Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Will from Jacksonville:
So why wouldn't the Titans run a spread? Young would only need to actually run 5-10 times a game.
Vic: When you pay a quarterback the big-money contract starting quarterbacks get in this league, your first thought is to make sure he doesn't get hurt. In most cases, if you begin designing plays in which he runs with the ball, he won't be your starting quarterback for long. Michael Vick was one of the exceptions to the rule, and I think that's largely because Vick truly is a running back. Maybe Vince Young is the same kind of quarterback, but it doesn't appear the Titans drafted him with that in mind.
Chad from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
What's a good age to take a child to an NFL game?
Vic: I was eight years old when my father took me to my first NFL game. Charlie Conerly and Bobby Layne were the quarterbacks that day. One of the Giants' players, defensive tackle Dick "Little Mo" Modzelewski, was from my hometown so it was an added treat that I was seeing him play. It was a vivid experience. What I remember most is the scene, not the game. I remember that the Giants were wearing the uniforms they wore in the most recent Super Bowl, and I remember having identified that my father's favorite player was Jack Butler, a tough-guy defensive back who should be in the Hall of Fame but has been wrongly snubbed. I had already attended Pirates games at Forbes Field, so I was amazed at how different the field looked when it was configured for football. It was awful. There were no seats on one whole side of the field. At age eight, my parents already knew that sports was the most important thing in my life. When you sense that your child has an interest in the Jaguars, that's when you take him or her with you to a game. They'll never forget their first game.
Catherine from Jacksonville:
New England has put 14 players on the PUP list. Is that really following the spirit of the law? Sounds like a slightly shady tactic to keep the roster bigger longer. Am I paranoid?
Vic: Yes, you are, because players on PUP count toward a team's 80-man limit, until the first cut.
Chris from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
A raccoon once tried to drown my Jack Russell Terrier. I didn't think he was very cute on that particular day. If I had given him a granola bar, would he have been more peaceful?
Vic: Your dog probably had it coming.
Jordan from Riverside, CA:
Rod Smith: In your opinion, is he a future Hall of Famer?
Vic: No, not in my opinion. He was a very good player but not a great player. His regular-season stats aren't up to Jimmy Smith's. More importantly, Rod Smith lacks fame. He doesn't have a defining moment and I think that's what it's going to take to get wide receivers into the Hall of Fame in the future. There are so many wide receivers with big stats that the only way to separate them is by their fame. Were they famous? Did they do something big at a high-profile moment? Are they a Super Bowl MVP, etc.? Rod Smith doesn't have that kind of fame in his resume. He was just a very good player for a very long time, and that's worth a lot in my book.
Pooch from Orange Park, FL:
What current starting quarterback who hasn't won a Super Bowl has the biggest monkey on his back to win a Super Bowl to validate his career?
Vic: Donovan McNabb is the only real candidate. He's been a top quarterback for a long time and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl a few years ago. The question now is: Can he do it again and, this time, win the game?
Nate from Jacksonville:
What were the Jets thinking with the Vernon Gholston contract? I'm sure the Jags are thinking thanks a lot. This unreasonable deal will probably throw negotiations with Harvey into a tailspin. Why would the Jets agree to a deal so out of line with where other deals were falling?
Vic: They were probably thinking that they have the money to get it done and there's probably not going to be a salary cap in a few years, so why not do the deal? What do they care how it impacts the competition, right? Well, that's the kind of non-leaguethink that's troubling this league right now.
Dave from North Kingstown, RI:
Has there ever been a better interview than Fred? He's a breath of fresh air in the current sports era.
Vic: The first few times I interviewed Fred Taylor, when he was a rookie in 1998, I didn't know what to make of him. He was seldom good early in the interview, but he would hang in there as long as you wanted and he got better and better as the interview went on. I thought to myself: Is he measuring me? Is he uncomfortable? What I decided was that Fred was actually giving thought to each question. I decided he was actually seeking the truth. That's when I knew he would be one of my favorites. Guys who want to tell the truth are a reporter's dream because not only do you get the truth, but you can also tell when they're lying. Fred, in fact, is so bad at lying that he starts to dance around and won't look at you. Fred reminds me so much of a running back from a long time ago who was a favorite interview. I'm talking about Frenchy Fuqua. Fred has the same kind of football savvy and media smarts Frenchy had. They are two of the smartest football players I have ever covered. They are media magnets and it takes a lot of intelligence for a player to make that happen. Fred is a rare treat, folks. These kind of guys don't come along very often.
Chris from Jacksonville:
What would you say to my 12-year-old son, who is a football fanatic and believes in all his heart that he's going to be a professional football player some day?
Vic: Let him live the dream, but only if he gets the grades. It's a good trade-off. A long time ago, my father had reservations about me playing football a season after I had broken my leg. I told the coach and the coach came to my house and talked to my father. The conversation went something like this: "So, you're afraid of your son getting hurt, but you're going to give him the keys to the car, right? Give him to me and while I have him he won't be driving." That's all it took. Let him play. Let him dream. Use his love for football as a wedge in getting him to study. Athletics and academics makes for a great combination. It's much better than cars and girls.
Lee from Jacksonville:
The Jags put five players on the PUP list at the start of camp? What is gained by putting a player on the PUP list if you can remove him from it at any time and the player still counts toward the roster limit? Isn't the same objective achieved if you just don't have that player practice?
Vic: Putting a player on PUP is a protection against an injury turning out to be more serious than first thought. If he's not on PUP before camp begins, he can't go on PUP. That means that if his injury lingers into the regular season, you'll have to either carry him on the active roster while he's injured and can't play, or you'll have to effectively end his season by putting him on injured reserve. PUP allows you to buy time in making that decision because a PUP player has a three-week window in weeks 6-9 of the regular season to return to the active roster.
James from Orange Park, FL:
I have noticed that you do not list the amount that the rookies sign on for. You only mention they have signed. Are you a believer of leaving that information to the business of the players or is there some other reason that I have to look elsewhere for the money that Weaver signs off for our players?
Vic: It's jaguars.com's belief that revealing specific contract information represents a conflict of interest and, just as importantly, is against the team policy of not releasing that information to the media, and jaguars.com is media. Our position is this: We won't reveal specific contract information until another media outlet has done so. At that point, we are free to confirm or correct that information.
Carmella from Russellville, AR:
What do you suppose would happen if you started randomly drug-testing all the NFL players in the U.S.? How many do you think would actually be clean? The fact that people are down on Matt Jones is disgusting. Please don't dance around this. I want your honest opinion on how many you think would truly be clean.
Vic: All NFL players must submit to drug testing. Failure to do so will be regarded as a failed test.
Jon from Kittery, ME:
It's Oklahoma night, Vic. Care to tell us who your recommendations were for coach Del Rio or are you gonna keep us in suspense?
Vic: My headliner is Khalif Barnes vs. Quentin Groves. My others are: Vince Manuwai vs. Jimmy Kennedy, Uche Nwaneri vs. Tony McDaniel and Richard Collier vs. James Wyche. There's a negotiations process involved. To get what I want, I gotta give a little.
Kevin from Jacksonville:
I was looking at some football stats of some old NFL players and I saw some guys listed as "E" for their position. I was wondering if you could shed some light on what that position is/was and why they decided to change it.
Vic: "E" stands for end. Back in the day, ends were blockers who could catch. Going way back, they were both tight to the formation. As the game evolved into more of a passing game, one of the ends became a wide receiver, who split from the formation and was selected more for his pass-catching ability than his blocking talent.