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Who's the guy with the oven mitts?

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

Paul from Jacksonville:
The Jaguars organization often states that it wants to follow the "Green Bay model" for selling out season tickets. Seeing that we have a larger stadium and none of Green Bay's laudable history behind it, am I wrong to think we don't yet have a reasonable basis to compare ourselves to Green Bay when looking at selling season tickets? When Wayne Weaver or another representative of the Jaguars brings up Green Bay in this manner, it seems to be implied that we fans are somehow not doing our part in buying out the supply of tickets. Am I insane to think it's far too early in this team's history (especially given the current roster mess) to be making that comparison?
You are not insane.

Scot from Jacksonville:
With realignment, how are the playoffs structured this year? The four division winners each make it, but how many wild-card berths will there be? Vic:
There will be two wild-card berths in each conference.

John from Orange Park, FL:
I think the defensive line is looking better every week. You can see the potential for domination in the middle. Is that a fair assessment? I think Brackens will be the key?
I agree on both counts.

Paul from Middleburg, FL:
At the Cowboys game, my wife noticed a man standing on the Jags sideline who was apparently wearing large, orange oven mitts. She had also seen them at last year's Gator Bowl. I was unable to answer her question and I thought you might be able to. What's the guy's job with the huge oven mitts?
The guy with the oven mitts is responsible for feeding the players. Just kidding, Paul, he's actually part of the TV production crew and he signals TV timeouts to the officials for stoppages in play. He wears the oven mitts because he has a very bad poison ivy rash.

Sharon from Port Charlotte, FL:
I'll be going to my very first NFL game on Sept. 29; Jags vs Jets. Please give me some help with my faith in the Jags. The person I'm going with is a big-time Jets fan and I don't think I can handle a five-hour drive back home with the trash talk.
If Vinny Testaverde is the Jets quarterback, the Jaguars will win. The Jaguars are 6-1 against Testaverde. But bring some earplugs, just in case.

James from Chesapeake, VA:
With Jimmy Smith's new deal, what is your take on the Jaguars' salary cap? Will it hurt the Jaguars later down the road and, if so, how can the Jags solve the problem; release more star players again?
There's a major risk involved. In my opinion, the Jaguars must get at least two Pro-Bowl-caliber years out of Smith to be able to justify that risk.

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