Join jaguars.com senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Julian from Amelia Island, FL:
"Officials announced that 46,716 tickets were sold for the game in the half-full 75,000-seat Jacksonville Municipal Stadium, the smallest crowd to watch the Seminoles play in the state in 25 years." Is this still a college football town? I go to Florida State and I was in town for the game and even I chose to go to the Jags game over the FSU one. I took my two little brothers of six and seven years old to their first game and they loved it.
Vic: Guys who were at the game said the crowd was in the 30's. What does it tell us? It just confirms what the TV ratings have been saying for years and years. Here's an example: The Jaguars at Colts game got a 31.2 rating and a 48 share, making it the most watched TV show of the week in Jacksonville. The day before, the Florida-Tennessee game got a 14.9 rating and a 28 share in the Jacksonville TV market. The Jags-Colts game more than doubled up Florida-Tennessee. College town? Come on. When are we gonna stop telling that lie?
Tommy from Newark, DE:
Why do you think we are seeing such parity in college football? The NFL has worked hard to achieve the parity we're enjoying now but what has happened in college football that has leveled the playing field so much?
Vic: It's a result of recruiting limitations. Schools can only have so many scholarship players on their roster at one time and the big-name programs are obviously going to corner the market of five-star and four-star players. But what about the Steve Slatons and the two-star and no-star players? In many cases, they develop into better players than the five-star and four-star players. Evaluating talent on the high school level is much more difficult than it is for the pro scouts to evaluate talent on the college level. That's why so many five-star and four-star kids bomb. Some get homesick and some just aren't academically inclined. Some can't avoid the temptations of college life. In the old days, when the big-name programs ruled the game and were almost never upset, they could offer as many scholarships as they pleased. They cornered the talent market. They can't do that now and the left-overs, in many cases, are better than the top recruits.
Ben from Christchurch, New Zealand:
At the end of the game, you noted that Houston called back-to-back timeouts to ice the kicker (the NFL website also showed this). I understood that you could not do this, but no flag was thrown?
Vic: The official play-by-play credits Houston having called both times out. We were all befuddled because a team may not call back-to-back times out. What we didn't know was that Jacksonville called the first time out. Why did the Jaguars do that? Well, because they were kicking on second down, they caught their long-snapper by surprise. When it was detected that he wasn't in the huddle, time out was called.
Caryn from Jacksonville:
What would have been the result of the play had Scobee missed the kick on second down?
Vic: It all depends on the ball and the line of scrimmage. If he had just flat missed the kick, Houston would've taken possession. Had the kick been blocked on the Jaguars side of the line of scrimmage and the Jaguars had recovered the ball, the ball would've belonged to the Jaguars and it would've been third down at the point of recovery. Had the ball been blocked on the Texans' side of the line of scrimmage, it would've been the same as a missed kick. The Texans would've known to just let the ball be blown dead and it would've belonged to them; don't pull a Leon Lett. Had there been a bad snap, the holder would've just fallen on the ball and it would've been the Jaguars' ball right there, third down.
Jeff from Charlotte, NC:
Is it possible to fine Reggie Williams every time he does a dance after a 10-yard reception? I was literally embarrassed watching in the sports bar both times he did it. Tell him to catch one in the end zone and I'll be impressed.
Vic: The fans cheered.
Jonathan from Fort Benning, GA:
I love a victory. I am gonna spike the ball and you and I can jump into the air and hit each other.
Vic: I'd rather not.
James from Denver, CO:
Why do you prefer to draft than to sign players?
Vic: If I was a coach, I'd want my players to learn how to play football my way, not some other team's way. I'd want undamaged goods, or at least have full knowledge of a player's medical history and how he has managed his body and played with his injuries in the past. I don't believe the grass is always greener. I like my guys better than somebody else's guys. Most importantly, I like younger players than older players. I saw a stat recently. It went something like this: There were 128 or so unrestricted free agents signed this year and only 24 or so were starters at the time of the report. You can have them. Draft picks are cheaper and long-term better.
Mark from Panama City Beach, FL:
You totally called the QB draw for the touchdown. Are you sure Dirk Koetter isn't reading your blog, too?
Vic: Talk about predictable. The more predictable the Jaguars become, the better they play. As it stands, you can count on the Jaguars running two plays: The quick slant and the quarterback draw. They run them over and over and nobody stops them. It's like the Colts, the most predictable tight-red zone team in the league for years: They run trap, they run trap pass, and nobody stops them.
Jason from Jacksonville:
Is it ironic or what that when the game is on the line and we need a big reception, old reliable Matt Jones is who everyone wants the ball thrown to?
Vic: He has become this team's go-to possession receiver. He's the guy who moves the chains. I started to see that in him a few years ago and I couldn't understand why he continued to be used in a big-play role. He is what he is and apparently this is what he is. Finally, the Jaguars have found another Keenan McCardell.
Chris from Red Deer, AB:
Is it fair to expect more out of Harvey and Groves at this point of the season?
Vic: You want to do that but I keep telling myself not to do it because it's just not fair. How much you pay a guy has no bearing on how he plays. The bottom line is that college football isn't very good and the jump from college to pro football is too great for most players to digest in their rookie season. College football allows only 20 hours of practice a week. That's not enough to prepare a player to play professional football, especially if he's coming out as a junior. When the pro coaches get these guys, they literally have to teach them how to play. They have to strip them of their bad habits and their college ways and re-construct them into the technicians they have to become to succeed at this level. When you draft guys high, you've got to commit to them. You've got to be patient.
Joe from Green Cove Springs, FL:
What's wrong with our defense?
Vic: It's not getting enough pressure on the quarterback. That's it. That's all of it. The Jaguars didn't stop the Texans from scoring in any drive in the second half. Is it any coincidence that the Jaguars didn't sack Matt Schaub? This upcoming game against the Steelers is going to be interesting. It's a matchup between one team that can't sack the quarterback against another team that can't protect the quarterback. That confrontation is likely to determine the outcome of the game.