|Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.|
Galen Link from Merritt Island, FL:
|Vic: If you want national publicity in a small market, you better win. However, I don't believe Jacksonville is treated harshly by the national media. In fact, the national media went out of its way to promote the Jaguars in recent seasons. Now, as a result of last year's disappointing season, that could change.|
Scott T. Sevaaetasi from Carson, CA:
|Vic: I believe third-round pick Eric Westmoreland is going to have a major impact this season, but I'm not expecting a big bang from the undrafted rookie linebackers. Hardy Nickerson's cap situation is such that the Jaguars can't replace him. Linebacker can be expected to be a position of need in next year's draft, too.|
Matt Kochan from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
|Vic: History would tend to suggest it doesn't matter. Off-the-field issues are personal property and seem to run their course, despite the efforts of coaches and teams to guide troubled players. All coaches and all teams have players with off-the-field problems that won't go away.|
John Smithers from Jacksonville:
|Vic: I can't provide you with actual numbers, but ticket sales for the 2001 season are significantly lower than in past seasons. As disappointing as that it is, there is still no doubt in my mind that Jacksonville is intensely interested in the Jaguars. The TV ratings tell me that. The rules of supply and demand govern all of business, and the size of Alltel Stadium makes selling out difficult. That's an undeniable fact with which the Jaguars are attempting to deal by becoming more aggressive and creative with their ticket marketing. My opinion of Jaguars fans is that they are a "prospect with enormous upside." They have been enthusiastic and loyal through the first six seasons, and their ranks are growing. Growth is the key. Anything lasting takes time to build.|
Cliff Younger from Jacksonville:
|Vic: It doesn't appear the Jaguars will be as far over the cap as they were this past winter, but their cap situation may still be as critical because there's considerably less room for re-structuring contracts. The majority of high-priced veterans on this team have already had their contracts re-structured to the max. Next winter, the Jaguars will have to deal with cutting many of those maxed-out veterans, which will immediately accelerate their bonus money onto the 2002 cap. Cleaning up the Jaguars salary cap situation is probably going to take at least two more years.|
|Vic Ketchman is the Senior Editor of Jaguars Inside Report, the official team newspaper of the Jacksonville Jaguars. One-year subscriptions may be purchased by calling 1-888-846-5247.|
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