Join jaguars.com Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Knox from Brunswick, GA:
Everyone knows how you feel about us rebuilding this year and the expectations are to be set low, but can the fans and the franchise afford to have another unfulfilled season? I know to not expect a lot of wins; it does not mean I don't want them. If it takes us two or three years to be good again, well, that seems like valuable time Jacksonville doesn't have. Your thoughts?
Vic: Everybody wants to win, Knox, but only a few do. My favorite team as a kid was the Pirates and they are completing their 17th consecutive losing season. The Browns and Lions, two storied franchises, have never been to a Super Bowl. The Jaguars have won four playoff games since the Cowboys last won a playoff game and the Jaguars began this season with the league's ninth-best winning percentage over the last five years, which means 23 teams in the league lost more games during that period of time. As I've said, you don't judge fan bases during the good times, you judge them during the down years. If it's gonna take consistent winning to fill this building, then it's likely not going to work because losing is a fact of life in the NFL. Sooner or later, it's gonna happen to everybody.
Olly from Oxford, England:
I used to be a chair-puncher, but then one day when I was in full flow my wife said, "You know, they can't actually hear you, don't you?"
Vic: I try to imagine the car is laughing at me when I yell at an offending motorist. It makes me feel foolish enough to stop.
Sean from Jacksonville:
Should fans look more at the postgame stats than the final score? I looked at both from the Arizona game and the postgame stats show a completely different team. It was a close game from the postgame stats.
Vic: It was not a close game; I would never tell you that. As I've said, stats should only be used to support what you believe to be true. That was a one-sided game that resulted in the Cardinals sort of pulling the plug after three quarters. The Jaguars did not pull the plug, however, and they would've given the Cardinals some very tense moments had the Jaguars caught one of those two balls in the end zone with about 4:30 to play.
Greg from Jacksonville:
I hope Wayne Weaver is taking into account how the prospect of drafting Tim Tebow may push away many people who are already loyal to this franchise. I personally will not renew my season tickets of 15 years if we take Tebow in the first round.
Vic: I don't understand that kind of thinking, either. There is a Jaguars-Gators divide in this town and I don't get it. Why do you have to be one or the other? Why can't you like both?
Ryan from Jacksonville:
How does this roster compare to the one that played that game against Chicago in 1995?
Vic: Both offensive tackles are rookies, just as Tony Boselli and Bryan DeMarco were, and David Garrard is getting sacked a lot, just as Steve Beuerlein and Mark Brunell did. The Jaguars were very thin on the defensive line that year, as they are now. There are similarities.
Jim from St. Augustine, FL:
I am not one to blame Garrard for the loss but it seems he is holding the ball a count too long. The receivers have made their cuts and achieved separation and Garrard is a count late in getting the ball there and the defender has a chance to close.
Vic: I've seen examples of that. You could accuse any quarterback in the league of making those mistakes. The best quarterbacks make those mistakes the least.
Chris from Jacksonville:
Would you classify a two-score game as "out of reach" at the 2:58 mark of the fourth quarter if you had Tom Brady, Peyton Manning or Ben Roethlisberger at QB? When was crunch-time in this game?
Vic: Yes, I would because the Jaguars had used all of their times out. Down by 14 at your own 20 with no times out remaining is turn-out-the-lights time, even if your quarterback is Joe Montana or Johnny Unitas. Crunch time was at 6:06, down by 14 and on their own 38. The Jaguars had a chance to rally. They needed a touchdown there to have a reasonable chance of winning.
Greg from Jacksonville:
The more I see fans cheer an injured referee, the more I'm embarrassed.
Vic: When I was a kid, I was at a late-season game when the crowd started singing, "Goodbye, Austin," which was their way of chiding Steelers coach Bill Austin. My dad started singing it, which stunned me. I looked at him as if to ask, "Are you OK, dad?" He looked at me, stopped singing, got this "what am I doing?" look on his face, and then said, "Come on, let's get out of here." Sometimes children have to set a good example for their parents. We needed more kids in attendance this past Sunday.
