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Jeremy from Wise, VA

Missed tackles and penalties. Bad recipe for a young team. Same thing each week.

There's some truth to this. The Jaguars committed too many penalties Sunday in a 30-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville – particularly early and particularly defensively. They were penalized eight times for 56 yards for the game, including four for 31 yards on defense early – and those four penalties led directly to 10 49ers points. It's fair to note that it really hasn't been the "same thing each week" in this area in recent games; the defense played very well for the most part in the four games leading into Sunday. But your point that this is a bad recipe for a young team is correct. This Jaguars team isn't experienced or talented enough to play poorly – or even averagely – and expect to win. Or even have a chance to win. The Jaguars have little margin for error right now. They must play relatively clean and not give opponents unearned opportunities to have a chance.

JT from Palm Coast, FL

Laviska is slowly turning into another bad Jags draft pick. One of the many that have gotten their name called. Lawrence has literally no chance.

I don't know that we've reached the point where second-year Jaguars wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. is a liability or a bad draft selection – certainly not just because he lost a fumble Sunday. He has skills as a runner and after the catch, and the Jaguars clearly tried to get him touches near the line of scrimmage Sunday to get him involved. The issue with Shenault so far this season is the same as that of multiple Jaguars receivers – that he hasn't been open consistently downfield enough. When there's little strain placed on the defense on intermediate or downfield routes, it makes whatever a player tries to do near the line of scrimmage that much more difficult. The thought here remains that Shenault would benefit greatly from speed and dynamic receivers elsewhere in the offense. Perhaps that will happen next season. That certainly would enable him to be more effective as a "Swiss-army-knife" receiver.

Dan from Fort Dodge

No questions, statement only. This team is a dumpster fire. That is all.


David from Broward 954

O-Man, this offense is completely nonfunctional. It is not worthy of being called an NFL offense. There need to be consequences. The D didn't look pretty Sunday but they have shown us they are capable. Heads need to roll on the O side of the ball.

The offense is struggling to a striking degree. I said several weeks ago I believed that would be the case, and that I worried people might criticize quarterback Trevor Lawrence because of that, but it's even more stagnant than I expected. The issues at receiver, combined with the injury to running back James Robinson, has so compressed the offense that it's hard to even Lawrence and the offensive line. But "heads need to roll" seems to imply that coaching is the issue on offense, which implies that there are better ways to use the personnel. Who knows? Maybe Head Coach Urban Meyer will make a change at play-caller. I doubt he will, but stranger things have happened. But are we seeing so much raw talent offensively around here that we can say it's being underused?

David from Eau Claire, WI

It's hard to watch this team every week, but I still watch every game. Is there something wrong with me?

I don't have enough information to answer this accurately.

Big on Blake from Philly

Zone, you keep mentioning money and risk when evaluating second contracts for former Jaguars wide receiver Allen Robinson and current Jaguars wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. Didn't this franchise not spend the same or even more money to re-sign Marqise Lee and bring in Chris Conley - both with relatively no output after that point – instead of paying Robinson, who proved he was capable even after a devastating ACL? My point: the Jags will have the cash, they've invested in Chark and I think the bigger mistake is claiming fiscal responsibility rather than paying a guy who knows the system and is already capable of and set up for further success. These arguments don't seem to mesh with the reality of the situation. That must be pointed out.

Money and risk must be considered when discussing re-signing or signing players – and while your point regarding Robinson/Lee/Conley undoubtedly is correct, it won't influence this decision because the people who made that decision won't be involved in discussions with Chark. And while you're also correct that the Jaguars have invested in Chark, the reality remains that it will be a tricky discussion/decision. How much Chark will want to re-sign, and how much he could demand on the open market considering his potential, could be different than what the Jaguars want to pay considering his production. Or perhaps it won't. We'll see.

Dave from Atlantic Beach, FL

TV showed the 49ers coach high-fiving wide receiver Juaun Jennings after Jaguars safety Rayshawn Jenkins was ejected from Sunday's game. They had obviously planned to try and get under Jenkins' skin, and it worked. The NFL being a copycat league, you can bet other teams will try and do the same. Jenkins had better learn to control his temper or there will be more penalties/ejections coming his way.


Mark from Greenville

Please tell me how an owner and multiple groups of executives and coaching staffs can consistently choose the worse athletes and most unmotivated players year after year? This can't be by accident - it has to be by design.

I get many emails like this. I don't answer many because it seems self-evident that any team in professional sports by definition wants to win. The livelihood and professional legacies of all involved are at stake, and all officials involved in football operations and coaching in the NFL work tirelessly to win. The Jaguars haven't won nearly enough in recent seasons. But it's a lack of execution, not a lack of effort.

Andy from St. Augustine, FL

I know your answer when someone complains about our coaches is to say, "It's always coaching in the NFL," but I'd be curious to know your thoughts on the impact coaches have when it comes to a team being disciplined or undisciplined. I've always heard and thought that if a team is consistently getting careless, undisciplined types of penalties that is on the coaches (ultimately the head coach). We've seen these types of penalties all season, whether it's too many men on the field, unnecessary holding or the undisciplined penalties that we see week after week (false starts, unsportsmanlike conduct, etc.). While I understand that it's the players committing those penalties, doesn't a lot of the blame for the fact that it continues to happen every game fall on the coaches?

Coaches are responsible for all that happens on their teams, so in that sense … yes, discipline and mistakes are on the coaches. This is also professional football, which means it's up to the player to be – wait for it … professional. Those that aren't find themselves out of the league – and out of a job – soon enough.

Jim from Section 114 from Jacksonville

I need to think about the game this week after enduring last week's game. I know scheduling has changed with the addition of the extra game, but how did we get the Atlanta Falcons on the schedule? Traditionally, teams would play teams in their division twice, teams in a division in the other conference and six other conference non-divisional games. This season we played the NFC West. Will the schedule going forward rotate between NFC South teams? I must have missed how the Falcons were selected.

This is the game added to the schedule because the league added a 17th game. All teams are playing a team from the opposing conference that finished in the same position its division last season.

Adrian from Alpharetta, GA

If we don't invest every resource available to us this offseason into building a top-tier offensive line, we are wasting the opportunity we have with Lawrence. He is not a 158-yard per game quarterback.

I expect the Jaguars to address offensive line on some level this offseason. I don't know that that will – or should – happen – at the expense of receiver.

Pedal Bin from Farnborough, Hampshire, UK

Oh Mighty 'O' / King of All Funk, celebrating a sack when you are down 24 points in the fourth quarter pretty much sums up the state this team is in.

It's not a terrific look, and I'm not a fan of celebrating the expected play – or plays that realistically don't give you a decent chance to win. But I'm an old man. Players in this era celebrate. It's not going to change. I have to go now. A kid just stepped on my lawn.