JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Jess from Glen Carbon, IL
Can we stop saying this team was 1-15 last year? This team was not 1-15 last year; this FRANCHISE was. This is a new team with over half the starters new this year. This team is 0-4 with one loss where they played bad, two losses where they played okay and one loss where they played well. The question is whether they have enough good players to win games. From what I saw the last two weeks, the answer is yes. Now, they need to put together complete games.
I'll continue saying and writing the Jaguars went 1-15 last season: a) as long as I choose to say it; and, b) as long as it remains pertinent. And it will remain pertinent when discussing why the team is struggling this season because a 1-15 record reflects a lack of frontline talent – i.e., a lack of Pro Bowl-type players who make plays that change and win games. The Jaguars tried to add to their talent level in the offseason, doing so first during a free-agency period in which they added depth and starting-level players as opposed to trying to hit "home runs." The Jaguars' 2021 NFL Draft class featured a potential home run in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, but it's far too early to judge the rest of the class. So, the home run of the offseason thus far was Lawrence. I suspect the Jaguars will take a different approach in free agency next offseason and be more aggressive in terms of difference-makers. Time will tell. As for whether the Jaguars have enough good players to win this season … I would say yes – at least a few games. But the Jaguars do need complete games to do that. Those are hard to come by in the NFL. Most games are decided by players making plays at key times. That's not happening enough for the Jaguars this season.
Marcellus from Winter Haven, FL
Why are we keeping Taven Bryan when he hasn't produced for years? Also, how did we watch the Bucs surround Tom Brady with weapons and not do the same aggressive approach for a 1-15 team with a generational quarterback?
The Jaguars retained defensive lineman Taven Bryan this season because while he hasn't fulfilled expectations of a late first-round draft selection, the feeling is he is good enough to be on the 53-man roster. The Jaguars didn't take an aggressive approach this past offseason because they wanted to use free agency to upgrade talent and depth rather than allocate big salary cap for "home-run" signings. The feeling is that the time for home runs will come after they have drafted and developed to have young talent to supplement the home runs.
Paul from Washington, D.C.
This team needs more speed. Again: this team misses Travis Etienne Jr.
Do you think the coaching staff will make any type of adjustments with the defense in the coming days?
I expect the Jaguars will continue to look for ways to get more pressure on the quarterback. I don't know that there's much that can be done in terms of moving players around in the lineup. If the coaches thought there were better players, those players would be playing. Is cornerback Chris Claybrooks better than Tyson Campbell? Are there pass rushers or players on the roster better than Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson. The aforementioned players are first- and second-round players with talent. The same is true of linebacker Myles Jack. There are also multiple unrestricted free-agent signings such as cornerback Shaquill Griffin, safety Rayshawn Jenkins and linebacker Damien Wilson. Those players represent much of the core defense this season. They must get it done.
Ricky from Duval
Hello, my name is Ricky. Will you sign my petition that Josh Allen shouldn't be in coverage?
I laughed at this. Not that I think Allen should be in coverage. I've said before in the O-Zone that I'm not a big fan of pass rushers dropping routinely into coverage, and Allen has dropped quite a bit this season. But the "Hello, my name is Ricky…" That was funny.
Samuel from Rosen
What's the mindset for the team going into Week 5 0-4
To not go into Week 6 0-5.
Nick from Annapolis, MD
Positive note: Lawrence continues to make one or two throws a game I have never seen a Jaguars quarterback make. Possibly I am forgetting about a few throws from Byron Leftwich or Mark Brunell, but the accuracy of that statement is beside the point. This kid's going to be really, really good. The throws to Laviska Shenault Jr. and Jamal Agnew Thursday were next-level throws. Even his less impressive throws just look sexier than your average QB.
Lawrence has played four NFL regular-season games. He absolutely has shown through those games an ability to make remarkable plays above the Xs and Os. He also appears much more comfortable in the pocket and in his decision making after Week 4 than he did in Week 1. I don't know where Lawrence eventually will rank in the Pantheon of All-Time Great Quarterbacks. No one will know that for a long time. I have zero doubt if Lawrence remains healthy and continues to develop that he will be at minimum a very good NFL quarterback for a long time.
Mike from Mandarin, FL
_John, I'm getting really tired of this, "almost there rubbish." I'm tired of rooting for a perennial losing franchise that just finds new ways to lose: 0-19, and haven't won a game in 382 days. _
Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ
Urban Meyer still has plenty to learn and fix (I.e. clock management, halftime adjustments, etc.) but the improvement is noticeable from week to week and I'll take it for now.
We covered a lot of this in the previous question. As far as the halftime adjustments … yes, the Jaguars have been outscored 61-19 in the second half the last three games. This is something Meyer said he is going to examine. Young teams that don't matchup talentwise in the NFL often take early leads by out-scheming or out-efforting opponents early before a better team figures out what's going wrong and takes control of the game. It felt like there was an element of that in the Jaguars' losses to the Arizona Cardinals and Cincinnati Bengals the last couple of weeks. The Jaguars' young roster still has some significant areas that need to develop. You can't always "adjust" your way out of that issue.
Al from Orange Park, FL
Is James O'Shaughnessy on season ending injured reserve? Or, on "the other injured reserve"?
Season-ending injured reserve is a bit of a misnomer because most players placed on injured reserve are eligible under current rules to return after three weeks – though there are, of course, many players with injuries severe enough this is not possible. When people say season-ending reserve these days, I think usually they are saying they won't return this season. An exception is a player who is placed on injured reserve before teams reduce their rosters to 53 players at the start of the regular season; such players are indeed ineligible to return and out for the regular season. Jaguars tight end James O'Shaughnessy has an ankle injury and is eligible to return this season.
Boe from Ocala, FL
How will Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark's injury affect his contract situation?
This situation will be intriguing. If Chark's broken ankle doesn't keep him out the rest of the season, it at least will keep him the elite season he wanted in a very important "contract" season. Chark at this point has not shown enough for the Jaguars to pay him as an elite receiver. At the same time, he has shown in three seasons he can make plays in the NFL and undoubtedly would draw some level of interest when he becomes eligible for unrestricted free agency next offseason. I expect this will depend largely on Chark's perception of his market value. That's frankly hard to assess – even after more than three NFL seasons.
Abel from Westside
Howzit KOAF? Do you think the Jaguars are going to break the games lost in a row record?
No. The Jaguars have lost 19 consecutive games and need to lose 11 more consecutive games to break the NFL's all-time record for consecutive losses – and eight more games to break the record for consecutive losses since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. I don't think the Jaguars will break either mark. I don't know that I would favor the Jaguars in any specific game, the next few weeks, but I think they are playing well enough and coming close enough that they will win one or more games before they would reach 26 consecutive losses.