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Join senior editor Vic Ketchman as he tackles the fans' tough questions.

Jonathan from Jacksonville:
I liked the Jaguars offense best under coach Palmer. Who do you think was the best offensive coordinator in Jaguars history?

Vic: Tom Coughlin.

John from Jacksonville:
Do you think the revenue-sharing issue Jacksonville and Pittsburgh is seeking to get in place will pass?

Vic: Yes, I think the plan will pass – it will require 24 votes – but I'm not sure what percentage of pooling the money owners will adopt. The Jacksonville-Pittsburgh plan is at a proposed 34 percent of local revenues, but some small-market owners want a much higher percentage and some large-market owners may be agreeable only to a much smaller percentage. I think all of the owners understand the vulnerability low-revenue teams are facing and how critical it is to the league's competitive balance to ease the low-revenue teams' burdens, but to what degree? In my opinion, it's most important to get the plan to pass at any reasonable percentage. It's the concept that's most important. Percentages can always be re-negotiated. What's important is to put a plan into action that will give the owners instant feedback.

Mike from Little Rock, AR:
I'm 39 years old and have been an NFL fan since I was old enough to know what football was. The complexity of the managerial aspects of the game, however, make me dizzy. Salary caps, franchising, collective bargaining, players union, etc.; it's the best game out there but that stuff just doesn't interest me. The won and lost columns are what I watch. Is it important for me to learn those aspects in order to be able to follow the game in the future, or can I continue to be just an X's and O's guy?

Vic: As painful as it is to learn and understand all of this financial stuff, I'm sorry to say that if you don't do it you'll never be able to truly understand the "why" in professional football. There's a whole other world from the X's and O's. The salary cap runs these teams. You know that. It's about the money. If you don't understand the cap, revenue-sharing and the CBA, you really don't know the game.

John from Fort Smith, AR:
It's my birthday, so please post this question. Do you think Matt Jones will end up playing wide-out or tight end?

Vic: I was wondering who would be the first to pick up on the "it's my birthday" trick for getting into "Ask Vic." Congratulations, you're it. I like your street smarts. As far as your question is concerned, I think Jones will spend his rookie season at wide receiver before any decisions are made on additional position changes. He's already making one position change. That's tough enough for a rookie.

Nate from Jacksonville:
Great column and radio show. I was wondering if you think there was anything to the latest rumor that the Jags were trading a third-round pick to the Rams for the rights to Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, just for insurance. This would make sense as he and Fred Taylor have the same running style.

Vic: They do, don't they? There were times last season when I thought Fred's legs were going to fly off his body. Hirsch spent most of his career as an end, but he spent some time early in his career as a halfback.

Rob from St. Augustine, FL:
Who are the top five pass-rushing ends in the game today?

Vic: Julius Peppers, Dwight Freeney, Jason Taylor, Bert Berry and John Abraham.

Fred from Philadelphia, PA:
I tuned into the "Jaguars This Week" radio show. Great show, as always, but why do you guys let that fool Mike control the show? This guy Mike has no life. He calls every radio show and hammers away about Byron. He calls himself "Southside Mike" and "Nascar Mike." He would only last 10 words in a Philly tavern before his head would be taken off. If he called a Philly sports talk show they would send a couple of guys named Tony and Vinny from South Philly to see him. Sorry, I just can not stand this guy. When he calls, my hair stands up. Man, I would love 10 minutes with this fool.

Vic: Dissenting opinions are invaluable because they make us think.

Jimmy from Savannah, GA:
Do you think we should consider Houston a serious threat for our division this year?

Vic: Absolutely, I do. Not only do the Texans have weapons, they are a team that embarrassed the Jaguars last season; two games, no touchdowns. Circle the Nov. 6 game on your schedule. The Jaguars will host the Texans that day in a game this team must win to reverse a dangerous trend against a division opponent. The Jaguars and Texans could find themselves battling for the division title for the next several years. The Texans must not be allowed to dominate the series.

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