JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Diego from South of Tierra del Fuego
Please explain to Diego why Jaguars have a quarterback coach and a passing game coordinator, plus an offensive coordinator. Sounds like too many cooks in the kitchen. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence needs all the help he can get, but this seems a bit too much. Also: Quarterback Mark Brunell should be No. 2 on your list. Do you seriously believe that Steve Beuerlein could have accomplished what he did for the team? Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor probably never would have achieved their place in Jaguars lore without Brunell.
The Jaguars have a quarterbacks coach because a quarterbacks coach focuses on fundamentals such as footwork, arm positioning, etc., in addition to focusing on game planning. They also have a quarterbacks coach because an offensive coordinator coaches the entire offense – with a heavy focus on game-planning – and not just quarterbacks. They have a passing-game coordinator because passing-game coordinator Jim Bob Cooter – like offensive coordinator Press Taylor and quarterbacks coach Mike McCoy – is a capable coach who can help Lawrence. Adding to your cooks-in-the-kitchen theory: Head Coach Doug Pederson also is a former NFL offensive coordinator and he will call the plays. That means four quarterback-centric coaches with NFL play-calling experience will work around and with Lawrence in 2022. Is this a problem? Perhaps it could be if the four didn't agree on how to develop Lawrence. Perhaps it could be if Pederson weren't in control of the situation. Perhaps it could be if Pederson didn't have extensive experience. There's no reason to believe those issues will be a problem. As for where I have quarterback Mark Brunell on my list of all-time Jaguars, this topic perhaps not unexpectedly has gotten a little overblown. I believe he's one of a bunch of players who could be considered for No. 5 behind left tackle Tony Boselli, running back Fred Taylor, wide receiver Jimmy Smith and running back Maurice Jones-Drew. That's not an insult and it's not an outlandish statement. It is what it is, and I haven't heard any convincing arguments to make me think it's wrong.
Abe from Catonsville
My favorite Jag is cornerback Aaron Beasley from my alma mater, West Virginia. He had some amazing plays while starting at cornerback. Did you cover him while he played? Any thoughts or memories about him?
I covered Beasley with the Jaguars during the first five seasons of his NFL career, 1996-2000. He indeed was a good – and popular player – on some good and popular teams. I don't have any great stories about Beasley. He was enjoyable to cover, and I remember him as a good guy in the locker room. A class act, overall.
Fred from Red
Could we change the name of the dead zone to the Fred zone? Less negative connotations with the whole death thing.
Man up, Fred.
Joe from San Antonio, TX
You forgot about 2005. We went 12-4, and from a record standpoint it was our second-best season in franchise history. Life as a Jags fan ain't easy.
You're referencing a recent O-Zone answer in which I noted that the Jaguars have had three winning seasons since 1999. I listed 2004, 2007 and 2017 – and you're right that I mixed up 2004 and 2005. The point is still the same: that the Jaguars have had just three winning seasons in more than two decades. That's far from good enough. Obviously.
Buddy from Mandarin
Well, KOAF … it's here, isn't it? The Dreaded Dead Zone.
It's July 29. So … yes.
Jonathan from Jaguars.com
I'm ALMOST speechless reading a comparison of Dante Fowler Jr. and K'Lavon Chaisson. We wish Chaisson was near as productive. Fowler wasn't a great pick, Chaisson is a dumpster fire of a first-round selection.
Fowler, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft, in two-and-a-half-or-so on-field seasons indeed was more a case of a player not fulfilling draft potential than being a "dumpster fire." Chaisson, the No. 20 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, in two seasons has contributed little. He has had some difficult circumstances with two head coaches and two defensive coordinators. Jaguars coaches are hoping he can contribute and find his footing this season. He has a chance to give the linebacker position real depth. Stay tuned.
Darren from Jax
If I had a time machine, one of the things I would do is bring young Dan Marino to today's NFL because I think he'd throw for unlimited yards playing with today's rules. I'd also take Tom Brady to the 70s/early 80s to see how well he played when the defense could destroy the quarterback. I don't think he'd fare quite so well as he does today. What do you think? Would Marino rule today's league and would Brady look more human in the NFL of yesterday?
Pretty much all current and recent quarterbacks would look more human had they played in the 1960s, 1970s and even much of the 1980s and 1990s. The rules were so dramatically different in those days that it's all but pointless to compare quarterbacks across eras. Marino undoubtedly would compile astronomical statistics in today's game, and quite likely would have more touchdowns, completions and yards than any other quarterback ever. He certainly would have had better statistics – and he already has phenomenal statistics. How would Brady fare? Statistically, he almost certainly wouldn't be as good in the 1970s as he has been for the last 20 years. Would he win as many Super Bowls? Who knows what team he would have been on? So, that part of the question is impossible.
Gary from St. Augustine, FL
Monday will be July 4, a national holiday. We will celebrate our nation's independence and I will hate you. This will have nothing to do with the date. It will just be because of you.
Jaguars 2022 Training Camp begins July 24.
Cole from the Sandlots of Mandarin
Have you ever played paintball? If yes, did you enjoy it and any truth to the rumors that J.P. Shadrick plays often and usually can be quite a formidable opponent employing his strategy of crawling through dense brush to make "sniper hides" much to the pain and misfortune of other players?
I can't recall playing paintball, though I do recall playing laser tag with Chris "Stealth" McFall, Will "Little Willie" Loving and Mike "Does He Owe Me Money?" Gordon at our Baymeadows Apartment in the late 1980s. I was the worst of the bunch. I can't speak to Shadrick's paintball proficiency. But it stands to reason he would be among the best around. Word is his lone paintball superior is longtime Florida Times-Union sports columnist and Northeast Florida sports columnist Eugene P. "Gene" Frenette. But that sort of goes without saying.
Taylor from Columbia, MD
While your point about quarterbacks and Super Bowls is well-taken, it should be noted that your two prime examples played poorly in nearly all of the Super Bowls they participated in. John Elway had a passer rating of 59 with three touchdowns and eight interceptions, while Jim Kelly had a rating of 56 with two touchdowns and 11 interceptions. All of these are far below their career numbers, and they also played statistically worse than other quarterbacks played against those same teams in those same postseasons. Kelly only threw a touchdown pass in one of the four Super Bowls he played in. My ultimate point is that it doesn't seem fair to say all seven of Elway's and Kelly's losing Super Bowl teams were significantly worse than their opponent. The Bills were dominant on both sides of the ball, and having watched those games, Kelly in particular was not good in any of the Super Bowls. Neil O'Donnell played just as well or better against the same Cowboys team and he is FAR from a HOFer.
Ed from Jax by Lionel Playworld
Do most of your readers even know what an album is? Are you still into records, or "vinyl" as the kids call it?
I expect most readers can identify an "album." I doubt many have played one and I suspect a precious few younger readers ever will bother. As for me … yes, I am into records. I tend to save far too many belongings and have carted a lot of usefulness to multiple houses in Jacksonville and Indianapolis over the last three decades. One positive from this was my wife and I had four cartons of albums from the 1970s and 1980s. After storing these for nearly three decades – and after moving them endless times – we got back into "vinyl" a couple of years ago. I now play the same copy of "My Aim is True" and "Road to Ruin" as my brother gave me for Christmas in 1978. I think this makes me cool. Or retro. Or something, anyway. I at least tell myself it's cool. That's something.
Phil from Baton Rouge, LA