JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Brian from Jacksonville
Will Richardson Jr. either isn't showing starter ability or there might be some concern about Cam Robinson? Perhaps it's just to challenge both players by creating a genuine competition to start? Do you think it more likely Richardson actually has a chance to start at left tackle, or will he be asked to own the swing tackle need? If I recall correctly, Richardson was drafted to play right tackle. Richardson has game experience at right guard and left tackle. With the ability to also play right tackle, will Richardson stick around? Is it likely his future is with another team?
You're referencing the Jaguars moving Richardson from right guard to left tackle. This move, announced last Friday by Head Coach Doug Marrone, still appears to be causing confusion among fans and observers. Richardson is not being given the starting left tackle job. The Jaguars moved Richardson to left tackle because they believe he will be better there than guard, and because he makes the most sense among the Jaguars' offensive linemen to be the swing tackle behind left tackle left tackle Cam Robinson and right tackle Jawaan Taylor. It is possible Richardson could push Robinson this season, but it is more possible he could develop enough to be an option to start at left tackle in 2021 if Robinson isn't re-signed after his contract expires in 2020. It would be a major surprise if Richardson is not on the Jaguars' roster in 2020 and 2021. He is playing on a fourth-round rookie contract, which makes him affordable. He is also versatile with some decent experience. That makes him affordable and experienced. Teams like that combination.
Rob from St. Augustine, FL
Why does the referee mention when a tackle is eligible? Wouldn't the defense need to acknowledge that themselves? Why is it any different than when there's a trick play or weird formation? It's kinda annoying, too.
If a tackle is going to line up in such a way that he would be an eligible receiver, he must check in as such with the officials. If this happens, the referee announces it to prevent confusion for fans and the defense. Why is the rule in place? To allow defenses to know who they should and shouldn't cover before a play begins. I've never seen it as annoying, but I'm known for being strikingly level-headed and tolerant of others.
Tyler from Pittsburgh, PA
I have seen a lot of the popular news presses show the Jags only winning three of four games in the 2020 season. How do you feel about this? I believe this team is going to surprise some people this year. I'm not saying we are going to win the Super Bowl, but I would not be shocked either if we compete for the division. What is your take on all the predictions for the Jags 2020 season?
I would be surprised if the Jaguars seriously contend for the postseason in 2020; they will be a young team with youth in many key positions. I also would be surprised if they seriously push for the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft because I think quarterback Gardner Minshew II has too much late-game savvy and poise to quarterback a two-or-three-victory team. I also think this team has a lot of talent among that youth and that the Jaguars overall will be an ascending team. That might mean they are a team that finishes with six or eight victories and that looks like it's moving in the right direction by season's end. This answer certainly will spawn questions about what that means for General Manager David Caldwell and Marrone. I don't know the answer to those questions.
Scott from Medford, NJ
John, I believe the proper quote is "I am the fire that burns against the cold, the light that brings the dawn, the horn that wakes the sleepers, the shield that guards the realms of men."
That is a quote. It is not the proper quote. The proper quote was the one I used.
Ray from Orange Park, FL
John: Perhaps I was not clear enough in my question about the proximity of the planned Lot J additions and the stadium. Replacement of the stadium or significant renovations could not be completed in the offseason, especially if the Lot J dream is up and running. So where would the team play in the interim? London?
This is not yet determined, of course. Anything like that would have to be negotiated with people running another stadium. But I would be surprised if the Jaguars even for one season played all home games in London. My guess would be Florida Field in Gainesville because of proximity, but obviously we are a loooooong way from that.
Scott from Gilbert, AZ
Zone, who moves inside next to middle linebacker Joe Schobert in a 3-4? Strong-side linebacker Leon Jacobs seemingly has the size and ability to take on blocks in the middle, but moving Jack inside to get weak-side linebacker Quincy Williams' speed on the field could be appealing if he can prove his mental game has grown more consistent. Curious to know your thoughts?
I suspect we will know few specifics about any theoretical 3-4 scheme at least until the Jaguars are on the field practicing – or perhaps even until there are preseason games. But I would guess Jack would play next to Schobert with Josh Allen, Yannick Ngakoue, K'Lavon Chaisson or Cassius Marsh on the outside in many of those looks.
Josh from Atlanta, GA
I have always thought of you as a stand-up guy. Hip or cool? That is by far a stretch. The KOAF? Sure, why not? But to now know that you think Ron is one of the best TV personas ever ... Well let's just say you are now the hippest and most cool senior writer in the contiguous United States.
When people get too chummy with me, I like to call them by the wrong name to let them know I don't really care about them … Thanks for writing, Jim.
KC from South Florida
Let's talk about Dave Caldwell. I would say that the majority of Jags fans do not think he should still have a job. And according to his record as a general manager, maybe the fans are correct. I would say his track record in free agency is decent (not amazing, not terrible) and his track record in the draft about the same. I think his biggest misses are with the most important position: quarterback. Drafting Blake Bortles was fine, but handing him an extension was not. Signing Nick Foles was fine too, but perhaps not at the fact that they bid against themselves. Where Caldwell seems to really be good is at recouping value via trades. Getting a draft pick for Blaine Gabbert, getting a draft pick AND shedding Nick Foles' contract, etc. Now my question: what would you say has been Caldwell's best/most savvy move as general manager?
Caldwell indeed has been at his best acquiring draft capital in trades for veteran. From that perspective, acquiring selections to get the Jaguars' total draft selections to 12 in the 2020 NFL Draft and nine in the 2021 NFL Draft while getting the salary cap in order has the potential to be the best/savviest move to date. Getting two first-round selections for cornerback Jalen Ramsey was significant, because that's a major trade haul for a position other than quarterback. The sticking point with calling these moves "savvy" was that Caldwell obviously was cleaning up a situation that Jaguars leadership – himself include – had created. That makes it hard to heap praise. Either way: how savvy and good the moves are viewed will depend upon how the Jaguars fare moving forward. If they use the draft selections and cap space well and start winning, what Caldwell did will be savvy. If not, it will just be a bunch of bad moves.
Ken from Fernandina Beach, FL
O-Zone, If we indeed shift to a 3-4 hybrid, who is drafting these defensive schemes? All the coaches are from a 4-3 defense background (McAdoo, Gruden, Wash and Marrone)? Are they watching YouTube like the rest of us?
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash will run the defense under Head Coach Doug Marrone. Quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo and offensive coordinator Jay Gruden will be busy on offense.
Sean from Tampa, FL
If Will Richardson Jr. moves to left tackle, where is Cam Robinson going?
Nowhere. When Marrone said last week that Richardson is moving to left tackle, he meant that he will compete there. He didn't mean that Richardson is moving there to be the starter. Richardson likely will be swing tackle. It would be very surprising if Robinson doesn't start at left tackle in 2020.
Robert from Fernandina Beach, FL
Stouter or more stout?
The correct adjective form of stout indeed is stouter, though I always favor more stout.