick has a stronger arm.

Vic: Michael Vick has the stronger arm, but why is that so important?

Jim from Fernandina Beach, FL:
Who are currently the members of the Jags practice squad?

Vic: DE Nathaniel Adibi, RB Rich Alexis, OT Sean Bubin, WR Matt Cherry, G Derrick Fletcher, DT Anthony Maddox, DE Gabe Nyehuis, G Joe Tate.

Erika from Atwater, CA:
I kinda gave you a bad time regarding the Ogunleye situation just before your golf tournament took place. By the way, thanks for the invitation to ride in your cart, but golf is not my thing. Would you please help a girl out and settle a dispute between my husband and I? He thinks the Jaguars should look at Kenny Holmes or Chidi Ahanotu as possible solutions to the DE problem and I say no way, listen to Vic. They are obviously not what the Jags are looking for or they would have signed them already, right? Plus, they aren't playing for a reason, be it age or whatever. So who's closer to being right, me or my sweet-idiot husband?

Vic: The Jaguars personnel department will provide the answer. This is what they do all day; evaluate talent. If they sign one of those guys, then your husband is right. If they don't sign one of them, you're right. My instinct is to always move on with young talent.

Tom from Hilton Head Island, SC:
If you haven't noticed, the Jags have trouble selling out games resulting in a number of blackouts. I have a suggestion. The players need to start acting a little more fired up. They need to start pumping the fans up at the games and acting like they really want to win the game. Maybe even start talking a little crap to opposing teams. It sure is funny that the teams with big-mouth play-makers don't have any problems selling out games. Do you agree the Jags are missing that team leader type to help jack the town up? I think we need someone like a Warren Sapp when he was in Tampa to fire up the crowd and the team. I don't know if fans realize it but LA wants an NFL team really bad and I don't think their fans would have any problem getting fired up. We already know they have players that get fired up. Look at the Dodgers incident.

Vic: Why stop there? Let's have a human sacrifice.

Frank from Folkston, GA:
Every game I keep having the same problem with these people behind me wanting me to sit down. They threaten to call security every time. My question is, could I get kicked out of the stadium because I stand and get loud when we are on defense and when we make a good play on offense?

Vic: You can't be forced to sit down, as long as you are not disruptive to the other fans. If you want to stand, you may, but there's a better way to handle this. Talk to the other people. Come to an agreement that works for everyone.

Eric from Tallahassee, FL:
Hey, Vic, do you think stats should be changed for how rushing and passing yards are kept? I think a quarterback should get the actual yards the ball traveled, while the run-after-catch yards would be rushing yards.

Vic: You can't do that. The main purpose for keeping statistics is to be able to compare players of one era to players of another era. It's about history. What you're talking about doing would completely upset the balance of statistical comparisons.

Maa from Honolulu, HI:
Do you think they should let "Fu" run the ball more often? I think that might help their running game. They really need some power runs.

Vic: It's a shame "Fu" hasn't been able to stay healthy throughout his career. He is a great talent; a player capable of doing it all. If he had been able to stay healthy, he'd be running the ball in Pittsburgh now, instead of Duce Staley. I'm with you, but he's got to be able to stay on the field before the Jaguars can add him to the offense.

Nick from Jacksonville:
What change did the Jaguars make that caused their depleted defensive line to be so effective in pass-rush? It seemed like the Jaguars' linebackers were in on a lot of plays in the backfield. Did they run more linebacker blitzes?

Vic: What they changed was their energy level. In my opinion, they were flat in San Diego. I expected them to be ready to play against the Chiefs and they were.

Jonathan from Fort Smith, AR:
Why is there a rule that only the person who fumbles can advance the ball in the last two minutes? I think this is the dumbest rule in the NFL.

Vic: Look up something called the "Holy Roller" and you'll have your explanation. It is not a dumb rule.

Shane from Jacksonville, FL:
Love your column; I read it every day. What was the difference between Jimmy's block in the back and Ernest's block in the back? On Smith's block the penalty was 10 yards from the spot of the foul, but on Ernest's it was 10 yards from the previous spot of the ball?

Vic: Jimmy Smith's penalty was committed beyond the line of scrimmage and Ernest Wilford's penalty was committed behind the line of scrimmage. In the first case, the penalty is assessed from the spot of the foul, provided the ball has crossed the line of scrimmage and is in advance of the spot of the foul. If the spot of the foul was in advance of the ball and the ball had been advanced beyond the line of scrimmage, the penalty would've been assessed from the end of the run. In the case of Wilford's penalty – behind the line of scrimmage – the penalty is assessed from the previous spot of the ball, which is the line of scrimmage.

Jeremy from Buford, GA:
Just wondering if you agree with me that Musgrave finally figured something out. Fred Taylor has no chance of getting going when you are predictably running on every first down. He has opened things up, allowed our first-round QB to flourish and, hopefully, given future defensive coordinators a lot more to plan for. Why can't we have Indy's offense? We have our big three and their skills are similar. Any thoughts?

Vic: Run the ball.

John from Brooklyn, NY:
I think the Jags played very well on Sunday, but the only thing I was mad about is late in the fourth quarter when the Jaguars were down and they had second-and-one, and later failed on fourth-and-one, why did they pass on all three downs? They should have at least had one run play. Do you agree?

Vic: Run the ball.

Charlie from Jacksonville:
I know you said station wagons only, but that didn't look like a station wagon to me. Is Byron driving the sports car now?

Vic: It sure looked like it. All indications are Byron Leftwich is on his way to becoming a star. There will be more bumps in the road, but it appears his role as the Jaguars' quarterback has been advanced beyond that of a caretaker of the game plan. He is now this team's most important player.

Dan from Thousand Oaks, CA:
You're starting a team, do you take Big Ben or Big Byron?

Vic: I don't know, but as a graduate of an esteemed Mid-American Conference university, I take great pride in the fact that the three MAC alumni who are starting quarterbacks in the NFL today are a combined 13-2 this season.

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