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They prey on weakness

Join Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Gregg from Jacksonville:
What is happening to Chris Johnson this season? Why isn't he putting up the same numbers?

Vic: He got roughed up in week two; he was knocked out of the game and I think it got to his head a little bit. He'll be back.

Ray from Jacksonville:
I also enjoy the proper use of the plural for time out and it irks me to hear people use baseball terms incorrectly when they say RBIs or ERA average. Why would you say runs batted ins?

Vic: The plural of RBI is RBI and it's redundant to use the word average with ERA. Sports lingo requires certain freedoms but sports reporters should follow standards whenever possible.

Christian from Jacksonville:
A buddy of mine told me if he had the money he'd buy the Jags and show everyone how to run an NFL team. I thought what he said next was a joke, but he was dead serious: "Trade Jags 2011 first and second-round picks to the Broncos for that Florida QB, then trade the rest of the Jags' 2011 picks to the Vikings for that Florida WR (the one with the headaches). Both of those guys would not only take the Jags to the Super Bowl in 2011 but the stadium would sell out for every game."

Vic: He, obviously, has not crossed over. I'd rather he didn't.

Ryan from Las Vegas, NV:
Flacco or Ryan?

Vic: Ryan.

Darrell from Starke, FL:
Some of these emails can't be for real. Is someone making them up just to allow you a pithy reply?

Vic: No, and that's a pithy.

Dan from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
With the throws David made late in that game, would you consider that a game-winning drive?

Vic: I would consider the nine-play, 57-yard touchdown drive that gave the Jaguars a 28-21 lead with 2:09 to play a game-winning drive. At least, it should've been a game-winning drive. It was crunch time and Garrard was excellent in his execution. The drive that led to the field goal was more of a one-pass event, but it was a heckuva throw. You'd be surprised how many quarterbacks in this league can't make that throw.

Ralph from Dayton, OH:
I'm just curious as to what you think of Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State. He is probably the best athlete in college football and his passing has really progressed this year. He is young and has made some bad throws, but he continues to progress. Just imagine what he could do to a defense.

Vic: He is a phenomenal athlete. Watching him leave defenders in the dust as he glides through secondaries as though he's in a trot leaves me in disbelief. He comes from a town near to my heart and it's a town where my sons played sports and I have lots of deep friendships, so I'd love to say I think he's a great NFL quarterback prospect, but I don't. He's just not a natural passer of the football and, at this level, that has to be something that comes to you naturally.

Jody from Fernandina Beach, FL:
Have you seen film on Michigan's sophomore QB, Denard Robinson? He would seem to have all of the athletic ability of Michael Vick. Your thoughts?

Vic: Whoa! Michael Vick? Robinson's not even in the same class. Vick is an athlete the likes of which we may not see again in our lifetime. Vick is a Jim Thorpe type of player. Robinson is a college spread-offense quarterback; that's all. He reminds me of the quarterback at Appalachian State I liked so much. When it comes time to make the move to the NFL, Robinson will have to play wide receiver.

Pat from Jacksonville:
How high is Tiquan's ceiling?

Vic: This is an astute question because it's Underwood's ceiling that makes him so intriguing. A guy with his speed and body control offers major upside. If you can bulk him up and improve his hands, he could become a big-time deep threat. That's what I saw in him right away. Deep threats are special. Possession guys are a dime a dozen.

Preston from Atlanta, GA:
I have a question regarding the downing of punts near the goal line. It's my understanding that once the kicking team touches the ball, the receiving team can't lose possession. With that in mind, what prevents the receiving team from trying to knock the ball into the end zone after a member of the receiving team saves it from going in? Would it be a touchback or just the ball back where the defense first touched it?

