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Stroud necessary in any division

Join *Jaguars Inside Report *Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Walter Cotton from Louisville, KY:
I heard people talking about the reason we drafted Marcus Stroud was due to the fact that we were in the running back division. Not that I question that draft pick or to kick a dead horse, but with this realignment, was that just a temporary fix?

Vic: Stopping the run is necessary in any division. Let's not forget that the Jaguars will be joining a division that'll boast Edgerrin James and Eddie George. Marcus Stroud was drafted to be more than a run-stopper. He is supposed to be the dominant physical presence in the middle of the defensive line that the Jaguars have never had. In addition to being a run-stopper, Stroud is expected to collapse the pocket and help the pass-rush reach the quarterback. Who doesn't need a good defensive lineman?

Rob Church from Tampa, FL:
With Jonathan Quinn's recent success in NFL Europe, does he become trade bait like Rob Johnson? What are your thoughts on his development?

Vic: Jonathan Quinn is in a completely different position than Rob Johnson was. Johnson had a year remaining on his Jaguars contract when the Jaguars traded him prior to the 1998 draft. Quinn is in the final year of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent next winter. Quinn offers the Jaguars no trade value, unless they sign him to a new contract. What he offers the Jaguars is the potential to be Mark Brunell's backup for a year, and the opportunity to observe Quinn's development in making a decision whether or not to re-sign him. That development is happening in Europe this spring.

Bert Inabinet from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
I'm so happy to see Jonathan Quinn over in Europe getting reps and major results with his starting role. Are you getting any feedback from coach Coughlin on this? Do you feel a quarterback of Quinn's size is the quarterback of the future for all NFL teams? Steve McNair is a big guy and he gets plenty of results running out of the pocket. Size means a lot in the game and bigger guys can take bigger hits. I know Mark Brunell is our man, but it's good to know Jonathan is getting good experience. I feel we will see a lot more of Quinn in Alltel this year, should Mark go down.


** Vic: Mobility is the trend at the position, which is giving a lot of shorter quarterbacks an opportunity to be NFL starters. However, Jonathan Quinn is a big quarterback with the mobility of a shorter guy, and big and mobile is always better than short and mobile. Big quarterbacks have always been and always will be preferred. Terry Bradshaw, John Elway, Dan Marino, Jim Kelly, etc., were all big quarterbacks, and Bradshaw and Elway were great athletes with outstanding mobility. Possibly the greatest running quarterback in history, Bobby Douglas, was big enough to have been a tight end.

Mike Brown from St. Augustine, FL:
I can definitely see where realignment was a must for the NFL, and I am happy with the new AFC South. I think with Houston and Indianapolis in the picture for the Jags, it will bring more fans to Alltel; Manning with Indy and Dom Capers' Texans should develop into big rivalries. Do you see these teams bringing more fans to Alltel than the Browns and Bungles?

Vic: Winning is the answer to everything. The Colts will create more interest in Jaguars fans because the Colts are a playoff team with star players. The Browns and Bengals would create the same interest if they were winning. When the Jaguars begin play in the AFC South in 2002, the Colts should be in the prime years of their Peyton Manning era. That will make the Colts a definite attraction. Tennessee should still be one of the top contenders in the AFC, however, I think their star is beginning to fade. Houston was a great AFC Central town in the late '70s and late '80s through the early '90s. I expect Houston to be a strong AFC South team, in time. I like the AFC South. Indications are it will be an entertaining and quality division over the first several years of its existence.



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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