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O-Zone: No question

JACKSONVILLE – Let's get to it … Shane from Corpus Christi , TX:
Something tells me we will be making a run for the playoffs coming out of the bye. Our offense knows what they can do, and now our defense got a good taste of what they can bring to the table. And with us only being one game down and the rest of the South on the downfall, it is open for us. The next two weeks will be about putting the two sides together and coming back a force to be reckoned with. What say you? Go Jags!!!!
John: Wow. You know what I say? What a difference three days make. I spent Monday talking to people who were furious over the Jaguars committing the heinous crime of winning a close game. Then by Thursday's O-Zone, we're talking … playoffs. Here's what else I say: when ESPN Pardon the Interruption host Tony Kornheiser was with the Washington Post in 1991, his Monday column after each Redskins victory focused on the "Bandwagon." In the bandwagon, Kornheiser joyously, humorously and unforgettably chronicled the emotional ups and down of the Redskins' run to the postseason and eventually the Super Bowl. The Redskins won their first 11 games that season. I bring this up not relive that season, but say this: if the Jaguars win a few consecutive games, I'll gladly hop aboard the Jaguars' bandwagon. But not quite yet.
Cai from Llanfairpwllgwyngyll:
Is it likely that the Jacksonville Jaguars will play at Wembley London again next season?
John: No, it's not likely. It's guaranteed.
Andy from St. Johns, FL:
John, count me in the 90 percent of Jaguar fans more disappointed than excited with the win Sunday. I have been feeling "meh" about the game, the season so far, Gus, etc. But you know what? I just watched the video of Telvin Smith's postgame interview and he is right. All the hard work paid off and they got the win. The players didn't give up. The coaches didn't give up. It got tough and they did enough to come up with a win. He knows it wasn't pretty. Heck, he was more happy, "kudos" I believe he said, to get the victory for the coaches to validate what they have been preaching. That impressed me. It's his attitude. It's infectious and genuine. I don't know what's going to happen the rest of this season, but I have a feeling it is going to be fun. Give it some time, fans. We are getting there.
John: I spent some time talking to Smith on Jaguars Today on 1010XL Wednesday, and he said the same thing. He also said something very interesting – in essence, that after Blake Bortles' pick-six gave Buffalo the lead, players looked at one another on the sideline and said they were going to win the game. He said that was the first time that had happened in that fashion. He also compared it to the feeling he didn't have after, say, the loss to Philadelphia in the regular-season opener last season when the Jaguars squandered a 17-0 halftime lead and lost 34-17. Is that a sign that this team is growing up and figuring out how to win in these situations? Time will tell.
Dave from Orlando, FL:
Why in the world did the Dolphins make a coaching change in midseason?!? Don't they know that you can't do that? It doesn't benefit the team at all! Good thing we have smarter folks in charge here - right, John?
John: It is indeed a good thing, and though I sense your sarcasm, historically speaking midseason coaching changes are not the answer. We'll see if the Dolphins' recent surge continues. Maybe it will or maybe it won't. I don't believe a Jaguars coaching change would have an impact, and I don't believe it's necessary. Maybe I'm wrong or maybe I'm right … I don't know. What do I know? I know it's not going to happen. Oh, yes … I do know that.
Anthony from Jacksonville:
John, I get we are a team working on improving, but seriously, the play-calling and personnel on situational plays is ridiculous! Also, seemed like in second half our defense was playing too conservative. What's your take?
John: I wouldn't argue that the defense was conservative in the second half against the Bills. That's often the case when a team has a big lead, and the reality is if the Jaguars' offense scores from the one yard line in that game – and Blake Bortles doesn't throw a pick-six – we're probably not talking too much about it. As far as the Jaguars' play-calling … yeah, maybe I would have mixed in something other than a run by Toby Gerhart from the 1-yard line, but the Jaguars' offense is functioning after ranking 31st or 32nd pretty much since I remember. They're also functioning with a second-year quarterback playing without Marqise Lee, Rashad Greene, Brandon Linder and pretty much without Julius Thomas so far. I'm not saying this to say the offense is perfect, but however much you want to nit-pick the play-calling, I can't much buy into an argument that offensive coordinator Greg Olson isn't doing a good job.
MC from Jacksonville:
Love your stuff, John. What do you think are the top three areas the coaches will assess over the bye week? I say punt coverage, third-down efficiency (offense) and quarterback pressure.
John: Good list.
Dane from Jacksonville:
If it wasn't injury, then why didn't Denard Robinson play against Buffalo? He seems to be one of the more dynamic playmakers on the offense, so why didn't he get a single touch?
John: Robinson is the backup running back and T.J. Yeldon has emerged as a three-down back. Yeldon also played very well on Sunday, so there wasn't much cause to insert Robinson for him. Robinson also is not the short-yardage back, so what you now have is a situation where the coaches must design ways to get Robinson the ball. He's explosive enough that they almost certainly will do that.
Rob from Section 132:
Out of all the good things Allen Robinson has shown this season there is one play that really stands out to me. On that final drive, around midfield, Blake threw a back shoulder throw to Robinson. The pass looked lower than ideal and Robinson was blanketed by the corner. It looked like the type of throw that last year would have gone for six the other way. Robinson made the catch and first down. Having a guy that your 23-year old quarterback can throw to and trust to turn a possible interception into a first down catch is huge for Bortles, and the offenses' development. The fact that Robinson is able to be that guy despite being 23 himself is almost too good to be true.
John: Allen Robinson has been better this season than I expected. I expected he would be a developing receiver who made some big plays, but because of his age I didn't know if he wouldn't be consistent. I'm sure Robinson would tell you he hasn't been as consistent as he would like, but he has been far more consistent than it was reasonable to expect. He also has become a player on whom Bortles can rely in big situations. The back-shoulder throw to Robinson has become a play that's difficult to stop even when defenses know it's coming. That's important for the development of this offense.
Adam from Section 124:
I'm not asking this to be snarky, but can you think of any examples of NFL kickers who started their first season poorly but then developed into strong players? Kicker is not a position that I ever considered as one that needs to "develop". They're commodities. Quarterbacks need to develop. Cornerbacks need to develop. But kickers are typically solid - or they're not. And when they're not, you just go back to the pile of street free agents (and there are always a half-dozen-or-so "serviceable" kickers waiting for a tryout) and sign the next one.
John: There are plenty of cases of kickers "kicking" around then being very good after catching on. John Carney was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in his career and went on to be a three-time All-Pro kicker. Phil Dawson was released by Oakland and New England early in his career and went on to be a two-time second-team All-Pro kicker. Matt Bryan was released by the Giants early in his career and has been a solid player. That's why it's difficult to release Jason Myers even if he's struggling. He has leg talent and it's not hard to imagine him being really, really good moving forward. At the same time, three missed extra points are hard to ignore and hard to survive.
Jason from da-Hass:
With reports saying that it was closer to 1.5 million viewers, and not 15 million, do you think that the NFL will continue to pursue live streaming games?
John: Why in the world wouldn't they? It's the future.

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