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JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …

Anooj from Miami, FL

You are the new head coach of the Jaguars. Between Nick Foles and Gardner Minshew II, is Minshew your starting quarterback in 2020? Now you are the new general manager of the Jaguars. What would you do with Foles if Minshew is your starting quarterback? Also: As the general manager, do you pay Yannick Ngakoue more than he was offered this past offseason?

I am not the head coach of the Jaguars. If I were, Minshew would be the starting quarterback entering the 2020 offseason – which likely would mean he would begin the 2020 season as the starter. I also am not the general manager of the Jaguars. If I were, I would try to trade Foles in such a way as to alleviate as much of the cap penalty as possible moving forward. As for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, this is a hard question to answer. Yes, I would probably offer him more than I did this past offseason. That guarantees nothing, because it still seems likely Ngakoue will want more than was offered last offseason – enough more that it's unlikely a deal gets done anytime soon.

Dan from Doylestown

Zone-Zilla – Regarding David Caldwell, I understand your assertion that Jaguars Owner Shad Khan deciding to retain him as general manager would be based on his belief that Caldwell is the best person for the job going forward – and not as a reward for past results. But he has made the wrong decision far more often than he has made the right decision, so why should Khan be confident Caldwell will figure things out moving forward? He has drafted poorly, handed out questionable contracts, and had since 2013 to build a successful team. Given that he has failed in these major responsibilities, what other aspects of his performance indicate he will be successful moving forward?

Your perception of Caldwell is a common one, and many Jaguars fans consider him a failure. He also has had many good draft selections during his tenure (cornerback Jalen Ramsey, defensive end Josh Allen, linebacker Myles Jack, defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, linebacker Telvin Smith, quarterback Gardner Minshew – to name just a few). An argument can also be made that the core of the roster was strengthening at the end of the 2016 season, the season that marks Caldwell's last time with final say over the roster. I know many fans recoil at these arguments, but Khan could consider them deciding Caldwell's future.

Scott from Medford, NJ

Looks like the status quo for the Jaguars ... if they were going to replace the general manager and/or head coach, they would have done it Monday.

Stay tuned.

Jonathan from Jacksonville

"If Khan retains Caldwell, he wouldn't be rewarding results. He would be hiring based on what he believes is best moving forward." So, Khan's statement last season was just BS and he just basically misled the fans, the community and sponsors. Oh and don't tell me he just fired TC because this is not all TC. Thoughts?

I don't know what decision Khan will make in the coming days. I do know it's incorrect to dismiss as insignificant Khan relieving Tom Coughlin of his duties as executive vice president of football operations late in the season. Coughlin had final say over all football decisions. How much more significant does it get?

Jaginator from (formerly of) Section 124

When I learned about all the (ridiculous) fines that were levied against players for infractions that were not REALLY infractions, it told me that there was a CULTURE of accepting these things in the building. I just can't believe that Coughlin was making his decisions in a vacuum. Being a "disciplinarian" doesn't mean simply enforcing your OWN rules. The CBA IS part of discipline (whether Coughlin wanted to admit it or not). If the rest of the regime (Marrone and Caldwell) are not held to the same standard, I cannot support this team. I just … can't, anymore.

If you don't believe it's possible for Coughlin to have decided to fine players on his own, and if you don't believe he would have had the power to do so despite the objections of others … well, if you don't believe that you have no idea how things work in the NFL.

Scott from Jacksonville

After having losing seasons in eight of the last nine years, most of those being miserable disappointments, I believe it's safe to say there are NO fair-weather Jaguar fans.


Clay from Section 235

A 6-6 record is darn solid for a rookie quarterback. Which do you think was his best game? Sunday was nice, but I think I vote New York Jets.

I thought Minshew's best game of the season was the regular-season finale against the Indianapolis Colts. He had a rough patch in the first half but recovered nicely and threw some of his best passes of the season for touchdowns to wide receiver Keelan Cole and wide receiver Dede Westbrook. He seemed more poised than he had through a lot of the second half of the season. I'm still not sure if Minshew is the franchise quarterback, but he deserves a chance to be strongly considered – and I believe he earned the starting position entering next season.

Dan from Las Vegas, NV

Hey Zone, never been in Jacksonville in my life but been Jaguars fan since I started following football. I was sad in the beginning of the game when they show the stadium with the crowd worse than the Chargers home games. Being a business person, I hope that the local fans understand soon that having an NFL team is a privilege and it's not guaranteed that you will have it forever if the revenue is not there. I hope that the Jaguars will remain in Jacksonville and I hope that I will have opportunity to visit this great town.

The crowd at the beginning of the game Sunday didn't look good, but that wasn't indicative of the crowd at the game – and once the game began, the stadium was comparatively full considering the day's circumstances. Most late-season NFL games between teams out of the playoffs are played before mostly empty stadiums these days; that's not a Jaguars issue as much as an NFL issue. But know this: The crowd at TIAA Bank Field was far better than many crowds around the NFL late in the season. It was better than the crowd for Jaguars-Falcons in Atlanta the previous week. It was a pretty remarkable turnout considering the disappointing nature of the season.

Ryan from Jacksonville

If anyone doubts Minshew should be our starting quarterback next year look no further than Mark Brunell's career. Minshew threw more touchdown passes in a season than Brunell ever did as a Jaguar. Minshew has also passed for more yards this season than Brunell averaged per season, and he also had a higher completion percentage than Brunell's average. Either Minshew deserves to be the starter next year or Brunell doesn't deserve to be in the Pride of the Jaguars… or maybe both.

I think Minshew deserves to start next season, but you can't compare the numbers of a quarterback who played essentially 20 seasons ago to one playing now. It doesn't work.

Jeremy from Omaha, NE

Great head coaches consistently get their team to perform at their max potential. Marrone has not done that. Why would Khan retain him?

You say Marrone hasn't gotten the Jaguars to perform to their maximum potential. This is very debatable.

Jake from Port Orchard

Has there been any job interview for the quarterbacks coach? Former Jaguars quarterbacks coach Scott Milanovich is departing to be a head coach in another league. It would be interesting to see who will be working with Gardner going forward.

The Jaguars are trying to figure out who's going to be the head coach and general manager. They will figure out the rest after that.

John from Jacksonville

Well, you weren't too far off the mark from what I recall from earlier this season. You said the Jags would win between seven and nine games. We won six games. It's gonna be a long eight months.

Thank you … I think? But I can't take much credit for being right in this case. While I indeed though the Jaguars would finish somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7, I anticipated they would be playing meaningful games in December. I also anticipated they would be competitive in a lot of their losses. They instead were essentially eliminated with a month remaining and they were uncompetitive in six of their last eight games. So, yeah … I was sort of close in my prediction. But not really.

Ernst from Jacksonville

I saw on Twitter that Khan recently said that Coughlin would be going into the Pride of the Jaguars soon. That is just mind-bottling to me. Isn't that a slap in the face to the players union?

I'm sorry your mind is bottled, but Khan saying Coughlin would go into the Pride soon is perfectly appropriate. It would be inappropriate if it wasn't a possibility.