JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
Greg from Valdosta, GA
After the bye, the offense has averaged 10 points in four games – and 6.5 points not counting garbage time. During that time, zero non-garbage passing touchdowns. I get that Trevor Lawrence isn't in a great situation, but hard not to be disappointed with him and this offense.
This email summarizes many emails in recent days and weeks regarding the Jaguars' offense – and frustration and disappointment are understandable. More was expected from the offense at the start of season, and that was perhaps overly optimistic. The reality is the offensive line run blocks well and can pass block well when the offense can be balanced; if it's a one-sided game and the defense knows the Jaguars must pass, the offensive line struggles at times – which makes it like most NFL offensive lines. Tight end appears in good shape with Dan Arnold – and there's little question the running game, and correspondingly the offense, has dipped since running back James Robinson's heel injury against the Seattle Seahawks on October 31. What has defined the season is ineffectiveness in the passing game. Is it fair to be disappointed in Lawrence because of this? I suppose. But the overriding issue is the lack of dynamic speed at the position. While people have tired of hearing this and therefore have begun looking for other reasons for the lack of big plays, that remains the No. 1 issue. It constricts the offense and makes everything brutally difficult – particularly for a young quarterback adjusting to the NFL.
Mike from Neptune Beach, FL
During preseason, the receiving corps was reported as being one of the strong points on the team based upon their performances against our secondary. In hindsight, were those beliefs more a function of the vulnerability of our secondary than the strength of our receivers?
That perhaps was part of it, though in fairness to the secondary that group has improved significantly as the season has continued – particularly since moving to more zone coverages around the bye and since inserting Rudy Ford into the nickel safety position. Remember, too: training camp is practice and preseason games are … well, preseason. It's difficult to get a good gauge on most things about professional football until the regular season.
Tony from St. Louis, MO
Are they still getting better?
The Jaguars did not improve Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. There have been multiple games this season in which that has been the case. There also have been multiple games in which they did show improvement.
Big on Blake from Philly
This offense is a liability.
Mark from Davenport, IA
Is part of what we are seeing how bad the roster was last year?
The Jaguars are in the first season of a building process under Head Coach Urban Meyer and General Manager Trent Baalke, and there's little question they're trying to make up for inherited roster deficiencies. In that sense … yes, some elements of what we're seeing from the Jaguars this season relate to last season and seasons past.
Sam from AB
So, over the summer and in September, it was wise to bring in a veteran to share carries with J-Rob. In October and November. Losing J-Rob is made out to be like the Titans losing Henry. Do you get how frustrating this franchise can be?
I understand the franchise is frustrating because losing is frustrating. The Jaguars did bring in a veteran running back this past offseason to share carries with Robinson, and Carlos Hyde for the most part has done that. That was needed because you didn't want Robinson carrying the entire workload to the extent he did last season. But although I wouldn't say Robinson is as good as Titans running back Derrick Henry, his loss unquestionably has hurt the Jaguars' offense. Perhaps your frustration is that the Jaguars didn't use Robinson quite as much in the first two games as they should have used him. If that's the case, yeah … they could have done that differently. That's very fair.
Craig from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Was it a mistake to trade Minshew? Seems Trevor doesn't have that been-there, done-that voice on the sidelines and it seems every time the camera pans to him, he's sitting by himself. Hope he doesn't turn into another Blaine Gabbert.
Trading former Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II was not a mistake. Backup C.J. Beathard has more than enough been-there, done-that voice to play that role effectively. And Lawrence is not turning into another Gabbert.
Art from Drexel Hill
Of course the front office is trying hard and giving effort, they're professionals. You're expected to try hard when you're an adult, but you get paid for how well you do your job. If the organization is keeping guys around simply because they're trying their best, well, that would be a big reason a reason that we've had one winning season in a decade.
I didn't say or write that the organization keeps people just because they do their best. I answered a question that implied that people who work – or worked – for the Jaguars don't care about winning.
Sean from Jacksonville
Has wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal spoken to the media this year? He seems to be out of the spotlight. I'm not saying he is good or bad, but his position group is severely lacking lately.
Lal has spoken to the media this season, though not in a group or podium setting. That's pretty much the norm for position coaches during the regular season.
Rob from Orange Park, FL
When I leave the stadium for garbage time, which in this case was the entire fourth quarter, does that make me not a real fan?
Of course not.
John from Jacksonville
Was Jimmy Smith the last legitimate deep threat receiver on the Jaguars? Do you think the current team's W/L record would be any different if Chark and Etienne would have been healthy?
Smith wasn't the last legitimate deep-threat receiver on the Jaguars, though he remains the best deep threat – and the team's best receiver – ever overall. It's hard to say how different the Jaguars' season might have been had wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. and Travis Etienne Jr. been healthy. I suspect the offense would have been better, though we don't know for sure Etienne's impact because he never has played an NFL regular-season game. But sure … they might have won a game or two more. But the offense almost certainly wouldn't have felt this compressed. That's pretty safe to say.
Simon from London
I've been a U.K. Jags fan for a long time and so good to see them get first win in London! My question is how do the Jags cope with injured players. I know we need more depth across the whole team but at this point how will Meyer make adjustments especially in light of Jamal Agnew being out? Is it possible to sign players at this point in the season?
NFL teams can sign players at any time. Now, if you're asking if NFL teams can sign players that make a difference at this point in the season … well, that's a completely different question.
Bruce from Green Cove Springs, FL
Eight games remaining and we are six games behind the Titans. With no hope of being a contender, it seems we have an opportunity to see what we have behind our starters. Yes, I know coaches don't think that way – they plan to put their team in the best position to win each week. But if you could pick two or three (or more) reserves that you would like to see get some extended play time, who would you pick?
Rookie safety Andre Cisco and rookie left tackle Walker Little. Beyond that …
Richard from Jacksonville
So if the draft started today and the Jags holding the #2 pick, who do you think the Jags will select at WR, Garrett Wilson or Chris Olave? I think they would go with Olave due to his speed, but Wilson also has better hands at the catch point. I also think there is a chance they take either Kayvon Thibodeaux or Kyle Hamilton on the defensive side of the ball and wait until the later rounds to drafts some speedy receivers. What is your take if the draft were to start today based on the obvious needs that we all know need to be addressed this upcoming offseason?
I haven't the foggiest idea who or where the Jaguars will select in the 2022 NFL Draft. The reason for this is the draft is more than five months away and the regular-season – and college season – isn't over yet. I'll start digging into the draft around the Senior Bowl in January. The draft at that time will be three months away, which is more than enough time to discuss the draft. It's actually too much time to discuss the draft, but that's another discussion.