JACKSONVILLE – Day three of Jaguars minicamp.
Let's get to it … Kevin from Jacksonville:
I've heard talk about Coach Bradley's approach being a clone of another coach's approach. My question is, once we start seeing the fruits of the 'Bradley Building Blocks' if you will, how long until other teams are using clones of his methods?
John: People can talk about whatever they want wherever they want as much as they want, but I have a difficult time seeing Bradley's approach as a "clone" of other coaches. That's even true when it comes to Bradley's former boss, Seattle Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll. Their approaches are similar, it is true, but it's incorrect to describe Bradley's approach as cloning Carroll. Bradley would be the first to tell you he is constantly looking for ideas, and constantly trying to learn about how to motivate, and how it might fit or improve his philosophy and approach. He does this with a striking passion to the point of being obsessed. It's that passion and obsession that drives him daily. That certainly means he has drawn from many others, but it also makes it hard to call it a "clone" of any one thing. As for your question, once the Jaguars start having success you no doubt will see other coaches draw from Bradley's methods. It's a copycat league, but then again, it's sort of a copycat world.
Jack from Los Angeles, CA:
I am a huge Mike Brown fan but a lot of people are doubting he will make the team Week 1. Do you expect him to be the No. 5 wide receiver Week 1?
John: I've gone back and forth on this a bit since the draft, but I think Brown will make it. If I had to guess now, I'd say Cecil Shorts III, Allen Robinson, Marqise Lee, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown and perhaps Tandon Doss are the six receivers. Ask me in training camp and maybe I'll feel differently, but it's not training camp.
Jack from Los Angeles, CA:
Would you agree with this receiver depth week 1 (No. 1-6) Cecil Shorts III, Marqise Lee, Allen Robinson, Ace Sanders, Mike Brown, then Tandon Doss?
John: As a matter of fact…
Anthony from Madison, WI:
Hypothetical. We have two current facts. The plan is to start Chad Henne and the Jaguars will start whoever they think gives them the best chance at winning (long-term). With that in mind, the scenario is that Chad Henne plays mediocre in his minutes of preseason. Meanwhile, Blake plays lights out – we're talking eight-plus touchdowns, two or fewer interceptions, 700-plus yards with a 65 percent-or-better completion percentage. Understanding it's preseason, who do you believe would start the season opener in this extremely unlikely scenario.
John: I'm going to give you a longer answer than you probably want, because it's sometimes difficult to judge preseason off numbers or even preseason performance. If Henne plays solely against other team's starters and Bortles plays deep into second halves and gets rich off other team's backups, then it's entirely possible your scenario could play out and that Henne could still be more ready than Bortles to start. There often is a significant difference between competition level early and late in preseason games. The decision on when to start Bortles will be based on a number of issues – knowledge of the offense, performance in practice, etc. – and not just on how he and Henne compares in the preseason.
Joe from Jacksonville:
John have you ever dated someone named Bertha? #blinddatenightmare
John: Never say never.
Chuck from Tennessee:
Which do you consider worse: the Super Bowl blowout or the NBA Finals blowouts?
John: I don't know that I would put one "worse" than the other, because I didn't really see them as bad. I thought each was a case of a team significantly better than its opponent in key areas while playing to its potential and showing its superiority. In the case of Seattle's victory over Denver in the Super Bowl, I thought going into the game that the Seahawks' ability to get pressure with four up-front defenders could mean serious trouble for Denver. That's the sort of edge that can lead to a blowout, and it's the one factor that can negate a great quarterback, and it did both that day. Although I don't pretend to know as much about matchups and advantages in the NBA as the NFL, you sort of thought San Antonio's balance offensively could give the Spurs an edge over a Heat team that had become overly dependent on one player. I suppose the Spurs' performance was more impressive and will probably stand out historically because they dominated Miami four times rather than one. You see Super Bowl blowouts on occasion because it's one game. You rarely see an NBA Finals with four games so one-sided.
Richard from Jacksonville:
Is there an advantage for an offensive player to have short hair? Players address every aspect of their game i.e., conditioning, play book, routes for receivers, footwork for offensive line, etc. Why would a player have long hair that by rule can be used to grab a player as he is tackled? I have no objection to long hair as a personal preference. It goes back to "control the things you can control" mantra.
John: You're a visionary, Richard. Anyone can see that.
Brian from Mandarin:
During counseling assignments, I was wondering about the removable seating over the cabanas; how do they do it? No storage up there correct? Do they lift them up in sections with a crane or do they have a suitcase which holds them and they pop out, like on the Jetsons?
John: The removable seating to which you refer is for Florida-Georgia. The seats are brought in the days and weeks before the game and hoisted into the stadium by crane. They are hoisted in sections and installed section-by-section.
Ryan from Charlotte, NC:
Everyone is talking about a reasonable milestone for this team to reach to call this season a success. That got me thinking. In my mind, this season will be a success if this team is a realistic playoff contender with an outside shot at challenging the Colts for the AFC South. That may be a little ambitious but I think it's doable, and follows the general timeline of the Seahawks rebuild.
John: Your scenario isn't a "little" ambitious. It's "a lot" ambitious. An 8-8 record is a lofty goal for this team – attainable, perhaps, but absolutely lofty. I've been saying it and I'll stick to it.
Chuck from Summerville, SC:
I brought my two boys and their friend to their first Jags practice this week. Great time. Players were great signing autographs on our football, as was Gus. Was going to get yours but you were too close to Gus and couldn't get both. Next time stay a little further away from Gus. Security said they have been telling you that for months.
John: Security keeps trying to catch me – to no avail. I'm cat quick.
John from New Branfels:
I don't know if you read this, but the requirements that NFL has for Super Bowl cities seems a lot more trouble than they're worth.
John: It depends on your definition of "worth." The Super Bowl for many cities is something close to a once- or twice-in-a-lifetime happening that brings an insane amount of publicity and a whole lot of money to an area. There can be some extreme demands, but the Super Bowl is a highly sought-after event. Here's guessing the league has little trouble scraping together a list of cities/townships that will meet the demands.
Duran from Rapid City, SD:
Can you please give us a little more insight or context from the Bortles quote of, "There are things that I'm not doing well right now, but I'm not worrying about it because I'm trying to fix something else." That statement left me confused. First, "What is he not doing well?" Second, "Why isn't he worried?" (I read it as if he doesn't care) Third, "What is the 'something else' that he is working on?"
John: I'm not sure where you read the quote. I assume it wasn't on jaguars.com, because in the story in which Bortles was quoted saying this on jaguars.com it also said that Bortles is working on his footwork. That's the main thing Bortles is focused on. After rereading the story, I can understand your confusion on the second point. Bortles was saying that there are a few things he's not doing well – i.e., the deep ball – but that he's not worried about those things yet because he's focusing on getting the footwork fixed. As far as, "What is the something else?" – again, right now footwork is the focus. Get footwork fixed at the quarterback position and you fix a lot.
Ron from Jacksonville:
It's easy to love this coaching staff. It's top notch. Think you could slide a suggestion their way? There is very little contact for good reason during the drills. Do you think we could at least have the defenders slapping the sweat off the ball when they get to the ball carrier? Give them some thick gloves so they don't end up hurting their hands but get these young guys used to it because they are going to find out what real "ball hawking" is come game time. Might as well get them into ball security mode as early as you can.
John: Here we go, Jaguars!
Levi from Bloomington, IN:
Hey, John, you know what's really weird? I too had an Escape, and I too had the upholstery peel on BOTH doors! I sold that truck!
John: DON'T PICK AT IT!!