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Three candidates I like

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

Ralph from Wise, VA:
I said before the season started that anything over six wins would be a bonus for these young Jags. What are your thoughts about this?

Vic: I said before the season started that my expectations weren't high.

Rik from Jacksonville:
Are there any other teams in the NFL in similar rebuilding status as the Jags? If so, how did they do this season?

Vic: Buffalo is the best example. A year ago, the Bills had $23 million in "dead money" and were 3-13. This year, the Bills had $18 million in "dead money" and were 8-8. The Bills would appear to be one year ahead of the Jags, as far as salary cap recovery and roster reconstruction is concerned. The Bills began the process last year; the Jaguars started this year. But the Bills didn't have an expansion draft into which they could dump $17 million of amortization; the Jags did. That should've bought the Jags the equivalent of a year of recovery.

Mike from St. Augustine, FL:
Do you know what teams we can look forward to seeing at Alltel next year?

Vic: Yes, I do. In fact, I even know where the Jags will be playing on the road next season. The Jaguars will host Buffalo, Miami, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, San Diego, Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee. The Jaguars will play at New England, the Jets, Atlanta, Carolina, Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis and Tennessee.

Ben from Jacksonville:
First off, I'd like to thank Tom Coughlin for all the great years and all the great memories. The franchise will never be the same without him and whatever team he ends up with will be getting a great coach. But what's done is done and Weaver has made the change. Do you think it would be in the best interests of the Jaguars to hire a "player's coach" whose approach is the opposite from Coughlin's taskmaster routine, or would the team be better off with another taskmaster? What are the pluses and minuses of both types of coach?

Vic: You can't swing too far in either direction. The key word in each description is "fair." Do the players think the coach's demands are fair? Is the coach's treatment of the players fair to the overall philosophy of the franchise. Players who believe they're being abused aren't likely to have a fondness for the organization, but players who are treated as prima donnas aren't likely to be cooperative with the other facets of the team, such as public relations and marketing. In other words, you want players to sign autographs at training camp because they have a deep attachment to their team and a respect and appreciation for its fans. Player's coach? Just give me a guy who's fair.

Gerald from Dallas, TX:
What did Wayne Weaver mean when he said he wants a coach who can see the "big picture?"

Vic: Wayne Weaver was describing the need for a coach who is as sensitive to the team's marketing and public relations needs as the coach is to the team's football operations. They must work in harmony. When they do, the team wins and the stadium is full.

Marla from St. Augustine, FL:
We thank Mr. Weaver for dismissing Tom Coughlin as head coach and look forward to a new season with the Jaguars. However, we have a question regarding Mr. Coughlin's future. Will he continue to be a part of the Jaguars as an offensive coach and/or general manager? Our season ticket purchase depends on Mr. Coughlin's complete dismissal.

Vic: Marla, I know of no life-sustaining surgical procedure for cutting a man in half.

Tom from Jacksonville:
Is Mike Pearson the bust he appears to be? His performance against the Titans and the Colts was embarrassing. I realize injuries have forced the team to perhaps play him before they wanted to, but he sure looks like an empty jersey to me.

Vic: You're being too harsh. Give him time.

Carlos from St. Augustine, FL:
I have been a fan since day one and have cheered for Tom all that time. But like all things, it's time for change. Who do you think the three main men Weaver will get to replace Coughlin?

Vic: I don't know who those candidates will be. Wayne Weaver is just beginning to assemble that list. If you ask me who I like, I'll say Marvin Lewis, Mike Mularkey and Kirk Ferentz.

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