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Manning showed up Caldwell

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

Richard from Drs. Inlet, FL:
Having never played football, I can't relate with the attributes you listed in your response to Andrew. Last night, I watched Inside the NFL and they highlighted the beating handed to McCoy by the Steelers. I swear I could feel the pain. All fans should watch those scenes. They'll never again confuse real football with a video game.

Vic: Think about this: You break the huddle and come to the line of scrimmage, right across from James Harrison, who takes a step forward, looks you in the eye and says, "I'm gonna break you in half." What button you gonna push to deal with that?

Jim from Jacksonville:
On the Eagles' two-point conversion attempt, I thought the officials corrected themselves to say the receiver legally re-established his position in bounds before the catch. If so, why didn't they just reverse the call and award the two points rather than letting them try again? What am I missing here?

Vic: Because a player who has stepped out of bounds, even though he has re-established himself on the playing field, can't be the first to touch the football. That was the violation.

Joey from St. Augustine, FL:
Pitiful tackling, and that is why you play the games and do not reseed the playoffs or do away with divisions. Your thoughts?

Vic: When the Seahawks quickly went out to a 10-0 lead, who gave the Seahawks any chance of winning the game? I sure didn't. The Saints lost their edge. They went soft and it showed in their terrible tackling. Their collapse had nothing to do with playing on the road. It had everything to do with a defense that seemed put out that it had to beat a team with a 7-9 record to advance in the playoffs. The Saints played as though they were above having to beat a 7-9 team. They lacked respect for their opponent and that's always a formula for disaster.

Chad from Dublin, CA:
Can you explain Jim Caldwell's decision to call that timeout? I sure can't.

Vic: I can't, either, other than wanting to use his remaining time out to think out the situation and strategize. I don't think calling time out was as big a deal as people are making it out to be. The Jets had a time out remaining and plenty of time to get to their target yard line. What bothered me most about having called the time out was Peyton Manning's negative reaction to it. He allowed himself to be caught by the TV camera clearly disagreeing with the decision by displaying a pouty look of bewilderment. Hey, that's a no-no. Players don't show up their coaches and vice versa. I didn't see Caldwell show disapproval when Manning made that awful third-and-seven, red zone audible to a run. In my opinion, Manning has become too much of a coach. His role needs to be redefined.

Jim from St. Charles, IL:
Great games on Saturday, but while watching the Jets-Colts game it was clear Manning was having trouble with the pass-rush. The Jets did a great job covering his hot receivers. Did we just witness the start of the window slamming shut?

Vic: That'll depend on Manning because I think the Colts are going to be a stronger football team next year for the players they've uncovered this season. Injuries will do that; they'll make a team stronger for the new talent that replaced those injured players. The question continues to be this: Can you win in the postseason with Manning? A lot of people are asking it now.

Phil from London, UK:
How many e-mails did you get about signing Nnamdi Asomugha?

Vic: Ninety percent of the e-mails I received on Sunday were about Asomugha, wanting to know if I thought the Jaguars would sign him. Here's my answer: I would expect Asomugha to become a sweepstakes winner in a new contract. It would not be my expectation that the Jaguars could compete for him.

Stephen from Jacksonville:
I just don't understand the tuck rule. I've seen it called multiple times, including once this season against the Jaguars, and it seems as though that was the ruling on the Cassel fumble against the Ravens at the end of the third quarter.

Vic: That was an obvious application of the tuck rule. I knew it when I saw it in real time. I told the TV three times, "That's the tuck rule." I was stunned that Phil Simms completely missed it. Jim Nantz was the first to mention it and my guess is that somebody in the "truck" whispered it to him in his ear. The tuck rule provides that a passer's throwing motion is not complete until the ball has been safely tucked to his side. Matt Cassel was in the process of stopping his throwing motion and tucking the ball to his side when the ball was knocked loose. In other words, the tucking is part of the throwing motion.

Rebecca from Jacksonville:
I use my "Ask Vic" mug to hold my make-up brushes; no dishwasher necessary.

Vic: They have many uses, as do the bibs.

Ray from Jacksonville:
I got a kick out of your answer about tear-away jerseys. With HD cameras at all games, how great would it look to see mud and bloody noses and fists like we had in yesteryear?

Vic: Hockey loves the sight of fresh, red blood on newly groomed white ice. It's a stunning visual and it sells tickets.

