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Three big questions

Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Jon from Jacksonville, FL:
Who was guarding Fred Stamps on his touchdown reception?

Vic: The defense was in "cover two," which means they had a safety over the top. David Richardson was the safety and Trestin George was the cornerback.

Jim from Winterville, NC:
How do the skill sets for punt-returners and kickoff-returners differ?

Vic: Punt-returning is mostly about quickness, vision and elusiveness. Kickoff-returning is about burst and power. Maurice Jones-Drew is expected to be a better kickoff-returner than punt-returner because of his explosiveness and power. Forget about his height. At 212 pounds, he's a powerful, low-to-the-ground runner who will have a running start on defenders. That's just what you want in the kickoff-return game. He also has the quickness and elusiveness for the punt-return game, but he's struggled catching the ball and no coach is going to put a guy back there to catch punts unless the coach has total confidence in his player's ability to catch the ball. Chad Owens fields punts with ease in practice. Now he's gotta do it in the games.

Nate from Tampa, FL:
What took so long for John Madden to get inducted into the Hall of Fame?

Vic: Huh? Most people are asking why was he inducted into the Hall of Fame. I'm asking why he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. He only has 112 wins. He only coached for 10 years. If 10 years, 112 wins and a Super Bowl victory is the new precedent for being inducted into the Hall of Fame, then a lot of guys are going to qualify. If Madden made it in because of what he did as a coach and as a broadcaster, then a lot of dual-role guys need to be inducted. I can think of one right away: Jack Butler, who had 52 career interceptions at a time when they really didn't throw the ball, and is regarded as one of the best tacklers in NFL history. Butler has spent his post-football life as the head of BLESTO. At 79 years of age, he's still running the show at BLESTO. Nobody has served the NFL more loyally and with more distinction than Butler.

Tim from Jacksonville:
You say the Jags will not be judged by the regular season, but by the postseason. What do you think it will take to get there, 10-6, 11-5? And is it not a success if we don't win the division?

Vic: Winning the AFC South is the goal. I acknowledge that. I also acknowledge that the Steelers didn't win the AFC North last season and I think they would judge their season to have been successful. That's why I say it's about the postseason. What will it take to get into the playoffs? Ten wins will usually do it. This year, given the extraordinarily rigorous schedule AFC South teams are facing, I think 10 wins could win the division, depending, of course, on the tie-breakers.

Adam from Kingsland, GA:
A question about the depth chart, something I couldn't get out of your article is who the "number one" receiver is.

Vic: Do you know what a depth chart is? A depth chart is a list of positions on the team's offense and defense, according to that team's base offensive and defensive schemes. The Jaguars' base offense allows for two wide receiver positions. Players at those positions are then ranked in the order of their perceived status, from top to bottom. In the preseason, that ranking is mostly going to represent seniority. When the regular season arrives, then the coach is going to tell you exactly how he feels. Why would he do that now? No coach wants to share his thoughts with his opponents. "Number one receiver" is not a depth chart category. It's a distinction. For example, Jimmy Smith had been the Jaguars' "number one receiver" because he led the team in receiving yards for 10 consecutive years. That'll usually make you "number one." What do you want to do, name Fred Stamps "number one" because he led the Jaguars in receiving in the intrasquad scrimmage? Name Matt Jones or Ernest Wilford or somebody else "number one" just because you want to know who "number one" is? It's about performance. I don't think we'll know who this team's "number one" receiver is much before the middle of the regular season. At this time, can we please stop the "number one receiver" mania? It's very silly stuff. The depth chart that was released yesterday was significant only because it acknowledged that Ernest Wilford is officially regarded as one of this team's starting wide receivers. That's all.

Leroy from Jacksonville:
I wonder how Derrick Wimbush feels about fellow Ft. Valley State alumni Rayfield Wright's induction. Players from small schools can do big things.

Vic: You bet they can. Look at Rashean Mathis. He may be the best athlete in Jaguars history. The list of NFL alumni is loaded with great players from small colleges. Did you know that a player from Jacksonville who played at tiny Allen University in Columbia, S.C., has four Super Bowl rings? His name is Sam Davis.

Mark from Beijing, China:
Is it feasible Reggie Williams could be cut this year or is the first-round investment too big to digest even after two mediocre years?

Vic: It would have to be a football decision because the salary cap wouldn't be a consideration. I think the money and time invested in him should be a consideration, but the cap isn't a consideration because Williams wouldn't force any new amortization money into the current year. Remember the post June 1 rule? What's in the year stays in the year, everything else goes into the next year. Williams would have $3 million of amortization that would go into 2007, but his '06 number would largely stay the same. He only has a minimum-wage salary. If the Jaguars keep five wide receivers and Williams is one of the five best, then he should be kept. At this point in time, I think Williams is one of the Jaguars' five-best receivers.

Mike from Middleburg FL:
Is Roger Goodell a small-market or big-market guy?

Vic: His reputation is that of a big-market guy.

Paul from Jacksonville:
You're Wayne Weaver. What are the top three questions you ask the five finalists for the commissioner position?

Vic: 1.) What is your position on revenue-sharing? 2.) Would you have recommended that owners accept or reject the current CBA? 3.) Do you believe labor peace can be maintained and, if so, what is your plan for maintaining it?

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