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Offense could dominate

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

Harsha from Tampa, FL:
I read your editorial on the time-honored tradition of defense and run, run, run, which I believe is the correct mold to form a champion in the NFL. This year, however, I feel the new chuck rules and with the league in transition with this rule, that dominant offenses with mediocre defenses will win. What do you think?

Vic: I think that's a very strong possibility. If you go back to 1978, when these rules were first instituted, you'll see that what you're suggesting is exactly what happened.

Stephen from Kailua, HI:
You said in Friday's column that the Panthers have used PSLs to avoid blackouts. What is a PSL and is it an option for the Jaguars?

Vic: A Permanent Seat License is a gimmick for selling a stadium seat as though it was a piece of real estate. A lot of teams use that concept. You buy the PSL for, say, $2,500, which means the seat belongs to you forever, as long as you buy the ticket that goes with it. If you don't buy the ticket, however, you lose the license, which means you've lost your $2,500 investment. The Panthers were able to maintain sellouts during a 1-15 season in 2001 because people were reluctant to forfeit their license money. So people bought the tickets and didn't use them. PSLs are an option for every team but the time to sell them is when the ticket is hot. The Jaguars could've probably sold Alltel Stadium on a PSL basis in the beginning, but it would be very difficult to do that now. The Jaguars originally chose a concept of deposits on three-year contracts. That deposit money could be recovered by the ticket buyer, provided he honored the terms of his contract. A PSL is a one-time, non-refundable fee that lasts for the life of that seat.

Cornelius from San Francisco, CA:
Could you tell us more about why Cortez Hankton had no catches and no yards in the game against Green Bay? I believe he's a huge "jar on the shelf."

Vic: Cortez Hankton dropped a couple of passes in last Friday's game. I agree with you that he can be a major player in the Jaguars' future, but not if he drops passes.

David from Milton, FL:
Will the real Josh Scobee please step forward?

Vic: Maybe he did.

Steve from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
Why have the Jags not gone to their two big rookie wide receivers for a jump ball when in the red zone?

Vic: I've wondered the same thing. I'm thinking they don't want to give anything away in the preseason; keep it boring, you know. We'll see soon.

Bob from Jacksonville:
I am curious as to the Jaguars' initial kickoff formation. Why do they line up double-file and then fan out just prior to the ball being kicked? By the way, your articles and answers are entertaining and educational.

Vic: The theory behind "sunburst" formations is that they disguise who's going to line-up where until the last second before the ball is put into play. By doing that, they restrict their opponents' identification time.

Lou from Jacksonville:
My opinion of the 2004 draft class has changed since draft day. Originally, it was very positive and now I am very disappointed. Only Daryl Smith and Bobby McCray appear to have been good value picks. The biggest blunder of the draft was in round one when the Jaguars clearly went for need in selecting Reggie Williams. I believe he will be an average to slightly above average receiver and not worthy of the number nine selection. The Jaguars turned down an extra second-rounder from Pittsburgh to move down only two spots in round one. The early reviews on Udeze have been outstanding. I know it's still early, but is my disappointment with this draft justified?

Vic: You're premature in your evaluation of Reggie Williams and you've failed to mention some real home-run players in this draft class. All draft classes hinge on their top pick. When your top pick is a top-10 selection, he has to become a big-time player for you to feel good about your draft class. But let's look past Williams, for now. Daryl Smith may be the best linebacker in the whole draft. Greg Jones has shown signs of coming on. Jorge Cordova's ACL makes him a wait-and-see guy. Anthony Maddox has to do something. Ernest Wilford is a home-run player in round four; a wide receiver of distinct talent and a special teams player of star potential. The jury is still out on Josh Scobee. Chris Thompson has big-time coverage skills and could become a home run "nickel" back; great pick in round five. Sean Bubin is for down the road. Bobby McCray is as good as it gets in the seventh round. The grade on this draft class hinges on Williams. If he turns out to be the play-maker the Jaguars drafted him to be, this could become a great draft class. If he fails, the grade will fall significantly. We'll have to wait before passing judgment.

J.T. from Jacksonville:
My question is regarding players on injured reserve: I imagine that they use the facilities at the stadium to keep in shape and recover, but do the players also hang out in the locker room and join the team in the various meetings, to keep up with the team throughout the season, or do they have to stay out of all that?

Vic: Players on the injured reserve list may participate fully in all team activities, except practice.

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