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The failure of my humor

Let's get to it . . . Lee from Duval County, FL:
I commend Paul Posluszny for speaking publicly about the Penn State disaster. The former Penn State players have done a good job of addressing such a tragic situation.
John: I thought Posluszny handled himself as well as he possibly could have in that situation. He's a standup guy who was as honest as possible in a difficult time.
Todd from Philadelphia, PA:
I understand why fans don't get BAP. I have started using it in my love life and my wife just can't seem to grasp it.
John: Stay true to your beliefs, Todd. Stay strong.
John from Jacksonville:
This is regards to your reply about a team having every right to rest starters when clinching a playoff spot before the end of the season. This has an impact on the fans who purchased those expensive season tickets. Watching preseason scrimmages already reduces the value of the investment by 20 percent. Adding the risk of the same quality of game at the end of the season reduces the value by another 10 percent per game. You might argue that the fan should be pleased because their team has secured the playoffs but it costs the season-ticket holder more money, at a higher game price, for those games. I don't expect a reply because of the constant push to sell season tickets but I wanted to point out the logic from a fan's viewpoint who purchased a season ticket as I think this got missed in the context of your reply.
John: I have no problem answering. Your point seems to be that a team should play starters even if they have clinched their playoff positioning and potentially risk an injury to a front-line player simply because fans purchased season tickets. Would a hard-core fan – which presumably a season-ticket holder is – really want their team to have less chance of going to the Super Bowl so they could see front-line players in a game without playoff implications? I'm not oblivious to the issue you're discussing, but the reality is everything can't be legislated. If a team has clinched its playoff positioning, it has earned the right to handle the final games of the regular season as it chooses. I don't know what rules reasonably could address the situation.
John from Jacksonville:
Do you think the Jaguars will eventually go to three quarterbacks on the roster again? It seems with quarterback being the most important position that it would make sense to have more individuals competing and developing in case of injury or the starter not working out.
John: Ideally, you don't have competition at quarterback. You want a starter and a backup, and if you have a third quarterback, you have him on the practice squad to so that your starter doesn't have to wear out his arm in practice. The NFL isn't about quarterbacks competing for jobs in practice. It's about them winning games on Sunday.
Bruce from Jacksonville:
Do you think the next Jags Monday night game will be rescheduled?
John: The league doesn't change or "flex" Monday Night games – only Sunday games.
Kenny from San Diego, CA:
I find it funny that, when it comes to winning games in one 2-6 season, the philosophy is "you play to win the game-NOW". But when it comes to free agency and actually spending money, it's all about patience and accepting struggles in the present for (possible) future success. Well, which is it John? Do you want people to accept the losing or expect to win every week? If this organization wanted the fans to show that they were committed to "playing to win the game" then they would have opened the pocketbook for a decent wide receiver this offseason.
John: Here's what I find funny – that people think the Jaguars didn't spend money in the off-season. Clint Session, Paul Posluszny, Dawan Landry, Matt Roth, Drew Coleman – I guess those guys signed for a pair of socks? As for opening the pocketbook for a "decent" free agent wide receiver this off-season, we've discussed it again and again. The issue wasn't expense. It was there not being someone available who they believed worth the price. Beyond that, I'm not getting sucked in to this discussion. Not today.
Dan from Jacksonville:
Many people are on the "We missed on Dalton" train. Dalton was redshirted his freshman year but listed as third quarterback and traveled with the team. He started his next four years with TCU, giving him five years as a college quarterback, 4 playing. Gabbert had no redshirt and played two years as a starter. He went pro as a true junior. There is every reason to believe Dalton would come in more ready and did. They talked about it in the pre-draft analysis. Shouldn't we wait more than 9 weeks to crown Dalton the prize of 2011 draft?
John: That would require foresight, reason and patience. Such things have no place here.
Scott from Ponte Vedra, FL:
Thanks for your posting. However, Northern Iowa and Temple are both Division I schools and Bethune Cookman consistently plays Division I schools so in reality only Cox is successfully from a Division II school.
John: So what – Cox doesn't count? The point is you can twist this argument any way you want. And the point is Pierre Garcon went to Mount Union, did nothing as a rookie and has been a productive player for the Colts in the three seasons since. Players from big schools bust. Players from big schools make it. Players from small schools make it. Players from small schools bust. And on and on and on.
John from Jacksonville:
If the fans were in charge, we'd have Tebow throwing to TO and Brandon Lloyd or Ochocinco and paid Asomugha a fortune to put us in salary cap problems. I'll stick with GM Gene, thank you very much.
John: Oh, but wouldn't it be fun?
Carrie from Jacksonville:
Ebon "Brittle." Look John, I'm a 23-year-old stay-at-home mom and I even know you have to draft guys with a 'big bubble' and thick legs who have true NFL bodies. Not these brittle stick men with good character. See Zach Miller. I'm fed up.
John: I hope you never have back issues. But you probably won't. Apparently, you know how to predict and prevent injuries.
Brian from Orlando, FL:
"The NFL is not the NBA. It's much harder for one player — even a quarterback— to make an immediate difference so drastic." Maybe not immediate but the Colts are proving to be an unprecedented exception that one guy can really make that much of a difference in pro football.
John: Yes, in this instance – when a franchise has been completely built around a Hall of Fame quarterback who possesses unique skills and is playing at the top of his game – it can make that much of a difference. And there's no question that quarterback is THE MOST important position in the NFL. But in terms of immediate impact, it's tough for a new quarterback to have the quick impact of a dominant player in basketball.
Josh from Jacksonville:
What are the chances of Luck demanding a trade once he is drafted? If he is taken by the Colts, he'll obviously be on the bench a couple seasons, do you think he'll try and get a trade to be a starter somewhere right away?
John: If Luck is taken by the Colts, I believe the Colts will either trade or release Manning – probably well before next season. I don't believe Manning is the type to play mentor, and I believe he believes a top-drafted quarterback should play immediately. I also believe he would see the drafting of Luck as a sign the Colts are playing for the future, and at his age, Manning isn't playing for the future.
Adam from Gilbert, AZ:
I agree with you when you say that a rookie quarterback is not guaranteed success no matter what the hype, but I believe the Luck/Colts situation is unique. The Colts are a team built around one specific position (if not person). Combine that with the fact that Luck is being touted as a once in a generation player. Even though they would obviously have to simplify the offense for a rookie, but I think it is totally plausible that if the Colts do in fact draft Luck then they would be able to go right back to their usual (albeit bothersome) winning ways.
John: I couldn't disagree more. Your logic absolutely has merit, but the problem is the Colts' offense is built on Manning being an elite, all-time quarterback with ability at the line of scrimmage and near-photographic recall of an offense in which he has played for 13 years. What Manning does – or did, rather – in the Colts' offense is unique not only in the NFL in this era, but very rare for any era. Consider that the Colts were a late kickoff return from beating the Jets – a team that played in the AFC Championship Game – to advance to the second round of the playoffs last season. The Colts did this without Dallas Clark, Austin Collie and Anthony Gonzalez, meaning they were down to essentially two primary receivers. Now, with basically the same roster, they not only haven't won, they have been historically weak in recent weeks. It's a fall of historic proportions based on the absence of one player. One rookie quarterback won't return them immediately to their previous place, not immediately.
Tom from Mandarin, FL:
When are you going to give up on your failed attempt at humor and answer the questions that are presented?
John: Huh?

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