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No 'hump' theory here

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

Davy from Jacksonville:
I've been reading a few articles here and there on the web about the Colts trying to get over the "Super" hump. It looks as though the Colts are pointing fingers or playing the "what if?" game. What if Dallas Clark hadn't been hurt? What if Peyton had thrown one less interception? Am I reading into this wrong or are they in denial about that AFC championship game loss?

Vic: What if? Are you kidding me? The guy threw four interceptions. They would've won with three? He completed less than half of his passes. The Colts had four first-half possessions and turned the ball over all four times. The first time they had to punt in the postseason they sailed the snap over the punter's head. Hey, the clock didn't run out on the Colts. They ran out of downs. Over the hump? We're talking about a total collapse, and in the franchise's most important game since it sneaked out of Baltimore in the middle of the night and slithered its way to Indianapolis. I'm sorry, but I don't buy into the "Super" hump theory. Tampa got over the "Super" hump after six consecutive non-losing seasons and a legitimate run as one of the league's power teams. I don't see the Colts in that class.

Charles from Jacksonville:
Vic, we're less than a week from the NFL Network's first show on the Jags training camp. I've been holding out as long as possible from getting satellite, but now it's down to the wire. Is there any hope left we'll see it locally?

Vic: You'll see it. Sit tight.

Aaron from Mount Joy, PA:
I've noticed several other team websites that show 2005 season opponents and whether they play at home or away. Is this something we may see soon on I even saw a non-NFL site that went as far as 2009.

Vic: What's the big deal? You wanna know who they play in 2005 – I can't imagine why – then here it is: at home against the other three teams in the AFC South and at home against Baltimore, Cincinnati, San Francisco, Seattle and the team in the AFC West who finishes in the same position the Jaguars finish in the AFC South in 2004; at the other three teams in the AFC South and at Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Arizona, St. Louis and at the AFC East team that finishes in the same place the Jaguars finish in the AFC South in 2004.

Mike from Bridgeport, CT:
Do you think having Chris Hanson back and healthy will make the Jaguars even better? Not too many people who don't follow the Jaguars realize he was a Pro-Bowler in 2002. What should we expect from him this year?

Vic: Chris Hanson is killing the ball in training camp. He's hit punts that have appeared as though they weren't going to come down. Long and high is good.

Scott from Jacksonville:
Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala might be one of my favorite players on the Jaguars. So, naturally, I wanted to purchase one of his jerseys. I called around to all the local stores here in town and no one has them, so I went to to order a customized jersey with the number 45 and the last name, but all that would fit was Fuamatu-Ma'. Is it impossible for me to get a Fuamatu-Ma'afala jersey?

Vic: That's why I instituted that vowel rationing program. I knew this was going to happen. Just get them to put Fu on the back.

Justin from Sheboygan, WI:
So now that the pads have been on, how's Reggie Williams looking?

Vic: We're going to have to give him some time. Friday night's scrimmage will be a good test for him. My hope is that he'll catch a couple of balls and that'll kick-start him for the second week of training camp. So far it's been a slow start for him, but it's been a slow start for the passing game in general.

Rob from Jacksonville:
Looking ahead at the schedule, I see the Nov. 14 bout with the Detroit Lions as an intriguing matchup of two teams that are widely thought to be the most up-and-coming in their respective conferences. How would you compare the Jaguars' potential this year to that of the Lions'?

Vic: There are some similarities between the two teams, but they are not two teams I would use in making comparisons. They each are attempting to establish a young quarterback as the centerpiece of their new eras, and their coach is each in his second season, but most of the similarities end there. Steve Mariucci is an offensive guy; Jack Del Rio is defense. The Lions have tilted their efforts to offense, while the Jaguars have put a major emphasis on defense. I think both teams are on the way up and maybe they'll meet in the Super Bowl one day, but if that happens it'll be the result of very different styles. Mariucci is a finesse coach; Del Rio is the opposite.

Lane from Orlando, FL:
All of these training camp feel-good stories are great and we always get the optimism of a new season, but be honest, is this truly a team on the rise with tremendous potential or is it just wishful thinking? I want to get my hopes up but I'm afraid of a letdown. I sense optimism even in you, Mr. Tempered Enthusiasm himself.

Vic: Don't be afraid. It's just football. A letdown is when your wife tells you she hasn't been paying the house mortgage. We watch football as a way of dealing with life's many letdowns. As far as the Jaguars' prospects, I have every confidence they are a team on the rise. All I have to do is look at their salary cap. It's healthy, which means good things are going to happen. In my opinion, that's the key. As long as you maintain salary cap health, you have a chance; your arrow is always pointing up. When you screw up the cap, you're on the way down and you know it. That "Mr. Tempered Enthusiasm" tag was the direct result of the Jaguars' salary cap problems. All I had to do was look at the cap. How can your arrow be pointing up when you're one of the league leaders in either of the "cash over cap" or "dead money" categories? Those days are done.

Erin from Greenville, NC:
The article on David Garrard was very interesting. What is the possibility David ends up with a team such as the Cowboys, who don't have a clear-cut starter prior to the season?

Vic: I would consider Dallas to be a bad destination for David Garrard. Drew Henson is the Cowboys' quarterback of the future and they clearly brought Vinny Testaverde in to allow for the Henson grooming process.

Juanus from Los Angeles, CA:
Thank you for the fabulous work you do. I was watching the NFL Network and they showed a Detroit vs. Chicago game from 1998 where Charlie Batch was the starting QB. It made me start to think. Charlie Batch was really up-and-coming and then he seemed to get buried in the depth chart. My question is, have you ever seen a player get buried in the depth chart and you thought he had a lot of talent? And do you think it happens often or does everyone get their chance?

Vic: If a guy can play, they'll find him and he'll get a chance. There aren't many who slip through the cracks. Injury is what damaged Charlie Batch's career. When he got his chance, he kept getting hurt. It may be too late for him to get another shot to be "The Man," but I think the guy can be a top-notch backup. I always liked him.

Dave from Jacksonville:
I know it's hard to read Tony Brackens sometimes due to his laid-back approach to the game, but have you noticed any progress with him during the first week of camp?

Vic: He's taking it slow, as he recovers from another offseason knee procedure. Eventually, Tony Brackens will have to prove he can play, but the preseason games will probably be that proving ground. We all need to face the reality of this situation. Brackens' best days are long gone. The attempt now is to salvage what remains of his career, mostly because the Jaguars have a desperate need at defensive end.

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