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We're at a crossroads in the season

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The following is a transcript of a question and answer session between jaguars.com Senior Writer Vic Ketchman and Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver.

VK: What would you like to say to your team's fans?

WW: We're as frustrated as you are. You can find all kinds of cliches, but the fact is guys have got to step up and start making some plays. We're making too many mistakes, we're not playing with intensity, and guys have got to start making plays. We made a huge play with that blocked punt Sunday. That should've been a huge momentum builder, and we didn't take advantage of it. When we didn't score from the three-yard line, it was like somebody let the air out of us.

VK: What are your greatest fears?

WW: We really are at a crossroads. We've got four of the toughest games on our schedule in our face. I think the next two games are going to define our season.

VK: What are your realistic hopes?

WW: I believe that if we play with intensity, realistically we could win two or three of the next four games. If we did that, I would say that would put us back into position to at least compete for the playoffs.

VK: Do you think your team is suffering the lingering effects of last January's AFC title game loss?

WW: I don't think so; I certainly would like not to think that. There's really no explanation for our poor play. We've just got to look inward and realize that we are at a threshold where we've got to turn our season around, and we've got to do it now.

VK: Criticism is at a franchise high. Is it fair?

WW: Personally, I don't think that now is the time to criticize. Now is the time to encourage everyone to realize that we have dug ourselves a hole, but this is a team sport and it's been on both sides of the ball. Guys just haven't stepped up and made plays. We've got some additional injuries, but some of these young guys have got to step up and raise their level. More importantly, the guys you expect to be play-makers, they're not making plays. They've got to step up and make the plays.

VK: As an owner, what can you do to help fix the situation?

WW: All I can do is encourage everyone not to lose their confidence; that the season is not over and we still have a chance to turn it around. My role is to encourage and say, 'Guys, let's just go out there and prove we're a better football team than we've shown up to this point.'

VK: You've been appointed to a seven-man committee to study and report on realignment of the league for the 2002 season. What are your realignment interests for the Jaguars?

WW: It's too early to say, Vic. What I've said to all of those I've talked to is that we should keep a very open mind, so, if I'm asking others to keep an open mind, then I've got to go into this thing with an open mind and look at it as though maybe we'll be one of the teams that's moving around. In fact, I'm sure we'll be one of the teams that moves. I would hope we don't lock ourselves into the idea of the old, traditional rivalries; that we're willing to think out of the box a little bit, with the idea that in today's environment you can create rivalries very quickly. More importantly, I think our fans expect real change in this realignment. I think we'll disappoint our fans if we don't have more geographic rivalries that fans want to see. We've seen it in college football, where the geographical rivalries are the ones that are the strongest.

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