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O-Zone: Life plan

JACKSONVILLE – Let’s get to it …

Brian from Gainesville, FL

Big O: Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Adam Thielen, Amari Cooper, Odell Beckham, Stefon Diggs, Tyreek Hill, Julian Edelman, Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster – and on and on. Lots of – dare I say, most – other teams have a lockdown receiver for whom everything sticks to their hands … that truly reliable player that you just know is coming down with the ball when it’s thrown in their direction. Why can’t the Jaguars have that?

You listed 13 players, and I would say around eight of those are “true No. 1 receivers” – and realistically that’s pretty close to the entire NFL list of “true No. 1 receivers.” But absolutely … this is a position the Jaguars must improve. And it’s a position where most NFL teams have better players than the Jaguars do. The Jaguars’ passing offense was hurt this season by the loss of wide receiver Marqise Lee and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The offense would look vastly different if that duo along with running back Corey Grant were healthy. Still, even Lee’s addition wouldn’t make the team good enough at receiver. There’s no good answer to the question, ‘Why can’t the Jaguars have that?” And it will realistically take some time to get it. All the elite players on your list were drafted and developed by their current teams. So, the Jaguars must scout, draft and develop the position better. That’s the only way.

Greg from Section 122 and Jacksonville

How did Jerell get top billing in your last O-Zone? Come on man, I thought you had more self-respect than that. We can't let the naysayers take over. Ride or Die. #JAGS4EVER

What made you think I had more self-respect than that?

Brad from Yankton, SD

Oman, I still don’t get it. How can you have such a great “D” season last year, start 3-1 this season – then all of a sudden — not know who to cover on defense?

When this sort of thing happens, it’s usually not one thing at fault – or one player. It’s usually multiple players making a mistake or two a game and getting exploited. That has been the case for the Jaguars in recent weeks. It also is a bit circumstantial. The defense had breakdowns last season, and it allowed more big plays last season than was ideal. The difference: the offense was better last season, and the defense played with a lead far more often. That enabled the defense to create more sacks and turnovers – i.e., the kinds of plays that help win games and help the big plays allowed get overlooked.

Keith from Jacksonville

Mr. O: Can we please get you a Jaguars’ sweatshirt with current logo?? But you are the coolest man alive.

Sweatshirts cost money. And yes I am.

Cartwright from Hialeah, FL

This is more of a general NFL question than a Jags question. Do you see the NFL getting rid of ties in the future? Do you see them maybe adopting something similar to shootouts in soccer and hockey but with the field-goal units instead? I think that would be pretty exciting instead of ending in a tie.

I don’t see that happening. You actually have seen the league having more ties lately because the NFL has shortened the regular-season overtime period to 10 minutes from 15, and the league doesn’t seem much worse the wear for it. I can’t see the league installing a tiebreaker procedure based on field goals. The league always has strived to make overtime as close to regulation as possible; that’s why you don’t see the league adapt the collegiate rules. I can’t imagine it going to a field-goal oriented shootout. Besides … yuck.

JT from Fort Worth, TX

I know I'm speaking in hypotheticals, but I can't help but to wonder what this season would have been with everyone healthy. Injuries have wrecked this team.

This.

Bruce from Green Cove Springs, FL

There is general agreement that offensive guard Andrew Norwell isn’t playing up to his Pro Bowl standard. Aside from the usual (nagging injuries, getting used to the offensive scheme), is his teamwork with other linemen a factor? He started the season playing between left tackle Cam Robinson and center Brandon Linder, both of whom are now on injured reserve. He now has played next to several left tackles and a backup center. Can this impact overall performance? Or does it matter who lines up next to him?

I assume Norwell’s injuries – a quad injury in training camp and a foot injury during the first half of the season – have played a bigger factor in his performance than anything else.

Brian from Round Rock, TX

Who call Jalen Twenty? Why do the Jaguars give this locker room cancer the podium? Why don't we trade him? He has contributed greatly to this disaster of a season. Still "having fun" O?

Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey wears No. 20. Ramsey didn’t speak to the media at a podium this week; he spoke to the media Thursday as NFL rules dictate players must do throughout the season. He’s good. He had a rough game last week. Sure … why wouldn’t I be?

Jeremy from Dodge City, KS

Could the Jaguars’ defensive problems be that their scheme is relatively simple and hasn’t changed much over the last several seasons?

That hasn’t been the Jaguars’ defensive problem in recent weeks.

Gamble from Brasilia, Brasil

So, 6-10? Avoiding double-digit losses seems unlikely. Where are four more wins?

This is a fair question. The Jaguars already have lost to three teams on their remaining schedule: the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans. They’re also facing two more teams – the Steelers and Washington Redskins – that are leading their divisions. That leaves games against the Buffalo and Miami Dolphins, both of which are on the road. I believe the Jaguars will win a few of those games. Four or five? Hmmmm…

Hill from Denver, CO

As you mentioned, careers are short. Football is a game of replacement. If a player gets a reputation of quitting on a season halfway through, what’s to stop him from being replaced next year? Why would a team want a guy who quits halfway through a 16-game season?

Yep.

Mary from Jacksonville and Section 215

Can we please get Poz back, if not as a player at least as a coach on the sideline? He brought knowledge and a professionalism that seems to come and go this year. Our D could sure use him this year.

I do think the Jaguars miss former middle linebacker Paul Posluszny’s presence and standard on some level. It was his decision to retire, though – and even if the Jaguars wanted to re-sign him for the rest of the season, I can’t see any way he would return in midseason considering his commitment to preparation. As for coaching … I could definitely see him flourishing in the role at some point in the future. But hiring Posluszny as a coach wouldn’t magically eliminate the mental errors we’ve seen the Jaguars make on the field this season. Life ain’t that simple.

Big on Blake from Philly

Firstly, this is not Jaguars General Manager David Caldwell’s burner account – I think that’s cool though. Secondly, reading Ramsey’s presser, would you say that Poz’s absence is being felt more significantly when communication breakdowns are holding back the defense? Or because he wasn’t on the field in most passing situations last year, would you say that’s just a silly excuse for an excuse? I know these guys can play; they just need to play together. And do you still think a nine-win team can win the AFC South this year?

I think Posluszny’s absence has hurt at times, but it’s hard to put the communication breakdowns and mental errors in the secondary on him. And no, I don’t see a nine-victory team winning the AFC South.

Mike from Section 122 and Port Orange, FL

Why don’t you answer some of the Bortles bashers when they complain about not throwing deep or just dumping the ball with a statement that we are on our fourth left tackle and the right tackle is sometimes a swinging door. There has to be time throw deep; you must have time for the receivers to get open, but he rarely has that much time. When he does, the offense looks good. We score if the receivers catch the ball.

OK.

Mike from Atlanta, GA

I have noticed Myles Jack taking steps in the wrong direction at times on a run play in anticipation causing him to get caught out of position. How is his development coming defending the run? Is this a concern.

Jack has been OK for the most part against the run. He has been OK for the most part against the pass. Like most players on the Jaguars’ defense, he has made a few costly mistakes that have really hurt at times. It has been that kind of season.

Will from Jacksonville

Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, John.

So you say.

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