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Some advice about Fred

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

Kris from Billings, MT:
What did Marcellus Wiley do for the Cowboys last season? I heard he did not do anything good. Is this right? And if it's right, what does Jack see in him?

Vic: Marcellus Wiley had three sacks for the Cowboys last season. The problem with that stat is that Wiley was signed to a pricey contract to be the Cowboys' right defensive end, which is the premier pass-rush position. At this stage of Wiley's career, it would seem he is no longer a premier pass-rusher. He would appear to be a left end; a veteran with strong run-support skills and enough wiggle left to get to the quarterback every now and then. That's what the Jaguars' expectations are for him and they signed him to a contract relative to those expectations.

Randy from Oxford, PA:
Of the nine quarterbacks who have won 24 Super Bowls, how many have done it with more than one team?

Vic: None.

Brian from Boston, MA:
How can you bring up the 1996 Jaguars without even mentioning Natrone Means? You claim Brunell carried that team all the way to New England, but without Natrone Means the Jags never make the playoffs, let alone beat Buffalo and Denver. Do you agree or disagree?

Vic: Natrone Means wasn't a big factor in the Jaguars' run to the playoffs. He only reached the 100-yard mark once in the regular season, in the final game against Atlanta, and we all know who won that game for the Jaguars. The Jags, however, would not have beaten Buffalo or Denver in the playoffs without Means. He was every bit the star in those games that Mark Brunell was. I still don't think he got the ball enough in the Denver game; he rushed 21 times for 140 yards and a 6.7 yards-per-carry average.

Keith from Jacksonville:
I was thinking about the Pats and Raiders game in the playoffs a couple of years back and I wanted to know what you think is the worst officiated game ever?

Vic: The Patriots-Raiders game in the 1976 playoffs.

Stephen from Belfast, Northern Ireland:
Koren Robinson, Koren Robinson, Koren Robinson, Koren Robinson, Koren Robinson: Am I guessing right that most of your questions today went something like that?

Vic: You got it. I'm afraid my laptop will melt when the Redskins cut Mark Brunell.

George from Vilano Beach, FL:
I heard Tony Gilbert was having a great NFL Europe season. Do you see him as a future starter in the NFL?

Vic: Tony Gilbert reminds me of a guy named Tyronne Stowe, a backup linebacker and special teams star with the Cardinals in the '90's. Stowe and Gilbert are almost identical in size; they are relatively short and powerfully-built guys. Stowe played nine years in the NFL, all because he dedicated himself completely to the art of playing special teams. He had the perfect special teams mentality, and I think Gilbert has that kind of mindset, too. What's the military credo? Don't ask, don't tell? Yeah, just do. That's Gilbert. He's not caught up in being a star. He'll go anywhere and do anything to continue his football career. He's a tough guy. He may not have the speed to be a starter, but he has the kind of attitude every coach loves.

Shane from Inman, SC:
You are a retard! Have you ever played football? I've been reading your column for two years and I've come to a conclusion that you know football from watching it and being around it but you will never truly get it. You are a nerd! Players laugh at your so-called football understanding. Just my thoughts.

Vic: Thank you for sharing those thoughts with me.

Matt from West Palm Beach, FL:
I am a huge Fred fan. All I hear from Del Rio is everything is on schedule for Fred's return. All I hear from is the Jags are very concerned about the knee and Fred could miss extended time. Who do I believe?

Vic: Here's the way I look at it: If the Jaguars don't sign or trade for another veteran running back before training camp begins, it would be logical to believe Fred Taylor's recovery from knee surgery is on schedule and there's no reason for concern. Should the Jaguars sign or trade for another veteran running back before training camp begins, then it would only be logical to go into a raging panic and consider spending our Sunday afternoons in the fall with our wives.

Andrew from Atlantic Beach, FL:
Great column! What is the current status of our season ticket sales? Where do we stand on what has to be accomplished to avoid any blackouts this year?

Vic: The situation hasn't changed much since I last updated it. The Ravens, Colts, Bengals games are selling the best because of group sales. On average, the Jaguars have a little more than 8,000 non-premium seats per game to sell to avoid blackouts. The regular-season opener is three months away; seats will begin being covered two months from now.

Charles from Jacksonville:
Good to hear Fran Tarkenton's name mentioned. You point out that he lost three Super Bowls. How many quarterbacks have made it to the Super Bowl three times or more?

Vic: If you don't mind, I'm going to use starters only. It would require too much research to do backup quarterbacks. Craig Morton, for example, made it to three Super Bowls, but was a starter in only two. By my calculations, nine quarterbacks have been starters in three or more Super Bowls. Those quarterbacks are: Tarkenton, Bob Griese, Roger Staubach, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Jimmy Kelly, Troy Aikman, John Elway and Tom Brady. Brady clearly joined elite company in Jacksonville this past February.

Anthony from New Jersey:
You are always talking about big and small-market teams. Who are the top-five and bottom-five market teams?

Vic: The five teams at the top are: Giants, Jets, Bears, Eagles and Patriots. The five smallest-market teams are: Packers, Jaguars, Bills, Saints and Bengals. In my opinion, the Packers' market-size ranking is misleading because it doesn't include the Milwaukee market. If you include Milwaukee in the Packers' market, and I think it's ridiculous not to include it, the Packers would not be a bottom-five team. Kansas City would then become the fifth-smallest market in the NFL.

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