Vic: The receiving team can always take the ball at the spot of the first touch, provided they do not foul after the fact. Once the kicking team touches the ball, the return team may advance the ball without risk. In other words, after the kicking team touched the ball, if the return team picked it up, ran 90 yards with it and fumbled it away to the kicking team, the ball would belong to the return team where it was first touched by the kicking team. If after the kicking team touched the ball the return team picked it up and ran backwards 10 yards and was tackled, the ball would belong to the return team at the point it was first touched by the kicking team, if it elected to exercise that option. If after the kicking team touched the ball the return team batted it toward the kicking team's goal line, the return team would be penalized for illegal batting of the ball. The ball would be returned to the point of first touching and the return team would then be penalized for illegal batting, at which point the ball would belong to the return team.

Eric from Indianapolis, IN:
Care to state how Reggie (Wayne) came out the game? You do realize Collie having better numbers is due to defenses doubling Wayne, right?

Vic: First of all, you're statement on doubling is exaggerated. Against a team that floods the passing lanes with as many receivers as the Colts do, and against a team that has a weapon such as Dallas Clark and a quarterback that'll find whatever weakness you present, you're not going to overload on any one receiver. You may roll coverage to Wayne's side of the field, but you're not going to double him. Secondly, you might remember that Wayne tailed off late last season and there was talk that he might be losing a step. That slump carried over into the first three games of this season. I'm sure you'll acknowledge that to be true. I apologize, however, for using the stats, which were pretty lopsided coming into this game, to form my opinion.

Shaun from Jacksonville:
You have to love the Patriots organization. They get Randy Moss for a fourth-round pick. They get Pro-Bowl production out of him and then recoup a third-round pick to trade him. Talk about return on investment.

Vic: They're the best. I am in awe of them. They skinned another one.

Sean from Arlington, VA:
The Randy Moss trade brilliantly illustrates the right way (Pats) and the wrong (Vikes) to build a team. Given the precarious stadium situation in Minnesota, this go-for-broke trade could ultimately implode that team. While I don't want to see any city lose its team, this win-now mentality seems like the kind of move we might look back on in five years and realize it did more harm than good.

Vic: They got in so deep they couldn't get out. Somewhere along the line, they lost sight of the fact that football is a young man's game. The Packers and Patriots did it the right way: young, not old, and picks, not players.

Olly from Oxford, England:
Has any aspect of the team's performance thus far surprised you? How about individuals? Is anyone playing much better or worse than you expected?

Vic: The only surprise for me is that the offense played as poorly as it did in the San Diego and Philadelphia games. As I said going into training camp, my expectation for the Jaguars this year was that the offense would carry the defense, at least until the younger players on defense started to grow into their roles, and until Jack Del Rio and Mel Tucker found a way to fix the team's issues in its secondary.

Matt from Jacksonville:
You're saying this week in Buffalo is the deciding factor if we are a playoff-caliber team or not?

Vic: There's no lasting proclamation. Whether a team is a playoff contender or not changes from week to week, according to its record. You can't lose to the winless Bills and spend next week talking about the playoffs. Ask Jim Mora.

Daniel from Egg Harbor Township, NJ:
Can we take a poll to get rid of you? I must say I was at least glad you were able to put your anti anyone with religious values basis behind you when you correctly pointed out that Austin Collie is the Colts' best receiver.

Vic: Love thy neighbor as thyself. I learned that when I was an altar boy.

Gary from Jacksonville:
So, the Patriots bought a used car in good condition for $10,000. They drove it all over creation, got the most out of it for three years, and then the service engine light came on. So they go to the Vikings and sell them the same car in worse condition for $15,000. The league should really look into this. These guys are using Jedi mind-control tricks or something.

Vic: No tricks. They're just preying on weakness. The Patriots prey on those teams that don't see the big picture or haven't heard the dirty little secret. What's the dirty little secret? The dirty little secret is that the Super Bowl isn't the goal. The goal is to be a playoff contender every year and fill your stadium, and every once in awhile you'll get hot at playoff time and win it all. The ones that try to win it all this year, usually don't win it all and then find themselves hopelessly out of playoff contention for several years as they rebuild. That's when the real trouble starts. The good franchises are the ones that discipline themselves to see the big picture.

Dexter from Jacksonville:
I am beginning to worry about you. Some days you sound like a man who is about ready to walk out because you are so fed up with our fan base.

Vic: What? No way. Who couldn't like this?

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