JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Rob from Ponte Vedra, FL
What are the cap numbers next year for defensive lineman Roy Robertson-Harris and safety Rayshawn Jenkins? Both were key contributors and Jenkins won us at least one game. It would be a huge loss to let either one go, in my opinion. I would also opine that we need to add nothing. Just re-sign the whole team from last year and run it back. That team won a playoff game and second-year improvement from rookies as well as third-year improvement from quarterback Trevor Lawrence (and presumably the addition of wide receiver Calvin Ridley), and a first- and second-round pick contributing, should mean a better and more consistent team. Sign them all back, run it back and Head Coach Doug Pederson in Year 2 will take us all the way. Go Jags.
Robertson-Harris' cap figure for 2023 is $10.1 million and Jenkins' is $10.25 million, with Robinson nearly an $8 million saving if released and Jenkins nearly $6 million. Both were indeed key contributors in 2022, and both are players the team ideally likely will want to retain. They're the sorts of players whose contracts a team could want to restructure and retain for another year – and what the Jaguars do with both players will be a storyline in the next five weeks. As for your proposal to "just run it back…" teams never completely do this in the NFL these days. There by definition is a certain amount of roster churn with 10-to-15 new players very common on even the most stable teams each season. But the Jaguars likely will be far more stable this offseason than in any offseason since perhaps 2018. The coaching staff appears likely to return largely intact, which means the schemes should stay largely intact. Core players offensively and defensively will stay the same. Players should therefore be more comfortable, and coaches should know better how to best use the players. The team certainly will look to make key additions this offseason, but that sort of stability with a team that's very young in both scheme and personnel should lead to considerable improvement in 2023.
Andy from Halifax
Hey, O. Trevor Lawrence is listed at 6-feet-6, 220 pounds, which means he weighs less for his height than anyone else in the league. Do you see an advantage in him bulking up this offseason? Would this prevent injury, or is long and lanky fine given how he can slang it and slip out of tackles?
Lawrence indeed is not as thick as many elite quarterbacks. I expect Lawrence to add bulk as he gets older, but I'm not sure he ever will not be lanky and lean. He has started every game of his NFL career. He's a unique player and a unique athlete. His build seems to work fine for him.
Don from Marshall, NC
Why don't you end the streak and take a vacation? You deserve it, having gone through some tough Jaguar years. Pretty, pretty, pretty sure your record is GOAT status. Nobody is going catch that streak. Go Jaguars!
I'll sleep when I'm dead – Warren Zevon.
John from Jacksonville
Hi, KOAGF. At the risk of bursting your bubble, conspiracy theories that are often scoffed at originally often do prove true over time. I can't say for sure about officiating, but never say never.
I rarely say "never." But I do say it's illogical to think NFL officials would risk the league's integrity – and therefore its existence – by ordering officials to favor certain teams. Toward what end? It's nonsensical.
Doug from Jacksonville
I for one was surprised how much I enjoyed the "Pro Bowl" despite some of the C List celebrity and former players "coaching." The skills challenges were entertaining and the "games" were just a part of the total package. From what the game has been to this weekend in my opinion was an improvement.
One fer the Pro Bowl Games …
Brad from The Avenues
I was reasonably entertained. Also, since it was something kinda, maybe, sorta, somewhat like football, I got to eat fried chicken during the game so, win, win.
… and another.
Jason from North Pole, AK
I wonder how much the NFL is worried about the impact of bad officiating while they are continuing to break TV ratings records? They have no reason to change anything at all.
The NFL no doubt wants officiating to be as good as possible. What it doesn't want is an over-officiated game plagued by too many stoppages, particularly if the stoppages are reviewing judgment calls on which the delays don't yield a better decision. The idea of replay when first implemented was to correct clear and obvious calls. It was never to have replay officiate the entire game or to decide judgement calls such as interference and holding. I don't doubt the league will continue to work on officiating, tweak it as it sees fit and do everything to improve it. Are they going to overhaul the entire system? I can't imagine it.
Ray from Vernon
Mr. O, in reference to Stuart from Cottonwood, AZ, question about 40 times versus game speed. Do you agree it's more like the difference is a controlled environment versus a player running with a 200-pound Beastmode cornerback chasing him intending to tackle him to the ground. LOL. Thanks for your daily read. Go Jaguars.
Adam from Allentown, PA
I just finished watching the Sounds of the Game for the entire season. Man, those videos are incredible. This season was an amazing story to be a part of as a fan. WE went through so much and did what no one else thought we could. It's a timeless story. What are your Top 5 moments from this season?
I'll be writing something along these lines for jaguars.com in the coming weeks, but here's one man's quick list. One, running back Travis Etienne Jr.'s run on fourth-and-1 in the victory over the Los Angeles Chargers in the Wild Card Playoff game. Two, outside linebacker Josh Allen's fumble return for a touchdown to beat the Tennessee Titans and clinch the AFC South in the regular-season finale. Three, safety Rayshawn Jenkins' interception return for a touchdown in overtime to beat the Dallas Cowboys in December. Four, Lawrence's stiff-arm touchdown in a victory over the Titans in Nashville, Tenn., early in December. Five, wide receiver Zay Jones' two-point conversion to beat the Baltimore Ravens in November. I'm almost certainly leaving out a ton of fans' favorite memories. It was that sort of season.
Johnny from Westside AFC South Champ Side
I think the point about officiating being so bad is it doesn't even *need* to be a "judgement" call. We have the technology (lol) to do it, and we have the money. Get the calls right, because people's lives and livelihood rely on it. Missing a call that shouldn't be missed may result in the wrong team in the playoffs, costing real people real money. If I can sit at home and see it wasn't PI, so can the refs. End the judgement, and get the dang call correct.
It's impossible to end the judgement on pass interference. It's inherently a judgment call. Technology won't help because no matter how many replays you show, no matter how many officials you involve in the process, someone eventually must make a decision. And there's a high probability that the fans of one team will like the decision and the fans of the other won't like it. It's pretty much guaranteed, actually.
David from Orlando, FL
Zone. One quality I saw from the Jags this year was their ability to adjust on the fly. They came in with a game plan and if it wasn't working, they didn't keep banging their head into the wall, they actually made adjustments and found a way to win. They talked with coaches on the sideline and reviewed their iPads to get a better understanding of what their opponent was trying to do. I know, we've done some of this in the past, but it was definitely another level this year. Thoughts?
The whole idea of halftime adjustments is a bit of a myth in the NFL because there simply isn't time in a 12-minute halftime to move entirely away from what a team practiced/studied all week and install another game plan. But this Jaguars' coaching staff in 2022 did do a nice job of scheming and game-planning opponents, and players did a very nice job of maintaining confidence and focus when things didn't work early in games. It seemed to me that the Jaguars overall did a very nice job of figuring out in the first half what was working and what wasn't, then executing what was working really well as the game continued. You can make an argument that that's adjusting, so yeah … good point. I mainly use my IPad for Twitter, Netflix and to find my IPhone. The Jaguars players and coaches used theirs better.