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Bright long-term future


Let's get to it . . . Nick from New York, NY:
I feel like I haven't seen much of Dawan Landry so far this season. Is that what you've seen, too? Or am I missing something?
John: He has played fine. You don't always hear or see much of a safety when the defensive front seven is playing well.
Lee from Duval County, FL:
Have the Jaguars tanked the season or are they going to make an effort to bring in a play-making receiver and give this promising young quarterback a fighting chance? This team will not make the playoffs or even win five games if the position isn't addressed immediately. Letting Mike Sims-Walker go was a monumental mistake, he's no Jerry Rice, but he's much better than anyone on the present roster. I hope I'm wrong, what's your take...
John: Who would you suggest they sign?
Kelvin from Atlanta, GA:
You have said that the Garrard we had at the end of preseason was not the same Garrard from the past. I bet that Garrard is better than what we have playing quarterback for us right now, though. Someone's days are numbered around Jacksonville. And I don't expect you to post this because you're drinking the company Kool-aid. We should be 2-1!!!!!
John: I bet he's not, but you're right in one respect: the Jaguars should be 2-1.
Bryan from Tampa, FL:
I would like to hear your thoughts on the effect of this hypothetical but very probable scenario. The Jaguars aren't quite able to right the ship this season and Del Rio is let go. How much does a new coaching staff/new offensive system hurt Gabbert's development?
John: I have no idea what the future is for Del Rio and the staff. It's not ideal to have Gabbert learn a new system, but neither is it necessarily tragic. You'd rather have a quarterback in the ideal system from Day One and never have to change, but the NFL is a league of change and it doesn't always happen. He's a bright kid and he has talent. He can handle change.
Shane from Hastings, FL:
I know you may not post this but I am so shocked everyone is laying the loss of time on Blaine. If you watch the game, Blaine lifted his foot three times for Meester to hike the ball. Meester was calling line assignments instead of making the snap. I put this one on him especially as the veteran.
John: It never occurred to me to lay the loss of time on Gabbert. Jack Del Rio put it on himself for not having the players ready. It seemed to me, as it did to you, that Gabbert knew the situation well.
Greg from Jacksonville:
So John, how exactly do the Jaguars beat the Saints? I know our defense has to be stout but if we stick with the same offensive plan we have used since preseason, we are in trouble. Does Jack let Gabbert take the training wheels off and show us what he can do?
John: I believe he will.
James from West Liberty, KY:
After three weeks, the Jaguars' defense has looked leaps and bounds better. However, this team has not gone against such a talented, prolific offense as the Saints. Do you think you've seen enough from our D to be able to slow down the Saints?
John: I do believe the Jaguars will slow down the Saints. I do not believe they will stop them, because in the NFL these days, even the best defenses are hard-pressed to completely stop an elite offense with an experienced quarterback. Can the Jaguars score enough to keep up? Ah, that is indeed the question.
Joel from Yulee:
I don't understand why everyone gets so angry after the Jaguars lose. I prefer to get depressed and cry myself to sleep.
John: I cry a lot. Often, it has nothing to do with football.
Tim from Geoji City, South Korea:
Are Jaguars fans passionate or what? I see you had over 300 comments to one of your articles. When they stop writing, that's when you need to worry. There's a lot of passion out there. I only wish I could be there. My question is: What does your gut and crystal ball say about this team's future?
John: I believe the long-term future is bright, mainly because I liked what I saw from Blaine Gabbert on Sunday a bit more than I thought I might. In the preseason, I was a bit concerned that he left the pocket too quickly and ran to run rather than look to throw. On Sunday, I thought I saw progress in that area. On the occasions when Gabbert was allowed to throw in non-obvious passing situations and the Panthers' rush was not in his face, he set his feet well and looked very confident throwing the ball. The Jaguars over time will have to do whatever possible to increase the percentage of plays on which that's true. The more time he has, and the better the people around him, the better this team is going to be. That's not going to happen overnight, but that's my version of the crystal ball.
Christer from Copenhagen, Denmark:
"Defense wins championships." If this is still is true we will do great this year!
John: It does, but at some point, you have to score.
Todd from Bangor, ME:
Bigger upset Giants over Patriots in Super Bowl, Douglas over Tyson or Jaguars over Saints this weekend?
John: Jaguars-Saints would be third, but I like your thinking.
Ben from Maplewood, NJ:
I feel as though if the Jaguars still had David Garrard at quarterback they would be more threatening in the passing attack, as well as have a dual threat quarterback that could pick up first downs with his legs. He knows the system and is still an above average quarterback in this league. I know Gabbert is the future, but were Gene Smith and Jack Del Rio too critical of Garrard's pre-season play? I think he would have played better during the actual season and would've been the best quarterback on the Jaguars roster.
John: David Garrard was a solid player for the Jaguars for several seasons. He is not currently on an NFL roster.
Adam from Jacksonville:
Let me tell you about "missed opportunities." When you try to run the clock out on the ENTIRE second half, that's a missed opportunity. When you sit on a five-point lead like it's a 30-point lead, that's a missed opportunity. When that tiny lead shrinks to two points and you still stubbornly refuse to take any offensive initiative, that's a very sad missed opportunity. It's becoming very hard to be a stalwart fan of this team.
John: It was indeed a frustrating experience, the sort you need to learn from and improve on. That's the task now. We'll see what happens.
Dan from Toronto, ON:
What I want to know is why in the world is the last two minutes different than any other time in the game? I mean besides it being clutch time, I see no reason for the extra reviews. Could you imagine if in baseball every pitch was reviewed in the ninth inning? Come on, while the game may seem on the line, the opening drive and any drive in between scores the same amount of points. Change the rule, it kills drives!
John: When the NFL first decided to bring back instant replay, the general feeling was a challenge system made the most sense for the entire game. Raiders owner Al Davis was among those concerned that if a team was out of timeouts it would prevent them from challenging in the final two minutes, and therefore, an obvious call that could potentially change the outcome of the game might not be overturned. The idea of replay is to prevent just such an occurrence, so in theory I have no problem with the booth review in the final two minutes. If you didn't have it, there inevitably would be a blown, obvious call or two every year and it would get changed back to the current system very quickly.
Gamble from Jacksonville:
I really don't understand why everyone is ready to jump off a cliff. Maybe I have deluded myself with this silly notion that it is a 16-week season. I also think I've seen teams and players improve as a season went on, which for me is a big part of the fun. I've had my fair share of disappointments, but I like to enjoy this ride. Come April, I am sure I'll wish I had a Jags came to look forward to.
John: Good perspective, and it's true that there is potential for this team to improve. Most notably, obviously, there is room to improve at the quarterback position. Blaine Gabbert has enormous upside – maybe as much upside as a quarterback ever has had for this franchise. The rate of his improvement likely will be very similar to the rate of improvement for the franchise. It's a fascinating story to follow . . .
Jake from Harrisonburg, VA:
Can we step out of this fantasy world for a minute where everyone is expecting a rookie quarterback to come in and be some sort of savior? The kid is barely old enough to drink. No matter how talented he may be, like any athlete, some things will only come with experience.
John: . . . and that's just as true as my answer to Gamble from Jacksonville.

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