Jeremy from Columbia, SC:
I think I get it when talking BAP. 1.) Go scout the players and group them into categories by position. 3.) Evaluate each player against his peers and assign a grade. 4.) Group all the players now by their grade. 5.) Next rank by position importance on the field, not by your own need. 6.) See where you are in the draft and look at what players on your board fall at those spots. If you have an area of need, see where you can position yourself to match the draft spot that your board tells you to be at. Is this more or less correct?

Vic: Mostly less. You forgot number two: Put on your bib.

John from Jacksonville:
Will teams still be able to apply the franchise tag on players if there is no Collective Bargaining Agreement in place?

Vic: Yes, because the tags go on in February, before the current CBA expires.

Mark from Jacksonville:
How on earth does a coaching staff formulate a plan against their opponent in a matter of a few days? It just seems like the coach and coordinators have to do a hundred things before they could even begin to decide how to beat the upcoming team.

Vic: It's an assembly-line process and the framework is constructed in the offseason. The video department kicks off the whole process, which begins Monday afternoon after corrections have been made from the previous day's game and the players have left the building. The necessary videos of the upcoming opponent are provided. One coach may get a cut-up of all short-yardage situations, as he wants to know what the opponent does on third and one, third and two, etc. Everybody has a responsibility. The coaching staff will meet with the advance scout who attended the upcoming opponent's game on Sunday and has authored a scouting report on the opponent. When the coordinators have a good handle on what the opponent does schematically, they then begin to formulate their game plans accordingly. For example, if Dirk Koetter sees that the opponent plays a lot of press coverage with its corners, as Oakland does, he's not likely to include a lot of wide receiver screens in his game plan. Tuesday is the most important day of the week. The coaches arrive early and stay late. When they leave late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning, the hay is in the barn, so to speak.

Fred from Naples, FL:
With Andrew Luck electing to stay in school, who goes first, Mallett or Locker?

Vic: Why not Cam Newton? His talent is worthy of the first pick, but you're going to have to be patient with him because I have a feeling he doesn't have a clue how to play the position pro style. If I thought he could learn how to do it, the wait wouldn't deter me. I believe in drafting talent, not technique.

Jim from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Seems to me, and I'm no football genius, that with the BAP philosophy you develop a well-balanced team over years, but it takes time and patience, which this generation has problems with.

Vic: BAP drafting is value drafting. Simply put, it's a way of getting the most talent for your money. You may already have a closet full of khaki pants, but when have you ever regretted buying a pair of khakis at a good price? I have a couple of pair that are waiting their turn, but I got them real cheap, they never go out of style and eventually I'll wear them out.

Tyler from Fernandina Beach, FL:
BAP equals rank 'em, pick 'em. Can I still have a bib?

Vic: No bib for you.

Jason from Coeur D' Alene, ID:
What are your thoughts on Andy Dalton from TCU?

Vic: I think he might have a brand on his hip: "Property of Gene Smith."

Peter from Jacksonville:
If the fans in Miami wanted Bill Parcells so bad, why did they stop coming to games after he was hired by the team?

Vic: I guess they lied.

Matt from Ocilla, GA:
What is your opinion of Thomas Dimitroff and how his philosophy on team building differs from GM Gene's?

Vic: Dimitroff is a pure needs drafter and he readily admits it. He's done a good job, but I think it's important to note that his best pick, Matt Ryan, was a case of needing a player that just happened to be the best available player.

Nick from West Lafayette, IN:
I think most people understand BAP; they just believe your version is too robotic. They're looking for qualifiers. For instance, during draft day, if the Jaguars have no suitors for a responsible trade down and the highest-rated player on their board is a defensive tackle who is only graded slightly higher than a very promising quarterback, people obviously think the quarterback should be selected. I hope that deep down you do, too. If not, I can try to find a bib for you, because senility is just around the corner.

Vic: Yep.

Nick from Jacksonville:
I'm watching the Orlando Magic game right now and staring at empty seats everywhere. The Orlando Magic must have a terrible marketing department. I have never seen a Magic billboard in Jacksonville.

Vic: Billboards make the difference.

Andy from Jacksonville:
Can you imagine if the Jaguars had to compete with ticket sales with a team as hot as the Miami Heat? Poor Dolphins.

Vic: Competition for the entertainment dollar is fierce. The Jaguars are the only game in town, so to speak, and that's why a lot of people thought Jacksonville could become the Green Bay of the South. Maybe it will.

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