John from Oak Hill, VA:
Was the pass-protection adequate against the Cardinals or not? Coach says yes, your game blog and column seem to suggest otherwise. True?
Vic: Jack Del Rio said it was improved over week one. I'll agree with that but I don't believe the protection Garrard got against Arizona was sufficient. I think we've lowered our expectation for the pass-protection Garrard should receive. All of a sudden, everything's got to be out in two seconds. My expectation is much higher than that. If I'm paying five offensive linemen a combined contract average of $15 million a year, I expect my quarterback to have time to drop, set, look and throw, and I'd like for him to have enough time to get a pat in there, too. Oh, and I not only expect him to have time to throw, I expect him to be provided with room to throw. Garrard is getting hit way too much. Those hits take a toll. They cause happy feet and wandering eyes. For Garrard to be an effective passer, he needs to have confidence that he's being protected.
Forrest from Jacksonville:
Don't forget about the no-call that gave us our first playoff win under JDR.
Vic: It's funny how we forget about those, huh?
Barry from Gainesville, FL:
I agree with you 99 percent of the time, however, the blown pass-interference call had a huge domino effect on the game and maybe the season. I know, once the call is made or not made you go on and do your best, but if pass-interference is called when Torry Holt was nailed in the first quarter, the block and return may have never happened.
Vic: There is no time for this.
Drew from Jacksonville:
"That's your problem, not mine. I'm more capable of controlling my emotions and concentrating them on life's real problems. I can't think of anything more useless than being angry about the result of a football game." You tell us to buy tickets and you hope we can support our team better than we have and you make this comment to a fan that goes and does those things. Normally, when a fan spends hundreds of dollars on season tickets and they continue to see their team lose at home, they can be angry about their investment. I'm sorry, but your comment angered me more than the Jaguars did on Sunday. You can keep making your pretty paycheck, sitting up in the press box eating your hot dogs for free and post comments about how much better you are than the fans, but me and every other Jag fan can be angry about a $100 day in a nameless stadium. It's a real life problem for the ones forking out the money and not seeing what they thought they were paying to see.
Vic: There is no time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-oka4cttIg
Josh from Lanesboro, MN:
Rebuilding twice in one decade is a tough pill to swallow. My question is how did the Jags miss on so many picks this decade?
Vic: They did too much need-picking. They tried to manufacture solutions. You might get lucky at doing that once in a while, but the Jaguars did way too much of it.
Chris from Fort Myers, FL:
Standing ovation in 1995, Fox news launches in '96, everyone is angry now. Do I see a pattern?
Vic: Do you think that's it?
Chuck from Riverside, FL:
Is it just me or do you get the sense that the most vocal and most critical fans are the ones who have never played the game?
Vic: I'm not big on the "he never played the game" thing. I think it's snooty sounding. I do acknowledge, however, that having played the game helps someone understand and appreciate the game and its inner struggles. I don't think you can fully understand and appreciate the game until you've faced its greatest challenge of human confrontation and the ultimate challenge of being confronted by someone you know is superior to you. That humbling experience is at the core of everything that happens on a football field and if you don't get that, you get nothing.
Matt from Valencia, CA:
Would you agree Jacksonville has the worst fans in the NFL?
Vic: No, I would not agree. The problem is the Jaguars may have the fewest fans in the league, and that's a product of playing in what is, for all intents and purposes, the smallest market in the league. I'm hoping to do a story soon on some eye-opening stats concerning population, attendance and wage-earning numbers. They'll explain, without debate, the challenges the Jaguars face in this market. As I have written several times previously, the whole idea of putting a team in Jacksonville was built on the premise of over-achievement. The belief was that Jacksonville had such a burning passion for football that it could make the numbers go away. That was, clearly, an unfair expectation. Now we're left to deal with the plain, hard truth.