Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Jordan from Lincoln, NE:
I heard Dwight Freeney could possibly be a free agent in the offseason. What are the chances of that happening?
Vic: The Colts aren't going to let Dwight Freeney get away. He's the one player I would think they would do anything and everything to keep. The problem with doing what it takes to keep Freeney, however, is that it almost certainly will involve re-structuring other players' contracts to make room for what the Colts will have to pay Freeney, and that means pushing even more money into the future and making the inevitable salary cap recovery longer and more arduous. It's difficult for fans to develop a sensitivity for two and three years down the road when all is going so well now, but time surely passes and eventually your time in salary cap hell will arrive. Ask the Titans.
Joseph from Daytona Beach, FL:
Just wondering why Los Angeles lost their last two teams and what makes them think they can keep a third?
Vic: Los Angeles lost the Rams and the Raiders because city government did not respond to the teams' stadium and lease requests. It's a great lesson for city governments in small markets: If the second-largest market in America can lose two teams because city government played hardball, then certainly a small market can lose one team by doing the same. Why does Los Angeles think it can succeed with a new team? Because this time the stadium and lease issues will have been worked out in advance of the team's arrival. The other thing that gives Los Angeles a great chance of being successful this time is that LA offers great potential for premium-seat sales. We're talking about an extremely lucrative market. Club-seat prices won't be an issue in LA and, clearly, premium-seat sales are critical to teams' profitability.
Jon from Jacksonville:
With the inept passing game the Ravens are bringing to town Sunday, do you think the Jags are gonna play the same defensive scheme they did when they faced Maddox and the Steelers? Stacking the box against the run and daring them to pass?
Vic: I don't think there's any question about that.
Eric from Jacksonville:
You've talked about the defense, now who do you think had the best offense of all time? Who was the best offensive player?
Vic: The 49ers of the 1980's, in my opinion, had the best offense I've ever seen and Joe Montana is the second-best offensive player I've ever seen. Some would say Johnny Unitas was the second-best player in NFL history. Montana was a system quarterback; Unitas was not. The best offensive player of all-time, in my opinion and in the opinion of anyone else who saw him play and has a brain, is Jim Brown. He is the only answer; there are no other candidates.
Jason from Plant City, FL:
Who in your opinion have been the best college quarterbacks turned receiver in the NFL.
Vic: Two guys jump out at me: Hines Ward and Freddie Solomon. There are plenty of others, I'm sure, but those two immediately come to mind. Ward is one of the most complete receivers – catch it, run with it, block, score touchdowns, get first downs, run the reverses and screens – I have ever seen. Solomon had great years with the 49ers; played 11 years in the league, caught 371 passes and scored 48 touchdowns receiving, four touchdowns rushing and five touchdowns on returns. He was a very underrated player. The best quarterback-turned-receiver, in my opinion, would've been Kordell Stewart, had he listened to the people who told him to be a receiver. I believe he would've finished his career as the greatest receiver in Steelers history. Ward might be chasing Stewart instead of John Stallworth.
Travis from Fayetteville, AR:
College overtime is not real football? You obviously need to get out more. The fact that both teams get a chance to win or lose on offense is what's great about college football. How frustrating to lose the coin flip and not get a chance at getting the ball. If you lose the opening coin flip at the start of the game, you still get possession to start the second half. NFL overtime is the one that's not real football.
Vic: I couldn't disagree with you more. College overtime has no kickoffs or punts and field position is no issue. That's not real football.
Bill from Woodbury, MN:
So Paul Tagliabue stands on the steps of City Hall in Los Angeles and announces they have terms to bring a team back. They don't know who or when, or even where in Los Angeles they will play. Am I missing something or is the LA situation in the same status it was prior to the Tagliabue announcement?
Vic: What you're saying is essentially correct, but there was very definitely a message in Tagliabue's remarks yesterday. The message is that some poor town is going to lose its team because the NFL is going to put a team in Los Angeles. "It's the first time we've had agreement on term sheets. We're one step closer; two or three steps closer. Whether it's 2009, 2010 or 2000-whatever, our goal is to have definitive agreements on all subject matters well before our league meetings in March," Tagliabue told reporters. It's going to happen; you can count on it. We don't know who the team will be, where it will play in Los Angeles or when it will start playing, but it will happen.
Mike from Elk City, OK:
Will Donovin Darius be back if the Jags make it to the Super Bowl; like T.O. did?
Vic: Donovin Darius is on the injured reserve list. He can not play again this season. Terrell Owens remained on the Eagles' active roster last season following his leg injury.
Gary from Jacksonville:
We have heard all the other sportswriters and commentators on the T.O. issue. What is your view on Mr. Owens?
Vic: Are you serious? You don't think I've stated my opinion of Terrell Owens? OK, here it is: I think last year, when Owens hounded Donovan McNabb along the sideline in Pittsburgh, an offensive lineman should've flattened Owens. He destroys everything 52 other men dedicate themselves to establishing. The only positive feeling he produces on a team is its unity for its contempt of him. I would rather never throw a pass in a game than have Owens on my team. He's great if you believe football is first and foremost an entertainment game, but I do not. I believe football is first and foremost an athletic competition, and everything about Owens flies in the face of the spirit of athletic competition. Have I made myself clear now?