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

Armand from Jacksonville:
Please tell us how the golf tournament went.

Vic: It was fantastic. We had a full house and there were no no-shows. That's the thing that really impressed me. It was an early-morning event that required some driving for people from Jacksonville. Nobody had anything more invested than a reservation – no deposit to lose – yet, everybody showed up. I am greatly appreciative of the loyalty and enthusiasm our "Ask Vic" golfers display. I truly love the event and look forward to it every year. Osprey Cove is one of the most scenic courses I've ever played and I'm already looking forward to next year's event.

Scott from Kingsland, GA:
Wasn't Bo Jackson in 1986 not signed by Tampa and re-entered the draft the following year?

Vic: Yes, but I didn't use him as the example because the circumstances were a little different. Jackson decided to play baseball. Oakland drafted him a year later with a plan in mind that would allow him to finish his baseball season before he reported to the Raiders. Baseball offered Jackson an option. A player such as Derrick Harvey doesn't appear to have that option, that's why I didn't use the Jackson analogy.

Nick from Sacramento, CA:
If the scheduling with other divisions is on a cycle, why have we played Pittsburgh four times in a row?

Vic: The Jaguars played the Steelers last season because they each finished in third place in their divisions the previous season. The scheduling format includes games against teams in two other same-conference divisions that finished in the same place in the standings the previous year. That was also the case between the Jaguars and Steelers in 2006 and 2004. In 2005, they played against each other because that was a year when the AFC North and AFC South teams were scheduled to play against each other, as is the case this season.

Stuart from Tulsa, OK:
I just saw a trailer for a movie about Ernie Davis. Who was he? I'm only 23 so I don't have much of a sense of history of the game.

Vic: Ernie Davis was one of the great running backs in the Syracuse number 44 tradition. Davis was preceded by Jim Brown and followed by Floyd Little. In those days, Syracuse was the USC of the east. They always had a great running back and Davis was sensational. He had it all and he was a wonderfully humble man. Tom Coughlin played with Little at Syracuse and Coughlin remains a big Davis fan. He'll talk on and on about him. Davis won the 1961 Heisman Trophy – he is the first-ever African-American to win the Heisman – and was acquired by the Browns from the Redskins, who made Davis the first pick of the 1962 draft, in a trade. Imagine Brown and Davis in the same backfield. It never happened, however, because Davis was diagnosed to have leukemia before he ever played in an NFL game and he died in 1963. Ernie Davis is a magical name in my life because I was at the most impressionable young age when he was the king of college football. I remember listening to a Syracuse-Penn State game on radio as I swept the floor of my grandfather's store. In Ben Schwartzwalder's offense, it was all run, all the time, and that meant Davis to the right, Davis to the left and Davis up the middle. That's what I still remember of the radio call of that game: Davis, Davis, Davis.

Jensen from Hallettsville, TX:
Why do people always have to complain when others try to have a little fun?

Vic: Because they're angry.

Ryan from Ancaster, Ontario:
I have to say that the two things I look forward to most on this site are your column and Jack Del Rio's press conference clips. Jack seems so comfortable and in complete control of this team. What are your thoughts on him as a coach and as an interview?

Vic: His record speaks for itself and so do the statements from his press conference following Saturday's loss to the Dolphins. He didn't mince words, did he?

Bill from Orange Park, FL:
What is the difference between leaguethink and collusion?

Vic: Leaguethink is pooling the TV revenue. An example of collusion would be all teams agreeing not to sign free agents.

Bob from Fernandina Beach, FL:
For the second game in a row, the Jags played without passion against a team that was less talented. They get gashed by the run and they can't run the ball. The offensive line has looked poor for two weeks. What's it gonna take to get this team to quit reading its press clippings and go to work?

Vic: First of all, the offensive line was outstanding against the Falcons. If we're gonna all jump off the bridge, then let's at least do it for the right reasons, OK? Yeah, the line was bad against the Dolphins. So was the defensive line. So was just about every phase of the Jaguars' performance. Am I worried? No, because it's the preseason. I will not get bent out of shape about a preseason game. I won't allow myself to be that stupid. There will be lots of time to be stupid once the regular season begins. I see no reason to do it now. What's the problem? I don't know. Maybe it was an end-of-camp hangover. I mean, seriously, what's the motivation for this team in the preseason? Jobs are set. All but a few roster spots have been determined. Whether they win all the preseason games or lose them all, they'll start the regular season 0-0. The motivation for a team such as the Dolphins is obvious: They have a lot of young players fighting to make the roster. They have a new administration and everything and everybody is under the microscope.

Jessica from Twin Falls, ID:
My expectations for the Jaguars this season just went down quite a bit. Do you think this game will temper this crazy Super Bowl hype?

