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Daniel from Johnston, IA

How are we not just a complete dumpster fire, O? Multiple media outlets reporting that the team doesn't believe/respect/trust Meyer at this point. Not just nationally, but local outlets too. Just when things look up, they look back down real quick like ...

The current situation around Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer has been well-documented – and with the topic being so prominent on social media and pretty much NFL media outlet the last couple of days, I won't recap all details here. Jaguars Owner Shad Khan released the following statement regarding the matter: "I have addressed this matter with Urban. Specifics of our conversation will be held in confidence. What I will say is his conduct last weekend was inexcusable. I appreciate Urban's remorse, which I believe is sincere. Now, he must regain our trust and respect. That will require a personal commitment from Urban to everyone who supports, represents or plays for our team. I am confident he will deliver." That's a strong statement, particularly the part about regaining trust and respect. There also indeed have been accompanying reports about players losing respect for Meyer. This was reported by a journalist I respect, so I have no reason to doubt it. The key here therefore is the regaining-trust-and-respect part. Considering Khan's statement and the reports, there's every indication that's a huge issue; I don't know if it's a "complete dumpster fire." I don't know the extent of the lack of trust or respect. I do know Meyer was right when he said Monday a coach shouldn't be this sort of distraction. He sounded remorseful Monday when speaking to the media and Khan believed the sincerity of that remorse. Apparently, this is the part where Meyer and the team move forward. Stay tuned.

Andy from Canmore, Alberta

Oh, boy. Closed-door non-football prep meetings. Players laughing at him and coming out with comments regarding him never having the room. A series of questionable decisions from the get-go. More national attention for the wrong reasons. A basic, but seemingly needed response, from the owner. An 0-4 start with a stretch that could see them go 0-10 (Falcons or Dolphins seem like the only chance for a W). Lots can happen of course but your thoughts on Urban finishing the season as the head coach?

It's a lot. No question. I have no hard evidence to believe Meyer won't finish the season and be the Jaguars' head coach for the foreseeable future.

Don from Marshall, NC

Sometimes you have to eat humble pie. I am sure Urban Meyer feels embarrassed but to tell you the truth everyone has been there. Back in the day we had no use for a tattletale. Today it's a payday for them. Not Cool is what I call it. Go Urban Meyer and Go Jaguars!

So, one fer Meyer …

Mitch from Jacksonville

As a Jaguars fan, I feel even more stupid than usual, which is saying something. I can't even imagine how Shad feels. The franchise is getting pillaged.

… and one not fer Meyer …

Nick from Annapolis, MD

Regarding Urban Meyer staying in Ohio following the Thursday Night game, I think it fits his character. As committed as he seems, I think he would admit that family is more important than football. He had an opportunity to spend time with his family in the middle of the extremely busy football season. I think he would want his players to take that opportunity, and doing so is almost like a leadership practice-what-you-preach moment. Unfortunately, he ended up in what did not seem like a family-oriented situation that was broadcast all over Twitter ... but I think the principle is still relevant.

… and another fer Meyer.

Eric from Columbus, IN

So, Quincy Williams was the best defender on the field Sunday for the Jets … yet we keep Wilson who has been horrific in coverage. What exactly are we doing here? No moves seem to be working and draft picks a disaster.

Comparing former Jaguars linebacker Quincy Williams directly to current Jaguars linebacker Damien Wilson isn't all that pertinent. Wilson is a good, experienced run defender and he for the most part has played fine this season – and his presence on the roster wasn't the reason the Jaguars waived Williams. But is there a chance letting Williams go this preseason was a mistake? Yes, there is that chance. He's an athletic player – and I thought early last offseason he might fit in well under Meyer because he plays fast and sudden. He instead never seemed to really fit into this regime's plans – for whatever reason.

Andrew from Halifax

Can you speak to why the media seemed to know so much about the Urban Meyer-internal situation? Was it to appease the fans? Or was it a leak? It seemed like something to handle quietly in my opinion ...

Not much stays internal or quiet in the NFL.

Clyde from Jacksonville

Right guard A.J. Cann to injured reserve. How bad is his injury? Does this mean he will not play again this season?

Meyer said Cann's injury was to the medical collateral ligament. MCL tears often mean about a six-week recovery, though that can vary based on severity. I expect Cann to play again this season, but possibly not until late November-ish.

Daniel from Jersey City, NJ

O-man, do you remember the good old days when the media ignored the Jaguars?

Yes. I do.

Mario from Oviedo, FL

Did someone in the O-Zone suggest switching back our defensive scheme to 4-3? What's wrong with 3-4? Isn't that what the fans have been wanting for a while now? It's players, not plays or schemes.

Yes, it's absolutely players not schemes. There is nothing wrong with the 3-4 scheme the Jaguars play under defensive coordinator Joe Cullen; 3-4 schemes have been devastatingly effective in the NFL. There was nothing wrong with the 4-3 scheme the Jaguars played under defensive coordinator Todd Wash in recent seasons. That scheme was devastatingly effective for a few seasons. The players must execute the scheme and yes … coaches must call the defense – including blitzes – well within that scheme, but the scheme itself? Whatever. Just make sure there are good, difference-making players with in it. That will determine the level of the defense far more often than not.

Adam from Allentown PA

Lately being a Jaguars fan has been exhausting, disappointing and embarrassing. Not fun.

Fair. The team needs to do better. No doubt.

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The Jaguars secondary continues to struggle defending the pass. Meanwhile Sidney Jones IV, who we traded away during camp is now starting for the Seahawks, and CJ Henderson – who we traded last week – will probably start for Carolina on Sunday. Are we trying to win? Did someone decide that the key to stopping the run is to just make it easier for the offense to pass on you instead? When do you think is the next time we hold an opposing team to less than 300 yards passing?

The Jaguars' secondary needs to play better – and in particular, it needs to allow fewer huge plays in the passing game. I haven't watched Henderson or Jones enough with their current teams to know if they're doing this well. But there's little question that the deep pass has been a major issue for the Jaguars' defense this season – THE issue, really.

David from Maplewood, NJ

Zone, Thoughts on Josh Allen? Underperforming or is he constantly being doubled and has no help? I had hoped he would break out this year, but he doesn't jump off the screen very often for someone we hope is a dominant force that the opposition must account for.

Jaguars linebacker/defensive end Josh Allen hasn't been bad at all. He perhaps has been the best player on the Jaguars' defense. He has two sacks and he has made a few plays. He hasn't jumped off the screen, he hasn't been dominant and he hasn't played to the level the Jaguars need yet. It's an important area to watch.

David from Chuluota, FL

Zone – The narrative with the Jaguars right now is yes, we have lost, but we're continually improving and getting closer to a win. This year feels different, but there is a sense of déjà vu. We've fallen in this trap before, the hope is the setup, before the fall. So, who better to dash our hopes then Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans! So, is this going to be the same old story or are we flipping the script?

The Jaguars are improving. The Tennessee Titans are a good, experienced playoff team that knows how it wants to play. I see the Titans being the best team in the division. I think the Jaguars will continue to improve, but it doesn't mean they will beat a Titans team that very much needs this game.


Next O-Zone should be called Improvement. Jags are doing it. The wins are getting closer.

Bless you, Elizabeth.