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Not time for makeover

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

David from Orlando, FL:
Can you provide the individual stats for each LB?

Vic: Mike Peterson has 50 total tackles, 26 solo tackles, 24 assisted tackles, one sack for nine yards lost, no interceptions, one pass-defensed, three tackles for loss, and no quarterback pressures, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries. Akin Ayodele has 28 total tackles, 20 solo tackles, eight assisted tackles, no sacks or interceptions, one pass-defensed, no tackles for loss or quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Daryl Smith has 25 total tackles, 10 solo, 15 assists, no sacks, one interception, no passes-defensed, two tackles for loss, and no quarterback pressures, forced fumbles or fumble recoveries.

Tim from Crescent City, FL:
What does it take to get in the "Ask Vic" Hall of Fame?

Vic: It's like pornography; you'll know it when you see it.

Robert from San Diego, CA:
I haven't heard anything about whether Jack Del Rio was fined after his criticism of the holding call on Dewayne Washington. It struck me that the coach wanted to be the guy to vent all of the frustration on behalf of the team (and to risk the possible fine) so that the team could move on. I was impressed by the way Del Rio handled himself, but I may be reading too much into this. What do you think?

Vic: That's an interesting observation about absorbing the team's woe, though I just think he was responding honestly following a morning of tape review. I agree with you that he handled it very well and here's what I like best: As of Thursday, he had yet to make that phone call to Mike Pereira. When we asked him about it, he said, "What's the rush?" He's right. There's no rush because nothing is going to change. At some point Del Rio's and Pereira's paths will cross and that will allow for a more natural and relaxed conversation about what happened. As for now, it's time to move on to San Diego. That's the message Del Rio is sending to his team. What's done is done. By the way, it doesn't hurt your standing with the director of officiating that you are capable of control and diplomacy.

Jenny from Easton, PA:
At the end of the season, how are tie-breakers determined within a division if two teams have the same record?

Vic: In this order: head to head results, best record in games within division, best record in common games, best record in games within conference, strength of victory, strength of schedule, best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed, best net points in common games, best net points in all games, fewest fans who like NASCAR, coin toss.

William from Jacksonville:
On the radio Wednesday night, you inexplicably had another caller question Leftwich's long-term ability as a QB. It's inexplicable because my understanding is that his stats for his first 16 games are second only to Dan Marino in NFL history. It seems to me the biggest obsession is Byron's lack of mobility. I guess they want McNabb, McNair, Steve Young or Mark Brunell in his early days. Well, we've got two guys at the top of the stats for 16 games that might need a head start against the Statue of Liberty. My recollection is that the mobile guys struggled in their early years. Did their ability to run and escape hinder their development as passers? Can we say that Byron's immobility is actually a tremendous asset because he is forced to develop as a passer and decision-maker?

Vic: That's a reach. Mobility is a good thing. If you asked Jack Del Rio if he'd prefer that Byron Leftwich run like Kordell Stewart, he'd say yes. Leftwich is what he is and he's making it work. That's the bottom line.

Scott from Thunder Bay, Canada:
If a team has no timeouts at any part of the game, can they still challenge a ruling on the field?

Vic: You may not challenge a play if you don't have a timeout remaining.

Nick from Jacksonville, FL:
In regards to the Daryl Smith play, unless an official is 110 percent certain the pass was incomplete, why not wait for the player to be tackled and then blow the whistle, allowing a team to challenge the play and gain the yards and points it possibly deserves?

Vic: Because the physical well-being of the players is at risk. An official can't allow a free-for-all in which injuries might occur, just because he wants to keep his options open. We can't turn every play into a review. That's the bad part about replay review. In many cases, you can't get it completely right. What if replay proved the pass hadn't been intercepted, as the official suspected, but he allowed the play to continue and someone suffered a season-ending or career-ending injury in the run-back? What if that player was Peyton Manning?

Colby from Denver, CO:
I posted about 10 letters, yet, none have been used. I wonder if you're even checking all of the letters out. By the way, I ran this play where the TE blocks for one second then goes deep. Do you think the Chargers will bite on it?

Vic: I read all letters. As far as the "tight end delay" you've suggested, it remains one of every team's most successful goal-line plays. It's all about that "key" I was talking about a couple of days ago: If the tight end blocks down.

Daniel from Jacksonville:
Much of this year's team is the same as last year's team and I was wondering if this is a team that will come on in the second half of the season again?

Vic: That's my expectation. The second-half schedule is favorable and, by then, I expect the offense to be the strength of this team.

Asley from Jacksonville:
Which call do you remember being the worst and most significant in Jaguars history?

Vic: The "Hail Mary" touchdown pass by the Browns in 2002. Pictures showed clearly that Quincy Morgan did not catch that pass; that the ball clearly struck the ground. Replay, however, was not conclusive, so the catch call stuck. What was the significance? Well, I can't be sure about this but it may have cost Tom Coughlin his job, so we're talking about a call that, possibly, altered the course of history for at least two teams. It also put the Browns in the playoffs and kept another team out.

Mike from Jacksonville:
I am writing to ask about the probability of our defense switching to the 3-4. I know new defenses are not easy to learn. Would it be such a big deal to switch one of our defensive tackles to nose tackle? Turn another DT into a DE? We have two physical studs who I believe have the physical ability to make these changes. Am I wrong?

Vic: It would be a huge deal. First, much of everything that's been taught to these players, and that includes the linebackers and safeties, would be abandoned. A lot of the keys and fits would have to be changed and re-taught. Second, this team would have to alter its roster accordingly. It currently has six linebackers on the roster. That's not enough for a 3-4 team. Third, do you make Marcus Stroud and John Henderson better players by moving them to a position they haven't played and probably won't play as well as the position for which they were drafted and are accustomed? You're talking about moving a Pro-Bowler, and at a time of contract negotiations with him. Do you think he's going to like that? And nose tackles don't grow on trees. Maybe Willie Blade can play nose tackle, and maybe he can't. Do you want to turn the 2004 season into an experiment? In my opinion, the Jaguars' efforts should be focused on developing the talent they have at defensive end. Make Rob Meier, Lionel Barnes, Bobby McCray and Brandon Green better players. That's the more logical approach. The 3-4 is OK as a changeup or wrinkle defense, but making it the Jaguars' base defense would require a drastic makeover that would probably produce disastrous results. Makeovers are for the offseason.

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