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Gary from St. Augustine, FL

Zone, looks like there's a good chance the new overtime rule goes through. 'Bout time.

You're referencing the NFL Owners voting this week at the 2022 Annual Meetings whether to alter the league's overtime rule moving forward. Under the current rules, a team wins if it scores a touchdown on the first overtime possession. The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles have proposed a rule mandating each team have an overtime possession, after which the first team to score would win. The Tennessee Titans have proposed that each team would get at least one possession unless the team receiving the overtime kick scored a touchdown and two-point conversion on its first possession. The public sentiment for this has grown since this past postseason, which was highlighted by the Kansas City Chiefs' victory over the Buffalo Bills – a game the Chiefs won with a touchdown on the first possession of overtime. There was outcry that the Bills didn't get a "fair chance" because they didn't get a chance to possess the ball. The word is the vote may not pass, and you know what? That's fine. Here's the reality: It's OK to expect a defense to hold an opponent to a field goal in a must-stop situation. If the NFL has reached a point that holding an opponent to a touchdown is improbable enough to change this rule, then perhaps we've veered far too in the direction of the rules favoring the offense. Ya think? Maybe? That said, I believe the rule eventually will go through. Why? Because no one listens to me.

Chris from Fernandina Beach, FL

If conventional wisdom wins out and Michigan edge defender Aidan Hutchinson is selected by the Jaguars No. 1 overall, where does that leave K'Lavon Chaisson? Does he possibly have the ability to drop in coverage to be a two-down mike in base formation?

Chaisson, the No. 20 overall selection by the Jaguars in the 2020 NFL Draft, is in a tough spot. He hasn't proven he's a front-line edge rusher in his two NFL seasons – and he now appears to be a run-and-chase, off-the ball outside linebacker in a scheme that may or may not feature that role. It will be interesting to see how the Jaguars plan to use Chaisson. That will be a storyline beginning next month.

Mario from Oviedo, FL

Vito Stellino made a good point the other day about wide receiver Christian Kirk not having a 1,000-yard season last season ... he didn't reach 1,000 yards in a season with an extra game. With the extra 17thgame per season, the new standard should be 1,060 yards per season, not 1,000 yards per season.

This is true, but remember: 1,000-yard rushing and receiving seasons were benchmarks for running backs and receivers in the 1970s for 14-game seasons; while it would have been logical to raise that standard when the league moved to a 16-game season in 1978, that never really happened. I doubt logic comes into play with the move to 17 games, either. The lure of a nice, round number like 1,000 is tough for us sports media types to resist. We like shiny, simple things.

Richard from Jacksonville

What are your thoughts of trading back into the 20-to-25-range pick of the first round to select Southern California wide receiver Drake London and what do you think it would take to get there? This class has some pretty solid receivers so long as we can nab one of the Top 5-ranked receivers. I do believe there will be one at the top of the second round, but my gut is telling me that we aren't going to select a receiver until the third or fourth round.

I think there's a real chance the Jaguars select a wide receiver No. 33 overall next month and also a chance they could trade up to Nos. 20-to-25 for a player such as London. Such a trade would probably mean giving a team a third-round selections. I think the Jaguars will select wide receiver No. 33 or trade up, so my gut's different than your gut. But I had Indian food Sunday. That might have an effect.

Jack from Satsuma

My hope for this new team is that in critical situations we don't drop the pass, false start, defensively hold, etc.


Chris from London, UK

O, you rightly say there was no way Khan could have predicted the level of dysfunction under Jaguars Head Coach Urban Meyer. Though given his history it was not hard to predict that there would be some dysfunction even if the level was unknown, to hire an inexperienced NFL coach when you know there will be at least some dysfunction has to go down as a bad, bad decision which could have been avoided.

Jaguars Owner Shad Khan believed in Meyer, but he was far from alone in NFL circles. There certainly were doubters in NFL circles as well, but it shouldn't be painted as if it was a universal consensus among everyone it wouldn't work. The cliché hindsight is 20-20? It fits here.

Tom from Palatka, FL

Was that you I saw the other day?


Dan from Greer

Khan wants to keep the Jags in Jacksonville, a new owner may not ...

Khan owning/not owning the Jaguars continues to be an O-Zone topic. That's fine. People ask questions. I answer. But know this: Khan owns the Jaguars and there's zero indication that will change in his lifetime. There's zero indication that Tony Khan won't take over ownership someday and zero indication that that will change in his lifetime. But yes … Khan wants to keep the Jaguars in Jacksonville, and many other prospective owners likely wouldn't have felt that way. This doesn't imply that the Jaguars have been successful enough during Khan's ownership. It does imply that if you like the Jaguars in Jacksonville, you should be glad Khan owns the Jaguars.

Ray from Vernon, Fla

Mr. O-Zone, as I read all the comments about Shenault and a possible trade, I think back to all the drops our receivers had last year. Wasn't he right up there with the best of the droppers? I just hope these new receivers can catch and hold on to the ball.

Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. is a talented player who has flashed at times as a receiver and a running back in two NFL seasons. He struggled with drops last season. He struggled in multiple areas last season. He didn't struggle as much as a rookie in 2020. There have been reports that the team has considered trading him. That may or may not play out, but Shenault must be more consistent moving forward than has in either of his first two seasons.

TJ from Orlando, FL

Silver lining: Rumor on the street is the Chiefs were sniffing around Laviska Shenault Jr. as a replacement for Hill. Seems like with the right coach, they think he could be a Hill-level receiver. Here's hoping Jaguars Head Coach Doug Pederson is that right coach.

Shenault is a talented player who can play better than he did last season. If he's with the Jaguars next season, his development will be a big storyline – and an important one. I don't know that his future is as a Hill-level receiver because he doesn't have the sort of game-changing speed as Hill. Few NFL receivers do.

Jess from Glen Carbon, IL

Jon from Brentwood, UK, compares the contract of Christian Kirk to Tyreek Hill's, and your response is "Yeah, probably." Kirk was WR3 on his team while Hill has been the No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL for the last four-to-five years. The Jaguars overpaid Kirk ridiculously. They could have gotten both Allen Robinson, a true No. 1 wide receiver, and JuJu Smith-Schuster, a No. 2 and possibly a No. 1 wide receiver, for what they are paying Kirk. Pederson and Baalke made some good free agent signings this year, but they got fleeced in the Kirk deal.

So, one not so much fer Kirk …

Ed from Jax by Lionel Playworld

I'm sure retired players like Mark Brunell and Fred Taylor toss ye olde pigskin around in the backyard with friends and family. Does Tony Boselli punch-block dummies when feeling nostalgic? Does Josh Scobee kick have a practice net in his backyard?

You mentioned a few really good players in your email. Who's Josh Scobee?