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O-Zone: Beautiful souls

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it … Mike from Navarre, OH:
What's the word on Jason Myers? Has he been looking more comfortable and confident with his ability? Is it the pressure of the game situations that attributed to his key misses? Give us the scoop.
John: There's really not much "word" to pass along regarding Jason Myers and there isn't much offseason intrigue or update. It's difficult to assess Myers' progress from his rookie season until he actually begins kicking in real situations in his second season. He has plenty of ability and plenty of leg strength. He kicked well a lot of the time during his rookie season with a few notable exceptions on field goals and a few too many really notable exceptions on extra points. I can't really say it was pressure that caused the misses because it wasn't as if every kick he missed was pressurized. What I can say is he can't have another year missing extra points as he did last season. That's not a scoop, but it's the truth.
Jag Fan 818 from Jacksonville:
Okay … I have Nos. 06177 and 06178 out of 20,000 of the Authentic Official Jaguars Jersey Patch Limited Edition. Does that make me a Day One fan?
John: I honestly don't know anymore.
Stephen from Jacksonville:
When filling out the final spots on a roster with special teams players and depth, are there any particular position groups that garner more attention than others? How do NFL teams generally go about setting a special-teams depth chart, especially with kickoff and kick return units? What abilities do players need to be able to play special teams at the professional level?
John: Teams usually have a good idea who's making the final roster long before the final cut-down day, so it's not as if coaches and general managers are suddenly looking at the roster trying to find a position group to emphasize. But generally speaking, special teams are heavy with defensive backs and linebackers because of the need for tackling on coverage units and the need for athleticism on all special-teams units. It's why you'll often see teams keep nine and 10 defensive backs, with the last two or three players rarely playing on defense.
Tom from Orlando, FL:
O-man, I was definitely NOT a Jags fan from Day One. I was a senior in high school and worked at a T-Shirt stand in Orange Park Mall when Jacksonville was awarded the team. It was madness. I had so many customers I couldn't get a break to breathe, and had to fold all the messed up shirts before leaving each night. All for $4.25/hour, so I couldn't afford to buy one of the shirts for myself. For the first few days, I HATED the Jaguars! (I came around, though).
John: #DTWD
Pedal Bin from Farnborough, Hampshire:
Mighty 'O' … I'll have to disagree with you and Todd. The new logo has NOT grown on me. It still looks like a Thundercat. Bring the old logo back! And the old uniforms while you are at it. (I know neither will happen.) How long until to training camp?
John: It's 11 days until Jaguars 2016 Training Camp, and you're right: I don't see the old logo or old uniforms coming back. I think the logo in particular is here for a long, long time.
Jordan from Pinellas Park, FL:
I went on the Jaguars Locker Room tour last week. I saw Bortles' locker, Henne's locker and Allen's locker. Where was Tebow's? What gives?
John: I'll check with my guy.
David from Orlando, FL:
O-man, although I am a child of the 80s, I believe the 70s was the greatest decade for music. What do you think?
John: The 1970s indeed was a great decade for music, although it's hard to overlook the 1960s decade that produced the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Dylan. Don't completely dismiss the 1980s. It's foolish to dismiss any era that gave us this.
Mike from Des Moines, IA:
I recently untethered myself from the ball and chain and moved into my own domicile. The best part is doing what I want, in the manner I want, at the time of my choosing. For example, I like to kick back on my sofa and binge watch television shows in my underwear whilst eating vanilla bean ice cream and peanut butter. I recommend stabilizing the tub of ice cream on your belly because – and this is key, John – that creates the shortest distance the spoon has to travel from ice cream to mouth. I know you're asking yourself: "How can I eat ice cream and peanut butter in my underwear AND enjoy a cold beverage at the same time?" I recommend pairing that with White Russians, or a nice vanilla porter. #UNABASHED #MikeSighting
John: #winningatlife
Fred from Naples, FL:
In your opinion is Eli Manning a lock for the Hall of Fame?
John: No, I don't think he's a lock. I think he will probably get in, but I think it will be a real debate with a lot of very real pros and cons on each side. The argument for Eli Manning is that he won two Super Bowls, but he has had a lot of inconsistent seasons wrapped around those two seasons. He did go through a few years when he was really good – really close to elite – but he has had just as many seasons in which that was open to debate. Remember, two-time Super-Bowl winning quarterbacks aren't Hall of Fame locks. Just ask Jim Plunkett.
Stephen from Jacksonville:
I know that the Jaguars aren't supposed to win the division this year. The Colts have Andrew Luck and the Texans have one of the best defenses in the NFL. The Jaguars are too young and are still a year away, but in the words of Andre Rison "(bleep) Meggett! And (bleep) the New England Patriots!" The Jaguars have the most talented roster in the division and if everyone plays to the best of their abilities, they're good enough to get to and win the game being played on February 5, 2017. It's been twenty years since the Jaguars took the NFL by storm. Now it's time for them to do it again. #DTWD
John: Down, boy.
Jeremy from Jacksonville:
It's funny to think back on all the people screaming at you in caps last year that they are done supporting this team – that the plan isn't working and we just need to burn it down because it's the same old Jags. And here we are. All this #dayone talk. Gotta love the offseason. #DTWD
John: Times indeed change, and if the Jaguars win early in the season there will be a lot of happy #dayone fans. If they struggle early in the season, there will be a lot of CAPITAL LETTERS on Monday mornings and the rest of the week, because CAPITAL LETTERS MEAN PEOPLE ARE VERY, VERY SERIOUS AND !!!!!!! MEAN THE SAME THING.
David from Oviedo, FL:
Ozone, as different combination of cornerbacks are discussed, I am surprised that Davon House is always in the mix. Did he play so well last year that he gets a golden ticket?
John: House doesn't get a golden ticket or a free pass to start, but he played well enough last season that most people assume he will play well enough to start this season. He showed a knack for the ball and with a few exceptions covered the opponents' top receiver very well considering the troubles the team was having pressuring the passer. I'd be surprised if House doesn't start next season.
John from Carrigan:
If you were running out of the tunnel and on to the field, what song would you like blaring over the stadium to get you pumped up? Mine is I Wanna Rock, Twisted Sister.
John: This one.
Chris from Section 437:
I'm a Jags fan and season-ticket holder since Day One and happy to have any fans that are just hopping in the bandwagon. This is what everyone that writes you has wanted right? Validation and national recognition. That's what the bandwagon is, open your arms and enjoy!
John: When the Jaguars begin winning, the fans in this town – and the fans in general – will react with a fervor that will surprise many nationally. It perhaps even will surprise people locally. Will there be some long-term fans who take pride having been there all along? Perhaps. But the coolness of seeing this thing grow will overwhelm all else. I've believed that for a long time and still do.
TJ from Orlando, FL:
I must share some awful news. Craig Harris and his wife, Michelle, were killed Saturday night when an SUV pulled in front of their motorcycle and they both were ejected. Craig was the biggest Jags fan I know down here. He was also a wonderful person that you would be hard pressed to find someone who could say a negative word about. I was often in awe of how wonderful of a husband, father, football coach, and worker he was. They have left behind two beautiful children whose grief I can't even begin to imagine. RIP, Craig and Michelle, the Jaguars have lost two beautiful souls from their fans.
John: RIP, Craig and Michelle.

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