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Art from Drexel Hill, PA

Considering their specific injuries, running back is a need now, isn't it?

This is a legitimate question – and yes, it's perhaps the No. 1 concern in the wake of the Jaguars' 26-21 loss to the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Sunday afternoon. That's because running back James Robinson sustained a torn Achilles in the first quarter, an injury Interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell confirmed immediately following the game. A torn Achilles isn't good for any player, particularly a running back. Does it put his 2022 season in jeopardy? Not necessarily. The concern is whether Robinson will return to pre-injury form. That's the same concern rookie running back/wide receiver Travis Etienne faces following a season-ending Lis Franc injury sustained in training camp in August. Those injuries don't necessarily mean the players won't return to the previous form. But both now must prove they can get back to that form and it makes running back an area to watch during the offseason. Stay tuned on this one.

James from Socorro, NM

Can't even beat a team with 20 players on the COVID-19 list. Can't line up on fourth down to win the game after spiking the ball on third down. Truly the worst team in the NFL by a wide margin.

I don't know the width of the margin. The Jaguars had some significant players on the COVID-19 list, too – and there wasn't much separating the Jaguars and Jets Sunday. But the Jaguars are 2-13 and have the NFL's worst record. So, yeah … they're the worst team.

Allen from St C

Special teams were not special at all. Are the Jags' special teams the worst in the league? It sure feels like it.

I don't cover all 32 teams. I cover the Jaguars. They have allowed two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the last two games and they allowed one Sunday on which no one on the coverage team touched the returner. Ridiculous.

Greg from Section 122, Jacksonville, FL

No. 1 pick is now a lock. So, thoughts on position we will address with that?

Pass rusher and/or or defensive lineman.

The Other Michael from Middleburg, FL

Apparently Interim Head Coach Darrell Bevell doesn't believe Lawrence can QB sneak it, either.

You're referencing the Jaguars not trying for a sneak on fourth-and-goal from the 1 in the final seconds Sunday. Could they have tried to sneak? I suppose. But I wouldn't have called it there. I would have rolled out and maybe let rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence run if nothing was there. There aren't a lot of good calls for the Jaguars' offense right now. The unit hasn't had enough success this season to give players and coaches anything close to a go-to play.

Jacob from NY

Franchise quarterbacks get game-scoring drives in those situations, especially against backups. Will he get those next year?

We'll see.

Ryan from Detroit, MI

I thought the run blocking was the one thing our o-line was supposed to be good at!? And James Robinson is our best offensive player? So why would we not run it on fourth-and-1 when we absolutely have to have it? Is that just a leak of faith in the supposed strength of our team? Or an admission that we have no strengths?

I understand anger and frustration. I answer frustrated and angry questions every week. They have much more merit when the questioner watches the game.

_Jeremy from Jacksonville             _

When was the last time we threw a touchdown, October?

Lawrence's most recent touchdown pass came against the Atlanta Falcons on November 28.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

Curious why Trevor didn't tuck his shoulder and try to get his momentum into the end zone? He looked like he had a chance.

You're referencing Lawrence stepping out of bounds on a 26-yard run to the Jets 5 with about :30 remaining Sunday. He addressed this after the game and said there was a chance he could have weaved back in bounds and tried to score. He also correctly noted that there was a chance he wouldn't have scored – and had that been the case, the clock would have been running with the Jaguars out of timeouts. He opted for the safer play, which gave the Jaguars four downs from the five-yard line.

Jeremy from Jacksonville

What happened in the final thirty seconds? It just seemed like utter confusion.

There was confusion. The confusion didn't appear to happen on third-and-goal from the 1. With the clock running, passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer made the decision to have Lawrence spike the ball – a decision that set up fourth-and-goal from the 1. The confusion came on the ensuing play, when the Jaguars had trouble getting set up and therefore were "behind the play clock" when the ball was snapped.

Mike from Atlanta, GA

This looks like a total rebuild again. The roster looks too deficient in too many areas. I'm just hoping that the roster doesn't end up like it was former Jaguars General Manager Dave Caldwell's first year. The big concern is being in next December talking about Lawrence's development being the No. 1 priority and needing to get him help.

"Total rebuild" is extreme. This is close to extreme. There are starting-level players on this roster. There are players who would perform better with better players around them. The scale of the rebuild still depends on Lawrence – and despite his statistics and level of play at times this season, there is still great confidence he can and will be a foundation piece. But yeah … there's a lot of work to do. This season feels about as close to a lost season as one can imagine. It's a shame. It shouldn't have been this way.

Chip from Jacksonville

John, you don't seem happy are you okay? Remember it will get better, RIGHT?????

Of course.

Bobby from Section 410

Big O. How big was the terrible decision to go for two in the first half? I say it ultimately cost them at least a chance to send the game to overtime at the end.

You're referencing the Jaguars' decision to go for two in the first half following offensive lineman Will Richardson Jr.'s fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Jaguars made the decision because the Jets jumped offsides, which gave the Jaguars the option to move the ball to the Jets 1 and go for two. This is the right decision according to analytics. The old-school guy in me agrees with you to go for one. They don't listen to the old-school guys much these days.

Ben from Orlando, FL

Can you honestly say that Lawrence is a "generational talent" anymore and not feel extremely stupid? Last I checked "generational talent" won game-winning drives and threw more than one touchdown pass in a season while starting the entire season. Lawrence is just like the rest of the Jaguars roster and organization – trash.

Lawrence is a generational talent. I don't feel stupid at all – at least not more than I do normally. Lawrence has struggled mightily this season. I'm not saying those struggles aren't concerning. I'm not saying you wouldn't rather have had him perform better. But considering what is around him, and considering what has gone on around this franchise for the last season … to say he is trash? No. He is not trash and it's absolutely not stupid to believe he sill can be this team's (successful) quarterback of the future.

James from Palm Coast, FL

Can you somehow define what is going on with Lawrence? It's not that he's playing horrible but one touchdown pass in eight games!

I wrote and said around midseason – when Robinson first sustained his heel injury and the offense started taking on a broken feel – that I worried Lawrence would receive a lot of undue criticism throughout the second half of the season. It just didn't seem like there were going to be enough plays downfield in the passing game to allow this offense to function – and it didn't seem a hobbled Robinson would be able to be effective enough for a balanced offense. The second half of the season played out in that sense a lot like I expected. That doesn't explain all the problems. It's very difficult to explain all football-related problems in two or three sentences. But the deficiencies on offense do explain why Lawrence can play not horribly and the Jaguars still not have much offensive production. He's essentially being asked to carry the offense. Few rookie quarterbacks can do that.

Keith from Saint Augustine, FL

"Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." — Winston Churchill. No matter how miserable the circumstances, I will never quit on my team.

Bless you, Keith.