Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Bray'de from Jacksonville:
Now that was basketball on grass on Thursday.
Vic: Yes, it was, and so are most of the games I see around the league. It's not my kind of football, but the league doesn't care what I like, it cares about what the fan likes and the fan likes offense.
Scott from Jacksonville:
What's wrong with claiming a moral victory? That was a sensational game, the best I've seen all year, and I was really proud of the Jags and their effort. We are not far away and the progress this year has been fantastic. We need a safety, a pass-rush and a young quarterback to groom. We're close.
Vic: Yes, it is a moral victory and it says a lot about the state of the Jaguars that they have lost twice to the league's only undefeated team by a total of six points. Jack Del Rio's point in not accepting moral victories is that he wants to send the message that victory is the only outcome that is satisfactory. You are what you demand.
William from Palm Coast, FL:
You talk about the "quarterback tree" and the fact that you can't just go get a QB when you need one, but over the last eight years we have missed so many opportunities to pick up NFL caliber quarterbacks. We have shown zero interest and now it has come back to haunt this team.
Vic: Nobody values crunch-time play more than I do, but 31 points should win any game. If it doesn't, you've got a problem much bigger than quarterback, and the Jaguars do.
Mark from Jacksonville:
The "NFL Network" did a fantastic job showcasing the city of Jacksonville. Find a way to bottle the excitement of this game and the Jaguars end up with a waiting list.
Vic: I don't ever again want to hear that Jacksonville doesn't get any respect. That was a travelogue. That was a three-hour hug for the Jaguars and Jacksonville.
Corey from Austin, TX:
On a second-and-12 play, Manning, under pressure, threw a pass directly into the back of his left guard. No penalty was assessed. I thought there was a rule against a lineman being the first to touch a pass?
Vic: For the other teams, yes, but not for the Colts.
Ross from Yulee, FL:
How close are the Jaguars?
Vic: A defense away.
Tom from Jacksonville:
The Jags seem to choke when it comes down to qualifying for the playoffs. How many times this decade have they been in charge of their own destiny, only to fail to make playoffs?
Vic: Twice: 2004 and 2006.
Mike from Gallitzin, PA:
Mike Tomlin was crucified by the FOX announcers for his decision to go for an onside kick while leading in the fourth quarter. I liked the decision. The Steelers defense has not given him any reason to trust them all season long. I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts.
Vic: He was sending a message to his defense: You stink.
Bill from Jacksonville:
I sent you this link earlier this season and asked for your opinion. What do you think now?
Vic: I had a few people ask me to comment on that message board thread. I read it and shook my head. The guy who started it – I can't imagine why – tried to advance his theory that Ben Roethlisberger is overrated, his offensive line is underrated and the Steelers defense carries both of them. He failed to mention that it was the offensive line that was called for holding in the end zone in the Super Bowl, resulting in a safety and canceling what would've been a game-clinching pass completion for a first down. He also failed to mention that the Steelers defense did one of the great fourth-quarter collapses in Super Bowl history, forcing Roethlisberger to put the team on his back and drive it 80-some yards to the game-winner. The guy who started the thread provided statistic on top of statistic to prove his point. Now he's got some new stats he can use.
Chris from Gilbert, AZ:
Two Jacksonville wins and one loss from either Denver or Baltimore would give the Jaguars a wild-card slot, right? The Broncos go to Philadelphia and the Ravens go into Pittsburgh next week. It seems likely that at least one of those teams will lose next week. Am I crazy or can the Jags actually sneak in?
Vic: I don't know what all the permutations are but I know this: It begins with the Jaguars winning their final two games. I don't think we need to focus on anything more than that. I feel strongly that if the Jaguars win-out, they'll make it in. Here it is; just like old times. The playoffs are on the line for the Jags, and Tom Brady is standing in their path. He's the guy who chased them out of the playoffs in '05 and '07, and he's the guy who killed their playoff hopes in '06.
Shawn from Jacksonville:
Wow! What a week and what a race for the wild-card spots. Despite losing three of the last four games, the Jaguars still have a serious shot at the postseason. I'm a huge Eagles and Steelers fan this coming week.
Vic: Wow! What a great Sunday I had. I sat on the couch and flipped back and forth between the Falcons-Jets, Dolphins-Titans games. They were fantastic finishes, only to be outdone by the mother of all fantastic finishes, Roethlisberger's 86-yard, game-winning touchdown drive and 19-yard, game-winning touchdown pass on the final play of the game. Everyone's talking about his 503 yards passing, but that's not what intrigues me. What intrigues me is: I have never – and I'll bet no one else has, either – seen a game in which a quarterback's first and last passes of the game went for touchdowns, and the last pass was the game-winner on the final play of the game. That's the stuff of which legends are made.
Ken from Vero Beach, FL:
Get Tebow, trade Garrard, tell Tebow it's your team win or lose.
Vic: I wouldn't worry about that.
Andrew from Jacksonville:
Would you attribute Vince Young's success to the time he spent learning the position?
Vic: I would attribute his success yesterday to a coach who was smart enough not to let Young attempt a pass with the game on the line, minutes after he turned in one of the worst crunch-time series I've seen in a long time.
Taylor from Ellicott City, MD:
Being the objective sportswriter I know you to be, do you have an updated opinion on Vince Young?
Vic: I really don't. He can't hit the "honey hole." What he has going for him is a running back that is so fantastic that teams don't dare play "cover two" against the Titans, therefore, there's no "honey hole." What happens when you fall behind and have to pass? That's when the problem surfaces.