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This is the year to get one

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

Patrick from Jacksonville:
Watching the BCS championship game, I'm more impressed by Newton. He kind of reminds me of "Big Ben" with speed. What's your impression of him?

Vic: I don't see much Roethlisberger in him. Newton is a strong runner but he doesn't impress me as being especially strong in the pocket, as Roethlisberger is. The only strong feeling I have for Newton is that it appears he can make all of the throws. He's a natural passer of the football. His motion is natural and fluid and if and when he learns how to play the pro game, he should be successful at it.

Dan from Jacksonville:
How many picks do the Jaguars have in this year's draft?

Vic: They have two in the fourth round, none in the seventh round and one in every other round, which is a total of seven picks. The Jaguars will not receive a compensatory pick award because they signed two free agents, Aaron Kampman and Kassim Osgood, and didn't lose any players in free agency.

Nick from London, England:
Which road team do you give the best chance of winning this weekend?

Vic: Baltimore; it already has won in Pittsburgh this season.

Jodi from Fleming Island, FL:
Thinking of Mike Smith, what other ex-Jaguars coordinators have gone on to be head coaches in the NFL?

Vic: Kevin Gilbride with the San Diego Chargers, Dick Jauron with the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills, Chris Palmer with the Cleveland Browns, Dom Capers with the Houston Texans and Bob Petrino with the Atlanta Falcons.

Blake from Tallahassee, FL:
If Oregon had a power back, they may have won that game.

Vic: The Oregon running backs gave new meaning to the phrase, "dropped in their tracks." I mean, they went down as soon as they were hit. That offense, of course, isn't built on power; it's built on speed and deception. When you're one thing and one thing only, you live and die with that one thing. I prefer a more balanced, varied attack. When you get down on the goal line, you gotta be able to pound people.

Michael from Jacksonville:
Can you round out your thoughts on Andy Dalton? After your mention, I gotta say, I like what I see.

Vic: He's tough in a Texas kind of way, which is a good thing. He's a no-nonsense, make-no-excuses, disciplined, coachable and dedicated player. He makes the most of his abilities and he has some legit pro skills. I'm wondering if he might have played in an offense that hid his arm. He appears to have a strong one but he played in a short-pass offense. We'll find out at the scouting combine. It's hard to know what these guys have under the hood until the scouts get them in Indianapolis and make them do the things they'll have to do in the NFL.

Andrew from St. Augustine, FL:
The Heisman trophy winner threw an ugly interception and had a costly fumble. His two touchdown passes were to wide-open receivers and, when they needed a yard for a touchdown, he was stuffed. Do people really believe he is the best college football player in the nation?

Vic: You failed to mention that he won the game. I think you're being too harsh on him. He has real talent but he didn't get a full dose of college football and he needs a lot of development and refining.

John from Houston, TX:
Did you enjoy Monday night's game?

Vic: Not really; that's just not my kind of football. As I was watching it, I thought to myself: Are they playing the same game Notre Dame and Michigan State played in 1966? What's with all of the unblocked defensive linemen? Is that something you should really want to do?

Robert from Oceanside, CA:
How do you think Mark Sanchez played against Indy?

Vic: He threw as you would expect of a guy with a sore arm. Anybody who's played baseball knows that you throw high when you have a sore arm because it's difficult to follow-through.

Jim from Jacksonville:
If we lose Dirk Koetter to Denver, is there anyone in-house that can step up? I hate to think the team would have to go through another season learning a new system, even though I'm not sure what we have right now is something to be proud of.

Vic: Why would you say that? If it's so bad, then why is Denver considering the man who coordinated it for the job of head coach? That's a sad and senseless shot. Yes, I think the Jaguars have a guy in-house that could take over the offense, should the Jaguars lose Koetter. Mike Shula has been both an NFL coordinator and a major college head coach.

Dane from Gainesville, FL:
Could you further explain what you referred to as a "one-piece delivery?"

Vic: It refers to the lack of hinges and moving parts in the throwing arm. Some guys throw with a lot of wrist snap. Some guys snap the elbow. Colin Kaepernick, much as does Roethlisberger, throws with a full arm motion. He doesn't snap his wrist or elbow as much as, say, Michael Vick does. One-piece deliveries tend to be a little more accurate and the ball comes out a little "heavier." If you have the arm strength to throw that way, it's a positive. Receivers love to catch arm-throwers because they get a better and longer look at the ball.

Chris from Philadelphia, PA:
Will the draft occur even if the CBA expires and there is a lockout/work stoppage?

Vic: The current CBA provides for a 2011 draft, in the event that there is not a new CBA in place by then.

Eric from Los Angeles, CA:
To answer your question, Manning broke Warren Moon's record for the most one-and-done playoff exits, seven.

Vic: I'll betcha Moon's happy about that.

Vince from Indianapolis, IN:
I guess when your team doesn't make the playoffs year after year, it's easy to take shots at the QB of a team that does. What's funny is that your team finished 8-8 and missed the playoffs and your fans and yourself believe it was a good season. The Colts went to the playoffs at 10-6 and along with most of their fans consider it a failure.

Vic: Maybe it was.

Chad from Jacksonville:
Do you see the QB position changing due to more athletic running-type athletes? Could Cam Newton, Tebow and Pryor be a new breed of QB in the NFL?

Vic: Quarterbacks are paid too much money to sign them to be runners and subject themselves to injury.

Z from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL:
Three coaches – Gregg Williams, Jim Harbaugh and Mike Mularkey – have all turned down offers to interview for the Denver job, which is considered to have an above average fan base, owner and organization. Could it be that they're convinced they can't win with Tebow at QB?

Vic: That's not fair, but I do find it odd that Mularkey wouldn't be interested in the job. He's in the prime of his coaching career, he's ripe for another try at a head job, the AFC West doesn't have a dominant team and Mularkey is a quarterback guru who did wonders with Kordell Stewart. There must be another reason.

Brandon from Orlando, FL:
With Andrew Luck no longer in the mix, would you still say the quarterbacks in this draft class have the potential of those from the 1983 class or is this year just a year that favors the quarterbacks over other positions?

Vic: This year's quarterback crop has it all, even without Luck. It has thoroughbred prospects such as Ryan Mallett, prospects such as Andy Dalton and Christian Ponder who may slip in the order because of the depth of the class, small-college stars such as Pat Devlin, intriguing athletes with high upsides such as Newton, and on and on. If you need a quarterback, this is the year to get one.

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