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Pfunk from Springfield

I can recall at least three or four touchdowns this season taken from James Robinson because of offensive penalties. If he had those back, wouldn't he be getting more consideration for Offensive Rookie of the Year? Has he made the most immediate impact for a Jags rookie that our beloved KOAF can recall?

Jaguars rookie running back James Robinson probably would get more Rookie of the Year consideration with those touchdowns. He realistically would have a tough time getting it because he's not a quarterback – and because rookies such as Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Chase Claypool and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson are having big seasons for better teams. I do think Robinson has a real chance at the Pro Bowl, though. Either way, Robinson's immediate impact has been impressive. But I can't say it's the "most" immediate impact I have seen from a Jaguars rookie. Remember: I covered the Jaguars in 1998 when rookie running back Fred Taylor had more than 1,600 total yards with 17 touchdowns for an AFC Central-winning team. That's some serious impact, my friend.

The Other Michael from Middleburg, FL

DJ Chark Jr. drops way too many passes to be considered an elite receiver.

This isn't a ridiculous point. But Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. is on his fourth quarterback in the last two seasons and the sixth of his career. The Jaguars have used three quarterbacks this season. Chark hasn't had a good season this season. He's clearly frustrated. He also has had some drops and plays he could have – and should have – made. But I'll let the Jaguars get some consistency – and an upgrade – at quarterback before I say Chark is too drop-prone to be an elite receiver.

Matt from Houston, TX

I was excited to see Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II come out to play against Tennessee Sunday. However, he almost instantly started triggering me when he kept prematurely leaving the pocket. I can't understand why he feels the need to rollout when there is ZERO pressure. Is it because he can't see well enough over the line?

Quarterback is a difficult position in the NFL.

Tony from St. Louis, MO

What is the state of the franchise from your perspective? The team has little-to-no talent, we don't know who will be making the picks we have, we are projected to have money but as of right now it doesn't seem to be good free agents in the offseason spend it on and the team looks to have one foot out the door.

My perspective is different than your perspective. The Jaguars have far more young talent than your question suggests, and it's not unusual in mid-December of a regime change to not know the identity of the new general manager. Time will tell about the 2021 free-agency class; there's a long way to go and a league full of decisions to be made before that's known. And your statement that the team appears to have one foot out the door couldn't be further from the truth; Jaguars Owner Shad Khan is pushing for a Lot J project that will reshape the area around TIAA Bank Field and help stabilize the Jaguars financially for the long-term. But it's understandable that you see things as you do, and you're not alone: The Jaguars have been a losing franchise in recent seasons, and losing makes all things seem bad. If the Jaguars get quarterback right next offseason, whoever's building the football side of the organization will have the first piece of the foundation. There will be work to be done after that, but that will be a good start.

Unhipcat from Carlsbad, CA

Hi, John. Just realized Titans scored 24 points in a 6:56 span.

That's fast.

Glennon's Mom from Jacksonville

What is the status of Lambo? He has been injured most of the year. Is it something he can eventually recover from or will the Jags need to replace their MVP next year?

Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo is on injured reserve with a hip injury. He won't return this season and is expected to return next season.

KC from Florida

I heard a rumor that the Jaguars are one of the franchises that least invests in their football operations and analytics departments, compared to other, more successful teams. Can you confirm or deny this?

This is not true.

Bill from Ponte Vedra, FL

Although the Jags have made many questionable personnel moves, it now appears that releasing Leonard Fournette wasn't one of them. What is your take on his decline?

Former Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette, now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being released by the Jaguars in the preseason, struggles making defenders miss. It's hard to be successful as a running back in the NFL when that's the case.

Josh from Atlanta, GA

I can't wait to have an exciting, young, potentially-franchise quarterback next year. I watched Justin Herbert complete a few throws our quarterbacks of the last ten years could only dream of making Sunday. We have watched quarterback ineptitude for the majority of my lifetime, so I'm praying we get lucky and the guy we choose at No. 2 pans out, because this carousel sucks and I'm over it. Give me ONE GUY.


Zac from Austin, Tejas

You can't "outcoach" a fully formed playoff caliber team with a cacophony of rookies, second stringers, third stringers. Coaching puts the right specialists in the right seats. I don't think Jaguars Head Coach Doug Marrone is without blame, but I think the expectations are unfair. One fer former Jaguars defensive tackles John Henderson and Marcus Stroud, because I want to believe Titans running back Derrick Henry should count his lucky stars he didn't go up against them.

No, no, no, Zac. It's always coaching in the NFL. A coach absolutely should be able to beat a fully-formed playoff team with a depleted, undermanned defense and without a fully functioning NFL quarterback. Learn the game, Zac. I'll wait.

Jason from North Pole, AK

Derrick Henry embarrassing us is becoming an annual Christmas tradition that I hate more than anything else the Jaguars have done. I just want it to stop.

Yeah …

Mitchell from Jacksonville

So I agree with you on the idea that drafting four quarterbacks every year likely isn't the way to go, but how about how Arizona did it? Pick Josh Rosen, assess that he is not good enough and next year in the first round again, take Kyler Murray. That's the way it's done. I don't think revisionism is useful, but I can tell you lists and lists of players had the Jags accepted Blaine Gabbert wasn't good, Blake Bortles wasn't good, etc.

I do think Arizona's success with Murray after selecting Rosen will prompt teams to have a quicker trigger with quarterbacks moving forward. The Cardinals did have the luxury of selecting No. 1 overall the year after selecting Rosen, so that makes the decision somewhat easier … but yeah, I do think generally speaking you'll see some teams move more quickly at the spot now.

Tudor from St. Augustine, FL

I haven't hated someone the way I hate Gregg Williams in quite some time. I hope he never has a job in football ever again.

I expect former New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams will work in the NFL again.

Robert from Manassas, VA

Minshew is not the most talented QB this franchise has ever had, but he is the most talented that they have had in a very long time. And that is the problem.

Quarterback is a longstanding issue for the Jaguars.

Reuben from Jacksonville

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick is notorious for plotting to stop your best player in his game planning. Vrabel, who learned under Belichick, clearly saw that as James Robinson. He didn't think Glennon could beat him, so he didn't respect the pass until Minshew went in. The other coach had a better handle on our lineup than our coaches did. Sometimes it IS coaching.

You're correct that Titans Head Coach Mike Vrabel didn't respect Mike Glennon or the Jaguars' passing game. As for how much different Vrabel's approach would have been had Minshew started … well, we'll probably just agree to disagree.

Logan from Wichita, KS

Something something.... blah blah blah... words words words... capital letters... blah blah blah... exclamation points... blah blah... not gonna lie it's getting really hard to care about this team anymore. 12 in a row... woooo.


Reese from Lutherville, MD

I'm tired of losing, but I'm really tired of losing to Tennessee. Watching this team fall apart over the past 3 years while Tennessee becomes a Super Bowl contender has been the cruelest joke we've been forced to endure. I hope the next regime identifies that our rival has owned us and addresses it accordingly.

I've never been big on the idea of building to beat another team – or to beat teams in your division. Why not just build a good team and let other teams in your division build to beat you?