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We need some inertia

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

Kevin from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Season-ticket holders received an e-mail from Wayne Weaver that addressed the expiration of the current CBA. One item in the e-mail addresses the money paid to unproven rookies. It stated that they proposed shifting money to the proven veterans and retired players. How do you think this will affect the talks for the new CBA? Do you think this will be a point of contention in the talks? I think it's a great idea that could possibly prevent or reduce future holdouts.

Vic: The idea of shifting money toward veteran players would be received favorably by the players and would likely favor an agreement on a new CBA.

Lauren from Fleming Island, FL:
Since the Jaguars had that amazing "Hail Mary" play, some people are saying the Jaguars and their real fans shouldn't be proud of the win over Houston because it was just a lucky play. No matter what they do, the people here will always find something negative to say.

Vic: Those people are probably from the other side of the cultural divide. I wouldn't worry about it. Winning doesn't always have to be about pride. It can be about fun, too. This has been a fun week.

Regan from Grant, FL:
Should Ken Anderson be in the Hall of Fame?

Vic: Yes, I think he should, but he's not and that means it's going to be very difficult to ever make it in because the numbers today's quarterbacks are putting up make the numbers Kenny and the quarterbacks of his day put up pale in comparison. Kenny is just a victim of bad timing. He needed to play in this era of pro football. He would've been a megastar in today's game. His skills were perfect for today's game. He was a technician. He picked you apart. He was outstanding at the short-passing game and he was mobile in all the smart ways; in other words, he ran only to escape trouble or extend the play. He had more than enough arm to hit the deep ball and his accuracy was Bradyesque. He was Aaron Rodgers. He would've made a fortune in today's game. The quarterback of today who would've been perfect for Anderson's era is his former pupil, Ben Roethlisberger: seven-step drop, stand strong against the rush and let it fly.

Stephen from Jacksonville:
What if everyone was wrapped in bubble wrap? Or what if they filled the helmet with packaging peanuts?

Vic: What if they played on a field of pudding? Soft, soft, soft. I can think of one team that would be perfect for that kind of game.

Scott from Atlanta, GA:
I am a student at Georgia Tech and I came to this school to one day solve the problem of concussions in sports. All of the ideas out there are counterproductive and they are moving too far away from the solution. I won't give it away, but the proper helmet needs no padding at all. The answer lies within the inertia that the players themselves create with each hit. Hopefully, my solution will get out there before they decide to play touch football.

Vic: That's what I've been saying for years. They gotta get more inertia. They need some inertia here and some inertia there and run the ball up the alley.

Sean from Middleburg, FL:
I'm 18 years old and have been watching football closely for about seven years now. When I look back at the 1990's Jaguars, I see that the pads were much larger. Was the game really that much different then, or has there been a recent increase in pad technology? Also, we should go back to the teal numbers.

Vic: You're so old-school. Come on, man. Anyhow, you're right about the padding. The shoulder pads are smaller, the thigh pads are smaller and the knee pads and hip pads are gone. Everything is smaller except the helmet. That's the one piece of equipment that has been supersized. Everybody, please, think on that for awhile.

Earny from Springville, AL:
Being an Auburn fan, I have to ask what you think of Cameron Newton, Auburn's quarterback?

Vic: I know nothing. I see nothing. I hear nothing. I say nothing.

Greg from Fayetteville, AR:
I was watching a replay of the Steelers vs. Pats today and I saw one of the best passes I've seen in awhile. It was Brady's first touchdown pass to Gronkowski early in the first quarter. TV replay showed the play from Brady's perspective, via the floating field camera, and both the timing and the accuracy of the pass were amazing. When he released the ball, the defender had more than perfect position between Brady and Gronkowski because he was overplaying to the inside where the ball was thrown, but where Brady placed the ball was also perfect; an inch more to the right and it would have been deflected, and an inch more to the left and Gronkowski wouldn't have caught it. If you haven't seen it, yet, you should check it out. It was fun to watch.

Vic: I saw it. I've watched it over and over and I still don't know how he got it in there. Brady was on fire. He had a night for the ages.

Dennis from Jacksonville:
What's all this beep, beep, beep stuff the last few days in answering questions?

Vic: It was actually bleep, bleep, bleep, Dennis.

John from Jacksonville:
How is a run statistic logged if a QB runs for 20 yards and then pitches back to a RB who runs another 20 yards? Do they literally award 20 yards to each runner in that play for the 40 total yards?

Vic: Yes.

John from Jacksonville:
I disagree that the Cleveland game is more important than the Giants and Redskins games. I thought the common games tiebreaker comes BEFORE the conference games tiebreaker. Assuming this is correct, no other team in our division is playing Cleveland this season but both the Colts and Titans already beat the Giants and the Colts already beat the Redskins (with the Titans and Jags yet to play them). Am I correct or looking at this wrong?

Vic: I was thinking in terms of a tiebreaker for the wild card. In breaking ties for wild-card berths among teams that aren't all from the same division, and it's likely they wouldn't all be from the AFC South, the conference games tiebreaker comes BEFORE the common games tiebreaker. In breaking a potential tie for the division title, it's not likely the steps would get past head-to-head or best won-lost-tied percentage in division games. That's just a feeling I have because the Titans won in Jacksonville, which gives the Titans a major advantage, and because five of the Titans' remaining six games are in the division. I think the schedule favors the Titans.

Andrew from Sarasota, FL:
I just thought I'd let you know I completely agree with you on the Vikings' purple pants. Also, I'm pretty sure Jeff and Brian were wrong saying the Ravens have purple pants. I believe they only have black pants and white pants.

Vic: Not even the Ravens would wear purple pants.

Darian from Jacksonville:
You mentioned on "Jaguars This Week" how angry you were because 4,000 tickets remained for a potentially monumental game against Cleveland. You want to know why they remain? Because the fans of Jacksonville are cautious about putting too much emotion behind the Jaguars. We've been here before and had our hearts ripped out because of lack of effort and consistency and had to hear the same sorry excuses in the postgame interviews. They have not been consistent this year and most of the fans are waiting on FULL CONSISTENCY before we do so. If it happens for the remainder of the 2010 season and we make the playoffs and play well, watch out. Blackouts will not be mentioned next season.

Vic: You're absolutely right. We must have FULL CONSISTENCY. If the Jaguars win the Super Bowl this season, then we'll buy tickets next season. First, however, we must have FULL CONSISTENCY. We're above inconsistency. Our greatness is great. Heart-ripping is unacceptable.

Don from Richmond, KY:
I am a Jacksonville native and an avid Jaguars fan. I've been a reader of "Ask Vic" for several years and I love the column; it's a fun diversion each workday. I am, however, deeply disappointed by your remarks in yesterday's column in regard to what happened to that kid in Cleveland. You're a dad. Would you have had the same response if that had been you and your son? I'm not asking you to form a lynch mob for the drunken coward, or to kiss that little boy who was tackled, but I expected a much more thoughtful response from you.

Vic: Hey, let's hear the other side of the story, huh? All we've heard so far is the kid's side.

Bill from New Orleans, LA:
So, you guarantee the Colts are going to lose in New England, huh? How about if they win; they get the top spot in your power rankings?

Vic: Yes, they will.

Jeff from Jacksonville:
Are the Jaguars falling into the same trap they've been fighting so hard to get out of by extending blackout deadlines?

Vic: There are two trains of thought on this subject. Wayne Weaver believes that when you put the game on television, your local audience is seeing a three-hour infomercial. I believe you're giving your product away and you're conditioning people to believe they don't have to buy a ticket to see the game. I don't know which one is right.

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