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Bill from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Jags lose arbitration with former defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. Former cornerback Jalen Ramsey quits. Offensive linemen Brandon Linder and Andrew Norwell overpaid. Quarterback Nick Foles, too? Former quarterback Blake Bortles' contract? No contract with Ngakoue. Odds of hiring a talented coach if Executive Vice President of Football Operations Tom Coughlin remains? Just sayin'

I expect Jaguars Owner Shad Khan to weigh many factors in the coming days and weeks, and Khan likely will reflect seriously on all or most of your points. Some of your points undoubtedly will reflect negatively on current management, with this week's NFL Players Association news at the top of the list. Others – such as defensive end Yannick Ngakoue not having a new contract and the drama around former cornerback Jalen Ramsey's drama this season – are less about management and more about circumstance. The unresolved Ngakoue issue is not a matter of "disrespect" or a player being mistreated; it was a matter of two sides not agreeing on a contract. And whatever happened between Coughlin and Ramsey, it's a big reach to say that Ramsey's actions this fall were acceptable – just as it's a big reach to say he would have been happy without Coughlin around. As far as Khan's upcoming decision, I expect him to focus mostly upon the macro of the team's performance in recent seasons rather than the micro of specific mistakes. Either way, the most concerning issue obviously remains the NFLPA news. Teams testing the limits of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and testing what is and isn't voluntary in the offseason is relatively common. What's uncommon is the NFLPA going so far as to say what it said this week. Was what it said justified? Was it accurate? Whatever the answers, the group felt compelled to target the Jaguars when it doesn't do the same to other teams. That's unusual and concerning, and it's an issue Khan must consider when setting the future course of the franchise.

Jim from Jagsonville

"You as players may want to consider this when you have a chance to select your next club." Is that even appropriate for them to make such a comment? They already fined us $700,000, but to make a blanket statement singling out a team like that seems unfair. I stand with Coughlin on this matter. When given an inch, players like Fowler and Ramsey will take a mile. Members of the Pride of the Jaguars have stated it was difficult under TC, but in time they understood he was building a winning culture. This team has lacked that winning culture for a long time now. It takes a combination of talent and character to succeed in the NFL, of which Fowler has only shown talent. His current organization hasn't seen success, even with a slew of our cast offs. One for the Godfather! Go Jaguars!

I don't know that it was inappropriate for the NFLPA to make such a comment. It without question was unusual. Appropriate or not, it's hard to argue that it won't resonate with at least some players when it comes to making decisions in free agency. Either way, I suppose this is one fer Coughlin …

Tony from St. Louis, MO

So, you're just going to continue to ignore the NFLPA warning to players to stay away from the Jags and that 25 percent of all complaints are from the Jag players? I look at all the players we drafted and just gave up the last few years. It's shocking. I thought how you become a good team is drafting good players and keeping them.

Who's ignoring it?

Dan from Las Vegas, NV

Please tell me that the NFL is planning to go away from this Pro Bowl travesty. The players selected are not even the second best in their position groups this year. How in the world does Jalen "My Back is Sore" Ramsey make the team? He has not played all games and the games he played he was average at best.

I don't expect the NFL to go away from the Pro Bowl, and I expect it to remain a flawed system because the NFL wants players and fans heavily involved. Neither group as a whole puts in enough time to make it a great system. I don't know that a better system is all that possible, but you're right that this one is flawed. That's not new and it's unlikely to change.

Steve from the Sunroom Couch

Dear John: With all the rumors and reports of Coughlin's management style I can't imagine Khan not letting him go. Violating CBA agreements goes way beyond his infamous mantra of, "If you're not five minutes early, you're late."

It's actually an intense version of the same thing, but I get your point.

Steve from Duval

Do you think we should hear from the front office after the NFLPA comes out and says we are awful?

I expect we'll hear from Khan soon enough. I don't expect to hear from the front office in the coming days.

Howard from Homestead, FL

Doesn't all the talk about getting Ngakoue and Josh Allen on the field at the same time seem strange considering the guy down the hall, Dom Capers, ran a defense that would do just that?

Capers is a defensive coach, but he's not the coordinator and this isn't his scheme.

Leon from Austin, TX

Zone: General Manager David Caldwell once stated it's easier to build a defense than an offense. With that being said, you are in control of this year's draft selections. What is your course of action? Do you select based on need or BPA?

I would emphasize interior defensive line and offensive line in the draft with the caveat of taking best-available player if the player was so good he was impossible to pass.

Bill from Jupiter, FL

Playing devil's advocate in defense of the coaching staff. I don't think Head Coach Doug Marrone and Defensive Coordinator Todd Wash just forgot how to coach. They need talent. And they've been banking on a lot of first- and second-year players who need time to develop. If Marrone finishes strong with these guys fighting like they did Sunday, could he survive?

I would like to think so. I don't know.

Emiel from Texas

Since it's so easy to get a roughing the passer or unnecessary roughness call on the quarterback, there should be a 15-yard (or at least a five-yard delay of game) penalty on the quarterback every time he complains about a no call.

I don't anticipate this becoming "a thing."

Mike from Culpepper, VA

Can you please give an update on the progress of Josh Dobbs or lack of it? How is he being used on the inactive list? Thank You.

The Jaguars acquired quarterback Josh Dobbs from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for a fifth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. They made the trade immediately after losing quarterback Nick Foles for half the season in the regular-season opener. Dobbs has not played for the Jaguars, serving as the backup quarterback when Foles was out and serving as the third-team quarterback since his return.

Torin from Atlanta, GA

I'm a native of Duval living in Atlanta and I'm excited to be attending the Falcons game on Sunday. What are the divisions that the Jaguars are set to play in the 2020 season?

The AFC North and NFC North.

Mike from Nocatee, FL

For comparisons of NFL and college players, we have on-field examples. From 1934 to 1976, the college all-stars played the NFL champ. Record: NFL won 30-9-2. All-Stars beat the Green Bay Packers 20-17 in 1963.

It's different now. The professional teams won the last 12 meetings in the series, and the difference in a 28-year-old and a 21-year-old football player is significant enough that even a college-all-star team wouldn't beat an NFL team. A normal college team – even a national championship team – has starting players who never make NFL practice squads, much less rosters or starting lineups. The best college team wouldn't beat the worst NFL team. Period.

Chris from Roseville

For a college team to compete with a team from the NFL, you'd expect all 22 college starters to not only be drafted but be instant starters in the NFL. Not to mention all the special teams players and specialists. Jaguars aside, the first round of the NFL draft is 50 percent busts, so yeah, the best college team has zero chance.


Brian from Round Rock, TX

The quarterback competition already happened. The winner is starting. If the Jags trot out the loser next year because of his cost, I think you know what the fan reaction will be.

I don't know who will start at quarterback for the Jaguars next season. I would have to consider Gardner Minshew the favorite to start based on this season, but you can't rule out Foles starting. Or a rookie first-round selection. There are enough uncertainties around this team that I wouldn't rule out too much anywhere at this point.