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What would Unitas have done?

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

Dave from Orange Park, FL:
Isn't the umpire's primary purpose to look for infractions in the interior lines? With the move to the offensive backfield, do you think there will be a decrease in holding calls this year?

Vic: As long as the offensive lineman has his hands inside the framework of his body, he is technically allowed to hold. It's when he gets his hands outside his body that he gets into trouble and that won't be any more difficult for the umpire to detect standing behind the offensive line than it was standing in front of it. We might see fewer hands-to-the-face calls, but I would expect whatever reduction in holding calls that might result would be insignificant. In the old days, when linemen couldn't use their hands to block, it was necessary to see what their fingers were doing. Now it's only necessary to see where his hands are and if you can't see them, they're where they're supposed to be. It's ridiculous to have the umpire positioned in such a manner that he becomes an obstacle to the game and a danger to himself.

Joe from Pontypridd, Wales:
Considering the signings of Kampman and Osgood, how do you rate the chances of the Jaguars receiving any compensatory picks for the 2011 draft?

Vic: They have no chance, but that's OK because they didn't expect to suffer losses in free agency significant enough to warrant a compensatory pick. In other words, this was a good year to sign a couple of guys.

J.R. from Pittsburgh, PA:
Then, after winning the World Series, Gino Cimoli celebrated by dumping a bowl of potato salad on the head of the mayor of Pittsburgh. What a character!

Vic: That's a ma boy Gino.

Mike from Gallitzin, PA:
I read that an NFL personnel director referred to Joe Haden as a "boundary corner." Could you please explain what that means?

Vic: The simple definition of a boundary corner is the corner to the short side of the field. That mostly applies to college football, where the hash marks are farther apart than they are in the NFL, which produces a wide side and a short side of the field. This is where the definition gets difficult and you almost need to ask that personnel director what he means by it because it means different things to different people. Some people consider the boundary corner to be a guy who doesn't run well enough to cover in space, therefore, he's placed on the short side of the field so he doesn't have as much field to cover. The people who ascribe to that definition would tell you the boundary corner is a guy that's better in run-support than he is in pass-coverage. Other people will tell you that a college team may only face two or three quarterbacks a year that have the arm to throw to the wide side of the field, so they tend to throw more to the short side of the field and that means that by placing your best corner on the short side of the field you'll involve him in more action. By and large, the most flattering term that can be applied to a cornerback is that of a "shut down" corner. That implies that he has the skill to cover anybody anywhere and by himself.

Jay from Oviedo, FL:
After reading the article about overtime, one glaring omission stuck out to me. While during the current era (1994 -2009) the team that won the toss drove and scored 34.4 percent of the time, and in the prior era this occurred 25.9 percent …

Vic: Whoa! Let's stop right there. At this time, I would like to make an announcement: I don't care what they do. I don't care if they let a bartender push a button that makes a photographer blind the quarterback with a flashbulb so the play will fail and the game will go on indefinitely. If it pleases you, then that's fine with me and I'd like to leave it at that because this whole overtime thing bores me as much as a Tiger Woods press conference, therefore, I would prefer to ignore this topic. I know you won't do that but at least I thought I would make a request. When it's all over, I'll have Donovan McNabb explain it to me.

Gabe "Scarf Man" from Jacksonville:
Vic, I just wanted to remind you that the MLS season kicks off in Seattle on Thursday evening (9 p.m. EST on ESPN2). Check out the sea of scarves and allow yourself to feel the electric atmosphere bubbling from the fans in the stands, through your TV and directly into your living room.

Vic: I love a good scarf.

Adam from Cypress, CA:
I keep seeing people say our free agency acquisitions last year were Sean Considine and Tra Thomas. Did Torry Holt not factor into the compensatory pick evaluation?

Vic: No, because Torry was cut by the Rams. All you have to know is whether or not the player became a free agent at the start of free agency. If he didn't, then he didn't count in compensatory pick consideration.

Stephen from Jacksonville:
Suppose when the Jaguars pick, the BAP is an offensive tackle. Assuming they can't trade back, should they select him even though they committed their first two picks to offensive tackles last year?

Vic: Yes.

James from Jacksonville:
Do you think there's any chance the league will ban defensive linemen from using their arms to rush the QB?

Vic: Maybe the quarterback will have to wear a scarf and all the defense has to do to sack the quarterback is take the scarf from around the quarterback's neck. Imagine the scarf dances they would do.

Andrew from Bellingham, WA:
I think the new OT rule is a good one. It will cause teams to make a decision about kicking a field goal or going for a touchdown. I think having the game more likely to end on a touchdown is good. I think other good options would be banning field goals in OT, or just putting 10 minutes on the clock and do it like they do in the NBA.

Vic: I considered the college system, in which the teams keep scoring touchdowns until one of them misses a two-point conversion and the final score is 99-98, but then I thought to myself: Why not do away with the touchdowns and just make them try two-point conversions until one of them fails? I think Johnny Unitas would've liked that format.

Michael from Toronto, Ontario:
I think if it was the coaches voting on the overtime rule it would have stayed the same, but the owners voted on it and now the rule is changed. I think coaches and general managers should vote in these sorts of things.

Vic: I think they should've asked themselves: What would Unitas have done? After all, he's the guy who invented overtime.

Tom from Mesa, AZ:
With the new overtime rule, if the team that wins the coin toss goes down and kicks a field goal, and then the opposing team drives down and misses their attempt at a field goal, is the game over, or does the team that had the ball first need to go down and either kick another field goal or score a TD to win it, with the opposing team getting another chance to possibly cause a turnover and get another shot at winning?

Vic: I think it depends on who the bartender is. Seriously, one of the great things about the old system, the one that will continue to be used in the regular season, is that there are no questions about what happens if somebody scores.

Tudor from St. Augustine, FL:
Perhaps you are unable to legally disclose this, but I am wondering if Mr. Weaver voted for or against the new overtime rules.

Vic: I checked with my attorney and he said it's OK. Wayne voted for the new rules.

Angel from Jacksonville:
I heard Jack Del Rio on the radio. He was super excited about this upcoming season, claiming it was time to take the division title. I'm looking at our lineup and it appears to be fairly easy. Is it safe to say we have a pretty cushy schedule this year and really have no excuse but to have a winning record?

Vic: Oh, absolutely. This should be a breeze. The NFC East is a cupcake division. San Diego is overrated. Buffalo never plays the Jaguars tough. Cleveland was just lucky that it was able to run the ball down the Jaguars' throats. What's so tough about the AFC South? Peyton Manning? Chris Johnson? Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson? I'm seeing a definite 6-0 in the division.

Jon from Lincoln, NE:
I just saw a poll on that said only 14 percent of America preferred the overtime rule the way it was. Although I agree with Vic that overtime should have been left alone, it appears the NFL will continue to cater to its paying customers, as it should because, after all, it is a business.

Vic: Yes, the fans should decide league policy because they've done such a wonderful job with the Pro-Bowl voting.

Dave from Atlantic Beach, FL:
With the new OT rule, what happens if there's a safety on the first possession?

Vic: I think that's when the bartender pushes a button and the game continues because the fans aren't done drinking their beer.

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