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Saud from Ashburn

In your opinion, why do you feel the offense isn't as explosive as it should be? It seems like we have a lot more offensive weapons since last season, yet we aren't producing more yardage and our run game is extremely weak.

When an offense struggles, it's rarely a single reason. And from this view, it's not necessarily one thing that's causing the Jaguars' offense to struggle so far during the 2023 season. The offensive line has been inconsistent, struggling to pass protect at times and struggling to run block at others. Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has missed some open receivers on reads and he has missed others with some inaccuracies. The receivers also have had a few more drops than is ideal. We spent the offseason talking about this offense taking a step because of a "second-year jump" for Lawrence in this offense. That's still fair to expect. It hasn't happened yet. The thought here is a big reason is he hasn't had time to feel comfortable in the pocket and develop timing with receivers. Just a thought.

Trevor from Cape Girardeau, MO

We lost Jim Bob Cooter in the offseason as our passing-game coordinator, do you think part of our inconsistency on offense could be from him missing? Or is it mostly the offensive line issues?

Teams lose assistants all the time. They shouldn't cause major drop-offs in overall performance, particularly if they're run- or pass-game coordinators as opposed to "overall" coordinators. The offensive line is struggling. Offensive struggles are rarely one area, but the line has more to do with than the absence of a passing-game coordinator.

Vince from St. Augustine, FL

Yes, you did. I was wrong. You were right. I'm sorry. (I've had lots of practice saying this to my wife ...)

Well done.

Romeo from 904 born 619 Now

How can the Jags contain Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and their running game?

Discipline, setting the edge, getting off blocks, playing hard, playing well, making key plays at key moments. The usual.

Drew from Buford, GA

I went back and rewatched all the games to try and pinpoint why the offense seems to struggle. I gotta say, it probably all stems from the offensive line struggles. It's pretty easy to say it's the play-calling, because it is bad. Too many superfast throws and two-year attempts not stretching the field. But, it seems the play-caller knows protection is a problem and he is using these snaps to back them off. I also think the playback is intensively dialed back because they know TL's pocket time is going to be limited. Any time he drops back to try and go deeper, he is usually under duress within two seconds. So while I want to blame offensive coordinator Press Taylor, I think the offensive line is dramatically limiting our playback. Hopefully, left tackle Cam Robinson can help!

If Lawrence can't complete a two-year pass, I don't know what the hell he's doing starting in the NFL. And there's no doubt the Jaguars must open up the playback. No NFL team ever has won anything with a closed playback.

Steve from Nashville, TN

Do you put any credence in catching a team on a low – such as Buffalo coming off an impressive and emotional win over the Miami Dolphins and after a long flight to London?

Factors such as this sometimes matter. Sometimes a team can be emotionally down, and adapting to international travel and time change can be an issue. Sometimes, teams also can play great even in those circumstances. My thought on Sunday's matchup is this: The Buffalo Bills are really good and really good teams have a way of playing well in difficult situations. I wouldn't assume they will be flat or tired at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium Sunday.

Jeremy from Gilbert, AZ

Trevor Lawrence is a very, very OK quarterback. He doesn't have what it takes to win a Super Bowl unless the entire team is stacked around him. He was touted as a generational talent. He simply isn't. And the Jags are crazy if they think he's worthy of some kind of mega contract.


James from Titusville, NJ

Since the horror seasons of 2018-2021, I silently promised myself that I would allow myself to enjoy a victory of any variety. I have come to realize that I have no bearing on the outcome regardless, so why disallow myself to be happy just because of missed plays? I'm elated the Jags are 2-2 right now! I hope they keep plugging away and stack some wins to keep this train going. If not, I'll continue to allow myself to enjoy every win with an added sweetness for when we keep in playoff relevance. Go Jags!!!

One fer keeping promises. One fer perspective. Another fer elation and another fer happiness. One fer relevance. Oh oh, what a beautiful morning. Oh oh, what a beautiful day.

Marcellus from Jacksonville

Any update on Hamilton?

Jaguars defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton remains on injured reserve with a back issue. There hasn't really been an estimate on timeline. I don't expect the issue to be season-ending.

P Funk from Murray Hill

Is there any strategy or game plan the Jags used to get the victory over the Bills in 2021 that can be used this Sunday? Or are the teams too different at this point?

Jaguars outside linebacker Josh Allen and the defense pressured Bills quarterback Josh Allen into a miserable day in a 9-6 victory in 2021. The defensive staff has changed since then, but I expect the Jaguars would like to employ a similar strategy. The offensive staff has changed since then, too, though I expect they will not want to employ their nine-point plan.

Cliff from Everywhere with helicopter

My favorite thing about the London game(s) each year is that the time difference means the O-Zone is ready and waiting for me first thing in the morning. Would you consider relocating permanently, or perhaps just getting up five hours earlier? Thanks in advance.

I am the king of all funk.

Rob from the duuuuuu

DaVon Hamilton is one of our most important defensive players. I find it unbelievable that we are almost at five games of him sitting out and the team has told us nothing about the cause of his injury, the nature of his injury, or any timetable for his return. How does the NFL allow you guys to continue to not report on the injury? Do we ever get to know anything? Will he be the same player that he was or does this have long term implications?

It's not unbelievable at all. Hamilton has a back issue. The team has reported that. He is on injured reserve. There is no obligation on the part of the team or Hamilton or "us guys" to report more. It is not fans' inherent right to know everything about a player's every health issue immediately. I expect Hamilton to return this season. I have heard nothing to make me think he won't be as good moving forward as he was last season. When Hamilton returns and/or wants to discuss the issue, I expect he will do so.

Charles from Savannah

Are the Houston Texans really this good? I thought the Jags would have won that game. After the Texans/Steelers game, Houston looks like a force to be reckoned with.

It's a week-to-week league. Every team in the AFC South has had good weeks and bad weeks through four games, and it feels right that all four division teams are 2-2. I don't know that there's a force in this division right now. I also don't know that there are any teams that stand out as being worse than the other three.

Daniel from Geneva, Switzerland

O-man, are you secretly a player, coach, GM, and partial owner of the team? You seem to get a lot of questions indicating you are all of the above so I'm curious if I have missed something?

I have secrets that would shake you to your core. Being a player, coach, general manager and partial owner of the Jaguars are not among those secrets.

Brad from The Avenues



Bobby From Section 410 from Summerville, SC

Hi John, how is it that you have the Texans ranked higher than the Jags in this week's rankings when we all know that them beating the Jags was a major fluke?

The Texans won the game. It was in the last two weeks. They have identical records. Why wouldn't the Texans be ranked higher?

Scott from Jax to Rehoboth Beach, DE

What was Mike from Port Orange talking about O-man? I lost a few brain cells after reading that entry. That one hurt.

The O-Zone isn't easy. Then again, it's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.