JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it …
RG from Middle Earth
Kyler Murray is shorter than Minshew and I never see media talking about him being too short to be successful or a franchise quarterback. Why so much hate on Minshew's height?
The media doesn't "hate" Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II for any reason. The media in fact loves Minshew and I don't know anyone – media, team officials, coaches, fans, etc. – who doesn't want him to succeed. Nothing would be better for this franchise than for him to be great. Height is mentioned along with arm strength when analyzing Minshew because lack of height makes it difficult for quarterbacks to see downfield. Some quarterbacks can overcome it. Others struggle more with it. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray and other running quarterbacks often overcome it because coordinators can get them outside the pocket, threaten the defense with their running ability and create opportunities in the passing game. Murray also has very good arm strength. Minshew's arm isn't as strong. Either way, it doesn't matter what the "media" says about Minshew's arm strength or size. It will matter how he performs. There have been quarterbacks who have succeeded with less than ideal "measurables." Those players got their opportunities and showed they had intangibles and skills that allowed them to overcome shortcomings in other areas. Minshew is getting a similar opportunity. How he does with it is playing out as we speak.
Zac from Austin, TX
I definitely don't watch a ton of games (and you may have been totally tongue in cheek), but how have the 1-4 Chargers found their quarterback but the 1-4 Jaguars haven't? Has Justin Herbert been that consistent?
I wasn't being tongue in cheek when I wrote earlier this week that the Los Angeles Chargers have found their quarterback in Justin Herbert. He makes all the throws and has all the tools. He plays with impressive poise for a rookie. Could it be premature to say he's the Chargers' guy? Sure. But it appears at this point that he's going to be good for a long time.
Michael from Henderson
I don't see anybody in the O-Zone knocking Herbert now. Jaguars could have easily traded up for him.
I don't know about "easily…"
Greg from Section 122 and Jacksonville
"A big-time quarterback" … that is a lot easier to say than to do. Let's look at our recent history: Blaine Gabbert, Blake Bortles, Nick Foles and now Minshew. Not one of these save Foles was a sure thing. And even with Foles, unexpected tragic events happened that no one can predict. I agree with what you are saying which is why – if Gardner doesn't improve – we must do what we can to get Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. I am not saying "tank," but package that extra first and maybe a player to move up and get him. I suppose there is nothing guaranteeing he will be good, but man it would be nice to draft a pedigree quarterback who is expected to be a once-in-a-lifetime talent.
If Lawrence is as good as everyone says – and I have no reason to believe he's not – you'll almost certainly have to finish with the worst record in the NFL to select him. If he's a once-in-a-lifetime talent, it's very likely that no package will be enough to entice a trade with the team holding the No. 1 overall selection. Not one extra first-round selection. Not two. Not three. Maybe not even more than that.
Jason from Jacksonville
John, Your "10 Things" should have included: PRAY! I don't see how the Jag secondary is going to stop Lions wide receivers Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. This is the best passing quarterback and passing offense the Jags will have faced up to this point, and the prior results are not encouraging. If the Jags do not dominate control of ball with an effective running game, they'll be 1-5.
Matt from Houston, TX
I'm curious to hear how you think middle linebacker Joe Schobert has played this season? I hear a lot of chatter about the opt-outs and retirees, but didn't we give Joe a fairly large contract? I know he is second or third in tackling this season, but he seems to be taking a lot of bad angles and as a result has caused some big plays to bust wide open. He also appears to make a lot of tackles from behind. Maybe a result of the bad angles? What do you see? Is he living up to his contract?
I don't know how NFL players realistically live up to contracts; the dollars for free agents are such that most players are going to be perceived as underperforming by someone. Schobert has been good this season in some games and not great in others. I would say he has been OK overall. I don't have a sense that his play is hurting the defense overall, and I would say coverage in the secondary and overall play from the defensive-tackle position have been bigger issues.
Jose from Miami, FL
Could the Jags have a pretty good tandem at cornerback with CJ Henderson and Sidney Jones in the near future?
We'll see. Henderson absolutely has the skillset to be a very good corner; he's young and he naturally and expectedly needs to be more consistent than he has in his first four NFL games. As for Jones, he played very well against the Houston Texans Sunday. If he plays like that moving forward, the Jaguars could have a very good tandem with Henderson and Jones. But remember: Henderson has played four games with the Jaguars and Jones has played one. Let's let them play a game together – and get a body of work established – before saying how good a tandem they will or won't become for the Jaguars.
Matty C from St. Augustine, FL
Here it is in a nutshell. The Jaguars on Wednesday traded a sixth-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft to the Tennessee Titans for linebacker Kamalei Correa and a seventh-round selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. We traded a lower draft pick for a player that can contribute NOW and another draft pick. Having a seventh instead of a sixth isn't much of a difference. Look at the gems you can find in UFDA's. I think it is a win, Win! Linebacker Kamalei Correa has had a great past couple of seasons. And decent stats, Let's hope he plays with a chip on his shoulder to prove the Titans wrong. #DTWD
Yes, that's it in a nutshell.
Jim from Jagsonville
How are we supposed to be tanking if we trade away draft capital for linebacker Kamalei Correa? An upgrade in defense might mean we are trying to win games! What could they possibly be thinking in the front office, great O? Could this small step really win us some games? Go Jaguars!
I wouldn't overstate the whole "traded-away-draft-capital" theme in the trade for Correa. The Jaguars gave the Titans a sixth-round selection and received a seventh-round selection. That means the Jaguars might have given away sixty or seventy spots late in the draft. That's not nothing, but it's also a comparatively small price. And yeah … the Jaguars are trying to win. I'm not sure how many more times – or how many more different ways – I can say it. This team was never tanking. I don't know how many more games they will be good enough to win. But they weren't – and are not – tanking.
Hugo from Albuquerque, NM
Hmmm, maybe it's just me but fans expecting a backup linebacker that was acquired for going back from the sixth round to the seventh round of the draft to save your defense might be reaching a bit.
Jefferson from Jacksonville
What do you think about the social media Jaguars hashtag #Raceto100? I know you probably don't pay attention to social media but I think it shows how strained the relationship between Jaguars Ownership and the fans have become (Games in London, Refusal to Change GM/Coaching Personnel) when fans are starting to celebrate an owner LOSING their 100th game.
I think the Jaguars have lost a lot during Shad Khan's tenure as owner and I think fan frustration is a natural result of that. I think frustration leads to gallows humor and a camaraderie based in discontent. I think when the Jaguars win, ownership will be popular. That's how it works.
Josh from Lakewood
Are the Jaguars the most snake-bit franchise in the NFL right now? We finally have a shot at a generational talent at quarterback and – five games into the season – there are eleven (ELEVEN?!) other teams with one or fewer win.
There are also 11 games remaining. That's too many to even remotely forecast the team that might finish with the NFL's worst record – or the best, for that matter.
Bruce from St. Simons Island, GA
I don't see too many (or any) wins in the Jags' 2020 future. Two NFL franchises have fired their coaches so far this year. So are the Jags fans supposed to be satisfied with continuing this mess for another year, or more?
Of course not.