Join Jaguars Inside Report Senior Editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.
Sean from Jacksonville Beach, FL:
Right around the mid-point to the college football season, who are your top three picks for the draft in April? Any vote for the Heisman yet?
Vic: Sean, I watch way too much college football, but I don't begin focusing on the draft until the scouting combine in February. Obviously, Roy Williams and Larry Fitzgerald are the hot names, but Fitzgerald is a true sophomore and would have to rely on Maurice Clarett's lawsuit to be able to declare eligibility for next spring's draft. And who doesn't know about the Miami guys: Kellen Winslow, D.J. Williams and Sean Taylor? You would think the top three picks would come from the names I've mentioned above, but where are the big guys? I can't imagine the first two picks of the draft would be wide receivers. So, what I'm trying to say is it's just too early to know. We don't even know what underclassmen will declare eligibility. I see other kids who interest me -- the big tackle at Arkansas and the linebacker at Michigan State -- and I look forward to getting the draftniks' views on them when the first postseason reports begin to circulate at Senior Bowl time. As far as the Heisman is concerned, I'm getting the feeling someone is going to make a late rush to win it. The big game could be Miami at Virginia Tech on Nov. 1. If Kevin Jones lights it up in that game, he could begin a big late-season push. He's a great back who blends speed and power, and he always finishes his runs.
Mike from Jacksonville:
The Jaguars seem to be headed for another blackout this Sunday. I think this is because the Jags are in a losing streak. I was wondering how a losing streak affects other areas, such as "Jaguars Inside Report," other media products, advertising, etc?
Vic: It's as you would imagine. Sales sag during times of losing.
Michael from Jacksonville:
Each week a team is allowed to deactivate players to get down to the roster limit. Finding out information on pregame inactives is like pulling teeth; no one wants to give it up. The newspaper rarely publishes this, even on the day after the game. Why isn't this information passed along freely on gameday, like injury reports, etc.?
Vic: Most inactives are usually of little importance; we either already know a player of significance isn't going to play, or the inactives are not players of significance. For example, how many times last season did you need to be told Clenton Ballard was inactive? After the first 15 times, you probably should've figured it out. As far as inactives being announced, Brian Sexton, Jeff Lageman and I provide them for both teams during our pregame segment on the Jaguars radio network, about an hour before kickoff. That's when the gameday inactives information is first made available by both teams. Teams are required to submit their list of inactive players to the referee 90 minutes before kickoff.
Bill from Jacksonville:
I've had it up to here with "the quarterback's arm was/was not moving forward" in instant replays. All it does is serve to bog down the game. How about this: If it's a loose ball behind the line of scrimmage, it's a fumble. It's up to the offense to make sure that doesn't happen. What do you think? Will the league be calling me about a spot on the competition committee?
Vic: I don't agree with your rules interpretation, but I appreciate your annoyance with delays in the action to review calls. I still don't understand why pro football is the only sport on earth that must be error-free in its officiating. College football officiating is ghastly, but the fans accept it. In baseball, it seems like every time a runner who slides into a base is called out, the replay shows he was really safe. But baseball fans don't want instant replay. Hockey uses TV replays for goal situations only, and I think basketball only uses it for shot-at-the-buzzer reviews. So why do we have to use replay for the most minute details: Did Ricky Williams' knee touch the ground? Are you sure it didn't touch the ground? What about that one blade of grass? Are you sure it didn't brush against his pant leg? Here's my suggestion: Kill replay and live with the mistakes. The other sports do.
Scott from Orange Park, FL:
I thoroughly enjoy your articles and have to be honest that it is often difficult to filter through some of the questions. Hopefully, my question is worth answering. I am concerned about the production of Hugh Douglas. Is he being doubled too often? The Jaguars front four can't get much bigger and better. Why aren't we seeing more sacks? This kind of reminds me of the Bryce Paup move, but Douglas is playing his natural position. What gives?
Vic: I never blame the scheme. Blaming the scheme is like blaming the golf club for a bad shot. Maybe it's the golfer.
Nick from Clearfield, PA:
You always preach patience, but isn't that quite obvious? I mean, if you wait long enough, you'd think you're bound to win. In my assessment, haven't we already waited since 1999 for our team to do something great again? I'd say we've been patient for a while.
Vic: You're right; panic.
James from Jacksonville:
I'll go back to school. When do the classes start? I'm at a loss trying to figure out the salary cap, also.
Vic: James, I got several responses like yours, so, we'll do a "salary cap 101" course on jaguars.com after the season is over. I'll cover some key elements, such as amortization, salary, dead money, etc., and include a daily Q&A. Maybe we'll bring in a couple of guest "capologists."