Skip to main content

Jaguars News | Jacksonville Jaguars -

O-Zone: A balanced approach

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Chris from Fleming Island, FL

As the Jaguars become more successful, their assistant coaches become more wanted by the rest of the league. Which coach or coaches do you think will be poached next?

I would put offensive coordinator Press Taylor at the top of the list – for a couple of reasons. One is I expect the Jaguars' offense to be successful next season and for the foreseeable future. NFL owners love hiring coordinators from successful offenses or defenses as head coaches – even though there's little evidence that necessarily translates directly to head-coaching success. I also think Taylor will interview very well and I think he has the leadership ability – and organizational ability – to eventually be a very good head coach. The 'X' factor for Taylor will be that he doesn't have playcalling duties, which can sometimes give owners pause – though this should matter far, far less than a coach's ability to lead. I would probably put quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy as the next possible target to be an offensive coordinator, though don't have a great feel about what McCoy – a former NFL head coach with the Chargers – sees as his next step. Defensive coordinator Mike Caldwell also should be in the discussion, though the Jaguars' defense may need to be more consistent for him to become a "hot" candidate in the next offseason or two.

Paul from Lake City, FL

I think that former Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer deserves his own form of recognition, separate from the Pride. After all, had his coaching and behavior been something approaching professional, we would not be eagerly awaiting our second season with Doug Pederson at the helm. (I'm working on "nice," I promise.)

(Sounds like you need to work harder. Or not. You do you).

Tom from the Mean Streets of Nocatee

If the Jags are rock n' roll Urban Meyer is Milli Vanilli.

This evidently is not a day for "nice."

Jay from So-Cal

I don't follow too closely in the offseason, O-Man, so I apologize a Sbarro slice of heaven when we meet up if you have answered this already....Forget it, that was too much for me already, let's get some pizza!

Now, that would be nice.

Mike from Cartersville (AKA Trevortown), GA

I was thinking cornerback was the most likely first-round selection this year but the more I think on it, I think lineman might be most likely. If we are taking a nickel corner, you can get those in the second or third round. It's harder to find productive linemen later. I think they might end up taking a defensive tackle to either play nose tackle or play defensive end in our three-four scheme. The old adage you can never have enough big guys is truer now than ever as you need a bunch of them to keep rotating against these up-tempo, spread offenses. In recent years we've been seeing more runs on receivers and corners in the first round, which could allow a non-top 10 defensive lineman to slide into the 20s.

This is possible, and the same theory could lead to the Jaguars selecting an offensive lineman in Round 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft: Remember: Draft scenarios are much less specific when a team is selecting in the bottom third of the first round compared to the Top 10 – and those scenarios increasingly depend more on what other teams do the deeper a team selects in Round 1. I do see cornerback as a possibility for the Jaguars at No. 24 overall, as well as offensive line, tight end, safety and even pass rusher. The Jaguars likely will have multiple scenarios Round 1 entering the draft – and they undoubtedly will have different Round 2 and 3 scenarios based on their Round 1 selection. It's fun to project the draft, but it's a dynamic real-time event and much changes in every round.

Bob from Sumter, SC

The whirlybird play was bad, but my all-time worst play was then-quarterback Blake Bortles trying to ground a pass, hitting running back TJ Yeldon on the back of his foot resulting in a pick-six.

Jaguars fans certainly have seen some "stuff."

David from Oviedo, FL

KOAF. What prevents this scenario from playing out: Jaguars trade Jawaan Taylor to Kansas City Chiefs for a fourth-round pick. The Chiefs don't have the salary cap to give him a big contract, but now have rights to Taylor, and offer him a two-year, $18 million contract. Would Taylor have to play for that amount or sit out a season? The following season, is it also the Chiefs or bust?

Teams may only trade players between the start of the League Year and the November trade deadline. Had the Jaguars traded Taylor to the Chiefs before that date last season, he would have been under contract with the Chiefs until the March 15 start of the league year. The Chiefs in that scenario could have offered Taylor the two-year deal to which you refer, but he could have turned it down and become an unrestricted free agent on March 15 – just as he did with the Jaguars.

Al from Orange Park, FL

By their nature, mock drafts are a little bit silly, but aren't they REALLY silly when picking No. 24? Isn't more of a game of, "who's left?"

Pretty much.

David from O-Town

O-Zone. If Jaguars center Luke Fortner wanted to change his jersey number from "79" to "00" would it be allowed by the league?

No. While the league did recently change its rules to allow players to wear "0," players may not wear "00." Also: Offensive and defensive linemen may not wear "0" under the new rule.

Sean from Jacksonville

Sign John Wick. We'd win Every. Single. Game.


Boxcutter Bill from Mass

I guess it's the whole "we cracked the code." Did we? 9-8 a miracle comeback, and thumping by the best team, who really cracked the code, for now. It's all for now. We are definitely in line for our time in the sun if all falls correctly. I guess as a Lifelong Red Sox fan, saying things that predict a future I can only dream of, only to be heartbroken, feels a little "Jinxxy." Let's practice hard, play harder, and believe really hard. That's all. DUUUUVVAAALLL

I see we're still on the topic of Jaguars Owner Shad Khan's comments at the 2023 NFL Annual Meeting. Remember: Khan owns a team that has mostly struggled for a decade and that now – for the first time in a long time – has a quarterback who looks like a franchise quarterback. The team also has a Super Bowl-winning head coach and a general manager who made a lot of good moves last offseason. Compared to what has come before, the future looks bright. Khan was talking about the code of how to win in the NFL. He didn't say the Jaguars were going to win every Super Bowl over the next 10 years. He guaranteed nothing and wasn't even speaking with bravado. He just said they are in a good situation. There was nothing wrong with what he said. What he said won't "jinx" anything. If the Jaguars are good enough to win Super Bowls moving forward, they will win them. If they're not, they won't. What Khan said was fun. It's OK to have it.

Ray3 from Jacksonville

Do you remember that rock and roll show at the Hollywood Bowl with Tom Coughlin playing dueling guitar solos on Johnny B Goode, while duck walking around the stage? The atmosphere was electric.

I do remember that. It was "awesome."

Matthew from Jax

With all the talk about the upcoming draft, what is your opinion on drafting the best available players available regardless of immediate need? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I remember teams like Green Bay and Pittsburgh have done that in the past with very good results. The strategy drives competition at various positions and needs have been filled in other ways: free agency or trades. Drafting for need alone tends to be risky, and hasn't proven out in the past, Trevor aside. Your thoughts? I do enjoy your articles as you tend to speak your mind and not go with what seems popular for fans.

People love to debate this every year as drafts approach – and while it's a nice theoretical argument, the reality is most teams draft factoring a combination of need and "best available player." And the more you can draft with "best available player" in mind, the better. But it's unrealistic to draft without any regard to need. You wouldn't want to end up in a situation in which you drafted, say, five centers in one draft or six running backs over the course of two drafts. That would be silly. But you also don't want to draft only with too heavy an emphasis on need. That encourages reaching and can lead to the worst draft mistakes.