Vic: I hope so. What good is it? What does it accomplish? I don't need expectations. I need reality and beginning in a few weeks we're going to find out what that reality is.

Mike from Jacksonville:
Please make me feel better about Garrard's performance on Saturday.

Vic: It wasn't good but it wasn't awful. The throw for Troy Williamson wasn't nearly as bad as it looked. The ball for Mike Walker in the end zone should've been caught. The pass I didn't like was the horrible overthrow for Walker on the deep route. He was all alone. What happened was that Garrard had been hit so much that he got antsy. He didn't set his feet. He rushed the pass. He flipped it. Block better and he'll throw better. If the Jaguars don't block better, they may turn their quarterback back into a runner, and I don't wanna see that happen. For now, relax; it's the preseason. There'll be lots of time in the regular season to push panic buttons.

Wade from Winston-Salem, NC:
I know the loss to the Dolphins is the end of the world and all, but isn't it pretty much an ideal time to have a kick in the tail and remind these guys that an easy training camp does not correlate with an easy season? Of course, that assumes the Jags are actually better than they played on Saturday.

Vic: Soft training camps will make you look soft, especially when you're playing against a team that has had a very demanding training camp. From what I was told, the Dolphins have done a lot of hitting, as you would expect of a team with a change at the top and coming off a one-win season. What's to protect, right? Yeah, but the Jaguars have lots to protect. Look, I don't like soft camps, but I understand why things are the way they are around the league. What would the criticism be if the Jaguars had sustained all of these injuries in contact drills? People would be criticizing Jack Del Rio for crippling the team with unnecessary hitting. Folks, we got two more weeks to go before the regular-season mode begins. It's a long season. It doesn't do you any good to peak in August. Peaking is for December, which is exactly what the Jaguars did last year.

Terri from St. Marys, GA:
What adjustments will coach Del Rio make to fine-tune the offense and defense?

Vic: August isn't for fine-tuning. August is for establishing the fundamentals and that's where the Jaguars were lacking against the Dolphins. They didn't hold the point. They didn't get off blocks. They didn't move their feet in blocking. They didn't hold onto the ball at the goal line. They didn't square their shoulders and strike the rising blow. I saw Daryl Smith reach and grab on an attempted tackle at the goal line. He never does something like that. Why did he do it on this night? I don't know, but I can live with it, for now. A couple of weeks from now? No way.

Jami from Arlington, VA:
The elite teams aren't supposed to play this way.

Vic: Elite teams aren't supposed to play that way in the regular season. A lot of elite teams play that way in the preseason. It happens.

Mark from Jacksonville:
Do you think Todd Bouman should move up the roster to the number two spot?

Vic: There is no competition for the backup quarterback position. Jack Del Rio made that clear last week. Cleo Lemon is number two. Bouman is playing for the tape and his performance on Saturday may have, in fact, hurt the Jaguars. Here's why: Jack Del Rio likes to keep two quarterbacks. Before Saturday, I think he could've cut Bouman and had every confidence that he could re-sign him whenever he needed him. Now, after Bouman played as well as he did on Saturday, he'll be more attractive to a team in need of a quarterback. I can't help but wonder if Bouman's strong performance and Lemon's weak one will cause Del Rio to re-think his two-quarterback philosophy.

Abel from Jacksonville:
Gene Frenette of the Times-Union got it wrong when he said Garrard overthrew Troy Williamson. If Williamson had kept running at the same speed instead of stopping, then jumping to try to catch the pass, he could have had a touchdown catch.

Vic: I agree. The throw wasn't that bad. The throw, in fact, would've been right on the money if Williamson wasn't favoring his mysterious soft-tissue injury. In OTAs, he would've made that catch in stride. There's no doubt in my mind that Williamson was hampered by his injury on Saturday and that's why he didn't get to the ball. So who gets the blame? The quarterback. He always does.

Tyler from Oviedo, FL:
I'm speechless right now. Can this be fixed? Or should we be reasonably concerned, but at the same time realize it's the preseason?

Vic: I like your last thought.

Franchot from St. Augustine, FL:
I am starting to think Garrard was a one-year wonder. What do you think?

Vic: I think you're bored. Can't this wait until a real game is played?

Justin from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
There is no joy in Mudville.

Vic: This column today is embarrassing.

Nick from Washington, DC:
How much would you attribute Garrard's unimpressive play to the absence of his two best wide receivers?

Vic: I didn't see much suddenness out there on Saturday. I hope Jerry Porter is the guy they think he is because they need him.

John from Jacksonville:
I have to agree with you when you said this is a different Miami team than last year. They played more physical than the Jags.

Vic: That team is going to surprise people. I see things I like. In fact, I'm going to go so far as to name the Dolphins my surprise team in the league this year.

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