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Nick from Palatka, FL

The good news is ... the only team that can beat the Jaguars is the Jaguars. The bad news is ... we have to play them every week. Frustrating loss, Zone, frustrating loss.

I understand postgame frustration and anger; that has been the postgame theme far more often than not during my tenure here. And Sunday's inbox certainly had its share of both following the Jaguars' 29-21 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa. But your email suggests that the Jaguars this season consistently have been frustrating to watch and that they continually have beaten themselves. Yes, they did that in their two losses – at Washington in Week 1 and at Philadelphia on Sunday. But they were remarkably efficient and mistake-free in their two one-sided victories over Indianapolis and the Los Angeles Chargers, playing each game without a turnover and without allowing even close to a sack. I have said and written often that I expect this team to be up and down, with some pretty extreme stops and starts. I believe that because it's a young team with a young quarterback. That sort of team typically isn't consistent on a week-to-week basis. That's frustrating and Sunday certainly was frustrating. But the Jaguars through four games have played really well two weeks and they have lost two other games with a chance to win or tie in the final two minutes. From this view – the long-term view – that's still encouraging.

ShanghaiStevie J'ville

How many turnovers would he have to have made before you benched him?

I received a few emails along these lines Sunday, and I admit I was a bit surprised. It never occurred to me the Jaguars would remove quarterback Trevor Lawrence Sunday. Not after his third turnover. Or fourth. He committed his fifth with less than two minutes remaining. Had he committed five in the first quarter I wouldn't have replaced him. Why? First, he's your franchise quarterback. Second, it wasn't as if he was misreading defenses, throwing repeatedly errant passes or making bad decisions; he fumbled multiple times on a cold, wet rainy day and fumbled in a few different circumstances – outside the pocket, sneaking in short yardage and when hit in the pocket. But the biggest reason I wouldn't have replaced Lawrence Sunday is he was clearly the Jaguars' best chance to win throughout the game. Head Coach Doug Pederson theoretically could have replaced Lawrence after his fourth fumble, a sack/fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a touchdown that gave the Eagles a 29-14 lead. Lawrence immediately led the Jaguars on a six-play, 68-yard drive that he capped with a touchdown pass to wide receiver Jamal Agnew. Would the Jaguars at that point been better without Lawrence in the game? Absolutely not. How many turnovers would he have had to make before I would have benched him? How many possessions can a team have in a single game? What's the record? One more than that.

Logan from Wichita, KS

Water scary! If Lawrence is going to be our long-term quarterback, every game must be in a dome from now on. Make it happen because no quarterback ever plays good in rain...

Lawrence is going to be the Jaguars' long-term quarterback. Every Jaguars game will not be in a dome. I don't expect Lawrence to always play poorly in the rain. One game is not necessarily a trend.

Ben from Jacksonville

Not a question more of a statement. Sorry Trevor Lawrence is a box of chocolates. Pretty much lost this game on his own. WOW!!

Lawrence is a second-year quarterback in his first season in a new offense. If by "box of chocolates" you mean you never know what you're going to get … well, yeah, that's often the reality for young quarterbacks. Hell, sometimes it's reality for older quarterbacks. Here's one thing to keep in perspective: Lawrence's five turnovers Sunday were four lost fumbles and an interception. If Lawrence was throwing a bunch of interceptions early in the season and looked like he didn't know where he was throwing, that would be cause for concern. That's not what's happening. He fumbled a lot in difficult wet conditions Sunday. That's not good. But it's not a sign that he's not progressing as a quarterback.

The Other Michael from Middleburg, FL

These are the Jags we all know and love.

The Jaguars committed five turnovers Sunday and had a chance to take the lead late in the third quarter. They also had possession with a chance to tie late in the game. Sunday was not good enough. Losing is not good enough. But these are not the Jaguars of 2021 and 2020.

Duke from Jacksonville

When the Jaguars do stadium renovations, they need to include a roof. The Jaguars obviously can't play in the rain.

A lot of people who cover the NFL run features after games called "Overreaction Sunday" or "Overreaction Monday" because why wouldn't they?

Pete from Jacksonville

The statement that the NFL is a "week-to-week" league fits for the Jags performance Sunday. The run D was porous (being nice) and Lawrence looked lost and unprepared for the elements. What says you?

Well, yeah.

Sam from Jonesborough, TN

I know a lot of fans are going to take Sunday's game as an opportunity to say, "Same old Jags." I didn't like the fact that the Eagles seemed to run at will on our defense and we couldn't seem to get the offense going at all. But the fact that despite all of those things and all of the turnovers, the team had the ball with two minutes left and the chance to force overtime was an obvious sign that the team is much better than it has been, isn't it?

Absolutely and without question.

Bill from Jax Bch

What happened to James Robinson after the first quarter? That guy is a game-changer and should be in there as much as possible!!!!! BTW, pay that man asap because his stock is only going to go up!!! Thank you.

Jaguars running back James Robinson rushed for 29 yards on eight carries Sunday, including three yards on two carries in the second half. Head Coach Doug Pederson after the game said the Jaguars' five turnovers determined Robinson's workload. The Jaguars ran 49 plays. Nineteen of them were rushes. Pederson: "We just didn't have enough touches. You just can't turn the ball over like we did. You just don't get enough opportunities."

Rob from Jacksonville

The Jags played terribly and still had a chance in the end. This says something, right?


Mark from Archer, FL

Zone, man what happened. The Jags went from owning the first quarter to getting destroyed the rest of the game. Don't get me wrong I still think they are a good team. It is just I thought this game would be close and it was really that close at all.

Turnovers happened. The Jaguars committed five turnovers Sunday. They had a chance to take the lead with under five minutes remaining in the third quarter before Lawrence threw a red-zone interception. They also had the ball with a chance to tie with just under two minutes remaining. Yes, the Eagles controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage too much Sunday. No, the Jaguars didn't handle the conditions as well as would be ideal. But this game wasn't a blowout.

Zac Austin, tejas

It's going to be hard to reclaim the cool turnover differential Stat that we had going. Or like, any of the cool standings we had going. This game was a big setback.

Sunday was a loss. They happen in the NFL to a young team learning its way.

Jeremy from Jacksonville by way of Miami

Any other quarterback would be benched after that performance. Pathetic. Your franchise quarterback can't cost you the game!

I would expect many, many NFL starting quarterbacks would not be benched after Lawrence's performance. Lawrence had a bad day. He still gives this team the best chance to win.

Tom from Nocatee

Callous disregard for the football.


Jacob from NY

Jags fought back but never looked like they had the offense to win. I am sure lots of people will ask, but how much of this loss rests with Trevor?

A lot. The Jaguars' defense didn't stop the run nearly well enough Sunday. This is something that must be addressed because the run-pass option with runs up the middle was something they couldn't solve. But Lawrence's third-quarter interception in the red zone cost the Jaguars seven points and the lost fumbles led to 20 points. Sunday didn't mean Lawrence is regressing or even not progressing. It means the turnovers cost the Jaguars dearly.

Biff from Jax

The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house. All that cold, cold, wet day.

And we did not like it.