MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Let's get to it …
Keith from Palatka, FL
The biggest argument against Tony Boselli getting in the NFL Hall of Fame is the brevity of his career due to injuries. If that argument is true (which I don't think it is), then why is Gale Sayers in the Hall?
Former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli played only six-plus seasons because of shoulder issues, and his career brevity indeed is the major reason – nay, the only reason – he is not yet in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The inconsistency you mention is a major point among voters when discussing Boselli's candidacy, and Hall voter Vito Stellino told me this week that without question Boselli – for whatever reason – is judged by a different standard than other players with brief careers. And he's right. Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers played just 68 games, and Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis had a similarly truncated career with 77 career games. Both are Hall of Famers. Boselli played 91 games in seven seasons. My sense from talking to multiple voters this week is many voters are less concerned about the longevity issue regarding Boselli than previously was the case. Some of that is due to Davis' recent enshrinement and some of it is due to what appears to be a growing trend of great players stepping away from the game early than once was the case. Whatever the arguments for or against, there is a feeling among Hall voters with whom I speak this could be Boselli's year. I have heard this sentiment before, and Boselli indeed has been among the Top 10 vote-getters the past three years. That means he was close to the Hall all three years. I expect he will be close again this year. That doesn't mean he will get in because it's a brutally difficult process, but he absolutely has a chance.
Jason from North Pole, AK
Now that Las Vegas has an NFL team coming to them, what do you predict will be next city to gain a franchise? Do you think that is most likely through relocation or expansion?
I would guess it will be through relocation. I don't expect that to happen soon.
Roger from Greenbush, ME
Big O ... It has been a few weeks now since we got our new offensive coordinator. When will we hear from Coach Gruden? His plan, his thoughts, what he sees or thinks he sees in what we have for personnel? GO JAGS.
The Jaguars hired former Washington Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden as offensive coordinator nine days ago, so he essentially just got the job. I wouldn't look for Gruden to speak with the media until he has had a chance to dig further into the Jaguars' personnel – and particularly until he has a chance to dig deeper into the quarterback position. This isn't unusual or sneaky on the part of the Jaguars or anything of the like. Coordinators new to teams typically don't have deep knowledge of these things when they're hired; they haven't had a chance to study personnel as much as is ideal, so there isn't much for them to say for at least a few weeks. Gruden will speak publicly and talk about these things. When exactly that will happen, I don't know.
Brandon from Duuvall
John, how much do players, agents and general managers take into account state taxes when negotiating contracts? Say a New York team and a California team are bidding against a Florida or Texas team. Does the New York or California team have to offer more considering the take-home money is going to be drastically different when dealing with these large sums of money?
This depends on the player and agent. Teams from Florida and Texas absolutely make the case to players that it's cheaper to live in their states than states with state taxes. The smart general manager and agents take it into account a great deal.
Brett from Canton, MS
In response to your answer about taxes on away games, are teams allowed to structure contracts in a way where players get paid more for home games vs away games to offset that tax issue?
An NFL player's base salary is paid out in 1/16ths per game. Taxes are taken out of that. Teams can't, for instance, pay a player $10 per game for away games and the corresponding amount for home games.
Edward from Los Angeles, CA
I think the Jaguars should ride-or-die with Gardner Minshew II at quarterback in 2020. It's pretty clear this is his team — and for what it's worth — it's also his city. I'm not there, but I do feel involved, and that's my perspective from afar.
The city of Jacksonville does love Minshew. How could you not? And I do think Minshew will start the season for the Jaguars next season.
JT from Fort Worth, TX
"I've found my people, just the right amount of white trash." Just from that line he gets Jax much more than most.
What's not to love?
Steve from On The Road
Say it isn't so, Zone. You of all people are subject to the "jock tax?" Your old PE teacher has to be impressed!
I am subject to that tax, as are all team NFL employees that work away games. My old physical education teacher is not impressed by me. I am not impressive.
Richard from Virginia Beach, VA
Do you think former quarterback Mark Brunell being a left-handed quarterback has affected the way some of the HoF voters view Boselli?
I can't speak for every voter, and there may be one or two who consider this. I've never had the idea from speaking to voters that it's a major factor. And it shouldn't be a factor. Left tackle was a critical position when Boselli played because teams almost always lined up their best pass rusher on the right side of the defense. Protecting the blind side mattered, but not as much as blocking elite rushers.
Strnbker from Dothan, AL
Are the two Super Bowl teams allowed to take their entire team, including practice squad? If this is true, then I suppose they are still limited to so many players listed on active roster?
Teams can take whoever they want to the Super Bowl, practice-squad players included. The number of players teams can play in the Super Bowl is the same as the regular season and postseason.
David from Chuluota, FL
O-Zone: Remember that guy that said, "Cheaters Never Win, Winners Never Cheat"? What a loser!!! The real winner is the guy that can cheat and get away with it! If you're not cheating, you don't want it bad enough! So, I suggest everyone get a lead pipe and find a knee to whack! This is the real world, this is what we should be teaching our children!
Travis from High Springs, FL
I've been reading a lot of things saying the Jaguars should do whatever they can to try and trade Nick Foles even if it means giving up draft picks for someone to take him. But if trading him will only save around $3 million towards the salary cap next season, what's the rush to get rid of him so quickly?
There's little rush. A strong argument can be made to keep Foles – at least as a backup – because if you release him you must pursue a backup quarterback.
Roger from London, England
Hi, John. To get to the postseason, a team needs to win (or come second) in its division. Most divisions seem to have at least one weaker team, apart from AFC South where the teams all seem competitive. With Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans all having significantly more cap space and therefore more scope to strengthen this offseason than Jaguars, do you think this will affect the thinking about roster selections this year? Might it suggest to the front office that Jaguars need quiet consolidation as competing for the divisional title next year against teams with "cash to splash" might be unrealistic?
First, three teams from a division can qualify for the postseason. Second, more cap space doesn't remotely automatically mean strengthening on the offseason. Third, you're suggesting that the Jaguars in January would concede the division or a postseason position. Um, no.
Sean from Jacksonville
My novel approach to any and all discussion regarding trades, franchise tags and cuts? Let the front office deal with it all. They don't pay me enough to make those decisions.
Daniel from Urban
On the subject of Super Bowl hosts, any chance London hosts a Super Bowl in the next 10 years?
I think this will be strongly considered and I imagine it eventually will happen. I don't have a feeling that it will happen in the next decade.
Seamus from Vancouver, BC
Do you travel with the team on away games or only on special events (like the Senior Bowl)?
I travel with the Jaguars to all away games whether they like it or not.