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Monday morning therapy

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

Chris from Jacksonville:
I'm sure crying is in full effect. You think your team sucks? The Browns have now started 16 quarterbacks since 1999 and lost their only playoff game, eight years ago. Feel better?

Vic: Thanks for trying, but I don't think anything you can say can help Jaguars fans feel better today. My inbox is a place of great angst and anger today, so let's begin the therapy session. Dr. Vic is here.

Dan from Raleigh, NC:
It's players, not plays and our players aren't bad. What makes the defense inconsistent? Speed to close gaps? What do you see, Vic?

Vic: I see a team with a secondary in disrepair. As I wrote in my editorial on defense, three of the four starters in the secondary were not expected to be starters when training camp began. The Jags have a problem in the back. It's easy to see and you're not likely to play strong defense in today's game with a secondary that's under-performing. Today's game is a passing game and the Chargers are the poster child for today's game. They are the classic example of contemporary football. The Jaguars were just what the doctor ordered for a Chargers team coming off a loss in Kansas City. The Jags have to fix their secondary if they are to have any chance of returning to the kind of defensive football they want to play.

Dave from Rockford, IL:
I was not able to see the game yesterday so I need to ask: Did the snowball start rolling as a direct result of the concerns with the secondary?

Vic: The snowball started rolling on the Chargers' opening drive, when they breezed down the field in six plays. The Chargers spent no time feeling out their opponent. They knew what they were facing and they went on the attack. I had said a couple of times last week that I felt the Jaguars were heading into an ambush. That's the best way I can describe what I saw on Sunday. The Chargers had no fear. They put the gas pedal to the floor and kept it there the whole game. The long touchdown pass they threw late in the game is a perfect example of the mindset they took into this game. That pass wasn't necessary. Another score wasn't needed. They did it because they wanted to do it. They wanted to hurt someone.

Bryan from Paterson, NJ:
Why do the Jaguars play so horribly on the West Coast?

Vic: Why did they play so poorly last year in New England, which is on the East Coast? They're having trouble in pass-defense, folks. As Chuck Noll said: Geography has nothing to do with losing.

Patrick from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Do you expect the Jags to try to trade for Vick? Garrard looked awful yesterday. McCown got hurt. Why not trade second and third-round picks for Vick? We could start him now and he could be a long-term solution.

Vic: I do not expect that to happen, Patrick. In fact, I am absolutely sure that won't happen.

Berry from Denver, CO:
Will it be time to pull the plug on Garrard after this season? It's gotten to the point where you can't expect him to have a good game or a bad game because of his incredible inconsistency and, as a coach myself, that is probably the last trait I would want in a player because it makes personnel decisions a nightmare.

Vic: As a coach, I'm sure you also know that's a decision that has to wait until the season is over. He's playing for his football future. He knows that.

Patrick from Dixon, CA:
In the offseason, you spoke a lot about Zach Miller's role in the offense but I haven't seen him on the field much. Is this just because Lewis is playing at such a high level?

Vic: No, I don't think that's it. Marcedes Lewis is a true tight end. He's an every-downs tight end. Miller's role is more about how to mix him with fullback Greg Jones. Miller is a pass-catcher and Jones is a blocker, so it's about when do you want one and not the other? Miller has to earn his playing time. He needs to make something happen when he gets his chance. When that happens, his playing time will increase and his role in the offense will grow.

Zach from Cibolo, TX:
I don't mind that we got beat, however, I will mind if we cannot bounce back this week against the Eagles. What do we have to do to ensure we can bounce back from a beating like this?

Vic: Go back to the editorial I wrote a few days before training camp began. It's about defense. The Jaguars' fate this season is in the hands of its defense. This team can't win if it plays bad defense because this team isn't fashioned as the Chargers are. This isn't a team with an attack-style offense. This is a team that wants to play attacking, takeaway defense and then control the ball with its offense. A team with that philosophy can't win by giving up nearly 500 yards of offense. For the Jaguars to bounce back, they have to play better defense. It's that simple. The Eagles have two big-play weapons, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and running back LeSean McCoy. These are players that can take it to the house and the Jaguars have to find a way to make sure that doesn't happen.

Jeff from Staten Island, NY:
Gene has a lot more drafting to do.

Vic: I know that and I didn't need yesterday to tell me.

Cameron from Highland, CA:
You said the defense should take a lot of the blame for the loss on Sunday. Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't our defense force three turnovers?

Vic: You're OK with 477 yards of offense? I'm not. If I'm the coach of this team, that's the number sticking in my head today.

Brian from San Diego, CA:
The "Q," as the locals here call it, was loud. After the Maurice Jones-Drew fumble to start the second half, it was absolutely roaring, becoming deafening near the end of the third. It looked and sounded nothing like a blackout. They must have sold massive amounts of additional tickets.

Vic: Qualcomm Stadium was very loud and I knew it would be. That crowd was fantastic. Here's some advice to Jaguars fans from Dr. Vic: The next time a Jaguars opponent announces the game is going to be blacked out and you want to poke fun at the other city's fans for not being supportive, don't. To get respect, you have to give it.

James from Jacksonville:
People can say what they want, but the bottom line is the team the Jaguars faced Sunday is just more skilled.

Vic: People can say what they want, but the bottom line is the team the Jaguars faced Sunday is just more skilled.

Jim from Medford, NJ:
Was Derek Cox inactive due to the foot injury or his lost confidence?

Vic: He was benched because his coach has lost confidence in him, and that's a bigger problem. Cox has to regain his coach's confidence by performing better in practice. It starts there.

Bill from Jacksonville:
Why did Del Rio elect to defer after winning the coin toss while on the road?

Vic: I don't think that stuff really matters. Whether you get the ball now or later, the bottom line is you have to do something with it when you get it. I think I know, however, why he elected to defer. He's concerned about his defense. He wants for it to get some confidence. He wanted to get a stop on defense, increase his defense's confidence, quiet the crowd and then set the tempo of the game with a ball-control drive on offense. That's the style of football the Jaguars want to play and it begins with defense. You have to be able to say no on defense.

Shane from Callahan, FL:
Did we just break down?

Vic: The coaches would tell you that's what happened. In my opinion, the Jaguars got overwhelmed. The Chargers went to attack-city and the Jags couldn't slow them down. It became a panic circumstance on both sides of the ball. The more the Chargers pushed the envelope, the more panicky the Jaguars offense became to keep pace. Let's not forget that the Chargers left some points on the field with turnovers. The killer series in that game was the Chargers' touchdown drive at the end of the first half. That was a point in the game when the defense had a chance to do something big. With a stop there and a short field-goal drive by the offense, the Jags would've only trailed by five points at halftime. What does it tell you that, backed up to their own 13-yard line with 1:50 to play, the Chargers weren't at all concerned with killing the clock? Immediately, they went on the attack. They saw something on the tapes, folks, and they wanted to attack it.

Ray from Boise ID:
Commitment and dedication are good but aren't results the bottom line?

Vic: Of course they are, but if you lack commitment and dedication, you have no chance of achieving a good bottom line.

Gaetano from San Diego, CA:
Are all these fans really that ignorant? They thought they would get a win against the Chargers?

Vic: I don't know if they really believed the Jaguars would win, but I sensed an expectation that the team would play a lot better than it did on Sunday, and I think that's a fair expectation.

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