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O-Zone: Catching up

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Let's get to it …

Boxcutter Bill from Massachusetts

I know Justin Herbert is a big, strong tough guy; last Thursday really showcased that. But c'mon: It's a rib Injury. If we get to him and knock him around, I think we have a chance. Sunday we Shock the World! Am I Right?

A great(?) man once wrote, "Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert sustained a rib injury last Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is illegal to hit quarterbacks or other players late. It is illegal to hit players in the head. It is illegal to hit quarterbacks in the pocket around the knees. It is legal to hit quarterbacks in the ribs. I expect the Jaguars to try to legally hit Herbert as often and as hard as possible Sunday." Those great(?) man's words ring as true today as when first scribed.

Bradley from Sparks, NV

In today's culture of protect the offense and especially the quarterback at all costs, it's refreshing to see someone in the industry so enthusiastic about pulverizing the opposing star quarterback's already damaged ribcage. Keep up the good work.

My thoughts on Herbert's ribs are reflected in the words of the aforementioned great(?) man. If I recall correctly, the words went something along the lines of, "Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert sustained a rib injury last Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is illegal to hit quarterbacks or other players late. It is illegal to hit players in the head. It is illegal to hit quarterbacks in the pocket around the knees. It is legal to hit quarterbacks in the ribs. I expect the Jaguars to try to legally hit Herbert as often and as hard as possible Sunday." There is no enthusiasm in this answer. It is simply passing along the scribing of a great(?) man, and that scribing said nothing about "pulverizing."

Steve from Nashville, TN

Isn't funk something at the bottom of a neglected coffee cup after 10 days?

I am the king of all funk.

John from Sebastian

The Chargers' pass rush is a handful to say the least. O-Line will have to step it up tremendously. Chances of stealing a win in LA at best will be slim. But, hey … it's the NFL and after the come from behind wins Week 2 slim might just show up.

Sunday is a tough test for the Jaguars. Really tough. The Chargers are talented, and Herbert is one of the NFL's best quarterbacks. Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa of the Chargers may be the NFL's best pass-rush tandem. The Jaguars historically have played poorly on the West Coast and really poorly on the road against the Chargers. I don't love the Jaguars' chances Sunday, but I like them a hell of a lot more than I would have liked them any of the last four seasons.

Julianna from Baltimore, MD

I know there are many who have chalked up the big Jags Win on Sunday to perhaps some of Indianapolis' best players being injured, but here's what I say about that. So what!! I think them having the win, working on their inconsistences and having the reps/game time will only help them win in the future. I think it's awesome that the momentum is moving forward. And at this moment, the Jags are No. 1 in the division. If they can keep hold of that, man … what a season it will be. Just saying, it may be not be as bumpy of a ride as some think it will be. Here's to big hopes for the season!!!

One fer big hopes.

Nick from Palm Coast, FL

Last year Shaquill Griffin was one of the voices of the Jags each game. Now I haven't heard anything out of him since he got "TOASTED" opening day. Now he is questionable for game Sunday. What gives???

Something doesn't always have to "give." There's not always something "behind" something or a conspiracy. Griffin last season often was a "voice" of the Jaguars because he often was asked to go to the podium to speak to the media after games. Players were asked to do so last season because of COVID-19 rules. The rules are different this season, and thus far this season only quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Head Coach Doug Pederson have gone to the post-game podium for the Jaguars. It's pretty standard NFL practice to have only head coach/quarterback at the podium. Griffin is questionable for Sunday's game because of a hip injury. That's it. That's the story behind the story.

Robert from Reno, NV

John, I can't stop saying it. I've waited a long time to say it. I've said to it everyone I know, and many I don't. Do you think I'll ever stop? O by the way, did you know, were in First Place! GO Jags!

Robert is excited that the Jaguars are in first place.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

I know it is a week-to-week league, but this weekend's game feels like a major litmus test. Nobody thinks we got a shot against the Chargers except supporters of our team. I'd love to get a West Coast win, especially against the new media darling in a banged-up Herbert.

Sunday is a chance for the Jaguars to see how they match up against a possible Super Bowl contender. If they win or compete, it's a good sign. If not, it's not a reason to panic. The Jaguars are two games into the Doug Pederson era. They're a young team figuring themselves out. I expect them to compete and not have quiiiiite enough to win. We'll see.

Tudor from Saint Augustine FL

I want to extend a big thank you to Urban Meyer for sucking so bad that he put us in the position to draft Travon Walker! Sometimes, trash begets riches IMO

I sense rather than sincerely thanking former Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer that in fact you're "not being nice." We've discussed this often in this forum: It's important to be nice. Please be nice.

John from Jacksonville

Hi, KOAGF. "If" Herbert plays, I think we'll see a lot of frustration with our defense unable to get a hit on him. The Chargers will do everything to either run a lot or to get the ball out of his hands quickly. Do you see our defense getting to the quarterback with a couple of power hits when there are many plays on offense that can prevent this?

This is why the football gods invented third-down-and-long situations. Coaches can scheme passes to allow quarterbacks to throw quickly, but it's difficult pick up eight yards or more that way. Quarterbacks typically must drop an extra step and wait an extra second to allow receivers to get open downfield on longer plays. That's when pass rushers have time to get to the quarterback. That's why teams talk constantly about stopping the run on early downs and "earning" the right to rush the passer. If the Jaguars get the Chargers into third and long Sunday, they probably will have a chance to sack Herbert. If not, they probably won't have that chance.

Gary from St. Augustine, FL

The days run together sometimes. Did I tell you suck this week?

Yes.

Marcus from Jacksonville

In the past, the Jaguars were a team that signed guys like wide receiver Christian Kirk and played them on the outside because they were being paid No. 1 receiver money. They were a team that would sign a tight end such as Evan Engram and use him primarily to block. They took guys like outside linebacker Josh Allen and had them put their hands in the ground, or had players like running back Travis Etienne Jr. running between the tackles all day. It is such a breath of fresh air to see a coaching staff use players in a way that suits their playing style, size, speed and strengths. Who cares if Kirk is in the slot all day, or Engram rarely blocks? Who cares if Etienne is used primarily for screens and wheel routes? Do what you need to do to win and all the other stuff will work itself out.

OK.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

John, it feels like I'm reading about players from other teams going down with injury each day. The Jaguars have stayed remarkably healthy (*knocks on wood*). Sometimes in this league it's the team that stays healthiest the longest.

The NFL is a league of attrition. Health isn't always the determining factor of a season, but rarely does it not factor in a big way at least occasionally and it's almost always a major factor in the postseason one way or the other.

Jerry from Jacksonville

John, since everybody in the league has those ugly black helmets will we ever get the chance to show the world the prettiest helmet in the league? Which hopefully make the "TEA: REAL."

Sometimes I feel like I'm the last to know what's going on.

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